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Paradise Inc - 2011 Time

ARTIST: Paradise Inc
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 11-14-0034
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee


LINEUP: Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz - vocals * De Grigo - guitars * Marcos Peres - guitars * Rick A - bass * Allan Juliano - drums

Guests: Doogie White - lead vocals 'Not In Paradise' * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards * Paul Logue - bass 'Wait And See' * Luiz Sacoman - final guitar solo 'Steel Or Stone' * Nat Lou - female vocals 'Steel Or Stone (acoustic version)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time (Live And Learn) * 02 Close Your Eyes * 03 Who's Fooling Who * 04 I Will Wait * 05 Wait And See * 06 No More Mistakes * 07 You * 08 Set Me Free * 09 Steel Or Stone * 10 Not In Paradise * 11 Steel Or Stone (acoustic version)



Paradise Inc are a new outfit that reads like an International League of Nations. Mostly Brazilian, the lead singer however is German Carsten Schulz, better known from his involvement with Mr Hate, Midnite Club, Evidence One and Domain. Throw into the mix the German involvement of sound engineer/mixer/mastering ace Dennis Ward (don't need to mention his track record but I would remind everyone that Dennis is actually American), former Frontline main-man Robby Boebel (songwriting), plus Scottish producer/mixer Paul Logue and singer Doogie White, and Italian keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio. With these gentlemen involved, you could certainly get an interesting discussion started on world football around the bar where the beer would be flowing.. lol! So what's the deal with Paradise Inc? Well the four instrumentalists are recognised players on the Brazilian tribute act/covers circuit, but for a change of scenery, formed a band called Fairoff, eventually releasing an EP called 'Out Of Control' in 2007. This outfit were soon joined by guitarist De Grigo (I love these short names Brazilians give themselves.. reminds me of their football teams.. Socrates, Zico, Pele.. anyone?) and Schulz, and Paradise Inc was the end result. Musically, this lot includes loads of reference points, I'll try and mention them in the review of their songs.

The Songs
Lead off 'Time (Live And Learn)' was featured in our Top Ten Jukebox for November 2011, and immediately gives the band street cred with their pulsing brand of melodic hard rock. 'Close Your Eyes' is a growling rocker with a hint of Treat in their sound. Paul Logue's songwriting influence flows throughout 'Who's Fooling Who', which is lighter fare than we've heard thus far. 'I Will Wait' has the hand of Robby Boebel all over it, and I could swear this one could be counted as a track that the great Frontline never recorded! lol! The fiery entrance to 'Wait And See' is a pre-cursor to its overall excellence. This track is a crushing example of Paradise Inc in the groove. 'No More Mistakes' demonstrates the band operating in power-ballad mode, and it's pretty successful if you ask me. Schulz at times sounding like the great Jeff Scott Soto in places. 'You' follows immediately after, and it too is a power-ballad, unusual to have two in a row, though this one heavies up more than the previous one did. We go deep into the album to find one of the best tracks on offer; 'Set Me Free', it doesn't impose itself in uncertain terms, however there are great phases of musicianship leading up to the solo climax. 'Steel Or Stone' is a very commercial track, semi-acoustic, jangly in parts, and perhaps aiming to offset the heavier material found elsewhere. The band also provide an acoustic track of this as a bonus. Not to be forgotten, Scottish singer Doogie White (Rainbow, Cornerstone, Midnight Blue) is featured on 'Not In Paradise', a carefully constructed rocker which grows a serious set of balls by chorus time.

In Summary
Without doubt, the members of Paradise Inc are far better than the cover band circuit. The international flavour on this album adds to the overall intrigue. Apart from two songs, the material here is sourced directly from the band, so that says something about the quality, which is well above average. Consistent with the arrival of new bands out of Brazil every year, Paradise Inc are 2011's newest entry into the ever growing book of Brazilian melodic rock. A good find!

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