Arachnes – A New Day (10th Anniversary Edition) Music For The Masses Records Release Date: 07/05/2021 Running Time: 52:41 Review by Simon Black 6/10
This record was originally only available as a digital release back in 2011, when the concept was quite new and bands naively thought that not having all that pesky plastic to ship around the world was going to cut costs before realising that that’s the only real source of revenue for the actual recorded music. Cut to ten years later and a re-release with a physical version is long overdue, especially as for some, writing, recording and touring are well and truly out of the window for the time being. This Italian four piece originally started life as a Hard Rock outfit under a different moniker and the Arachnes project is more about fusing those Hard Rock melodic sentiments with some rabble rousing Power Metal delivery and some classically influenced Progressive interplay.
The Progressive elements rarely dominate – which is no bad thing, so what you get are songs that average around the four minute mark, occasionally dipping their toes into something more overtly technical and showy when the middle eight or the solo appear and even then they don’t over-indulge. The keyboard and guitar are equal contenders for your ear, and although there is a bit of the kind of solo interplay that you might get elsewhere, it’s not allowed to dominate – although the playing is top notch from both. I suspect in part this is driven from the fact that lead vocals and keyboards all originate from founder Enzo Caruso which might be different if he wasn’t wearing two hats. That means a record that flows well and retains a broadly commercial Power edge to it. Refreshingly as well, this is nowhere near the Neo-Classical / Operatic domain that the Rhapsody group of bands have set as the house sound for many of this wonderful country’s sound. The record starts well, but for me struggles to maintain pace and may have benefitted from a shorter and more focussed selection of tracks, to give the energy a chance to come to the fore.
This is solid Melodic Power Metal, with enough touches of the Progressive to earn interest but without kicking down any doors. It hints more about possibilities rather than actual delivery. I suspect this may be down to that fourth album lethargy that hits many bands after they’ve been at this a while. It’s solid, it’s well delivered, but it’s not got any outstanding songs on there that are going to garner wider appeal.
‘”A New Day” (Album Promo)
TRACKLISTING: 01. Psychedelic Trip (Intro) 02. I Know The Darkness 03. Big Hearth 04. I’m Sorry 05. Into The Fog 06. Magic World 07. My Face Is Hard 08. Running In An Old Town 09. Take Your Life 10. Parallel Worlds (Orchestral Version) 11. The Reason Of The Things 12. Your Death 13. Fireball (Deep Purple Cover) 14. First Of All (Bonus Track)
LINE-UP: Gabry Baroni – Bass, Backing Vocals Stefano Caironi – Drums, Timpani Frank Caruso – Guitars, Backing Vocals Enzo Caruso – Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Hammond, Piano
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Hungry Daze – Back To My Future Diamonds Prod Release Date 21/04/20 Running Time: 39:57 Review by Beth Jones 7.5/10
Afternoon music lovers! It’s a sunny Sunday here at EMHQ, so I’ve cracked open a beer to accompany my musings for my latest listening pleasure, Italian heavy metal rockers, Hungry Daze.
Hailing from Turin, Hungry Daze were born from the ashes of Ivory, and after a few changes in the line-up, have released their debut album, “Back To My Future”.
Before I talk about the music, I just wanted to take a moment to pause, and tell you that I am actually reviewing this via a physical copy of the album! A CD! It’s a rarity these days to get physical CD’s to review, so it’s really great to have one for this! I’m an old fashioned kinda gal, and a new CD, for me, is like getting a new book. Yes, ok, Kindles are convenient for storage, but they don’t smell right. Nothing in the world beats the smell of a new book. And the same applies to CD’s!
So, to the music. Hungry Daze are good old fashioned, no nonsense heavy rock, and this album is like a familiar hug. It has all the riffage and solos reverbed to the hilt that you would want from a classic rock sound, and conjures images of their tousled locks, and tassled denim and leather blowing in the wind, in slow motion, on early days MTV. Some would say ultimate cheese, but I prefer to say sweet nostalgia.
The album kicks off with ‘The Right Way’, heading straight in with some classic rock beats, dirty guitars and clean vocals. Interestingly the guitar sound here is quite grungy – almost 90’s style. This song, for me, sits somewhere between Whitesnake, Guns & Roses, and early, but slightly heavier Manic Street Preachers!
Next up is ‘Kiss of Life’, and this sets the pace for the rest of the album. A leg tapper that you could see being a sing-a-along on a festival stage. The guitar cadences and vocal harmonies lend themselves very well to this track, and it’s easy on the ears. Although, saying that, any track on the album could fit into this category!
I think track 7, ‘Tonight is the Night’, is my favourite track on the album. Again, it’s good and bouncy, and has a really nice flow to it. Happy music! I like that.
Production wise, it’s all pretty good here. Everything sits nicely. The guitar solos ring out nice and loud, and the vocals are sharp. Naughty little fade on track 6 though. I do wish bands would stop doing that!
