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Markonee - 2009 See The Thunder

ARTIST: Markonee
ALBUM: See The Thunder
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Gabriele Gozzi - vocals * Carlo Bevilacqua - guitars * Stefano Peresson - guitars, keyboards * Luigi Frati - bass * Ivano Zanotti - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Way 2 Go * 02 Woman & Whiskey * 03 See The Thunder * 04 Shores Of Another See * 05 The Big K * 06 The Cross Between The Lines * 07 Brand New Day * 08 Back On Me * 09 Cherry Blossom * 10 I Believe In Father Christmas * Marconi (Bonus)



Markonee are the latest and greatest melodic hard rock offering coming out of Italy. Often compared to Gotthard, I think that is a rather lazy comparison by many of the hard rock Net Rags out there, if you dig deeper, these boys wind the clock further back than the Swiss Maids, think a hybrid of Thunder, Bon Jovi, plus a few other 80's contenders. Add to the mix the highly respected Mr Beau Hill, he knows how to engineer and mix an album or two.

The Songs
It's all hammer down hard rock with the opener 'Way 2 Go'. It's heavy as horses, dense as a neutron star, and as forgiving as the Republicans attitude toward Sarah Palin's daughter! 'Women & Whisky' is a bit coarse, think Thunder at their excessive best, then you've got an idea as to what this song is all about. Certainly when you hear the title track 'See The Thunder', you can't help thinking of Bon Jovi circa 1984, a la 'Roulette'. It's a near doppleganger! On 'Shores Of Another Sea', the riffs are flying off the frets like the beef slices at the local kebab shop, and they appear to be just as tasty too! WTF is going on with 'The Big K'? It stomps all over the show like The Incredible Hulk's size twenty eights! (actually, I found out he doesn't wear shoes, but if you can just imagine..) Yep, big riffs are making a hell of a mess over the soundscape, and it sounds damn good! 'The Cross Between The Lines' is a marker in the sand that these boys have highlighted for themselves. The standard being set slighter higher as we progress through the album. It riffs in a dangerous manner, axes swinging like chainsaws on the loose.. you know what I mean? lol.. 'Back On Me' has an 80's fleshwound exposed for all to see. The keyboards give it that tingle/tangle, plus the vocal harmonies all reek of the 80's, and as far as I'm concerned, awwlllright!! I could've done without 'Cherry Blossom', the least impressive of the tracks here, and as far as 'I Believe In Father Christmas' is concerned, it's another track that could've been done better. Think Firenote's 'She Stole My Speedos' for an injection of humour. Somehow, I think Markonee had ideas of humour, but it failed big time. The boys put out a tribute to Italian science god 'Marconi', but I would just like to remind readers that it was in fact Nikola Tesla who first discovered radio, not Marconi, by about 8-9 years in fact! Tesla is the 'real deal', as history has revealed, despite the big hard rock tribute afforded Marconi on this bonus track. Sorry to burst the bubble boys!

In Summary
Along with Maltese firebrands Fire, Markonee have set up an interesting proposition for 2010. We have all these bands who have released fantastic albums during 2009 (and I'll give Markonee their due, this is pretty damn good), all potentially leading to a fantastic new decade of melodic hard rock. Given that Italy currently has bands like Myland, Elektradrive, Eva and HungryHeart all due for new product in 2010, it sure looks like things are happening in that beautiful Mediterranean country!

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#1 | george_the_jack on January 06 2010 02:17:54
Strong album indeed but I can't surpass the comparison with Gotthard while listening to 'See the thunder' and 2-3 other tracks of the album.Early Bon Jovi influences are spot on too.These Italians showing a lot of potential IMO!

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