Guitarist Stefano Viana is a new interesting artist from Italy. This is his debut album were he has got help from Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge Of Forever to name two). Alessandro has opened many doors for Italian bands/artists since his work as producer and songwriter for Frontiers Records and many other bands. On Viana he handles all the vocals and has co-produced the album with a good result. Other known players on the album is Anna Portalupi on bass (Hardline) and Alessandro Mori drums(Lionville Shining Line).
What were talking about here is guitar oriented melodic hardrock with cool keyboard work in the background, that gives the album a small touch of tougher AOR in the same vein as Edge Of Forever, HungryHeart, Guild Of Ages and Hardline. The album delivers 10 tracks with a very even quality with couple of standout tracks. Bad Signs is a great up-tempo rocker with strong melodic riffs and a strong chorus with nice harmonies. Feel Your Love Tonight is a nice mid-tempo rocker. The pianoballad Follow The Dawn is a beautiful song with layers of melodies and the chorus is powerful, great stuff. A New Love is a fantastic catchy rocker with a slightly AORish feel over it. Not a bad album at all and it was kind of a nice surprise for me. Hopefully we get to hear more from Stefano Viana because his debut album promises more.
Check it out if your into guitardriven melodic hardrock.