Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

reyno-roxx
20-11-2017 22:15
Anyone have a rip of the Daddy Warbucks album on Tiger Lily from 76 please?

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2003 Articles » Secret Sphere - 2003 Scent Of Human Desire
 
Secret Sphere - 2003 Scent Of Human Desire


SECRET SPHERE - SCENT OF HUMAN DESIRE (2003, NUCLEAR BLAST)
Andrea Buratto - bass
Paolo Gianotti - guitars
Luca Cartasegna - drums
Ramon Messina - vocals
Antonio Agate - keyboards
Aldo Lonobile - lead guitars


Background
Secret Sphere have been one of the bands leading the New Wave of Italian Heavy Metal. Originating in 1997 the band have already released a couple of very well received albums. This in turn has lead to a fair amount of anticipation for 'Scent Of Human Desire', which on the most part is warranted. This is the second release of the year for vocalist Ramon, the other being the new album by France's Alkemyst. The Alkemyst release is stronger, but there is still plenty to get excited about with Secret Sphere.

The Songs
Before you ask, no they are not Rhapsody clones, as it is sometimes assumed with Italian melodic metal bands. There's plenty of velocity involved, but it is combined with progressive metal passages and straight ahead melodic hard rock. Though the first track 'Rain' doesn't pour on my enthusiasm it does dampen it as it meanders on without any major conclusion. You get a fist full of Skid Row style attitude on the hard rocker 'Still Here', and a pretty cool chorus as well. It's back to more melodic prog metal on '1,000 Eyes' Show'. Crunchy guitars, plenty of melody and another good chorus. There's a slight goth feel to 'More Than Simple Emotions', an extremely melodic track that has a stellar chorus and some lovely female vocals. My favourite from the album. The band seem most comfortable and at their best when combining power and prog, which is exactly what they do on the tracks 'Surrounding' and 'Desire'. The title 'Virgin Street 69' should give you a good idea that this is a basic hard rocker and the weakest track on offer. 'Runaway Train', though back to more common ground, doesn't have a lot of life and the two tracks together give the album a shaky midsection. A softer approach is taken with 'Scent Of A Woman' with some very nice lead work. 'Life Part 1' is a short interlude with those exquisite female vocals again. This leads into 'Life Part 2'. Originally starting out as a straight ahead rocker but then moving into heavy funk metal territory. Why do the band try to mix things up so much? And just like the Alkemyst cd, there is a strange hidden track tagged on the end.

In Summary
Secret Sphere are trying hard to be a multifaceted act, but in doing so they draw attention away from what they do best, which is the power/prog melodic metal style. It's a pity that the quality of songs such as '1,000 Eyes Show' and the amazing 'More Than Simple Emotions' isn't carried throughout the whole album. As the saying goes, 'Jack of all trades, master of none'.

Track Time: 53:23
URL: secretsphere.com

Track Listing:
01 Rain
02 Still Here
03 1000 Eyes' Show
04 More Than Simple Emotions
05 Surrounding
06 Desire
07 Virgin Street 69
08 Runaway Train
09 Scent Of A Woman
10 Life Part 1 - Walking Through The Dawn
11 Life Part 2 - Daylight

Related Articles:

Secret Sphere - 2003 Scent Of Human Desire


Secret Sphere - Interview with Ramon Messina (Jun 2003)


Secret Sphere - 2005 Heart And Anger


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
 
Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Lynyrd Skynyrd - 2012 Last Of A Dyin' Breed, Valentine (#2) - 1990 Valentine, Sykes, John - 1997 Loveland, Rundgren, Todd - 1976 Faithful, Gathering, The - 1997 Nighttime Birds, Innocent Rosie - 2009 Bad Habit Romance, Tower City - 1996 A Little Bit Of Fire, Scorpions, The - 1985 World Wide Live, Nova - 1977 Wings Of Love, Night Ranger - 1983 Midnight Madness, Bourgeois Tagg - 1986 Bourgeois Tagg, Silver Hunter - 2015 Chapter 1: Mad Moonlighters [ep], Vannelli, Gino - 1984 Black Cars, Hustler - 1974 High Street, Angel - 1977 On Earth As It Is In Heaven
Tags©
Wounded Bird Carillo Savage Grace Detroit Nowherefast FM (UK) Millenium Small Face Wounded Bird Gypsy Rose (Sweden) Covered Call Crimson Tide W.A.S.P De La Cruz Taras Secret Chaos Magic Crysys EP Tokyo Science Alva Star The Promise Stone Soup Lee Ritenour Sabu Jaugernaut De Garmo And Key Krokus Stairway Billionaire Boys Club Canada David Foster Skylark The Who Mecca Saint Deamon Rock Candy Records Phantom Rocker And Slick
All Tags
Search DDG