Sunday, January 17, 2016

REVIEW : ELEVENTH HOUR / Memory Of A Lifetime Journey (2016)

Eleventh Hour was originally founded in 2014 by guitarist Aldo Turini. Aldo wanted to express his musical ideas and Eleventh Hour is the vehicle for his ideas to come true. He arranged all the songs and he wrote the orchestral parts with Giuseppe Carella making the final result very peculiar and musically challenging.

The line-up was completed with the addition of the very talented Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints, Edge Of Forever) on vocals, who also co-wrote most of the songs, Luca Mazzucconi (N.F.D, Lahannya) on drums, GianMaria "Black Jin" Godani  on bass and Alberto Sonzogni (The Black Phoenix, Timesword) on keyboards. Drums, bass and acoustic guitars. Alessandro Del Vecchio mixed and mastered the album and he gave to the final result a heavy/powerful approach but still very melodic with a clever cinematographic orchestral flavor.

"Memory Of A Lifetime Journey" is an extremely and very interesting ride through Eleventh Hour's music. It's heavy, melodic and the strong progressive pinches make this record very enjoyable from start to finish. The arrangements are all solid, tight and the symphonic, almost cinematographic, parts are the cherry on top. The guitar licks (just listen to the fantastic solo on "Sunshine's Not Too Far") are sharp, technical and heavy and the rhythm section is solid as a rock. Even though the sound is a bit 'difficult', the album is filled with the necessary memorable hooks and choruses ("All I Left Behind",  that makes each song unique. "Sleeping In My Dreams" and "Here Alone" is featuring soprano Susanna Carboni who gives a magical 'touch' in both tracks with her amazing and warm voice.

A well-crafted, well-written and well-performed album that can't be missed by any fan of the rock scene in general. Highly recommended!

Rating : 9/10

Track Listing :
Sunshine's Not Too Far
All I Left Behind
Back To You
Sleeping In My Dreams
Long Road Home
Requiem From A Prison
Island In The Sun
After All We've Been MIssing
Here Alone

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