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Alchemy - Never Too Late

Never Too Late
by Johnny Jackal at 20 October 2016, 4:00 PM

I was not sure at first which ALCHEMY band it was. There are dozens of bands with the same name!

The first song is ‘’The Place Men Call Hell’’. It has a keyboard and violin intro, it’s a real cool opening instrumental song.

The second song is ‘’Diablo’’. It has good solid guitar work to start off the song and it has some violin in the background. As for the song, the vocalist has a very powerful voice with some good range. The whole song reminded me the stuff YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has been putting out on the last ten years, minus his awesome guitar work.

The third song is ‘’Alcohol Symphony’’. You have duel keyboard and guitar work at the beginning of the song. It’s a very upbeat song especially the chorus. It’s an old school Hard Rock/Glam Rock song. It has a very wicked guitar solo in the middle of the song as well.

The fourth song is ‘’Never Too Late’’. The title song of the album starts off with a nice keyboard solo. As for the song, it sounded like a more Hard Rock version of SAVATAGE. It’s probably my favorite song off the album.

The fifth song is ‘’Blessed Path’’. The beginning of the song reminded me of some of the power ballads from DEF LEPPARD in the 1980s. It’s not my cup of tea and I am not surprised to see a power ballad on a Hard Rock album nowadays.

The sixth song is ‘’End of the Line’’, which we have the video for on the bottom of this review. It has some solid vocal work, probably the best vocal performance of the album. It’s a typical Hard Rock song from the late eighties, it’s nothing groundbreaking.

The seventh song is ‘’Rise Again’’. It’s another power ballad straight out of the eighties. I would compare this song to the Joe Lynn Turner RAINBOW era.

The eighth song is ‘’Get Out’’. It starts out like a mid 80’s JUDAS PRIEST song ! I was really digging the song but then it turned to something along the lines of lat 80’s QUEENSRYCHE. It was an odd mix but still a very enjoyable song nonetheless.

The last song of the album is ‘’My Way Home’’. It’s over 10 minutes long…to be honest it should have been half of that. It’s not bad at all and does give the guys some room to shine but it was quite repetitive and way too long for a Hard Rock song unfortunately. You know what, I felt this sounded like some old ANGRA demos I heard in the beginning of the 2000s but with more of a Hard Rock edge than the guys from ANGRA evidently.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. The Place Men Call Hell
2. Diablo
3. Alcohol Symphony
4. Never Too Late
5. Blessed Path
6. End of the Line
7. Rise Again
8. Get Out
9. My Way Home
Marcello Spera - Vocals
Cristiano Stefana - Guitar
Andrew Trabelsi - Keyboards
Matteo Castelli - Bass
Luca Cortesi – Drums
Record Label: Street Symphonies Records


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