Saturday, October 15, 2011


ISSA hails from Norway and made a huge impact with her debut album last year. She has often  been compared to music stars such as Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Amy Lee (Evanescene). That being said, Issa has created her own style and approach to Melodic Rock by mixing her peculiar and unique  melodic sensibility with a rocking attitude which is unseen in today’s Pop singers.

Nowadays, she is releasing her second album which is titled "The Storm". This effort shows that ISSA has it all to become the next Rock-diva in this scene. Unlike the debut self-titled album, the new album shows has her taking a shot at songwriting and together with the Martin brothers (Vega, House of Lords, Khymera, Sunstorm), she offers up tracks on the new album like “Invincible”, “We’re on Fire” and “The Storm”, the album’s title track. Contributions also come from the mighty Robert Sall (Work of Art), Randy Goodrum (Steve Lukather, Toto, Steve Perry), Daniel Palmqvist, Johannes Stole (Xorigin), Daniel Flores, Sören Kronqvist (Crash the System, Sunstorm), Chris Laney, Magnus Karlsson (Place Vendome) and more !

"Looking for Love" is the album's opening track. Loud guitars, passionate performances and a catchy chorus are the elements that characterize this brilliant tune. In "Please Hold On" the rhythms are remaining up-tempo and it's about a commercial track that could easily be a daily air-play hit!  "Take A Stand" is a huge modern-melodic tune with some low-tuned guitars and a melody to die for! "Invicible" is an overall good mid-tempo track while "You're Making Me" is one of the album's highlights! A heavy one with a catchy chorus line and great guitar work! "We're On Fire" is another very good song with big harmonies and Issa's amazing vocal performances!

All in all, this is a very interesting release. For sure, it is not something breathtaking or something you've never heard it before! The sure thing is that is about a well-crafted Melodic Rock stuff with great arrangements, very good songs, brilliant performances and most of all heart and soul! Well done!

HeavyParadise's Rating : 7,5/10

TRACK LIST : 1. Looking for Love, 2. Please Hold On, 3. Take a Stand, 4. Invincible, 5. Two Hearts, 6. Black Clouds, 7. You’re Making Me, 8. Gonna Stand By You, 9. We’re On Fire, 10. Too Late for Love, 11. What Does It Take, 12. The Storm

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