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Perfect View - 2014 Red Moon Rising

ARTIST: Perfect View
ALBUM: Red Moon Rising
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 14-03-0062
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Avenue Of Allies


LINEUP: Max Ordine - lead and backing vocals * Francesco Cataldo - guitars, backing vocals * Pier Mazzini - keyboards, backing vocals * Frank Paulis - bass, backing vocals * Luca Ferraresi - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Where The Wind Blows * 02 By My Side * 03 Room 14 * 04 Slave To The Empire * 05 I Will Remember * 06 In The Name Of The Father * 07 Living In Disguise * 08 Dead End Street * 09 Holdin' On * 10 In The Blink Of An Eye * 11 Home Of The Brave



This Italian band gets a second crack at the big time, after their debut 2010 appearance for Avenue Of Allies. Formed from prog metal origins, these boys have forged a melodic rock path that draws on many influences. I mentioned a few of these in our past review of 2010's 'Hold Your Dreams'. This album is the third review of the 2014 triple pack from AoA, the other two (Sonic Station and Rik Priem's Prime) already in our articles database.

The Songs
Musically, everything is about as AOR as you can get on the opening few tracks such as 'Where The Wind Blows' and 'By My Side'. There's a strong emphasis on vocals, and choruses, and this will always get brownie points from yours truly, as the vocal performance has to be really strong to survive and succeed in this genre. 'Room 14' is easy enough to compare to 'Operation Mindcrime' era Queensryche, Ordine's vocals caught up in a Geoff Tate maelstrom. It's pretty good, melodic rock with a hint of prog. 'I Will Remember' might think you're listening to a Queensryche cover ('Rage For Order'), but no, this one is a PV original. The synths are cycling all over the place in a 70's fit on 'In The Name Of The Father'. It drives hard, like early Dream Theater and has a strong prog vibe. If you like some of the American cross-over prog bands from the 90's (like Shotgun Symphony, Faith Nation, intruder), then you'll enjoy the excellent 'Living In Disguise', as I did. 'Holdin' On' is another strong offering, dense, dramatic and powerful. The finale is a wickedly good cover of Toto's 'Home Of The Brave'. A very hard song to pull off, but Perfect View do it with aplomb, and I really enjoyed this one. It's not a doppelgänger performance (thank goodness), and Perfect View's rendition offers up a point of difference that made me listen to it over and over again. Well done boys.

In Summary
A few listens is required to peel back the layers of what is an excellent album. Max Ordine sings like a champion, while everyone else delivers solid and reliable performances. Their last CD I gave an 85, this time I am compelled to add that 5% extra and award it a 90. Enjoyable listening for sure.

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