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Definitely one to keep your eye on.

Italian AOR has certainly come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years, with the likes of Lionville, Shining Line, Perfect View and Wheels of Fire receiving many well-deserved plaudits. You can now add to this growing number of excellent bands Phoenix Rising, who are essentially a duo, with Titta Tani supplying the vocals and drums, with partner in crime Paolo Caucci on guitars, bass and keyboards. Of the five songs offered on this mini album, the guys wrote four of them together, whilst ‘Fade Away’ was written by Andrea Maddalone, guitarist of Italian prog legends New Trolls.

Their promotional literature suggests comparisons with the likes of Journey, Boston, Survivor and Van ‘Hagar’, and while I would in no way concur with those comparisons, there is certainly a lot of tasty moments going on here to get your teeth into. My immediate point of reference would be those numerous Scandi bands of the 80s and early 90s, maybe a bit of Craaft too; you get the picture – uptempo, bouncy melodic rock, played with passion and a smile on the face. Tani sings with barely any trace of an accent, while Caucci’s guitars and keyboards are always adding delightful spice to an already pleasing main course. After three of these uptempo feel-good rockers, we get the only ballad, the evocative ‘It’s Up To You And Me’ where Tani’s vocal displays a pleasant timbre and is well accompanied by Caucci’s tasteful keys and guitar.

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The only blot on their copy book for me is last song and title track ‘Give It A Name’, where the guys rock it up a bit but the chorus is a little lacking and for once, Tani’s voice seems to be straining a little.

However, four out of five ain’t bad, and as an international calling card Phoenix Rising have certainly made a massive step in the right direction. Hopefully we will see a full length album in the near future, and the guys out playing live more often, having just supported Joe Lynn Turner in Italy. Definitely one to keep your eye on.

Bruce Mee

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