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Will definitely be appreciated by fans of eighties, hook-laden AOR.

Heartbanger is a musical project under control of Spanish muso Xavi Mendez who is based in Barcelona. He has put together a talented band of musicians and also managed to rope in some outstanding guest appearances from some names well known to Fireworks readers. Assisting guitarist Mendez in this project are Alberto Fernandez (keyboards), Paco Munoz (drums) and Luis Alvarez (bass). Then comes the masterstroke; he has managed to persuade some of the genres top vocal performers to join in, most notably Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Gabrielle De Val (The Val), Manu Esteve (Hardreams) and finally Alberto Fernandez (Tokio). With all the above ingredients Mendez has styled the band's classic AOR sound around great harmonies, catchy choruses and dreamy keyboards. The perfect recipe... so, what is the result?

After a brief intro (unnecessary in my opinion) we are hit with the beautiful sound of Fernandez's keys and we know where the song is heading. Esteve's vocals combine with the soaring guitar to play off each other making 'The Last Chance Night' a perfect introduction to what lies ahead. Enter the beautiful tones of De Val and we have 'You Came On Time', a wonderful soulful song with the musicianship delivering the perfect melody to supplement the vocals. 'Through The Dark' is a perfect showcase for Mills' range, a voice that could sing the telephone directory to perfection. The songs edgy guitar work makes this possibly the album's highlight.

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The instrumental 'Always Remembered' follows and is a showcase for the band's individual talents and the sum of all the parts work really well together. 'The Only Thing' reminds me of early Gotthard which is no bad thing. The next track, 'Tierras de la Libertad', is sung entirely in Spanish and features a guest performance on vocals by Angel Rubin. The closing track, 'In Heaven', is probably the weakest on the album, it's a little too "AOR by numbers". My copy also contained a bonus track, 'Night Drive', which was a second instrumental and one that is really a bit of overkill, as the band had already showcased their talents earlier.

'Through The Dark' is quality release, one made all that more special by the guest vocal performances. It's a great start for Mendez and his project and will definitely be appreciated by fans of eighties, hook-laden AOR. I am looking forward to hearing more.

Mick Parry

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