One Desire cd review
Debut albums need a certain star dust to get themselves heard in a crowded market place and on March the 24th Frontiers Records Srl release One Desire's and if the 200,000 plays on youtube of first single Hurt are anything to go buy then this is going to be something special.
When you release a band's debut on the same day as heavyweights Night Ranger,Eclipse and House Of Lords then you have the utmost confidence in the new boys and after repeated plays that confidence is borne in one of the best debut cd's I have hear in a very long time.
One Desire started out in 2012 as OD when drummer Ossi Sivula started his new project.
In 2014 he met up with Jimmy Westerlund on guitars (Negative, Sturm Und Drang, Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Pitbull etc.) and Jimmy suggested his long time friend Andre Linman (from their band Sturm Und Drang) for vocals and Jonas Kuhlberg (Paul Di´Anno, Cain´s Offering, MyGrain) on bass soon completed the line up.
After extensive writing sessions the band have 10 tracks to show to the world and if you like melodic rock with styles varying from AOR to melodic metal with plenty of guitars and big choruses with melodies that will stick in your brain and not let go for days then this is for you.
Hurt the first single opens the cd and is a sure fire winner from the word go with it's keys start before an insistent dark guitar riff fights to be heard alongside keys before the first verse sees a stop start guitar riff with Linman impressing with his melodic range that adds a bit of grit in the chorus.Vocal melodies abound alongside guitar melodies and hey let's throw some backing vocal woah woahs in there too and a mention to Sivula's drumming which really powers the song along.The mid song guitar solo from Westerlund hits the spot and doesn't overplay.A song that has you singing along and a huge smile on your face and that certain something needed to be heard.
Apologize starts on an acoustic melody and is all about the huge multi layered chorus with Linman holding out on the notes where a heavier guitar riff beefs the sound out with keys depth too.
Love Injection has a modern dare I sat it pop feel to the first chorus which builds up through the pre chorus to a quite superb chorus that has that heavier guitar riff for company and Linman again showing off his vocal qualities to great effect.Another song begging to be sang back to them by huge crowds.
Turn Back Time is a mid pace rocker that has Linman on his own through the first verse before the band all crash in to to a you guessed it another huge chorus as the pace increases with a label mate and touring buddies Eclipse feel to it.Mid song acoustic picking and Linman's superb vocal before Westerlund shreds a quite beautiful guitar solo and more guitar melodies and soloing alongside Linman's vocal in the outro.
Falling Apart sees the pace drop for a ballad that is all about Linman's vocal melodies.
Straight Through The Heart is a Sivula drum led rocker with a jabbing heavy guitar in the chorus which leads to a melodic chorus with a guitar melody alongside the vocal and Linman again impressing with held notes.
Whenever I'm Dreaming is an AOR number which is where Do You Believe heads after a heavy opening and builds to a multi layered vocal chorus that will be bouncing around your brain for days.
Buried Alive after a keys start before a big guitar and drum salvo on the heaviest track on the cd with a melodic metal feel to it with jabbing keys riff under it all and Linman's vocal has a darker tone to it on the verse.Melodic chorus and the band work out mid song is pre metal with Westerlund impressing on a lengthy guitar solo.
I normally like an album to finish on a rocking high but if a ballad is as good as This Is Where The Heartbreak Begins then let's go with it.Acoustic pickings and Linman showing his wonderful melodic tone on a song with sure fire video would have been huge back in the day.Quite superb.
March the 24th is a very special day with Eclipse and Night Ranger adding to their legacy and One Desire really do stand up to them both with a debut cd release that is one of the best debut's to hit the streets in a very long time.
On tour with Eclipse across Europe shortly make sure you get there early.