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Red Wine - 2003 Suenos Y Locura

ARTIST: Red Wine
ALBUM: Suenos Y Locura
LABEL: Arise Records
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Mario Suarez - vocals * Jose Antonio Ramas - drums * Daniel Martfnez - bass, vocals * Jesus Zuazo - guitars * Dan Diez - guitars * Ivan Crespo - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Suenos y Locura * 02 Renancer * 03 Pesadilla * 04 Llantos de Otra Realidad * 05 Sombra de Poder * 06 Fuego En La Sangre * 07 Rosa de Metal * 08 Gigantes de Hierro * 09 Alma Libre * 10 Tras el Portal * 11 Kill Me In Dreams

The Scandinavians have been showing off their melodic metal prowess for a while now. The Italians aren't too far behind either. Now the Spanish are getting in on the act. We've already covered the excellent Ankhara, and Red Wine is just as talented. Though they are touted as being a fairly new band, these guys have been around since 1997 and already have two albums under their belts. They must have been doing something right to attract the exceptional production duties of Iron Savior's Piet Sielck, who has really brought out the best in Red Wine. Though Piet is involved don't expect a Spanish version of Iron Savior. They don't lack in the speed department but it's more tailored towards the At Vance neoclassical style of melodic metal. Tracks such as 'Llantos de Otra Realidad' and 'Alma Libre' sound very much like the aforementioned German outfit, perhaps even beating them at their own game.

The Songs
However, Red Wine is not an At Vance clone. Among the many highlights there is a good variety with even a softer moment on the beautiful ballad 'Tras El Portal'. If there is one aspect of Red Wine that excels the most it is the choruses. MASSIVE! HUGE! Whether this is a natural side to Red Wine or Piets influence I can't say, but the result is more than impressive. There are also plenty of keyboards, which give Red Wine a very full and grandiose sound. Hopefully this can be translated to the live arena. All round Red Wine are an extremely talented group, with vocalist Mario giving a masterful performance. It's quite cool that they've included a song sung in English, giving you the opportunity to hear Mario singing in both languages. He needs a little work on his English pronunciation but that doesn't detract from an excellent performance.

In Summary
If you'd asked me what I thought about Spain this past week I probably would have uttered a few expletives, thanks to Real Madrid stealing Beckham from my beloved Man United. After hearing fantastic music from Spanish bands like Red Wine, I'm inclined to forgive them. Red Wine is a great melodic metal band, regardless of their heritage.

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