Sunday, June 12, 2022

REVIEW : Gräce, Hope (Release date: June 10, 2022, Frontiers Records)

Gräce is a new band put together by singer Isra Ramos (Alquimia, Avalanch), one of the most prolific and versatile vocalists, composers and producers in the recent history of metal in Spain. "After over 20 years of working in the music world, I am really happy and proud to be part of Frontiers Records now. It is a gift and an award for me and my bandmates for which we are very grateful", says Isra.

"Gräce is a very important project for me, a new adventure that I consider fresh and liberating that allows me to express myself in a very personal way. After many years within the more traditional metal framework, I wanted to enter a more experimental style, something embracing melodic metal and electronic elements with other different flavours that I wish to explore."

With his main bands, he toured throughout the entire world, sharing the stage with bands such as Scorpions, Europe, Nightwish, Rhapsody Of Fire and Angra. Isra is also the founder of his own project, Amadeüs, which got him recognition in the Spanish speaking metal scene and helped him forge himself into the artist he is today. Additionally, he has also given his voice on multiple collaborations, including Mägo de Oz, Celtian, Ankor and Death & Legacy.

The style of the album can be described as modern rock/metal with strong emphasis on big melodies, electronic parts and some heavier melodic metal parts for the extra flavour. For example, the tune of "The Nowhere Man" is one of the debut's highlights. Fast-tempo, up-beat with this modern melodic metal vibe in it this track grabs you at once and leaves you hungry for more!! The 'theatrical' "Blind Love" is really great while in "Snow White (At The End Of The World)" we have, again, an extraordinary track! The mix of a variety of rock styles here is really magical! "Fiona" is just killer!! Pure melodic rock bliss!! The hook and chorus here are just breathtaking and the melodic lines are out of this world. "Together" and "Invincible" are both great samples!! 

For sure, GRACE's debut, "Hope", is one of this year's biggest and pleasant surprises so far! A very diverse sound here, regarding the rooster of Frontiers Music, but an overall great opus all the way! Well-composed tracks, a totally 'fresh' sound with some inspired harmonies and melodies to die for, superb performances are the ingredients here that, at the end of the day, the sure thing is that will thrill you!!   

Songwritting : 9
Production : 9
Songs : 9
Musicianship : 9 

Overall Rating : 9 / 10 

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