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G.L.A.S - 2005 Eighteen



G.L.A.S - EIGHTEEN (2005, SELF RELEASED)
Alex 'Midnight' Moschini - vocals, bass, keyboards
Massimo Cappelli - vocals, guitars
Alessio Viani - guitars
Sergio Leonetti - drums


Background
Here's a band from Italy that have been through more changes than Naomi Campbell's wardrobe! G.L.A.S started life out in 1985 as Euro-metal outfit, the core of the band were Moschini, Cappelli, Leonetti and second guitarist Alessandro Innocenti. During the late 80's the band played many gigs in their local hangout of the Tuscany District of Italy (close to the city of Florence). Things started taking off for them with the release of their first official EP 'Audax Vincit' during 1988. However, the band suffered a setback with the departure of lead singer and guitarist Massimo Cappelli. With replacements coming onboard soon after (a separate guitarist and vocalist), the band change styles and move into a hard rock/AOR position a la Dokken and Ratt. The 90's was an up/down period for the band, with more departures, inactivity.. all this despite a contract with a company called Music Box Promotion. After many 'time-outs' being called on the band, G.L.A.S finally re-emerged again in 2004 after a seven year hiatus, and reunite with three of their original cast. 2005's six-track EP 'Eighteen' is the resulting piece of work.

The Songs
G.L.A.S compare favourably to fellow Italians Vanadium, but without the finesse, luck and overall output that those guys achieved. Similar too is the change of direction both bands took during their career: starting out in the HM/hard rock mould before shaping their sound towards AOR/melodic rock. Leading off with 'Take Me Now Or Go', these Italian rockers start out with a swirling atmospheric intro before settling into a steady groove. Taking a modern rock stance is 'I Cry Alone Tonite' - the guitars loop nicely, one with an insistent picking line the other a subtle chugging rhythm.. the solo is kinda too, but the vocals lack presence and power. The lengthy song-title 'The Sweet Sound Of The Hard Falling Rain' hints at ballad territory and has some good ideas. 'If You Walk Away' attempts to break out of the mid-tempo range, the solo at the end goes some way toward testing the metronome. Continuing the straight-forward modern rock approach, 'No More Lonely Days, No More Lonely Nights' sounds as if it could've been big back in the early 90's, again the solo lifts the arrangement noticeably. The EP finishes up with the keyboard-laden 'Your Dreams' - not that the guitars are missing.. a good track to end our listening stint.

In Summary
As mentioned, there are some good ideas coming through, but the aspect which lets the side down are the vocals: both lead and harmony. They don't quite gel, and to be a great band operating in this genre the vocals need to be spot on - sorry to say. Since this release, the band have returned to a low-key existence, though they still appear to be alive and well. Refer their website for more (see below). Thanks to Alex for the opportunity.

URL: www.glasweb.it

Track Listing:
01 Take Me Now Or Go
02 I Cry Alone Tonight
03 The Sweet Sound Of The Hard Falling Rain
04 If You Walk Away
04 No More Lonely Days, No More Lonely Nights
05 Your Dreams

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