The last notable cut comes via the cover of the famous Tears for Fears song “Shout” which all the band members breath new light into the song and does it justice, hard to consider with all the remakes that have come out through the years of this classic tune and that list includes At Vance…..see below.
This release lands on my top list for best Melodic Rock releases this year and with a solid production and mixing courtesy of the band’s guitarist Jocke Nilsson and mastering by Björn Engelmann (Stage Dolls, Wig Wam, Within Temptation, Friestedt-Williams), it reassures a crisp sound on each track.
In addition to this new record Avenue of Allies is also releasing the remastering of the band’s debut record, the re-issue of the band’s debut also includes three bonus tracks in the form of the unreleased songs “Jenny’s Heart”, “The World Is Not Enough” and “Pitch Black Ride”
A guest vocal duet appears courtesy of Oliver Hartmann on the song “Keep on Moving” and it leads to a more heartbeat pacer which steams with 80’s vibes all over.
One of the main point of focus are the tight guitar leads of De Grigo that spark a lighting rod of smooth emotions on such delights tracks like “I Will Wait” and “No More Mistakes”.
So far is early for the genre in terms of outstanding releases with projects like the new Toby Hitchcock, and the Bobby Kimball/Jimi Jamison looming in the works. I say the top albums so far this year have been the Elevener and Bad Habit records. Let’s recap here what’s in store boys and girls..shall we?
I guess it pays to have some good known friends in the scene as the band has been around since 1989, on the new record “Changes” you have a host of guests spots on vocals as well, including the great Michael Bormann duet with Arabella on the ballad “Will I Make Love”.
What kind of monster do you create when you take two of Italy’s most predominant power metal and progressive bands and put them together in one room? Hard Rock ala 80’s? Really? I didn’t see this one coming out from by rear view mirror at all, I mean Avenue of Allies always releases good bands in Melodic Rock/AOR but to have this interesting set of talent together in one project?