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Simply astonishing.

Simply astonishing! 'XXI Century Blood' is a surprisingly accomplished debut album from three young sisters from Monterrey, Mexico. Daniela (guitar, lead vocals), Paulina (drums, piano, vocals) and Alejandra (bass, backing vocals) Villarreal are seventeen, fifteen and twelve respectively and were a year younger when they recorded the album.

Those of you who might already be thinking "Hanson" or "Avril Lavigne" need to get those thoughts out of your head right now because what we have here, despite their meagre years, is a young band apparently steeped in Rock tradition with a bona fide love of, and passion for, heavy Melodic Rock. Lest you doubt their Rock credentials, check out their Kirk Hammett-approved cover of 'Enter Sandman', or, if you're in the area, their appearance at October's Mother of All Rock Festival (a home town gig for the girls), at which they'll be sharing a stage with the likes of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Tesla and Vince Neil.

Now down to the important business and an engaging album that grabs you from the off and sustains interest. Starting as they mean to go on, both the title track and 'Shattered Heart' demonstrate a good ear for a riff and a highly-developed sense of melody and drama (the title track, incidentally, won an award for its music video and is well worth checking out). While the melodies are strong throughout, there is more depth than you'd expect from a band so young – listen, for example, to the way they jam out the ultra-catchy 'Survive' (possibly the standout track here) or the extraordinary strength of the lead vocal performance on 'Exterminated'. Elsewhere the Rocked-up 'Wild Fire', with its near sixties Joan Baez-like Folk vibe, and the more balladic 'Black Holes (Don't Hold On)' show serious Stadium Rock potential. I kid you not! In fact, over the album's thirteen original, self-penned tracks, the Villarreal's hardly put a foot wrong. It's inspiring and heart-warming stuff.

There is enormous potential here – with their age, gender and nationality making The Warning a unique proposition. Perhaps the greatest challenge they face is building and keeping an audience that extends beyond their immediate peers. However, given the talent, enthusiasm and songs on show, there's no reason why, with careful handling, they can't do it. Like I said to open, simply astonishing!

Michael Anthony

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John Evans said:

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You got that right! Astonishing describes not only the album but the all aspects of these sisters.
The musical ability of all three transcends logic. I have been following them for over four years, ever since I came on them playing in their basement with Ale, the bass player, absolutely killing the The Muse 'Hysteria' at the age of eight!
Their individual musical ability is top class but it's together as a band that they really shine. They have been writing and composing their own music from the ages of ten or eleven (in English, their native language being Spanish of course.
Recently, as well as the huge Mother Of All Festival that you noted (opening that in their Home town of Monterrey; how cool is that!, they were invited to open for two Def Leppard concerts that same week in Mexico City and Guadalajara!
As for their appeal, I am 70 years old and in just out little support group we range from me down to our youngest at 16. In geographical terms we are all over the world; UK, Sweden, Germany, USA, Mexico. If you watch any of the band's YouTube videos you will see supporters from just about anywhere in the world.
I have just watched a Japanese band doing a cover of 'When I'm Alone' off the album.Yes, Astonishing is the right word.
Check out the award winning video of the album cover song 21st Century Blood here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syTyga3lVL0
 
December 16, 2017
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Old Rockhead said:

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You got that right! Astonishing describes not only the album but all aspects of these sisters.
The musical ability of all three transcends logic. I have been following them for over four years, ever since I came on them playing in their basement with Ale, the bass player, absolutely killing the The Muse 'Hysteria' at the age of eight!
Their individual musical ability is top class but it's together as a band that they really shine. They have been writing and composing their own music from the ages of ten or eleven (in English, their native language being Spanish of course.)
Recently, as well as the huge Mother Of All Festival that you noted (opening that in their Home town of Monterrey; how cool is that!) they were invited to open for two Def Leppard concerts that same week in Mexico City and Guadalajara!
As for their appeal, I am 70 years old and in just our little support group we range from me down to our youngest at 16. In geographical terms we are all over the world; UK, Sweden, Germany, USA, Mexico. If you watch any of the bands YouTube videos you will see supporters from just about anywhere in the world.
I have just watched a Japanese band doing a cover of 'When I'm Alone' off the album.
Yes, astonishing is the right word.
Check out the award winning video of the album cover song 21st Century Blood here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syTyga3lVL0
 
December 16, 2017
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Gilberto said:

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AMAZING band!!!
Great CD/LP....:
 
February 07, 2018
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Greg Gordon said:

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Thank you for that awesome review,as you said it is well deserved.I've been listening to rock since 1964 and this is one of the best debut albums in a long,long time! The back story of these sisters is amazing,as are their talent,passion,dedication and something very rare these days...character!!!:-)
 
February 08, 2018
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