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Supremacy - 2015 Leaders

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ARTIST: Supremacy
ALBUM: Leaders
LABEL: Borila Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Harold Waller - lead vocals * Paul Reyna - bass, vocals * Danny Acosta -guitar, vocals * Paulo Cuevas - keyboards, lead vocals * GG Andreas - drums

Guests: Jakob Samuel, Nigel Bailey - vocals * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards * Robert Sall - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 No One Like You * 02 Turning To Dust * 03 On My Way * 04 Save Me * 05 Time Never Lies * 06 Yesterday A Freedom * 07 Redamancy * 08 Meaning Of Love * 09 Start Again * 10 Dream Goes On * 11 Despiertame



About two decades ago, the melodic rock world was introduced to a band from Puerto Rico called Mattador. Described as the next coming of Journey and Kansas by a couple of UK scribes, I think these blokes exhibited signs of premature ejaculation as Mattador came (excuse the pun) and went in a flash. They sounded nothing like Journey nor Kansas for that matter.. let me make that point clear.. In 2015, we are introduced to a band from AOR's next hotbed of talent: Colombia, a country more famous for its cocaine harvest and extravagant goalkeepers! (I think he's dead now isn't he?) The band in question are Supremacy, who certainly look and sound the part, but can they stand up to a full-blown GDM interrogation? I first heard these guys on Facebook, and I wasn't totally convinced when I first heard them. I think my comment on Facebook went something along the lines of 'who wrote the lyrics?' Mind you, that was a few months ago, and now I have the whole album to do a forensic analysis.

The Songs
Supremacy have had some help from the likes of Jakob Samuel (The Poodles), Nigel Bailey (Three Lions, Bailey), Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also handles mixing duties) and Work Of Art's Robert Sall, so the credibility factor is high. I've given this album a few spins since it's late August release, and this is a pretty tasty AOR release. 'No One Like You' kicks things off, and you can see in the video below, the lads are plying their trade with some serious intent. Jakob Samuel can be seen in the video monitor doing his bit too. Woah! 'On My Way' is the first of the acoustic/electric hybrids, complete with a Ted Poley like chorus from lead singer Harold Waller. Nice tune! It's a full frontal keyboard assault for 'Save Me'. The trancey like keyboards from Pablo Cuevas gives this an overly modern feel. At least we know we're living in 2015! 'Time Never Lies' flies high as a soaring slice of melodic rock. This is enough to keep the punters over at the Noticeboard interested, should they catch on in a hurry.

Glossy ivory laden AOR balladry is what 'Yesterday A Freedom' is all about. Rich keys and every ballad attribute you can think of is contained in this near five minute wonderland. I'm not quite sure what the word 'Redamancy' means (if it exists, I'll remember it for Scrabble purposes.. lol), but it's quite hard driving nonetheless. Swirling synths and plucky bass lines introduce 'Meaning Of Love', it fumbles along until chorus time when a whole bag of goodies is unleashed. These guys are doing well to impress. 'Start Again' is understated and restrained during the first stanza. Actually it remains that way throughout though it does break out at chorus time. Still, it's an interesting number. 'Dream Goes On' is the second principle ballad, closing out the album is another mid-paced power ballad 'Despiertame'.

In Summary
Overall, 'Leaders' gives a very good account of our very first melodic rock band out of Colombia. I'll go so far as saying there's a little bit of Valentine (USA version) and Hugo in the mix. Those two names alone will surely get melodic rockers to sit up and take notice. The songs to my way of thinking probably ended up being too complicated for the intended audience. Keeping it a lot more simpler and a lot more rock 'n' roll would do wonders in my opinion. That's what most of us are looking for right? A good introduction nonetheless, and a creditable effort all round.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 20 2015 10:10:24
Supremacy - 2015 No One Like You (featuring Jakob Samuel [The Poodles])
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#2 | george_the_jack on December 20 2015 10:45:41
Glad you liked them George. I agree with the review and I would even go so far as to say they will probably make my top 10 for 2015. My only disagreement with you is about the ''complicated'' comment. I believe their excellent musicianship and technique on every particular instrument and the way they do the arrangements embelishing with bass lines, guitar riff-alogy or extra drum hits, adds an extra pinch of salt to the sea of modern modest AOR outfits which tend to play same 'ol and simply, fronting the vocal channel in the mix. The boys can clearly ''play a thing'' here while the league has gotten full of mediocrities recently. My only niggle with these guys had to do with their singer who is sub-par tbh, especially considering the technical potential of the rest and their amazing keyboardist, Paulo Cuevas, who not only is an amazing musician but an excellent singer as well. Just wish he had put down the vocals for the whole record. One can hear his ...supremacy over the main singer on ''Meaning of Love''. Excellent album, production, musicianship and arrangements while they also got the looks and young's enthousiasm. The future is in their hands.
#3 | george_the_jack on December 20 2015 10:54:38
Oh.. And I love the ''telecaster'' choice of their guitar player, especially taking into account the fact his tone is rather amazing. Thumbs Up
#4 | englandashes on December 09 2016 22:34:41
Amazon selling this for £5.31 at the moment, only three copies left, so just picked up a copy....
#5 | reyno-roxx on December 10 2016 11:01:52
Musically good but let down by a vocal performance that is a lacking somewhat in strength for the kind of music they play.

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