BARROS - GEMINI (2003, POINT MUSIC)
Paulo Barros - guitars
Rafael Gubert - vocals
Jose Baltazar - bass
Luis Barros - drums
In a previous life, these guys were called Tarantula
. Hailing from Portugal, that country's stocks of rising melodic rock talent seems to be on the rise. Continuing the German allegiance, Barros are signed to Point Music, where previously Tarantula
released 6 albums for the metal label AFM Records. The differences this time around are numerous. Firstly a new singer in Brazilian Rafael Gubert. Secondly less of the metal, and more of the melodic hard rock, and thirdly of course, the label. Soundwise, Paulo (the band leader here) has moved the band into late nineties hard rock, a la Guild Of Ages
, though without the same finesse. Still, Barros the band are far more palatable to the G-DAZE audience than perhaps what Tarantula
were, though I have to admit, I'm partial to the odd bit of HM blitzkreig from time to time, so hearing Barros in this new 'melodic' light was neither here nor there to me. I could quite easily have listened to this even if it was a metal album!
We'll just cast our eyes and ears over a few of these tracks.. The opener 'Escape From The Lies' ploughs it way through some intense riffing, melodic to the core. A nice chorus right out of the GOA
songbook. 'Guardian Angel' has a lot of depth to it, the ebb and flow nature of it adding nice contrast between clean sounds and guitar distortion. 'You And My Way' takes a few clues out of labelmates Pride
musical approach, particularly the guitar melodies, while a song like 'The Half Of Me' has a serious strutty guitar line heard by many of the latest Swedish bands going down the heavy retro road of late.
If guitar-driven melodic hard rock is your thing, then Barros are worth an investigation. It's strong points: vocalist Rafael Gubert provides the vocal power, and the overall theme is an interesting change for many familiar with Tarantula
's previous efforts. Also, if you happen to be a past fan of Guild Of Ages
, then jump onboard the Barros Bus!
01 Escape From The Lies
02 Guardian Angel
03 The Blink Of An Eye
04 Jesus Moved Out
05 Talk Tomorrow
06 You And My Way
07 A Soul Of Fire
08 The Half Of Me
09 Night Fall
11 Praying For The Lord
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