Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SOUND OF ETERNITY: ”Visions And Dreams”

Rating: RRR

Label: MelodicRockRecords 2014
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

So does MelodicRockRecords have an office in Spain? The label seems to sign all Spanish AOR bands these days! Sound Of Eternity is one of the latest signings, a female-fronted rock band with a strong Christian message.

Unlike most female-fronted AOR bands, Sound Of Eternity doesn’t sound much like eighties’ Heart or Robin Beck. They’ve got a decidedly modern sound which reminds me more of the likes of Within Temptation or Fireflight, only less symphonic. Although they occasionally wander into rather ethereal world, most tracks do feature edgy and powerful guitar work. I assume that the powerful edge has something to do with the fact that one Erik Mårtensson mixed and mastered the album.

It seems that half of the songs on the album are rather hard rockin’ AOR tracks, while the other half tends to float into that aforementioned ethereal world. Beatriz Aranda sings like an angel, while the accompanying music carries an ambient aura, allowing the listener to float too… while the lighter material is suitable for certain moods, I do prefer the harder-edged songs. Highlights include ”Call To Action”, ”My Saviour” and ”Broken Heart”, even though it must be said that the first of them has a chorus that does sound an awful lot like Treat’s ”Paper Tiger”.

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