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A record worth seeking out.

The Argentinean quintet reprises their debut with a second album entitled 'WildFire'. Regardless of the dizzying array of sub-genres identified in the world of melodic hard rock/heavy metal, the musical sensibilities of 'WildFire' will please fans across the spectrum. The band is equally confident executing a song reminiscent of European Power Metal ('Princess Of My Darkness') as they are a ballad ('Our Fate') which harkens back to the glory days of 80's Hard Rock.

You will undoubtedly be able to draw comparisons to a plethora of seminal bands such as Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe and Helloween as well as contemporaries like Stratovarious and House of Shakira. AfterDreams artfully merges all these influences to create something wholly enjoyable with the amalgamation of influences no better realized than on the title track. 'Hard To Love' is another quality ballad showcasing the band's ability to write sensitive and memorable material. As further proof to their diversity, this song is nicely juxtaposed with the double-bass thumper in 'Following Dreams'. Fans of the aforementioned Helloween, Stratovarious and even Firewind will be raising their fists in triumph to this tune which features a soaring chorus and harmonized lead guitars which is arguably the defining moment on the album.

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Despite the production affording good separation between instruments, its overall sound is a bit flat and would benefit from a bit more depth and space. Regardless, the album features a plethora of tempos, moods and styles which blend well together to make it a record worth seeking out. What's more, the 11 Track album features three additional bonus tracks: an alternative version of 'Mystery' (featuring Russell Arcara), 'Ardiendo En Deseo' (a version of the title track with the vocals sung in their native language) and 'Dangerous,' a cover of a song originally recorded by Roxette. Although the latter is a bit of a peculiar selection, it is refreshing to see a band pay respect to a late 80's/early 90's Pop Metal act who are all but completely forgotten.

Already a worthy investment, the inclusion of the three bonus tracks create an added value for all those who invest in the purchase of a CD for this diverse and accomplished band.

Brent Rusche

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Rsavage said:

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this is one of the best albums in the new millenium!!
this band must be consagrate!! I love it! please come to England!!
 
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