1. Rainbow In The Dark
2. Summer Of 2001
3. Another Reason To Believe
4. Belzebù 2
5. Faded Fantasy
6. Last Ride
7. A Stupid Song
8. When Love And Hate Collide*
*cover Def Leppard
release date 17th May 2004
preview - review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
An emotional sweet Melodic album with some moments oriented to hymnic Power. Too soft and weak anyway, without crunchy riffs and rhythmic guitar outbursts. There are some light Prog elements, while piano, harpsichord and orchestral strings provide touching feelings. Vocals, in particular Kiara's, are agreeable. Anyway this album is not only melodic and romantic, it shows also more energetic passages in uptempo rhythm, but we are far from the strength of Power Metal and Rock. Indeed some melodies belong more to an harmonic Soft Rock/pop and the production could have been better. Nevertheless, like mentioned, there are also good remarkable features, and an awesome acoustic song.
First of all allow me to say that i like
A LOT ..the "lion " -ornament of cover art and disc, and, in the same way, i like the winged logo of the band. But unfortunately (sigh of not relief) this album doesn't deliver us a roaring lion/gryphon but a tender little kitten, that has still a long road
in front, in order to grow up and display its claws. Sky Lark, the
Italian band around its mastermind Eddy Antonini, play a very emotional music, with very good starting points, various vocals
(1 male lead, 1 female lead + 2 male back vocals), dreaming and fairy moments, good melodies that typically
express that euro -taste that we can observe in the best forms of melodic pop/soft rock. Without speaking about the intense piano or about the constant work done by Roberto Potenti at his six-strings bass. Fact is that Sky Lark provide "nice" tracks, suitable for relaxing
- chill out moments that with the strength of Power or Speed Metal have not much to do, honestly speaking.
Nevertheless i must underline that some tracks provide here and there
sprays of energy in a general contest that can be assigned to a
very melodic/soft style full of grace with Power flavors. But crunchy riffs are practically
absent and we are however very far from the aggressive energetic wall of
hymnic sound provided by the Monsters of Rock and Power within and outside Italy, with
whom SkyLark should compete. And if the style of SkyLark gets more in direction of a
Soft Power applied through light orchestration and piano-prog elements, cause this is their
characteristic... eh well, good to know, but guitar(s) must show their teeth anyway.
Dura Lex sed Lex. No escape to this rule, sorry. Here we have one guitar only that shows its muscle very
seldom. Metal (and Rock too) have their rules, and if we hardly can accept a form of metal delivered
through hard electronics (electro-metal) it is also true that Power is pure energy of guitars
"per antonomasia", even in its balladesque version. It is like playing
Paganini without violin. Unlikely, if not impossible. Attention, i am neither close minded nor unaware that we can have soft - piano orchestral moments only in almost every style, but usually all this happens when the rest of the album is very strong.
Just a couple
of words concerning production and arrangements: instruments are
well defined and sketched, as well as vocals are, though
everything could be merged better: there is a sensation of empty space
in the background.
|dalia di giacomo
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