Title: Forever FreeLabel: Escape Music
Free' is the second album from Italian guitarist /
songwriter Stefano Viana, for this second opus Viana has
called upon the talents of Bryan Cole to take up the mike on
this album, replacing Alessandro Del Vecchio who sang on the
debut album 'Viana'.
the melodic rock party on this album are Anna Portalupi on
bass, Adam Ernst on drums, Francesco Marras on
guitar and Pasquale India on keyboard, with Terry
Brock on backing vocals and duetting on 'Do You Remember'
and guest guitarist John Roth, who provides lead guitar on
get underway with the title track 'Forever Free', a truer
slice of melodic rock you won't find. This one will
tick all the boxes for the diehard fans of this genre.
Great guitar work, a great rhythm section and a vocal
that’s the icing on this Melodic Rock cake.
continue with 'In the Name of Love', which is pure driven
Melodic Rock, with Cole delivering some of the best vocals
on the album, think Steve Overland meets Joe Lynn Turner.
could wax lyrical about all the tracks on this album as it's
one of those all killer, no filler albums. A must for
all fans of the genre. But if I must pick out a few of
my favourites, the first up would be 'Do You
Remember', as a big fan of Brock, both he and Cole
just bring something really special when they’re
together. Also 'Friday Night', which is one of those
songs I used to listen to while getting my glad rags on
before heading out for a big night out on the town.
in all this is a great album and while it's not going to
shake the foundations of the genre, what it does do is
provide the scaffolding to keep this genre solid and
true. Great stuff!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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