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Sweet Oblivion - Sweet Oblivion

Sweet Oblivion
Sweet Oblivion
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 21 June 2019, 5:05 AM

The self-titled debut album from SWEET OBLIVION is not a new band exactly, but more of a project built around the songwriting of Italian Progressive band DGM guitarist Simone Mularoni. He was tasked with writing an album in the style of classic QUEENSRYCHE for the band’s former singer Geoff Tate to sing. The album contains ten tracks.

“True Colors” leads off the album, with a thick and heavy riff, reminiscent of DGM for me. Tate’s voice is still fairly strong, and the backing vocals are rich as well. I am only surmising that Simone is doing the songwriting on the album, as Geoff as of late hasn’t been very much into Metal. The guitar solo is great as well. “Sweet Oblivion” is a slower song with a heavy punch. Tate stretches out here and it’s great to hear him sounding as good as he does. The dual guitar harmonies remind me of old QUEENSRYCHE.

“Behind your Eyes” opens with a mid-tempo riff. Tate really shows some nice vibrato and control in this song. The chorus is full and rich, with backing vocals. The sound is definitely DGM meets QUEENSRYCHE. “Hide Away” features a full guitar sound with some light keys in support. The chorus invokes emotions of longing and it has that older QUEENSRYCHE sound. The piano is a nice touch as well, with a ripping guitar solo. “My Last Story” is a slower and more introspective sound, opening with clean guitars and a melancholy drip. The power comes into play in the chorus and bridge section that precedes the short guitar solo.

“A Recess from my Fate” is a speedier song, opening with dual guitar harmonies and that “get-up-and-go” sound. Mularoni really knows how to create a good structure for a song and that is the case here for sure. As well, his lead guitar playing is spot on. Tate never had someone with this ability, even in DeGarmo and Wilton. “Disconnect” opens with soft clean vocals and a tender sound. Tate sounds as good as ever here in these emotional moments. The entirety of the song really tugs at your heart strings. “The Deceiver” opens with a hardened Metal assault with keys in support. The sound is fresh but something about listening to QUEENSRYCHE as long as I have and being overly familiar with Geoff’s vocal style is a little soothing to me…I can’t explain why.

“Seek the Light” closes the album, with a full and rich guitar sound. It has that dark and melancholy sound, and builds throughout the song into a richness that leaves you satisfied. I think this project came together nicely. It gave Geoff a chance to feature his vocal talents with someone new, yet DGM has been in the game a long time and are still incredible, evidenced by my 10/10 review of their latest album “The Passage.” But it allows Geoff to be able to just focus on his vocals while Simone provides those crunchy licks and riffs. For fans of Geoff, QUEENSRYCHE, or DGM, this has some unique flair that I believe will appeal to you.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. True Colors
2. Sweet Oblivion
3. Behind your Eyes
4. Hide Away
5. My Last Story
6. A Recess from my Fate
7. Transition
8. Disconnect
9. The Deceiver
10. Seek the Light
Lineup:
Geoff Tate – Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitars
Record Label: Frontiers Music SRL
     


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