What? Another melodic hard rock band from Italy? Really? Actually, newcomers Twintera are quite talented and their full-length debut, Lines is a quite good as well. It's a near perfect mixture of classic melodic hard rock with the edge of heavy metal.
With a few exceptions, I liked everything about Lines. The songs are well-crafted with good melodies and sufficient hooks to draw you in. The vocal arrangements are superb, and vocalist Fabio Merzi sings clean with a timbre ranging between Bret Michaels and Vince Neil. Twintera also boasts twin lead guitars, with some classic, yet creative, rock and metal lines. It's a winning combination that keeps listening beyond one spin.
You get a bit of that metal edge on Run, Where We Land and On the Edge of ... . There's some more straight melodic hard rock found in Cool 18. With By Hand of Justice and the closer Bunch of Motherf*ckers, Twintera demonstrates some more musical imagination in their arrangements for some livelier hybrid of hard rock and metal. There's two ballads, Waves and Oversight. The latter features Tom S. Englund of Evergrey on vocals; it's one of the best cuts here. You could definitely pass on the brief intro track, and possibly the Survivor cover, Burning Heart. It would have been better to have another original and make the Survivor cut a Japanese bonus track. Nevertheless, Twintera's Lines is both creative and entertaining, simply a very good listen for melodic hard rock and metal. Quite recommended.
Twintera's Lines is both creative and entertaining, simply a very good listen for melodic hard rock and metal.
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 ]