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Strangers - 2015 Survival

ARTIST: Strangers
ALBUM: Survival
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Oscar O'Brien - vocals * Miguel Martin - guitars * Carlos Jimenez - keyboards * Carlos R. Garcia - bass * Abel Ramos - drums

Additional Musician: Gillem Ferrer - guest sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 Never Stop * 02 Venom * 03 Angel * 04 Stand By * 05 Burning Within * 06 Forever * 07 Beyond Your Eyes * 08 Heroes * 09 Light * 10 Dreamer



Just recently, we had a look at Columbian hard rockers Supremacy. To keep the Spanish tradition continuing, we look at a newish band from Madrid Spain, called Strangers. This is their second album, and they've been on You Tube and Facebook, but really didn't arrive on my horizon until their latest CD release back in October 2015. They've been highlighted thanks to the involvement of Eclipse main-man Erik Martensson, who in the context of melodic rock, can surely turn water into wine! If a hybrid of Bon Jovi, Harem Scarem and Tyketto appeals to you, then 'Survival' might be up your alley. Let's take a listen.

The Songs
The arrangements of Stranger's songs sit comfortably within the melodic hard rock context. More so than AOR. It's quite dramatic in parts, no doubt attributed to Martensson's involvement. For instance, 'Never Stop' is full of lovely guitar and keyboard parts, but is spoilt by some over aggressive drum work; the double bass/kick drums dominating on a song which didn't really require it. The same could be said for 'Venom'. They do make a good recovery for the power ballad 'Angel', so too the excellent ballad 'Stand By', which features a saxophone as a lead instrument (Osukaru anyone?). Strangers return to the hard rocking scene of the crime with 'Burning Within', which is a much better example of their harder style. 'Forever's is another ballad, but didn't do a lot for me. Not so 'Beyond Your Eyes' which is full-on, and driven to the hilt! 'Heroes' is another song where they get it right.

In Summary
The musicianship with Strangers is very good, so you'll get no issue from me on that front. With a lot of Spanish bands, the vocal accent takes some getting used to, as it does here, but for me I guess that's just a personal preference. Vocalist Oscar O'Brien has certainly listened to Jon Bon Jovi by the sounds of it. Strangers won't be 'strangers' by the time their next album is out. GDM readers should be encouraged to check out 'Survival', as an album that sits slightly off the beaten track of popularity. [word count 351]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 17 2016 03:47:41
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