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WHITE WIDDOW - White Widdow

WHITE WIDDOW - White Widdow

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Sensational Australian newcomers with a awesome slice of classic 80s AOR in the vein of Giuffria, White Sister, Roxus and Treat - pure AOR bliss - every serious AOR fans needs a copy !

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After their last year’s self-made 3-track-EP, Australian Melodic Rockers WHITE WIDDOW finally present their first full-length album. The band around brothers Jules and Xavier Millis recorded 10 songs (plus intro) that deliver finest Melodic Rock in the style of bands like ROXUS and TREAT. Tokyo Rain: After the short intro „Shoukai“ the album opens with the true Melodic Rock anthem “Tokyo Rain”. You instantly recognize the great mixture of crisp guitars in the vein of early DOKKEN/TYKETTO and the massive keyboards a la TREAT. Furthermore the vocals of Jules Millis sound very similar to Robert Ernlund (TREAT) and fit perfectly with the powerful sound of the band. Broken Hearts Won’t Last Forever: Not as fast-paced as the opener, but another track living on the perfect balance of heavy guitars and multi-layered keyboards. The similarities between Jules Millis and Robert Ernlund become even more obvious on this song. If somebody had told me that “Broken Hearts Won’t Last Forever” was a unreleased track from TREAT’s “Organized Crime”-sessions, I would have believed him. We’ve Got The Wings: This mid-tempo tune opens with some massive 80’s keyboards. Due to the very catchy chorus it’s an instantly likable song that bands like TREAT or SWEDISH EROTICA couldn’t have done any better. Cross To Bare: This song was the opener of last year’s 3-track-EP. A fast tempo, cutting guitars, atmospheric keyboards and a strong melody make “Cross To Bare” one of the best songs on the “White Widdow” album. Don’t Fail Me Now: A little softer tune. The melody and the vocals by Jules Miles remind me of WARRANT at the times with Jani Lane, while the keyboards add a strong Scandinavian flair. Spirit Of Fire: A straight mid-tempo song that gets fueled by some strong keyboards in the vein of old Robert Tepper and Russ Ballard classics. Guitarist Enzo Almanzi counters with a strong riffing and adds some bite. If you like AVIATOR’s amazing debut record, then you shouldn’t miss this track! Shadows Of Love: Another little slower song. The atmospheric keyboards by Xavier Millis and the emotional lead guitars by Enzo Almanzi perfectly complete one another. Due to the strong background vocals at the chorus it’s another very TREAT-ish song. One More Day: A little more up-tempo again and very melodic. The multi-layered background vocals play an even more important role than in “Shadows Of Love” and the well arranged middle-part and the guitar solo by Enzo Almanzi add the certain something. Change Of Passion: The song’s opening sounds very similar to BON JOVI at the times of their self-titled debut. Die punchy guitars hit you like a fist of Rocky Balboa and in my opinion “Change Of Passion” is the best song on the album! Fire & Ice: Unfortunately the last song of the album. The poppy keyboards and the extremely catchy chorus of “Fire & Ice” point out WHITE WIDDOW’s melodic site. Once again you can’t help but think of TREAT and SWEDISH EROTICA when listening to this song. If you still have a heart for the Melodic Rock music of the 80’s and enjoy the bands I mentioned in the beginning of my review, then the WHITE WIDDOW’s debut is the perfect stuff for you. Die five Aussies play a sound that even their idols couldn’t have done any better at their heydays. Let’s hope that there is more to come from WHITE WIDDOW, cause these guys really know their business!

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