Title: Restless SpiritsLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
Spirits is the new project from Lords of Black guitarist
Tony Hernando, who takes a step back from the Heavy Metal
stylings of Lords of Black, for a more Melodic / Hard Rock
approach for this album.
on board six singers for the project, a veritable who's who
of today's rock scene, featuring Johnny Gioeli (Hardline,
Axel Rudi Pell), Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints,
ex-Journey), Dino Jelusic (Animal Drive), Kent Hilli
(Perfect Plan), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline) and Diego
Valdez (Dream Child). Castronovo also plays drums on
the entirety of the album. With such an array of
fantastic artists you’d expect something rather special
and you’d be right.
album gets off the flying start with 'Stop Livin' To Live
Online', featuring Gioeli on vocals. This opener
really sets the bar for the rest of the album. The
song starts off with a slow piano intro, but soon bursts
into flurry of soaring guitar licks.
also starts off with a little piano intro, but this time
alongside a great guitar riff from Hernando, with Castronovo
providing the vocals for this one, showing he is not just a
great drummer, but that he also has a great melodic rock
hard rocking all the way with 'I Remember Your Name' with
Hilli providing the vocal might for this one. This has
a harder feel to it, think classic 80’s and you won’t be
far away with this one.
time to bring a more modern feel to the Melodic Rock side of
things with ‘Cause I Know You're the One', which
gives us a taste of Jelusic’s vocal prowess. It's
very much riff driven this song and a great track to really
get your teeth into.
takes up the mike once more for the gentler refrain of the
ballad 'Nothing I Could Give You', before rocking things up
a touch with the single 'Calling You'. Castronovo once
again delivers the goods on this one and continues on the
excellent 'Live to Win'.
next two tracks feature the might Italian
Del Vecchio, who brings that classic 80’s hard rock
back with 'You And', before the superb ballad 'When It Comes
To You'. The gentle balladesque tones continue with
the intro to 'Lost Time (Not To Be Found Again)', before
this one rocks up big style with the mighty Jelusic bringing
album closes in style with 'In the Realm of The Black Rose',
the only track to feature Diego Valdez. This seven
minutes plus epic is pure gold and really shows off
Hernando’s talents as a songwriter.
I could wax lyrical about each track in great depth, but you will have to take my word for it, this album is just pure ear-candy and ranks as one of the best albums of 2019.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Livin' To Live Online
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