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Hardreams are far from letting down those whose hearts were won over with "The Road Goes On..." or "Unbroken Promises".

When thinking about music markets particularly renowned for producing good Melodic Hard Rock, Spain might not be your first choice. However, there are several names that surely ring a bell; from the classic eighties outfit Sangre Azul, to a handful of later and more contemporary acts like 91 Suite, Secret or... Hardreams. They especially proved to be a continuous force within their local scene, and are anything but short-lived, as they've released four albums between 2004 and now. The most recent, entitled 'Countdown Time', saw the light of day this year.

Embarking on the recording process for a new an album, it would have been an act of folly to change the formula that has worked so many times before. Hardreams seem to be quite aware of this fact, and consequently they don't introduce fans of their previous works to the musical experiments that may go awry. Instead, they deliver a usual portion of bombastic, keyboard-driven Melodic Rock up-tempo numbers ('Fire Child', 'Into Our Dreams', 'Countdown Time', 'Soul Mates') alongside AOR-ish mid-tempo pieces ('More Than One Life', 'Best Days Of Our Lives', 'Give Me', 'Crying'), all occasionally embroidered with a dose of very conventional, albeit charming balladry ('A New Beginning', 'Lights And Shadows'). Perhaps it would have been better to have the former prevailing on the album; the more convincing incarnation of the Barcelona-based quintet since the days of their first album. Otherwise, a listener has to face a relatively uninspired piece here and there.

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This fact, however, doesn't mean that 'Countdown Time' is a disappointing album altogether. There are certain highlights to it as well. There's an irresistibly catchy vibe to tracks such as '...Mates' or '...Child'; each perfectly embodying the meaning behind the word "melodic". Emotional outpouring of the dramatized, soaring final piece '...Shadows' brings the best power ballad tradition to mind, whereas 'Summertime' still has potential of becoming this year's summer anthem for Melodic Rock aficionados.

One thing is sure, with the fourth album now under their belt, Hardreams are far from letting down those whose hearts were won over with "The Road Goes On..." or "Unbroken Promises". This fact alone means they did a great job in the recording studio.

Alexandra Mrozowska

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