Theme Switcher

Switch to:


Join us over at the Facebook replacement Join up and become part of 2018's great migration off of Facebook.

Site Stats

Album Reviews: 6922
Comments: 16840
Ratings: 5042
Forum Posts: 22613

Search DDG

Homerun - 2011 Black World

ARTIST: Homerun
ALBUM: Black World
LABEL: Tanzan Music/Fastball
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Tanzan Music


LINEUP: Matteo Albarelli - vocals * Valerio Castiglioni - guitars, backing vocals * Andrea Ringoli - guitars * Paolo Luoni - bass * Walter Borrelli - keyboards, hammond, backing vocals * William Battiston - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Silence's Broken * 03 No More * 04 As We Did Before * 05 Ephemeral Light * 06 Our Love Song * 07 Black World * 08 Princess Of Time * 09 The Golden Cage * 10 Lipstick * 11 Intoxication Of Love * 12 Firefly * 13 Another Reason To * 14 No More (Acoustic Version)



Homerun are an Italian band who have been on the scene for about 10 years or so now. I recall when they first appeared, how the media labelled them as a Gotthard clone. The band themselves decided to change their name from the Dead Poets to Homerun, as a tribute to the Swiss rock gods, so I guess that says something of their musical heritage. Not having heard their first album 'Don't Stop' from 2008, I am unable to make a direct comparison, so I'll have to trust the opinions of others, though I have had a listen to one of their songs via You Tube. But if 2011's 'Black World' is anything to go by, then the pinch-hitters have moved bases around the diamond, offloading Gotthard for the heavier climes of Danish kings Pretty Maids, perhaps also a dash of German rockers Pink Cream 69. Perhaps this was due to the changed line-up in between albums, with a new rhythm section and lead guitarist. Homerun spent most of 2010 in the studio, finally unleashing 'Black World' onto the market during September 2011.

The Songs
Working forward beyond the keyboard laced 'Intro', the first track 'Silence Is Broken' is good chugging stuff, containing typical Euro-metal elements, exotic keyboard lines and fiery lead breaks. There are two versions of the track 'No More' on the CD. One a rocker, the second is an acoustic version. I think the unplugged version was preferable, the chorus on the original was a bit offputting. The ballad 'As We Did Before' is well constructed, led by some deft piano work and an overall approach to the style of Place Vendome. Homerun kick into high gear for the racy and dramatic 'Ephermeral Night', one of the better tracks here, so too the dense 'The Golden Cage'. 'Our Love Song' is probably the closest to Gotthard, straight ahead guitar based rock n roll, following on its heels, the title track also presses hard. 'Princess Of Time' is the second ballad, and this is good too, quite winsome and windswept. 'Lipstick' is a commercial track with a hint of classic rock, the organ work adding to that impression. For something different, 'Intoxification Of Love', features a hard bashing keyboard a la Toto, but they move off into different territory yet again for 'Firefly', a likeable track. 'Another Reason To' also holds true to the Gotthard recipe of hard rock.

In Summary
'Black World' is not as hard as the album cover and title might suggest. If you can handle a mix of the three bands mentioned in the Background section above, then there's every chance you might enjoy this. The vocals of Matteo Albarelli might be an issue for some of you. He operates at the Tommy Heart end of the vocal spectrum, but without the warmth or control. I found listening to him to be quite a challenge, but when he tunes down a bit, he sounds ok. Homerun are now available via Tanzan Music, or at your nearest Interweb retailer.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


#1 | dangerzone on October 30 2011 13:24:55
They better hope Dave Mustaine doesn't see their logo!
#2 | george_the_jack on December 07 2011 01:50:43
Another "wannabe Gotthard" name that lacks in almost every aspect of the game.I can see a good potential but the singer has to try a lower singing range and tune out a bit (as George rightly says)because trying to play in the same field as Steve Lee and Tommy Heart, ends up sounding rather rediculous... Production-wise, the overall result is pretty average too.

Post Comment

Please Login to Post a Comment.


Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.