Saturday, November 11, 2023

REVIEW : Frozen Rain, One Mile From Heartsville (Lions Pride Music, Rel. Date: 30 October '23)

FROZEN RAIN is the music project of Belgian songwriter Kurt Vereecke. A creative odyssey that would transcend borders and genres, leaving an indelible mark on the rock landscape. Frozen Rain's debut album arrived in 2008 and allowed Kurt to join forces with his personal idols, luminaries such as Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Steve Newman (Newman), and Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet). 

"Ahead Of Time", the second opus, saw the light of day in 2012 and it was again a solid sample of pure melodic rock bliss. This chapter featured the amazing singer Carsten Lizard Schultz, a vocal virtuoso celebrated for his contributions to Domain and a multitude of other renowned bands. 

Nowadays, the band's third step "One Mile From Heartsville" is out through Danish melodic rock label Lions Pride Music. Once again the band is ready to unleash its melodic rock/edgy AOR stuff with big arrangements, clever hooks and choruses and amazing songwritting. The infusion of new talents is evident, with guitarist Jens Ambrosch and vocalist Lars Edvall spearheading the sonic charge. 

The album is a pure melodic rock bliss from start to finish; the memeorable choruses and the ultra amazing melodies are in every single moment of "One Mile From Heartsville"!! The guitar lines are melodious, crunchy with sharp riffs and amazing solos and the vocal lines of Edvall are genious! Songs such as "Fire", "How Could I Know", "Let Me Love You", "What's It Gonna Be", "Ready For Tonight" and "That's Why I'm Loving You" are breathtaking, ultra-melodic and songs that 'travels' you back in the golden era of the mid 80's, early 90's!!! Of course the updated 'pinch' brings a more fresh air that at the end makes this album a must-have for every die-hard of the classic AOR genre out there! One of the top and high-quality releases so far!!! 

Songwriting : 9
Production : 9
Songs : 9
Musicianship : 9 

Overall Rating : 9 / 10 

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