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Big City: Sunwind Sails
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Big City: Sunwind Sails

Melodic Metal Rock
4.5/5.0

After a very nice holiday hiatus, Dangerdog Music Reviews returns in 2023. Our first review is a fine one. From Norway, Big City returns with their latest and fourth Sunwind Sails. Something that can be uncommon in the music industry, the album features a stable lineup since 2018, notably with vocalist Jorgen Bergersen from Rock the Night (Europe cover band) at the microphone.

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Musically, Big City also stays the course they've established over the last several albums. Essentially, the quintet delivers melodic hard rock with some notable melodic metal infusion. The song arrangements boast twin guitar harmony and leads over a foundation of rock rhythm and groove from a the bass and drum collusion. Additionally, with the new album, I had the sense that Big City may have bumped up the metal edge.



Sons Of Desire, Now, After The Raid, and possibly I'm Somebody fit this motif being songs with haste and heaviness, notably in the thick and prominent bass line. Similar, but being more heavy and steady is Collin's Looking For A Hideout and Silver Line. Alternatively, Diamond In The Rough and Sparks Of Eternity blur the hard rock and metal distinction. At the start, they both seem destined to be AORish hard rock songs, thanks to the leading guitar lines, only to get heavier and determined as the arrangements expand. However, the clear song of choice for this listener was Human Mind, simply because of the fine mixture of rock groove, vocal harmony, and a significant softer vocal segue about four and a half minutes in. All said, Big City's Sunwind Sails finds the band consistent, but also maturing in songwriting, as they deliver classic melodic metal rock with AOR accessibility. Recommended.




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The Take Away

Big City's Sunwind Sails finds the band consistent, but also maturing in songwriting, as they deliver classic melodic metal rock with AOR accessibility. Recommended.

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