Light of a New Day may be an apt title for Italy's Myland. Except for founder and drummer Paolo Morbini and original guitarist Hox Martino, Myland has been redesigned. Thankfully, the AOR melodic, sometimes hard, rock remains on Myland's sophomore release. However, the first thing that you might notice is new singer Franco Campanella's vocal style: sort of Mikael Erlandsson meets Bryan Adems in a sometimes smooth but more often raspy delivery.
There's much to enjoy on Light of a New Day, even as it's reminiscent of Eighties AOR in an European package. (This is hardly novel as our European cousins still holds melodic rock in high regard.) On the rock side, Flying Higher, Living in the Magic, Never Stop Scream Rock, and Hey You deliver a heftier sound without losing the melody and catchy hooks. For the softer AOR side, Myland delivers some ballads which offer more substance than syrup, on In Your Eyes and Wherever You Go. However, unlike the best ballads, there's nothing that really sticks with you. Finally, mention should be made of the fine production and mix which offers unexpected strength and clarity to Myland's music.
Overall, Myland's Light of a New Day is a solid, representative, and entertaining AOR melodic hard rock in the current European tradition. Strong arrangements are made lively by strong performances by a band seasoned in their chosen genre. Recommended.
Myland's Light of a New Day is a solid, representative, and entertaining AOR melodic hard rock in the current European tradition. Strong arrangements are made lively by strong performances by a band seasoned in their chosen genre.
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