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Hardreams - 2013 Unbroken Promises



ARTIST: Hardreams
ALBUM: Unbroken Promises
LABEL: Perris Records
SERIAL: PER4292
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Hardreams

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LINEUP: Manu Esteve - vocals * David Aguera - guitars * Victor Muiño - bass * Sergi Hormigó - drums * Sergi Segarra - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Count On Me * 02 A High Mountain To Climb * 03 It's Only Love * 04 The War Is Over * 05 Woman In Black * 06 Now You're Mine * 07 The Land Inside Our Souls * 08 Goin' Fast * 09 Unbroken Promises * 10 Cross The Line * 11 All And Now

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WEBLINKS: www.facebook.com/hardreams


Background
This Spanish outfit has been around for a few years. Born in 2000, they've crossed my paths several times earlier, but this is the first time I've been committed to writing something about them. That's because 'Unbroken Promises' has been playing around on my playlist for several months, and I'm kinda taken with this, but not really sure whether this is AOR, hard rock or heavy metal: because it straddles all three to be honest. From Barcelona, this lot have passed my radar without me really locking on. I recall them being signed to Vinny Records at one point (same label as Swedish favourites Coastline), and that they've released two prior albums, so I'll apologise to our Spanish friends for the previous inattention.


The Songs
The band rip into a Van Halen/White Lion styled intro for 'Count On Me'. It's easy to read this one as AOR, because despite the obvious guitar influence, it's the keyboards of Sergi Segarra that holds this one together. A catchy opener for sure!

'A High Mountain To Climb' revs along at a good clip, it's still a track trapped in a melodic bubble, sounding more Swedish than Spanish, which can only be a good thing I reckon.

Hardreams know how to do AOR pretty well, and 'It's Only Love' is evidence of that. This is one of those tracks which made me sit up abruptly when first catching an earful some months back.

The Aldo Nova helicopter effects zoom in on 'The War Is Over', the track moves into heavier territory, with stalking guitars and darker imagery prevailing.

'Woman In Black' returns to melodic territory, Segarra's keys adding the icing on what is standard melodic hard rock 101.

Hardreams etch out a power ballad 'Now You're Mine', a quite soulful affair, and a good example as to what this band are all about on their more introspective moments.

It's back to an uptempo form of AOR with 'The Land Inside Our Souls', some pulsing bass lines and fluid soloing by David Agüera makes this a pleasant listen.

'Goin' Fast' is a bluesy workout, it contains an unusual rhythmic backbone but the song does come alive with some great guitar soloing and organ work.

'Cross The Line' is one of my favourite songs here, it's not unlike the opener with some brash guitar-hero antics, but it is a jekyll and hyde affair, with really nice melodies on the chorus, while the verses are at a darker edge, say like Pretty Maids.

The album's finale is also the album's longest. 'All And Now' is part ballad, and has a bluesy side-plate. I could name a raft of references, but they'd be too many.


In Summary
'Unbroken Promises' did take awhile to jump out of the blocks for me. When it did, there were a raft of songs that immediately appealed, while some others took longer. Of the immediate tracks, these should be given some listening time, as they really are quite good. The rest of the album may also catch up with you while you if it enters your playlist. Considering Perris Records released this way back at the start of 2013, I'm very late getting to it, but I'm glad I did. Give it a shot!


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