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Airless - 2005 2nd Round

Inaki Lazkano - vocals
Robert Rodrigo - guitars
Miguel Manjon - bass
Paco Martinez - drums

Back in 2002, I threw my ears around the first Airless album kindly supplied by the defunct Vinnie Records label. Three years on and the band have migrated to Finland from their native Spain. Well, record labels that is. Probably a bit too cold for these Spanish gringos to make a move north, but considering they had another albums worth of material up their sleeve and no record label, Lion Music step into the breech for the second round of Airless. Surely now, these guys must be near the top of the pecking order for Spanish melodic hard rock bands, since many have fallen by the wayside or gone quiet (a la 91 Suite and Nexx). What still stands out are the Harry Hess flavoured vocals of Inaki Lazkano albeit in a workmanlike way, while the major performer continues to be guitar-god Robert Rodrigo, who still has dashes of Ronnie LeTekro, Nuno Bettencourt and Pete Lesperance running through his veins! Acclaimed Spanish producer Carlos Creator who worked wonders first time around returns for a second bite at the cherry.

The Songs
Despite my encouraging intro, the title track opener is not the best of starts. They should've swapped it with track two 'Prayers Are Not Enough', a much better effort. 'Don't You Go' contains some deeply melodic riffs, the song is a semi-ballad, but is slightly rough around the edges, needing the extra cushion of velvet to smooth it off. The up-tempo 'It's Up To You' revolves around a few familiar guitar passages but does offer a change-up moment through the middle. Nice solo on this one too! Without exception, the two songs which stand head and shoulders above the rest are the melodic onslaught of 'Cross The Line' and 'The Storm'. Both have plenty of weighty riffs throughout, the former featuring some widdly guitar antics. Rodrigo lets fly on the instrumental 'The Good Times', finishing off with the pairing of 'Never Fall In Love' and 'The Darkness', both similar Harem Scarem flavoured salvos.

In Summary
There is an air of similarity among the songs, and not too much in the way of variety. Normally that would be a concern for me, particularly if the band can't hold their own musically throughout the forty plus minutes of listening time. Airless are one of those exceptions. The fact that Rodrigo hogs the limelight makes listening out for his solo-spots on each song a highly contagious exercise! A good second effort, however I would suggest that they need to kick on from here with a more varied approach for round three, if it ever gets to that.


Track Listing:
01 2nd Round
02 Prayers Are Not Enough
03 Don't You Go
04 It's Up To You
05 Handful Of Lies
06 The Last Sight
07 Cross The Line
08 The Storm
09 The Good Times
10 Never Fall In Love
11 The Darkness


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Airless - 2002 Airless

Airless - 2005 2nd Round

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