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Myland - 2011 Light Of A New Day

ARTIST: Myland
ALBUM: Light Of A New Day
LABEL: Point Music
SERIAL: 23704
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Paolo Morbini - drums * Hox Martino - guitars * Davide Faccio - keyboards * Fabian Andrechen - bass * Franco Campanella - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Living In The Magic * 02 Love Hurt So Bad * 03 Never Care For The Future * 04 Flying Higher * 05 In Your Eyes * 06 Dancing In The Moonlight * 07 Never Stop Screaming Rock * 08 Hey You * 09 Shattered Dreams * 10 Fire Burn Desire * 11 Wherever You Go * 12 Stand Up Tonight



Wind the clock back to 2008 and Myland were all over my radar like a sixteen legged spider. 'No Mans Land' took out best album of the year award for mine, in a year that was stacked with great releases. In fact, I'd go so far as to rate 2008 as the last great year of melodic rock this side of the new century. Well, Milan based Myland have been off the map since then, though they have still been in touch playing local gigs and keeping their profile up. The band has undergone several lineup changes, with only founding member Paolo Morbini and guitarist Hox Martino remaining from 'No Mans Land'. Though previous singer Guido Priori had an unusual Steve Perry influenced voice, it came with many detractors but he more than made up for it with some superb vocals on 'No Mans Land'. New singer Franco Campanella on the other hand, comes from a different league altogether. His voice is a bit coarser, and is more hard rock than AOR, which tips the balance away from the sound of 'No Mans Land'. The class of musicianship is still retained however, and there are some very cool songs here without really threatening the superior material found on 'No Mans Land'.

The Songs
'Living In The Magic' features some fancy keyboard work and hard riffing from Martino, and lives at the AOR end of the spectrum.

'Love Hurts So Bad' didn't hit the mark for me. The tempo changes and the pre-chorus section with the jazz like structure was kinda weird.

'Never Care Of The Future' tried hard to make an impact through its five minute running time, but it sort of went around in circles without making an indentation in my consciousness.

'Flying Higher' is much better, and more straight-forward structurally. It benefits from having a bigger chorus and cohesive guitar/keyboard interplay.

'In Your Eyes' is the albums first ballad, and as sweet as this song is, it's crying out for a lead vocal to do it justice, Campanella's tone is not ideal for this, sorry to say.

'Dancing In The Moonlight' is one of the highlights on the album. Cool keyboard motif, it could be a Frontline outtake, coupled with another strong and easy to remember chorus, it's not hard to give this the thumbs up.

Dramatic keyboards introduce 'Never Stop Screaming Rock', which sees Myland crank things notably, I'm thinking this could be a fantastic live number.

Hox Martino slings a few bluesy riffs ahead of 'Hey You' and on this one Campanella sounds pretty good, probably because this track has that early 90's hard rock/blues vibe throughout. It suits his voice well..

'Shattered Dreams' is one of the smoothest tracks here, and is one of a handful of tracks that is pure AOR. Musically superb, another album highlight.

'Fire Burns Desire' is the track that gets closest to 'No Mans Land', effortless sounding AOR with backing vocals set to the max, this one kinda reminds of that awesome one-off release from German crew Rescue, that in itself is a compliment.

The ballad 'Wherever You Go' is another sweet number, and I can't help but compare this to Grand Illusion, and imagine if Peter Sundell were singing this instead. Campanella is a good singer within an appropriate framework but the subtlety required on excellent ballads like this one requires a bit more vocal control.

For the finale 'Stand Up Tonight' Myland pick up the pace, but in doing so keep it melodic, pitched up and full. Big choruses are a good indicator as to the appeal of a song - no problems here, along with some rock solid guitar work from Martino and nifty keyboard solo work from Davide Faccio.

In Summary
Without doubt, 'Light Of A New Day' is some way from the classic material found on 'No Mans Land', but regardless, there are many superb moments that will appeal to all Myland fans. For Paolo Morbini and his merry men, it was always going to be a hard ask to replicate the glory of 'No Mans Land' and considering that 60% of the band is new, the final output of 'Light Of A New Day' is a respectable one at that. Yes, I had issues dealing with Franco Campanella's different vocal style away from Guido Priori, and felt that he was better singing the hard-edged stuff rather than the smoother ballad oriented material, but you can't have it all. I am certain that many listeners will find the new album appealing, but like me, you'll need to play it a few times to get into the groove. As I said, some great songs here, but not enough to knock 'Anytime' or 'One Step Closer' off my Myland playlist in the near future. The album is officially released on the 4th March by Point Music.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 17 2011 04:20:25
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#2 | Jez on July 20 2011 12:08:18
Loved their last album and still play it fairly often, so was really looking forward to hearing this new one. Pretty much a different band that recorded 'No Man's Land', so the sound is a little different and I will say that the songs aren't quite as good overall. Still an enjoyable album, with good songs that will get plenty of spins, but not on par with the last one.
#3 | jeffrey343 on February 06 2013 21:47:41
I pretty much agree with everything George and Jez stated. Not a bad album, but not as smooth as the debut.
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