Album Reviews

Prime Suspect – Prime Suspect

Released by Frontiers Records

Release Date: December 03, 2010

Genre: Melodic Rock/AOR


Line Up:

Olaf Senkbeil: vocals

Daniele Liverani: keyboards

Tommy Ermolli: guitars

Dario Ciccioni: drums

Mauro Catellani: bass


1. What Do You Want

2. I’ll Be Fine

3. Change This World

4. I Never Knew

5. I Would Like To Reach The Sun

6. It Could’ve Been You

7. Hear Me Calling

8. Deep In My Heart

9. So Strange

10. Watch Me

The formidable Italian that is featured in Prime Suspect was funded by members Daniele Liverani, Tommy Ermolli and Dario Ciccioni. Liverani among the other members first caught the attention of the melodic rock scene on the Khymera releases.  After a while the crew started writing their own songs and mend them to their new project, which later would be complete with the vocals of former Dreamtide vocalist Olaf Senkbeil. I have to give some kudos to the Italian Melodic Rock scene because it has taken off as of late. I knew that the scene there was popular, but there we’re many bands albeit young, still trying to imitate instead of creating their own nice before. But now so many hard rock, aor, melodic rock bands are coming out that makes you take notice, and Prime Suspect is no different.

The first two opening songs “Ill be Fine” and “What Do You Want” are basic sounding melodies that explore the quintessential structure of Melodic Rock with a balance focus on the crafty tunefulness.  The soulful approach in the keyboard driven “It Could Of Been You” highlights the record as it stands on it’s own with a charring chorus and more of a classic melodic rock feel. A heartfelt tune comes your way in “Deep In My Heart” meanwhile relying once more on perhaps the highest soaring melodic chorus on the record, catchy as hell just the way I like it. If I had to rant on something here it had to be the short total tracks on the record as it only holds 9 total songs and in spots leaves me trying to listen to more.

Regardless of the lack of groundbreaking material here or total top cuts, Prime Suspect’s verdict is in and is pretty solid. I felt the voice of Senkbeil molds in the AOR feel on some of the songs, and along with the already schooled Italian trio they definitely make a strenuous tag team. The guitars especially act out a tight groove on each track so props to Tommy Ermolli,  and of course the emotive keys of Liverani hit the spot just right. Not a bad album at all as I have it ranked among the best to come out of Italy in the genre, along with Perfect View holding the top spots this year.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys    7/10

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