Title: Dare To Be HappyLabel: Pride & Joy Music
to be Happy' is the debut solo album from the Swedish female
metal artist, rock singer, songwriter, music producer and
model Marina Ammouri.
Swedish songstress has already made waves in the rock world
and has already been labeled as the new Doro Pesch.
spring 2017, the Swedish multi-talent was invited to
collaborate with Maestro Mistheria, the creator of Vivaldi
Metal Project. Joining Marina on the album are a who's
who of the rock world that includes Pontus Egberg (bass, the
Poodles, King Diamond) on all of the songs and also as
co-producer of six tracks. Exceptional guitarist Staffan Österlind
(Paul Dianno), Tony Borg (guitar, Alien), drummer Johan
Kullberg (Therion, Hammerfall), John Berg (guitar) and more
can be heard on this CD.
album opens up with the impressive ‘Fill Your Heart With
Love’ and from the off you can see why the Doro
similarities come from, although I think the vocals steers
more towards The V herself, Victoria Freeman. This is
no-nonsense heavy metal, that really lets the listener know
Ammouri means business with this solo album.
hard hitting Metal keeps on coming with the dark ‘Monster
of Your Own Creation’, with the guitars being handled by
all systems go on the excellent ‘Starlight’, again
keeping that darker metal vibe going, before things lighten
up a touch with the Melodic Metal tones of the title track
‘Dare To Be Happy’.
take an almost Gothic tone with ‘Bad Illusion’, complete
with a haunting solo courtesy of Tony Borg, before being
brought up a gear or two with the Funk-o-Metal vibe of
‘Manipulation’. A song crying out for a dance
back to the straight shooting Heavy Metal with ‘Not
Anymore’, before returning to the dark side with ‘More
Than Everything’. If Édith Piaf, this would be the
style she would adopt.
The album closes with the epic soundscape that is 'He Knows Everything About Me’, which wraps up a quite fascinating album, full of more twists and turns a bucket of snakes. Definitely one album that will split opinions in the Metal ranks, but one for sure that will put Marina on the rock map.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Your Heart With Love
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