Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SAINTS TRADE: "Robbed In Paradise"

Rating: RRr
Label: LogicIILogic.it 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Saints Trade - there are plenty of rockhead moments to be found on the album and I especially enjoy the Axxis and Roko inspired tempo of "Dreams Running Wild". Vocalist Santi Libra at his best on this track and the moodier tempo and sound fits him like a glove. Perhaps nothing too earth shattering or ground breaking (that's a lot of chaos?), but a sort of decent effort from a decent band with decent song material. U.K. audience might just remember them as the opening act for Ten at Fleetwoodstock Festival (Fleetwood football hooligans - ok!) and the album features guest musicians such as Roberto Priori (Danger Zone), Pier Mazzini (Perfect View) and guitarist Tommy 'Ooops!' Denander.

The first three tracks on "Robbed in Paradise" are really not that great and had me seriously worried about the quality of the band. However, they nicely manage to turn things around with tracks such as "Like a Woman", "California", "Dreams Running Wild" and "Rock N Roll Man". It's like if there's two completely different acts actually. They start out as dodgy soft rockers from Bologna and finish up sounding more like the Italian version of Teutonic acts such as Axxis and Mad Max. Add just the hint of Running Wild or rather the Melodic Hard Rock project that Rock N Rolf did the other year and you're two steps closer to the core of Saints Trade.

For all promise shown, they are sadly some truly dodgy moments and I can't help to wonder, what if they weren't stuck in between two different styles and genres? I would recommend them to explore the rough and heavier side and perhaps ditch the Denander sound?

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