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Will probably be enjoyed by some of you out there.

Andrew McNiece's MelodicRock Records is now a well-established entity, and it continues to focus on delivering an eclectic range of bands from a varied demographic. Showbiz is the label's latest contribution, and whilst they didn't grab me initially, after copious spins I can see why the label gave them a platform from where they can develop further.

Originating from Spain, the band are spearheaded by Albert Maroto (lead vocals, guitar) and ably supported byXone Aranda (bass) and Nacho Arriaga (drums). Very little background information is available about the band and its members, however, the promotional blurb equates them to Hair Metal-era stalwarts Danger Danger, Firehouse and Brighton Rock. Whilst not totally in agreement, I'd like to also offer up Canadians Harem Scarem and Emerald Rain, plus fellow MRR stablemates The Radio Sun as influential sound-alikes.

Maroto is a self-confessed fan of Hard Rock music, and his passion is evident straight from the opening chords of 'What U See Is What You Get'; it's the perfect opener and with its organic delivery, bouncy tempo and catchy chorus what's not to like? 'Everybody's Got A Chance' continues in a similar vein, and I can see why these two were chosen to commence proceedings; but sadly the album then starts to go a little insipid.



'Succubus' ("a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men"!!), 'Keep On Singing That Song' and 'Six String Mad' do their best to keep the momentum going, but fall short in the "hook" department. Thankfully, Maroto's guitar histrionics enlighten the songs wherever and whenever they appear. It's the up-tempo songs that undoubtedly shine the brightest, trying their damnedest to impress; but once the pace drops I'm afraid songs like 'My Big Mistake' and 'This Time' tend to slip regressively into "plodding" territory. 'Find Your Way Home' is a decent semi-acoustic ballad, whilst 'Ticket To Nowhere' replicates the strength of the opening two songs and thus produces a strong finish.

Despite my apathetic demeanour, 'Enjoy The Ride' will probably be enjoyed by some of you out there. The problem I envisage, with regards to the band making an impact within the Melodic Rock scene, is that the bar has recently been set rather high in terms of song-writing, musicianship and promotional acumen; hence I think the band may struggle somewhat... but, I'm afraid, that's Showbiz!

Dave Crompton

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