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Sandalinas - 2005 Living On The Edge

Apollo Papathanasio - vocals
Jordi Sandalinas - guitars
Victor Casado - guitars
Fran Duarte - bass
Daniel Moilanen - drums

Sandalinas are newcomers to the scene. Formed around the talented Spaniard Jordi Sandalinas, the band itself take on a continental European flavour, with Swedish vocalist Apollo Papathanasio, and fellow countryman drummer Daniel Moilanen. Not only that, but Andy LaRocque from Danish metal merchant King Diamond handles the production chores. Despite kicking off in 2000, Sandalinas has only come together recently, and the results are stunning to stay the least. Razor sharp, and an amalgam of all styles of rock/metal that we all know and love. Best comparisons would include Pink Cream 69 and Millenium.. and bands of that ilk. As a result, it will appeal to those into everything from power metal all the way through to AOR.

The Songs
Without doubt the album is hard-hitting from the start. The title track leads off impressively. Edgy guitarwork amid a rampant rhythm section. Think Pink Cream 69 at their best, and this is what you get. 'The Conqueror' as the title would suggest, powers its way through precedings. No prisoners here. 'If It Wasn't For You' starts out with some Bonfire approved guitar runs, the overall song churns away as if the 80's was here yesterday. Definitely one for fans of bands like the aforementioned Bonfire or Victory. Slowing things up a bit is the piano filled ballad 'The Day The Earth Died'. A contrast yes, and one that was needed on an album like this. It is complimented by the equally laid back 'Heaven In You', but thankfully their true colours are shown on the rampant 'Back In Time'. Superb stuff. And to round it out, we get the delicious acoustic/electric 'Die Hard'. Think unplugged Gotthard, and this is what it sounds like.

In Summary
Apart from the guitar talent of Jordi, the other ace-in-the-hole is singer Apollo. This guy is in the same league as David Readman and Jorn Lande. A tough voice who can match it for power and energy. Sandalinas are certain to be right up there among rookies of the year. Look for Sandalinas now. Worthy of an inspection and an investment.


Track Listing:
01 Living On The Edge
02 All Along The Everglades
03 The Ritual Of Truth
04 Follow Me
05 If It Wasn't For You
06 The Day The Earth Died
07 The Conqueror
08 Heaven In You
09 Back In Time
10 Die Hard


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