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Solna - "Eurameric" (CD)

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"Eurameric" track listing:

1. Ms. Eurameric
2. Blinded By The Rain
3. Celebrate
4. Where Are You Running
5. Feel Alive
6. Someone Else
7. Moment Of Truth
8. Woman In Love
9. Light A Candle
10. Sent From Heaven
11. Dreams

Reviewed by on October 25, 2011

"Between the finger-tapped solos and vintage '80s synth sounds, the disc never escapes the 1980s, and 'Feel Alive' and equally saccharine tracks 'Light A Candle' and 'Dreams' feel like they could've been montage music in a Brat Pack film."

When you consider that Solna's "Eurameric" has guys who've played with Sebastian Bach and Dokken, as well as "Operation: Mindcrime" siren Pamela Moore at the microphone, the expectation that the album's going to be an '80s-style pop metal paradise is easily forgiven. Unfortunately, around midway through, the album becomes more pop and less metal, with an almost syrupy sweetness in parts.

There's no denying that Moore's voice is a powerful instrument, and she puts it to good use on the heavier tracks, with "Blinded By The Rain" and "Celebrate" showing her ability to soar to Halford-ian heights (Ralf Scheeper of Primal Fear lends some superb backing vocals on the latter track). On the other hand, her lower register vocals on stuff like the ballad "Feel Alive" have an almost cloying feel to them — and that's not helped by lyrics like "I'm feeling good when you are smiling."

Between the finger-tapped solos and vintage '80s synth sounds, the disc never escapes the 1980s, and "Feel Alive" and equally saccharine tracks "Light A Candle" and "Dreams" feel like they could've been montage music in a Brat Pack film.

Still, fans of '80s rock will likely lap up stuff like the Pat Benatar-esque "Where Are You Running" and the angry "Moment Of Truth." Guitarist Alex DeRosso's solos in the latter track, as well as "Woman In Love" are expecially good.

Those itching for '80s rock — of both the hard and soft varieties — will find plenty of nostalgic fun on Solna's "Eurameric." Anyone looking for more modern sounds would do well to look elsewhere.

Highs: "Blinded By The Rain" and "Celebrate"

Lows: "Light A Candle," "Feel Alive" and "Dreams."

Bottom line: Eighties fans will enjoy the soft and hard rock sounds, others, not so much.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)