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Secret Sphere - 2003 Scent Of Human Desire

Andrea Buratto - bass
Paolo Gianotti - guitars
Luca Cartasegna - drums
Ramon Messina - vocals
Antonio Agate - keyboards
Aldo Lonobile - lead guitars

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

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

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Secret Sphere - 2003 Scent Of Human Desire

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