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ZILLION ĎZillioní Frontiers Records(2004)

Described as a 'new hard rock super group' by Frontiers Records, this predominantly German three piece are better described as typical Euro hard rock with melodic overtones. The main man of the band is Sandro Giampietro who handles lead vocals, guitar and keyboards as well as the role of producer. He is ably assisted by Jens Becker on bass and Mike Terrana on drums.

The album opens with one of the best tracks You and Me. A short intro before the vocals kick in (common throughout the album) leads quickly onto a catchy chorus. Second track This Day is Gone features a guitar intro very similar to Iron Maidenís Wasted Years but this is forgiven due to the sing-along nature of the chorus and a guitar solo showing off Sandro Giampietroís ability. The Iron Maiden connection continues on Wonder Why which sounds like something from the Paul DiíAnno years.

The albumís sole ballad Day or Night is a typical Scorpions type big ballad - you can see the lighters held aloft! Not too convinced about the rapping in Kryptonite. The Hose is a good song but you spend more time wondering what the lyrics are actually about than listening to the music itself.

None of the songs on the album exceed their welcome with most featuring memorable sing-along choruses and some intense riffing. There is definitely a feeling of familiarity throughout the album - good thing or bad thing? You will find yourself thinking, - that sounds like - quite often.

Overall. The album gets better with each play - after the first play I wasnít that impressed but the almost commercial nature of the songs pulls you further in with each play.

***

Review by Phil Berisford

Label website

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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