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Blue Rose
Darkness And Light
June 2014
Released: 2014, Indie
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Many of the Italian bands that we cover on this site fall in the Power Metal or Progressive Metal camp, but Blue Rose is an exception. This quartet has released their second album DARKNESS AND LIGHT. The album is a brief, 8 tracks and 35 minutes of Melodic Metal that left me wanting more!

The self-titled album was a concept angel about an angel (named Bluerose) who fell to earth, but this one is a more straight-ahead collection of songs. DARKNESS AND LIGHT is guitar driven, hard rocking cut after cut, make this a very enjoyable album. The vocals of Riccardo are pretty impressive, mostly in the mid-range but he can certainly hit some high notes, such as the powerful scream at the end of the title-track. There are some good gang vocals on the choruses as well given them extra punch. The whole album is mid-paced but with a good sense of energy. There is no ballad in the traditional sense but there are a couple of slower songs such as ‘I Know’ which gradually builds in tempo. The song-written is catchy and melodic but not too happy, in fact the whole album has a dark delicious edge. I hear little bits of Dokken and later era Winger, but at their heaviest moments. I would like to see a bit more fire and pyrotechnics when it comes to the solos. A band like this could benefit from a bit more shredding and the lead guitar sometimes seems a bit far back in the mix. However, I really like the solo on ‘Leaving You’, probably my favourite track on the album that comes to a powerful conclusion. In my mind one of the strongest assets of the band is that do not sound modern. They have that classic 80’s Melodic Metal vibe and sound and they successfully avoid all the traps of the 90’s grunge/alt rock influences that so many bands fall prey to.

I’m really impressed with this young band. They have lots going for them, cool band name, a good-looking cover, nice album cover and most importantly good songs. Their melodic Metal with an edge is certainly worth checking out.
Track Listing

1. Darkness And light
2. Reloaded
3. Run
4. On My Way
5. I Know
6. Leaving You
7. Rock Your soul
8. The Land Of The Light


Riccardo Scaramelli -Vocals / Guitar
Giuliano Soranno -Guitar
Guido Lucchese -Bass
Cristiano Primosi -Drums

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