American AOR bands are a rare commodity indeed, with both Power Metal and
Heavy Metal being the more recognized genres,
and to have a South American band signed to an Italian Record
label is an even rarer occurrence. However both have come to
pass as the genre's leading label Frontiers Records have signed
from Curitiba in
Brazil the band bring back the sounds that make the AOR scene one we all
love. However, the band haven’t just taken that 80’s sound and copied it,
they’ve brought it kicking and screaming into the now. With obvious
influences from the likes of Journey, Kansas, Toto and others, Auras
aren’t trying to rewrite the past but bring the best of then and
combine it with the best of today.
isn’t a complicated album it is what it is, good old fashioned AOR
and with the vocals of frontman Gui Oliver resembling a certain
Mr Perry, he will certainly be labeled as the next Hugo or Chalfant.
Together with fellow band members Ferpa
Lacerda – guitars and background vocals, Edu Sallum – drums and
percussion, and with guest musicians Matheus Brandon – guitars and
background vocals and Hemerson Vieira – bass, together they have put
together an album is just a joy to listen to.
the opener ‘Beauty Of Dreams' you're lifted into that world of AOR that
made the world sit up and take notice of such bands like Journey and
Kansas. Great guitars mixed with great keyboards and with a vocalist that
will melt the hardest of hearts in Oliver, the band get things off to a
continue in a similar vein with ‘Forgive And Forget’, again it’s
Oliver’s vocals that really hit the mark once more with keyboards
and guitars ahoy. This is 4.19 minutes of pure AOR candy. Like I said before
nothing complicated, just a great tune wrapped in a superb vocal and I just love the funky keyboards mid song.
of my favourite tracks off the album has to be ‘Never Give Up’, this
is where the old meets new. There's great back beat on this one
that reminds me of
Ted Poley’s solo material, before bringing the tempo down with the first
of the ballads ‘In My Arms’. A great track that just warms you
through and washes all your troubles away. Cuddle up to the one you love
and put this one on and I bet you, you’ll grow even closer.
tempo is picked up a touch with the gentle harmonies of ‘Reach Out’
before another modern twist on the genre with the title track ‘New
Generation’, with the additional orchestrations bringing a depth to the
song that is unparalleled on the album.
is let off the lease a little on ‘Forever In Your Eyes’ as he lays
down probably the finest guitars on the album. One of the many stand out
tracks has to be 'Hungry Hearts', which happens to be the first song the
band wrote. This is what the genre is all about.
you like a little groove mixed in with your AOR then ‘That’s The Way
Love Goes’ is the one more you. There's a touch of the Latino around the
percussion section on this one, perhaps a soundtrack for summer.
of the more moderns styled rockers has to be ‘Keep On Loving You’
which features a
touch of Survivor on this song and the excellent ‘Out Of Love’,
before the album closes off with another AOR gem in ‘Love To Survive’.
I said at the beginning, Auras aren’t intending to reinvent the wheel
with this album, they just want to pay homage to their favourite bands
and if sounding like Journey or Kansas gets them a foot in the AOR door,
then so be it. Take this album as it is, don’t scrutinize it, just
enjoy it and pray for sunny days when you can blast this out on your
cars CD player with the top down. The New Generation is here and it
comes from Brazil so just embrace it, don’t fight it!
Beauty Of Dreams
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