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An album covering a variety of styles from classic rock through to outright Heavy Metal.

Italian rockers Vicolo Inferno have produced an album covering a variety of styles from classic rock through to outright Heavy Metal, with a touch of blues and southern rock thrown into the mix. It's a bit of a triumph of ability over substance that the album works so well at all. Guitarist and founder member Marco Campoli shows some superb lead work throughout and a fresh and lively tone to his rhythm guitar and riffing that lifts your first impressions above the usual run-of-the-mill Euro-Rock. Vocals from Igor Piatessi are a bit rough and raw, but with a power and intensity that works well. 'Hardesia' gets the album of to a flying start in fine up tempo style, but the true highlights are the likes of 'Tombstone' with a steel/slide guitar invoking the American West feel and 'Hanging On The Blade' where the band move to full on metal with almost Sabbath style power.

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Yet it's perhaps this very variety that ultimately lets the band down and leaves you wondering if they even know themselves what their true market is. The songs tend to become generic, predicable even, despite the crossover of genres. Most pointedly, bonus track 'Lipstick' moves them into full melodic rock territory with harmonies abounding and even AOR airplay potential – and is undoubtedly the highlight of the album.

Vicolo Inferno need to decide exactly where they are headed and just go for it. Their two extremes of melodic rock and heavy metal work well, but, despite some impressive musicianship, by trying to cover all points between this album ends up floundering in also ran territory, which is a shame as there are undoubted good things in here.

Ian Parry

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