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Blind Alley - 2007 Destination Destiny

ARTIST: Blind Alley
ALBUM: Destination Destiny
LABEL: Perris Records
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Magnus Olsson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass * Alec Bjoredal - vocals * Hans Dimberg - vocals * Pierre Glans - guitar, backing vocals * Claes Magnusson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Voices * 02 Another Day * 03 Until I See * 04 Silhouette * 05 Fire And Ice * 06 Talk Of The Town * 07 Take Me Up * 08 Won't Touch Ground * 09 The One To Never Know * 10 I Cannot Fight * 11 Stone Cold Eye


WEBLINKS: www.blindalley.se

This Swedish band have been on my radar since those heady days of mp3.com (when it was a decent site!). Blind Alley have survived into the 21st century, and their first foray onto the Internet back in 1999 earned the band some kudos for the quality of their material. I still have those early demos, and it's great to listen to them in the context of their brand new album 'Destination Destiny'. Previously signed to AOR Heaven for 2003's 'Infinity Ends' album, the band have moved their contractual relationship over the transatlantic ditch to the USA, to the home of Perris Records. An unusual pairing admittedly, and you'd be wondering what the deal is here. Perhaps Perris want to step outside of their perceived 'hair metal' and 'glam' association and broaden their horizons, and conversely, Blind Alley have a direct feed into the US market as a result. The combination could be a win-win situation for both. Now, before we get started, let it be stated, Blind Alley aren't a pure AOR band that many think they are. They do mix it up a bit, and come off sounding quite 'metal' and 'progressive' in places. I guess their closest comparison would be Fredrik Bergh's Street Talk, but in saying that, they are more varied than those guys. I mean, Blind Alley feature four different lead singers.. you can't get more contrasting than that. What is a known, this disc is bloody good!!

The Songs
If it's AOR you're after, then the band deliver the goods with tracks such as 'Until I See' (a sure fire comparison to Street Talk is in order here), the brightness of 'Fire And Ice' (think 80's scandi material) or the opener 'Voices', with the lead vocalist sounding very much like compatriot Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion, Decoy). The band tread carefully into prog with 'Another Day' - it's well crafted and melodic, just about spilling over into AOR. 'Silhouette' is another with heavier but melodic intent.. the choruses here are great! Surely with a track called 'Talk Of The Town' you'd be thinking 'scandi AOR' within seconds. Not quite, but the interplay of guitars and keyboards though a tad heavier, is a perfect tribute to Thomas Vikstrom's previous band of the same name. However, the heaviest the band get is 'Won't Touch Ground', which borders on progressive metal, the vocal in particular sides up alongside Mac from Threshold with ease. Keeping the energy levels up is the hard rockin' 'I Cannot Fight', but offsetting that pair is the power-ballad 'The One To Never Know' - just for something different.

In Summary
It will be interesting to see what happens beyond this album. Direction wise, the band have a number of possibilities open to them. Their melodic tendencies have them set to springboard into any genre they so choose, I guess they need to be happy with what works best for them. Blind Alley definitely have the talent to succeed in whatever genre, but know also that some of those genres are rather over-populated with a plethora of acts - some not necessarily good either (refer the progressive metal scene). In the meantime, if you are a fan of AOR, melodic rock or the heavier strains, then Blind Alley are right up your .. yeah, you know the rest.. so turn this CD up loud and repeat the immortal words of Joe Perry, 'let the music do the talking!'

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 20 2008 12:22:30
One of the highlights of 2007!! Great release. I'm trying to find their first one as well.
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