what has been a great year for Melodic and Hard Rock albums and us only
half way through 2009, Frontiers have only gone and added another great
one to list with the release of Constancia’s new album 'Lost and
started out as the brainchild of former Scudier/Token keyboard player
Mikael Rosengren. He had written a batch of songs that were just
screaming to be completed, recorded and released. He got in touch
with guitarist Janne Stark, who has previously released albums with
bands like Overdrive, Locomotive Breath, Balls, Zello etc. asking him to
lay down some guitars on the demos. Janne loved the songs and got
even more involved in the guitar arrangements, and the seed of
Constancia was planted.
the band needed a vocalist and David Fremberg soon found himself part of
the band with drummer Peter Svensson and Michael Mueller who took up
bass duties and so Constancia was complete.
to the album which blends traditional Melodic and Hard Rock in one
entity to which ‘Lost And Gone’ is the result.
album opens up with ‘Fallen Hero’ and the sheer quality comes
shining through, especially the vocals of Fermberg whose voice was made
for this genre. A soulful yet powerful combination and this
blended together with Starks guitars and Rosegren’s soaring keys, all
go to make this a simply superb opener.
melodic bliss continues with ‘Trouble Maker’, a little rockier than
the opener but just as good if not better. With cascading licks
from Stark getting things underway, while the majestic keys bringing
depth to the track, all the while Fermberg's vocals just exude class.
is as true a Melodic Rock album as you’ll hear and things continue
with 'Blind’, on which first listen I could have sworn it was Steve
Overland singing the chorus, as it has that FM feel about it. As
does the next song ‘Little Big You’, both great melody filled tunes
that will blow the hard core Melodic Rock fans away.
band show they can mix it up a little by bringing in a little
progressive edge to things with ‘The King Is Calling’, before one of
my favourites on the album ‘Dying By Your Flames'. Again
featuring a little prog edge courtesy of Rosengren, but still a great
song with Fermberg once again showcasing what a great vocalist he is.
album continues its more melodic path ‘Save Me’ and ‘No One Like
You’, before my pick of the bunch the simply superb ‘Life Is A
Mistery’, a gentle moving ballad that just shines on all levels.
The pace is picked up once more with the rocking tones of ‘I Never Said Goodbye’ and ‘I Wish I Could Fly’, before the album closes in impressive style with the epic haunting melodies of ‘www.lastandgone.com’, a great ending to what is a stunning album.
1. Fallen Hero
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