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One of the strongest albums of its type released in 2012.

As I listened to this album for the umpteenth time there were a couple of questions going round in my head asking why it was that these songs really connected with me when another album in the same genre I was reviewing had left me colder than an Eskimo in a mankini, and what lifts one album above the generic?

I spent too long pondering this because I suspect the answer has too many facets including the quality of the song writing, the playing, the vocals and the production. Suffice to say I’ve really enjoyed this album as it’s full of good, memorable songs which have strong hooks, riffs, choruses and melodies making it a very pleasing Melodic Rock album. Giacomo Gigantelli’s wonderfully gritty vocals are accented but for the most part this isn’t too distracting, and what’s more I’ve certainly heard worse.

The album opens with the title track, which is a fine start if a little misleading as it has a more AOR feel than the other songs on the album. Lush keyboards, a great riff and a melody that burrows into your head; and as for the chorus: glorious. ‘I to I’ moves us in a harder direction that had me in mind of Gotthard; the track is notable for some fine guitar work from Roberto Priori and a rumbling bass line by Roberto Galli. ‘Half A Chance’ has a great chorus and it was around this time that I started thinking that these guys might be a good choice to open one of the days of Firefest.

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‘Paralyzed’ starts out quietly but builds into a fine power ballad with another infectious chorus; ‘Hottest Fire’ again gives rise to the Gotthard comparisons thanks to what sounds like voice box guitar and a chanted chorus that I can imagine being sung loud by a gig crowd. ‘Falling Up’ has a wonderful slow hand guitar and vocal opening before beautiful strings are added along with Paolo Palmieri’s drums. By contrast the chorus is a much heavier affair; it’s a well arranged song. ‘Desire’ races along on another fine riff while ‘Goin’ On’ has a slower groove; Gigantelli’s accent is probably at its most noticeable on the verses of this song. ‘More Heaven Than Hell’ has some cheesy lyrics but yet another super chorus. A couple of other comparisons came to mind as I listened to this: Skagarack (remember them?) and for the song arrangements, Shotgun Symphony. ‘Stand Up’ uses an interesting programmed pattern on the intro before it develops into a compelling song full of all those things that make Melodic Rock so popular with our readers. ‘The Dreaming’ has all the ingredients for another catchy song. Eleven songs down, one to go and not a filler in sight; ‘Love Still Finds A Way’ doesn’t let the side down in any way either.

From my perspective this is one of the strongest albums of its type released in 2012; very enjoyable indeed.

Gary Marshall

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