BLUEROSE - DARKNESS AND LIGHT (AREAOSONICA RECORDS)
Another Italian band, totally unknown so far in our areas and signed to a label that is new as well (Areasonica Records). Two facts that mostly result in nadir situations, but now and then, new fresh blood proves that they have a right of existence. Both label and band did with this album! Bluerose is a quartet that released their debut album ‘Fallen From Heaven’ in 2012 and nearly one year later, they bring this successor to daylight. Their second album ‘Darkness And Light’ contains 8 songs with a total duration of 35 minutes and although that’s a real minimum these days, they demonstrate once more that quality is prior to quantity. Those that want an appetizer after reading this review, just follow this link to see and hear the opener and title track of the album, as this is their first official video release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v8rpmUTDZ4
The album starts with a little bombast, and while drums are pumping up, the song breaks open and delivers a very nice modern Rock track. The vocals have a very nice timbre with a little House Of Lords approach, but at the same time James Hetfield from Metallica is a resemblance as well, mostly during the chorus of ‘Darkness And Light’. The quality and impact of the first song is exactly what I’m missing on the next track ‘Reloaded’. It doesn’t imply that this is not a good track, but I consider it as an average Hard Rock song, but no extras. ‘Run’ contains the lost quality again. The song has a higher pace and the chorus is again striking and interesting to listen to. Bands that like to compose in this genre very often focus on great guitar solos, and the track ‘On My Way’ is giving full satisfaction. Most of the songs on this second release have great riffing and a pretty Heavy approach, except for ‘I Know’, which can be considered as the ballad of the album.
The album was released in 2013 and the recordings happened at the band’ home studio, simply called Bluerose Studios. Riccardo Scaramelli (vocals, guitars and keyboards) can be considered as the mainman of the band as he wrote most of the songs with a (little?) help from the other members of the band. It doesn’t mean that Giuliano (guitars), Guido (bass) and Cristiano (drums) are playing on a second scale or level, but they are lesser prominent present in the songs. Some of the songs on this release are real highlights, others are above the average, and a second remark is that some people might getting annoyed about the vocals of Riccardo, as they are mostly in the same range. I must say that I’m pretty impressed about this new Italian band that demonstrate how good rock songs should sound!
My rating: 86 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish