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Snowfall - 2013 Cold Silence

ARTIST: Snowfall
ALBUM: Cold Silence
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Per Riise


LINEUP: Lee Small - vocals * Tore Meli - guitars * Per Bjornar Riise - bass, keyboards * Perra Johnson - drums * Helge Flatgard - additional keyboards * Bjorn Westum - additional backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Drive Me Home Tonight * 02 Citadel Of Hope * 03 House Of Prayer * 04 Heaven's Not Up There * 05 Jack Of Diamonds * 06 Wolfs Lair * 07 I Won't Be Lonely Anymore * 08 Stampede * 09 Oscillate * 10 Alexandria * 11 The Vesper Bell



As unfortunate as Steve Harris' passing was in 2011, it allowed the door for then Shy vocalist Lee Small to explore new opportunities. First, was his solo album 'Jamaica Inn' for Escape Music at the start of 2012. The next opportunity to come calling came via former Winter Parade member Per Riise. Looking for a new singer for his next Norwegian project, Per contacted GLORY-DAZE in his search and asked for any recommendations. The first and only name to come to the fore was Lee Small; thinking that his Glenn Hughes inspired vocals would make a great match for the clean and lean AOR supplied by Winter Parade. So, after sending Lee both WP albums for inspection and with interest secured, we managed to hook up Lee and Per via a couple of introductory emails, and the rest as they say.. is history. Yay! and so say all of us. Snowfall was not the first project name for this hybrid Norwegian/UK outfit. The first name to crop up was Caliph8; an obvious reference to Egyptian sources. But truth be told, I'm glad Per and the team changed to something more wintery, as Snowfall and Norway (and even old Blighty in the midst of a harsh winter) appear to fit like hand and glove! I've had a chance to listen to the very early Cailph8/Snowfall demos, and I can assure you that the Martin Kronlund production and engineering has made this band 'Cinderella' like in their final delivery.

The Songs
As most regulars of this site will know, I am/was a huge fan of Winter Parade, so Snowfall is a logical progression beyond that. Lee's vocals (as I always knew) are a perfect fit for these melodic Norwegians, and on so many occasions throughout 'Cold Silence', that sentiment is reinforced time and time again. Snowfall pick carefully, and 'Don't Drive Me Home Tonight' is the perfect #1 to start precedings. I don't think it's a Government sponsored message about drunk driving, but still, Lee (like many other great singers before him) could recite from the Yellow Pages and still make it sound convincing! 'Citadel Of Hope' is a great songtitle, and the music is just pure spellbinding hard rock. Fans of Hughes/Thrall.. take note. Big 80's synths precede 'House Of Prayer' is another 80's sounding affair; Per Riise's bass lines gives this one a huge kick up the backside. Really liked this one! Snowfall take some respite with the balladry of 'Heaven's Not Up There', the acoustic nature of this one is just (excuse the pun) 'snow-melting! 'Jack Of Diamonds' is a reasonable hard rock affair but probably a touch behind what's been heard so far.

'Wolfs Lair' is very melodic, Lee given some room to stretch his considerable vocals. AORsters.. take note.. give a listen to 'I Won't Be Lonely Anymore'. Per Riise's keyboards lands this one in AOR central, whether intended or not. There's so much to like about this track, from Tore Meli's guitar work to Per's keyboard work. 'Stampede' is perhaps Snowfall's most earthiest song, whereas 'Oscillate' has a huge bluesy vibe in amongst the modern sounding elements. It would count as one of my favourite tracks on the album. 'Alexandria' has a few dramatic occasions, but as a typical 'girl gets a load of attention' song, it's superceded by the quasi TNT soundalike moments.. which is just fine by me! The finale 'The Vesper Bell' is a mellow close-out session; it reaches into harder territory eventually, with excellent results!

In Summary
'Cold Silence' is an album that will achieve popularity across several territories. Be it the Norwegian audience, or the Glenn Hughes crowd that enjoyed his post Deep Purple era. Certainly, Lee Small brings that demographic home to roost, and as I mentioned, for those who enjoyed the brief Hughes/Thrall period from 1982, then this is something for you to follow through on. Totally enjoyable album, one of Escape Music's better releases in recent times, grab a copy or discover on Spotify.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on June 01 2013 06:47:01
Great album
#2 | Geir on June 01 2013 10:58:05
"Alexandria" is currently playing in the background! Smile

Excellent stuff, excellent album! Thumbs Up

By the way, the Japanese edition features a bonus track, "The Chosen Few", which, if you're on iTunes, also can be purchased separately there. It's a slightly more laid-back track, but an excellent one at that, in my opinion.
#3 | swazi on June 05 2013 15:14:08
Yes, excellent!
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