If you enjoyed Tarchon Fist vocalist Luigi "Sange" Sangermano's first Sange Main Machine effort, Ready for the Show (which I did), you'll like the latest, By Your Side. But you might also be a bit disappointed. It's a short album with seven songs, more than an EP, but much less than a long player.
Also the song selection may have you scratching your head. There are two previously released songs: Born to Be a [sic] Bastard and Beer 'n' Roll. There's a cover of Kiss' Creatures of the Night. Then there are four original songs: the title cut, Run Like Hell, Sea of Sadness, and the all Italian lyrics of Il Sogno, il Volo, la Magia (The Dream, the Fight, the Magic). The obvious question is why didn't Sange and company cut another full-length album?
Speculation aside, musically speaking, this album is solid effort, perhaps even better than the debut. SMM definitely has their melodic heavy metal with a definitive rock groove going strong like a well-oiled machine (no pun intended). It rises effortlessly and energizes By Your Side, Run Like Hell, Born to Be Bastard, and Beer 'n' Roll. That latter two are great rockers, from bar room to arena. Sea of Sadness is a nice touch of epic metal ballad. Il Sogno, il Volo, la Magia returns to the more melodic hard rock side of things with a strong accessibility; it could work as a single for Italian radio. All in All, despite its short length, By Your Side finds Sange Main Machine in fine form, getting their groove on with rock driven melodic metal. Recommended.
All in All, despite its short length, By Your Side finds Sange Main Machine in fine form, getting their groove on with rock driven melodic metal. Recommended.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]