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Matrex - 2005 I'll Always Remember

Tony Dominelli - vocals
Geraldo Dominelli - guitars
Jim Buckshon - bass
Rob Begg - bass
Lee Hantelmann - drums
Paul Minshall - keyboards

Anyone familiar with current Canadian AOR outfit Renegade will certainly find some worth in this release, a collection of tracks from the mid eighties which pre-date Renegade by years. At the helm of this project is Jim Buckshon, head of Renegade Productions, a member of Renegade and Matrex himself and the driving force behind this particular project, which sees Matrex's output resurrected onto cd twenty years after their demise. Founders of the band were the Dominelli brothers (Geraldo and Minshall also members of Renegade), who originate from the Vancouver area, and who after recording tracks with noted producer Ken Scott, eventually replaced Begg with Buckshon. The band saw radio action in their homeland with 'Broken Hearted Man', but despite amassing a level of popularity, things never appeared to materialise for Matrex and they split. This is essentially a career retrospective, but is better late than never, the band was another fine example of superior Canadian AOR from a decade that was littered with them.

The Songs
Although recorded in the 1985/86 period, the remastering of these dated tracks is a remarkable effort on the part of Buckshon, who gives them a contemporary edge. The entire ten tracks are an AOR bonanza, beginning with the stunning 'I Don't Want Anybody', which displays Matrex's use of ample keyboards and slick hooks. 'You Won't See Tears' is one of four tracks from the Scott/Mike Fraser sessions, which were recorded with Begg on bass. Heavy yet melodic, this gives Loverboy a run for their money with heavy hints of Bon Jovi at their mid eighties peak. 'Broken Hearted Man' is a superior ballad, leaving me asking how these fellows didn't make the cut! I admire the hard rock of 'Move Too Fast' and its huge chorus which is reminiscent of several hundred similar acts but memorable all the same. Geraldo Dominelli is somewhat of an AOR songwriting maestro, his solo written 'I'll Always Remember' a tour de force tearjerker ballad which easily ousts 'She's A Stranger', with a weak chorus betraying some mighty buildup. On the dramatic scale is 'Looking For No 1', which truly fits the sound of AOR's best years, pumping keyboards and thrilling verses. 'Love Me Through The Night' is easily forgotten but a nice percursor to 'Nothing Is Real', another Geraldo Dominelli special, with some funky bass added to the mix.

In Summary
Jim Buckshon should be applauded for resuscitating the music of this excellent band. One can only assume the wealth of acts in the same vein were the roadblock to Matrex going on to greater things. Luckily Buckshon, Geraldo Dominelli and Minshall are keeping the dream alive with Renegade, who seem to be continuing the Canadian tradition of credible AOR acts. I wholeheartedly recommend this to any AOR fan with a passion for undiscovered 80's bands as Matrex were something special. The decade we all love is emblazoned here for all to hear in the way we all remember it, total melody.

Sponsor: Renegade Productions

Track Listing
01 I Don't Want Anybody
02 You Won't See Tears
03 Broken Hearted Man
04 Long Distance Kiss
05 Move Too Fast
06 I'll Always Remember
07 She's A Stranger
08 Looking For No 1
09 Love Me Through The Night
10 Nothing Is Real


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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:30:56
I like both of the Renegade albums from a couple of years back and Although they were both pretty good material wise, the production wasn't their strongest point. This is a whole lot better in all departments and if typical 80's Canadian AOR is your thing, then you won't go far wrong. Opener 'I Don't Want Anybody' is a belter and the rest of the material on offer is up to a very good standard aswell. A good little album this one and highly recommended.

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