|ojotigre||Fecha: Jueves, 2013-08-15, 7:20 PM | Mensaje # 1|
|D.N.A. - Life (2013) |
D.N.A. is a new international band put together by Portuguese guitarist & songwriter Alexandre Santos (Scar For Life) and American singer David Reed Watson (Rage Of Angels).
By 'new' I mean the paint isn't even dry on this project as it born last February and they've already released their debut "Life".
Scar For Life is Santos main band (a metal act with prog overtones always featuring different vocalists) who already have three recordings under the belt. He was working on some new songs with Watson for possible inclusion in Scar For Life's next CD.
But all evolved into a different musical style; potent Euro (melodic) hard rock tunes with edge and punch, so both musicians decided that this should become something altogether different than Scar For Life and should become its own entity, hence, D.N.A., taking the first letters of their names, as British guitarist Neil Fraser (ex- TEN, Rage Of Angels) joined them soon after.
Completing the line up are Swede Mikael Carlsson on bass (Lover Under Cover) and Scar For Life's Joao Colaco on drums.
"Broken Hero" opens propelled by a marching rhythm section and a melodic lead guitar lick. It's a modern hard rocker with strong verses, good harmony vocals and a thick six-string work recalling Magnus Karlsson.
Next, "Release" turn things a little heavier, an ok track featuring a nice groove and vocals, but overall seems it needed a little more polish on the arrangements.
But D.N.A. returns in very good form with "Ledge", a kick ass melodious epic rocker much in vein of TEN. In fact, this and the remaining tracks are all top-notch numbers with the band rolling out phenomenal guitar leads, smashing rhythm section and great lyrics sung with passion by a lead vocalist with talent to spare.
"The Flow" goes for a groove again but this time in a semi-midtempo delivery. The bass is tight, the guitars big and Watson put out a very intense vocal work. The creative arrangements makes this track one of the highlights.
For the final D.N.A. shows their verstility with the steady melodic rocker "The Mirror Of Your Soul" through a more separated instrumentation and acoustic guitars mixed with electrics. There's a long solo and the song gains energy towards the end.
D.N.A. is a really promising new band still searching for a definitive sound and style, but judging the results in "Life", it showcases a talented group of musicians with all the right pieces needed to achieve a long and sustained career.
David Reed Watson is a seriously strong singer, and here is helped by Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper) who produced the vocal tracks in California.
Fans of modern Euro Melodic Hard Rock with an edge will enjoy "Life", a solid first offering from D.N.A. that hopefully come out with a full length release soon.
1. Broken Hero
4. The Flow
5. The Mirror Of Your Soul
David Reed Watson (Rage Of Angels) - vocals
Alexandre Santos (Scar For Life) - guitar
Neil Fraser (ex-Ten, Rage Of Angels) - guitar
Mikael Carlsson (Love Under Cover) - bass
João Colaço (Scar For Life) - drums
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