Title: Lies, Hopes & Other StoriesLabel: Pride and Joy Music
System came into being in 2012, as a band of likeminded
musicians came together, vocalist and guitarist Marco
Sandron (Pathosray, Eden’s Curse, Fairyland, etc), bassist
Valeria Battain and lead guitarist David Donati (both known
in Syrayde), who were joined by producer-songwriter and drummer
on this record, Ivan Moni Bidin.
band’s debut release 'Daydreamin' saw the light of
day on 14 April 2015, an album that received worldwide critical acclaim,
then on the back of that album, the band not only shared the
stage with Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society in 2015, but
were also picked to play with Ozzy’s actual axeman the
mighty Gus G!
in 2017 the band return with their sophomore release
‘Lies, Hopes and Other Stories’ and take up where 'Daydreamin' left off, with their own brand Modern Melodic Hard
Rock / Metal.
get underway with the intro ‘Nebolus’, a 1 minute 14 epic
sounding score that leads in the album opener proper ‘I Am
the Hurricane’, with an all-out attack on the senses, with
a powerful riff
Donati leading the way for Sandron to unleash as mighty
vocal assault, that really give the album that modern edgy
continue at breakneck speed with ‘Bulletproof’, again edgy riff fuelled modern Metal,
that leads into the tuned down
licks of ‘Sinner’. This is where the band really
excel, this is a
great catchy rocker that showcases perfectly the bands ability to mix catchy
choruses and melodies with heavy riffing, all under the Rock
is just a slight slowing of tempo before a heavier, almost grunge
driven bass line appears on the opening of The Promise, but it’s the vocals of
Sandron that really make this one for me. He really shows off his
extensive range on this one, making it one of my favourite tracks off
band carries on with the hard-hitting darker side of the
tracks with ‘Scars’, before switching things in a totally
different direction with the bluesy melodic rock tones of
the ballad ‘Everything and More’.
pedal to the floor once more with the anthemic ‘Come One,
Come All’, a gritty funky slice of Hard Rock that will have
you bopping along form the opening chords.
classic rocking all the way with the excellent ‘Perfect
Lie’, before the tempo is brought down once again with the
soaring melody rich tones of ‘Hope’. The album
comes to a close in style, with the film score epic feeling ‘You Know
My Name’, which wraps up a great second release. This is
the perfect album for today’s modern rock fan. If you want
something that isn’t to retro and has enough of modern
edge to stand out from the crowd, then this is album is for you.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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