What we're dealing
with is the anticipation in the form of a MCD of the impending album
"Follow Me" by the superband composed by Frank Andiver
(drums & keyboards in Shadows of Steel, Oracle Sun and formerly
in Labyrinth), Andrea "Tower" Torricini (Vision Divine's bassist),
Alexx Hall (experienced pop-rock singer) and Vic Mazzoni (Shadows of
Steel's and Projecto's guitarist).
These 4 tracks tell about a killer in prison who keeps fancying about
his concept of freedom, that is 'Wonderland'; the title track and "The
Call of the Dawn" consist of very catchy tuneful speed power
with a few rides and axe solos, while "Follow the End"
is an electro-pop lullaby that'll help your old-fashioned girlfriends
to be debauched into metal world. The end is given by "Children
of Heaven", a Sword's cover version. The only piece of advice
I like to give the singer is to try to sing as natural as possible without
showing the restraints of the metrics too much, as to the rest I haven't
found plain faults.
After the fairly good 1998 EP "Somewhere in My Eyes",
the 4-piece has created a product able to cope with foreign competition
at last; and I'm convinced it will achieve a big success not only here
and in Japan, thanks to the quality of the top-notch songwriting and
the recording at the Zenith Studios, the mixing at the Octagonal Paris
Recording and the mastering at the Finnvox Studios in Helsinki.
when Italian metal is not only 'tralala' metal...
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 24/07/03