Thursday, April 13, 2023

REVIEW : Perfect View - Bushido (Lions Pride Music, Rel. Date: 28 April 2023)

PERFECT VIEW is back in music business with their brand new opus entiled "Bushido". The new album will see the light of day this April (28th) through the Danish label Lions Pride Music.

Perfect View since its creation, 2008, released three albums such as "Hold Your Dreams" in 2010, "Red Moon Rising" in 2014 and  "Timeless" at the end of 2018. In 2020 the band recorded a cover of Kiss that was included in the compilation "We Keep On Shoutin -KISS tribute" whose proceeds are entirely donated to the CancerDrugs & Rock'nRoll association.  

The new album is a rock opera dedicated to the world of samurai. It tells the story of a Japanese boy who was born with a disability but who manages to pursue his dream of becoming a great samurai just like his grandfather was. The band adds some words about the new album :  "It is undoubtedly the album that took us the most effort, both for the lyrics and the music and arrangements. We wanted to pay homage to a fascinating country and culture." 

After the very first spin of the new record, I have to say that I enjoyed "Bushido" a lot! Not only for the music itself but also for the 'theme' of the new album. It's something different and diverse regarding the rest of today's music and that's very welcomed. About the music now, Perfect View plays solid, passionate and extremly melodic AOR stuff. Damiano Libianchi's voice is smooth, strong and he is delivering some excellent vocals in all over the album. The guitars by Francesco “Joe” Cataldo are top notch including some 'tasteful' chops and solos and are one of the band's strongest points. I would dare to say that the whole album is a very pleasant ride without a filler insight and leaves you hungry for more. 

This is an excellent melodic rock/edgy AOR album full of big melodies, clever arrangements, top performances and with a strong lesson; never stop chasing your dreams!

Songwritting : 8 
Production : 8
Songs : 9
Musicianship : 9

Overall Rating : 8,5 / 10 

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