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Soul Seller - 2011 Back To Life

ARTIST: Soul Seller
ALBUM: Back To Life
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 11-13-0033
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee


LINEUP: Michael Carrata - lead & backing vocals * Dave Zublena - rhythm, lead & acoustic guitars * Cris Audisio - lead guitars, guitar solos * Mike Zublena - bass * Steve Bucci - drums

Guests: Oliver Hartmann - lead vocal duet on 'Keep On Moving' * Danilo Bar - guitar solo on 'Change Your Heart Tonight' * Cristiano Conti - keyboards * Claudio Beneventi - rhythm guitars, lead guitar fills, solo 'Rock Still Stands' * Davide 'Dave Rox' Barbieri - backing vocals * Alessandro Del Vecchio - production, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wings Of Freedom * 02 Change Your Heart Tonight * 03 All I Can Promise * 04 Keep On Moving * 05 Hope On The Horizon * 06 Old Heros Prayer * 07 Back To Life * 08 Hell Of Tears * 09 A Message From Planet Venus * 10 New Power Day * 11 Rock Still Stands * 12 Beautiful Heretics Dream



Italy's Soul Seller continues the great tradition of bands from that region who are breaking out thanks to investment from labels such as Frontiers, Tanzan, Scarlet and of course Avenue Of Allies. It's not as if Soulseller have only recently arrived. Nope, these guys have been in action since 1999, though typical of many bands who have knocked about for years, there have been periods of inactivity and downtime as well. However, the rock 'n roll dream still survives for brothers David and Mirko Zublena, who have assembled the latest incarnation of Soul Seller. The band had produced a series of demos during 2010, these then fall into the hands of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who then pulled the strings for the band to enter the studio during 2010/2011 to record 'Back To Life'. Soulseller have a solid sound, All the right attributes in the right departments, and 'Back To Life' is a great (but late) start for the boys from Northern Italy. They will admit to having tinkered with different styles over the last decade, but it seems melodic rock is their first love.

The Songs
'Wings Of Freedom' has been playing on our You Tube Channel regularly over the last few weeks. The video is now clipped to the Comments section (below) for your listening entertainment. 'Change Your Heart Tonight' is a track we put up on our Jukebox at one point, just so people could get an alternate listen to Soul Seller. It's very radio friendly with a hint of current-day Journey. The ballads kick in early, 'All I Can Promise' is the first offering. Piano heavy, this one has some good moments. Soul Seller heavy it up for 'Keep On Moving' featuring Oliver Hartmann on co-lead vocals, the boys heading in the direction of other harder Italian outfits such as Markonee and Wheels On Fire. 'Hope On The Horizon' is the intro for 'Old Hero's Prayer', lyrically this must have some meaning, but if the boys are talking about their home-country, I'm afraid Italy is going down the same gurgler that Greece currently occupies. I like it when Soul Seller take the heavier road, as in the title track 'Back To Life', 'New Power Day' and the stomping 'Rock Still Stands', but notwithstanding, their melodic rock tendencies are the primary draw card for this band, and with songs like 'Hell Of Tears' and 'A Message From Planet Venus' already in the bank and with ten years experience accrued, Soul Seller look set to move forward with gusto!

In Summary
'Back To Life' is a likeable album. I'm guessing some of the ideas behind the songs go back a few years, so songwriting from now into the future will bring Soul Seller up to date. As mentioned, I think Italy is probably a sleeping giant for our favourite genre of rock. They just seem to be coming out of the woodwork right now, and though the perception of Italian melodic rock may have been perceived as dodgy back in the 70's and 80's, the same can't be said for today's crop of bands. A good effort all round.

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#1 | swazi on April 01 2012 10:23:35
I really like this one. It has been spinning a few times lately and it has grown on me. Nice tunes and good vocals. 8.5 points from me.
#2 | gdazegod on April 01 2012 10:44:27
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