White Widdow - 'Self Titled' (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Blakout   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 05:30

WW-frontcover-1Australian Metal! Or even AOR, is a bit of a newbie on me. There is a guy in Australia who has incredible guitar playing ability and his name is Enzo Almanzi. He is a real proper virtuoso. Apparently this band was put together to recreate the sound of 80's melodic rock and by Jesus they've actually managed to do that! But, I ask myself, is that a goal worth achieving?

'Tokyo Rain' kicks it all off and it's a reasonable stab at commercial rock but where as it's a reasonable stab at 80's melodic rock, it feels lacking. I keep wanting Jules Millis (nearly Mills) to sing a little better but it just doesn't quite get there. Every song has a solo that sounds like a bee is trying to escape from the other side of your speakers, but it has its melody also in places. Some areas of this album do remind me of Surgin and Balance. White Sister is mentioned on the biog but for me that's just too high a standard for Widdow to achieve. I see Chris Laney played a part in this album but my feelings are if he had been more involved the album's material may have lived up to having his name on the bio, which is a shame.

I can't help but think back to that wonderful Friday evening TV rock show ECT. There seemed to be a plethora of English AOR bands on that show and that's pretty comparable to White Widdow and where they stand in the mix.

A good effort all round but with a guitar player of Enzo's ability in the ranks it's a shame the songs aren't a little stronger rather than being a platform to contain a guitar solo. Remember Vinnie Vincent Invasion? Now there's solo overkill, but the songs, the songs! Proves it can be done.


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