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Wheels Of Fire - 2010 Hollywood Rocks

ARTIST: Wheels Of Fire
ALBUM: Hollywood Rocks
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 10 07 0015
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Avenue Of Allies


LINEUP: Davide 'Dave Rox' Barbieri - vocals, keyboards * Stefano Zeni - guitars * Roberto Galli - bass * Andrea Zingrillo - drums

Guest Musicians: Michele Luppi - acoustic piano, bass, backing vocals, production * Frank Nemola - string arrangement 'Love Nest'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hollywood Rocks * 02 You're So Cool * 03 What I Want * 04 I Can't Live My Life * 05 Everywhere I Go * 06 Live Again * 07 The Reason * 08 Little Prayer * 09 Relax * 10 Rock The World * 11 Love Nest



The album cover suggests this one as being 'red hot and willing', and true to its word, that's exactly what it is! The band Wheels Of Fire are an Italian combo who appear to have successfully integrated 80's melodic hard rock with a glam/sleaze attitude, with the former winning out. Led by Davide 'Dave Rox' Barbieri who is better known as a keyboardist, the band have been given a huge helping hand by Michele Luppi, who we all know from bands such Vision Divine, Los Angeles and Killing Touch (all featured here at GD). Luppi has helped co-write and produce the songs alongside Barbieri, plus he was also Barbieri's vocal coach, his influence is noticeable all around this funtime romp. Not that Barbieri has been a total 80's rockhead since Day One. He has played with Italian metal bands Seventh Archangel and Liquid Shadows. But revving back to the red line with Wheels Of Fire, this set of eleven songs gives us an insight into Barbieri and Luppi's world, and confirms to everyone that Italy is becoming a major player in the hard rock industry, no matter what sub-genre you talk about.

The Songs
There's a bit of everything here, a dose of Enuff Znuff, Scandi glam/sleaze bands like Danger Avenue, Crashdiet, both those outfits play with a high quotient of melody, and Wheels Of Fire definitely have melody packed away under the bonnet as well as the boot! Confounding punters upon the opening of the title track 'Hollywood Rocks', you'd swear you were listening to Robby Valentine during his Zinatra era. The synths are straight out of the 80's. 'You're So Cool' is more circumspect, bringing things back to the glam/sleaze side. 'What I Want' sits nicely in the melodic rock/AOR pocket, the backing vocals which includes Luppi are like a trademark for him. Grand piano is a feature on the ballad 'I Can't Live My Life', a well arranged tune which sounds very professional. 'Everywhere I Go' is an all action track, guitars fly, vocals soar and the choruses are bright sounding. The tempo is similarly fast paced for 'Live Again', but 'The Reason' is probably the pick of the bunch of the rockier tracks, with an urgent delivery and gritty vocals and an overall general tougher sound. Things ease off with the acoustic guitar ballad 'Little Prayer', though it does fire up toward the end.. this one is pretty good! 'Relax' surely must be a misnamed tune, as this one does nothing of the sort, a fiery little rocker with some riffs stolen out of TNT's songbook. Those glorious synths return ever so briefly for the excellent 'Rock The World', a catchy workout with a glammy chorus to boot, while the last song 'Love Nest' is a near 8 minute excursion that meanders through orchestral backdrops, grandiose musical vistas and works toward an eventual epic finish.

In Summary
Wheels Of Fire are a good proposition for 2010, and sets the seal for a promising future for Davide Barbieri. If you enjoyed the recent efforts by Scandi bands such as Reckless Love and Crazy Lixx, there is every likelihood that you'll enjoy this one too!

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