Musically, it’s nothing ground-breaking either. It’s solid, and technically very good, but if you’re looking for new and adventurous, you’re in the wrong place. However, if you appreciate good solid rock, and are looking for a soundtrack to accompany your road trip or meet-up, then this is it.
TRACKLISTING: 01. The Right Way 02. Kiss Of Life 03. Rock Paradise 04. Back To My Future 05. Life On Two Wheels 06. Now You can Play 07. Tonight Is The Night 08. Motorcycle Man 09. Wolf’s Den
LINE-UP: Roberto Bruccoleri – Vocals Francesco Yackson Russo – Lead and rhythm guitar Roberto Tiranti – Bass and backing vocals Marco Biggi – Drums and percussion
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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Hard Rock band Madhouse! Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hello everyone, we are MadHouse and we are a female fronted hard rock band from Pavia, Italy.
MadHouse was founded in 2012 as a cover band even though Filippo Anfossi (rhythm guitar) and I have been collaborating musically since 2005.
In 2015 the meeting with Marco Barusso (who has collaborated with several artists including Lacuna Coil, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Coldplay) allowed me to give life to our unreleased original songs.
How did you come up with your band name?
I chose to call the band MadHouse from an episode I experienced when I was 15 years old. My father took me to an exhibition of paintings created by the guests of a psychiatric nursing home. Some of them were painters, others were not. Through these images they told their reality in a strong, simple and extremely communicative way. I have always maintained that the artist is born with, sort of, “coloured glasses” through which he sees everyday life with shades, colours and shapes often different from those seen by others. The one who creates lives a sensitivity, often misunderstood, that needs a vehicle (art) to be able to express itself at its best. Artists are often called crazy… The encounter of different sensibilities and personalities has created our musical reality, our “asylum”, the MadHouse.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from Italy and the rock and metal scene is linked more to the underground world or to foreign bands.
In Italy the mentality is more pop.
Italy is old minded, old-fashioned.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
After the release of the EP “You Want More” in 2015 we published, in March 2019, “MadHouse Hotel” our first full-length produced by DysFUNCTION Productions (Fear Factory, Logan Mader, Dan Korneff, Alteria, Logical Terror, Klogr, Trick or Treat).
The title of the new album consists of two words in opposition to each other: “MadHouse” which, in addition to being the name of the band, means “asylum” and represents a place where you are locked up against your will in antithesis to “Hotel” where you usually choose to stay.
The album is a concept composed of 10 tracks where each track represents a hotel room in which each listener, taking the key to his room, chooses to stay to find or search for their size.
The message of the album is enclosed in the key of the “MadHouse Hotel” that gives access to the rooms.
The key symbolically represents the capacity of choice that each of us has to live our lives to the fullest. It is an invitation to look inside oneself, sometimes fighting one’s own fears and insecurities, to better understand what surrounds us and to really undertake the path of life that most represents us and can make us happy.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Our background is very heterogeneous.
Certainly what has influenced us the most are the historical rock and hard rock bands (Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden…)
What first got you into music?
The need to communicate and the need to tell our experiences!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Rock in Rio is one of the biggest music festivals in the world in which you can find rock legends and pop icons together.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We receive a lot of gifts from fans and we are very grateful for that. Gadgets, portraits, letters, handmade gifts. The craziest thing that happened was when one of our fans tattooed the “MadHouse” logo on his arm.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
No matter what happens in life. Never give up, never surrender because it is always possible to change things and be reborn. Be true, powerful and positive!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I guess Ronnie James Dio
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Being a musician is a wonderful thing. Going on stage is a privilege every time. I can’t find a negative side.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Italian Talent shows. They are useless and give a wrong vision to the new generations of what music really is.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Today digital music is very useful because it allows you to get anywhere in the world.
On the other hand, however, it leads to a more “fast food” way of listening to music.
Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s are perhaps less fashionable, less smart but it’s the way our generation has always listened to music.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It was a beer festival in Northern Italy in front of 2500 people.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I personally have always dreamed of making music my profession and after so many years of commitment I have made it. I have worked for several years as an employee in insurance companies. But at a certain point I decided to pursue my dream.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Jon Bon Jovi and Jani Snellman!
What’s next for the band?
The promotion of the album began immediately in conjunction with the release of the album and so the tour began with the showcase and provides live that will touch both Italian and European cities. We have just returned from dates in Croatia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Now we’ll do other dates in Italy and we’ll go abroad again in the autumn. Then the first video of the new album will also be released soon.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
There are traditional UK biscuit-sized cakes… Jaffa Cakes are definitely cookies.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks to your editorial staff for the support you give to our project and a greeting to all readers! We invite you not only to our live shows but also to listen to our new album “MadHouse Hotel” which is available on all digital stores. Follow us on our website http://www.madhouseband.it and on social networks as “madhouse rockband”.
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