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Niagara - 1988 Now Or Never

ARTIST: Niagara
ALBUM: Now Or Never
LABEL: Avispa
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1995, Foque/Avispa (Spain), FCD-003


LINEUP: Tony Cuevas - vocals * V.M Arias - guitars, vocals * Angel Arias - bass, vocals * Enrique Castaneda - keyboards, vocals * Jose Martos - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fallen Angel * 02 Walking * 03 I Will Be There * 04 Take My Hand * 05 Now Or Never * 06 I Should Be Stronger * 07 No Conversation * 08 You Belong To Me * 09 Secret Lover * 10 Live On The Line

Niagara were a Spanish band from the heartland of Madrid. English speaking, with a ton of talent. Musically, similar to bands of the era, including Europe (circa 'Wings Of Tomorrow'), Treat ('Pleasure Principle') and Shy. The latter particularly for singer Tony Cuevas who does have a Tony Mills flavour in his voice. Their first effort is a very good achievement all things considered. The production probably wasn't the best (incidentally handled by Baron Rojo guitarist Carlos de Castro), however, it certainly didn't detract from the overall style being portrayed here. The guitars of Manolo Arias and keyboard work of Ricky Castaneda in particular are a standout.

The Songs
The brief intro 'Fallen Angel' makes way for the opening tune 'Walking', a powerful introduction, though the title is a bit lame (sic). Third track in 'I Will Be There' is utterly essential listening.. laced with sonic guitar runs and masses of swirly keyboards. Followed soon after by the ballad 'Take My Hand, which literally takes its customary ballad position of track 04 in true melodic rock tradition. It takes a while to warm up, but the wait is worth it (I think), as it meanders in true Joey Tempest style. The title track 'Now Or Never' is some of the hardest driving rock this side of the Pyrennes.. staunch melodic rock with guitars and drums on overkill. The tempo is increased to Dokken level on 'I Should Be Stronger', a la 'Til The Living End' circa 'Under Lock And Key'. Thunderous stuff indeed. 'You Belong To Me' features an arrangement similar to Shy.. very commercial in fact. 'Secret Lover' continues the undercover lover stance found on numerous albums elsewhere, though the conviction and delivery is at times brutal.. hardly a wimpout. They end up with the euro-metal of 'Live On The Line', again a solid track, though those backing vocal chants through the chorus don't do the song any justice.

In Summary
Niagara went on to release their second and third albums, entitled 'Backstage Girls' (1990) and 'III' (1994). 'Now or Never' though was finally released on CD in 1997 by Avispa, and can be picked up from any good Spanish retailer. Euro metallers especially, would be interested in checking this out. It's very good despite perceived limitations.

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