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Myland - 2008 No Mans Land

ARTIST: Myland
ALBUM: No Mans Land
LABEL: Valery Records
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Valery Records


LINEUP: Guido Priori - vocals * Hox Martino - guitars * Max Passerini - guitars * Will Medini - keyboards * Clod Corazza - bass * Paolo Morbini - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Anytime * 02 The Wind Of Late September * 03 (Someday) Love Leaves You Lonely * 04 Heat Of Emotion * 05 How Much Love * 06 Age Of My Dreams * 07 Voices * 08 One Step Closer * 09 Running In The Night * 10 Prisoner Of Love



Well I'll say it outright.. Myland much to my surprise have released an absolute cracking AOR album - probably the best thing I've heard in two years or so! Big call? You betcha, but when the majority of AORsters get a whiff of this CD, I can safely say that 'No Mans Land' will head right up there into the 'Best Of' lists for 2008. Just how this Italian outfit can produce such an amazing album beggars belief - but that they have. The production and mix here is huge. Big choruses, scorching guitars, glorious (with a capital G I might add) rich keyboards, and a style that factors in the likes of Frontline circa their 'Heroes' era, Dutch pompsters 1st Avenue and of course fellow Italians Eva who are related to Myland. Drummer Paolo Morbini was previously a member, and it's his vision and drive that Myland exist - though primarily as a project band. Myland have a previous album out ('The Time Is Over'), but this is their first for Milan based indie label Valery Records.

The Songs
Myland get assistance from a range of people, including Kee Marcello, Tommy Denander and Italian musicians Alex Del Vecchio and Steve Angarthal.

The scene-setter 'Anytime' is a staggering opener - by anyone's standards. At 6 minutes 39s, not only is it an epic, it is complete with every component an AOR fan is looking for. Singer Guido Priori really does have a thing for Stefan Kaemerer vocal phrasings - who in turn had a thing for Steve Perry mannerisms (so to does Guido!). Get lost in this song.. it's full of swirling keyboards, razor sharp guitars and fluid solos, huge pumping bass lines and big vocal choruses.

Reminders of Paolo's former band Eva are resurrected on 'The Wind Of Late September'. The whole song glides on the back of a smooth rhythm section, and is topped by a well-thought out chorus.

Keyboards initially dominate the soundscape on '(Someday) Love Leaves You Lonely', but is bought back to the field with this surging melodic rocker.

'Heat Of Emotion' is not the Zeno tune. No, instead this one has a flavour similar to Eva and Frontline, the latter particularly on the choruses.

If German rockers Frontline ever decide to get back on the horse, then they should take a listen to 'How Much Love' and follow the recipe that Myland have adapted for their own use - albeit taken from the recipe book of Messrs Kaemerer and Boebel. Exquisite melodic rock.

The tempo is given a right 'old-seeing-to' on 'Age Of My Dreams'. The flavour is comparable to 1st Avenue's 'Daily Battle' CD from a few years ago, its energy and speed ideal for this mainly guitar-based rocker.

'Voices' is another track to reflect the sound of Eva, as it close to the sound heard on their recent 'Blue' CD.

Another highlight is the sensational 'One Step Closer'. Reflecting the perfect marriage of keys, guitars, vocals, topped by some interesting twists and turns in the arrangement, pulsing bass, a magnificent chorus and clean production.

Massive layers of keyboards dominate 'Running In The Night' from every corner. Again, 1st Avenue is a reference point, but Myland take it up another level - incredibly so!

The last track 'Prisoner Of Love' is another mainly guitar-base rocker, but it's filled out with wall-to-wall guitar riffs and an infrasonic layer of keyboards that are there, but just of immediate audio reach. A great way to finish up!

In Summary
There's not really much more I can say. If many of you have followed my writings all these years, you'll know I'm not that easily swayed. But when I say to you - that you should get out there and buy this CD without question, I mean it. In the meantime, go and check out the audio samples on Myland's MySpace page, and listen to a few tracks on this site. Be prepared to be blown away! I was.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 20 2008 22:50:48
First CD to get an 100/100 for a few years. No filler here, no ballads either! Yay!
#2 | KurtmanJP on March 31 2008 10:11:52
'One Step Closer' is one killer AOR track!
#3 | gdazegod on March 31 2008 20:43:34
Myland 'No Mans Land' is currently the featured album over at Munich's Hardest Hits Radio Show. Listening to it now! Seems to be creating a bit of a buzz out there in AOR Land! (every pun intended!) secret
#4 | george_the_jack on June 01 2008 15:15:27
Tomorrow, I will have the album so to examine and x-rate it! Smile The few samples I 've heard are not enough to make me express an opinion or rate it. Yesterday, I stated that something made me feel 'strange' related to the pronunciation of the singer. Now I believe that he is just...different having a personal style. I'm now curious and in high expectation because I believe in George's credibility.....
#5 | gdazegod on June 01 2008 22:34:55
Guido's vocal, is deceptively good, and hard to emulate, because he effortlessly hits high notes that ordinary people can't. I have sung along with this CD in my vehicle, and I can usually belt out a high note of Perry-esque proportions, but Guido goes to levels I can't reach. Yes, there is that 'Italian' accent thing, but it would be the same for Stefan Kaemerer and Frontline, or other singers where English is not the first language. There are other attributes of this album that stand out too, production notwithstanding which is superb.
#6 | george_the_jack on June 11 2008 12:43:06
This is an excellent album indeed! Great melodies by the country that invented finezza and melody...Guido's voice is unique, very special and characteristic. I think that I can recognize him among 1000 singers. I'm going to give this albums many more spins to decide clear if it's the album of the year!
#7 | Jez on October 08 2008 03:27:04
Excellent 2nd release, and so much better than the patchy debut especially The consistency of material, as it is particularly impressive. Also of note, is that there are no ballads whatsoever featured, which for an AOR/MR disc of this type is strange, but not a criticism, as the disc flows really well throughout it's 10 tracks. Highlights, of which there are many, include the excellent Journey'esque 'Someday Love Leaves You Lonely' and closer 'Prisoner Of Love', but as I said, there are many highlights featured throughout, with not one song that I could call filler anywhere. The Vocals I can take or leave in places, as they are quite weak and strained on certain tracks, but that really is my only criticism of this very high quality album.
#8 | jeffrey343 on December 08 2008 02:54:12
Despite the stellar reviews and the excellent tracks available on this site, I put off buying this until two weeks ago. My bad, for sure. This is absolutely killer stuff. If this had come out in 1985, I bet it would still be a regular in my collection. There is definitely a strong Journey influence, as well as other great bands like Survivor. I'm just getting familiar with Frontline, and there are definite similarities there too. If there is one minor quibble (and this is minor), it is that I sometimes wish I was hearing vintage Steve Perry vocals since his voice is a bit stronger. But Guido Priori does have an excellent voice for this superb material; he handles it better than almost anyone else would.

This is one of those rare albums that blew me away on first listen and has kept growing on me play after play. If you haven't gotten it yet, don't wait like I did - get it NOW.
#9 | gdazegod on February 12 2011 11:35:14
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#11 | swazi on May 30 2012 17:18:45
I never liked Priori's vocals on this release, as he is off the mark quite often. For me it's no surprise that he was replaced by Franco Campanella on the second release. Nevertheless some great melodies, which made it one of the better ones in 2008.
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