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Shining Line - s/t

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Reviewer :
Juha Harjula Format: Album
Release date: 2010-05-16 Year: 2010
Label: Avenue of Allies
Genre: AOR
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Shining Line is the latest AOR all-star project with well-known singers and players. Behind this project is two Italian guys named Pierpaolo Monti and Amos Monti that delivers songs that brings back memories from the glory days of AOR with fantastic melodies and stunning catchy choruses. You will find singers such as Erik Martens son (Eclipse), Robin Beck, Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Michael Shotton (Von Groove), Michael Voss (Casanova, Voices Of Rock), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream), Bob Harris (Axe), Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart) and many more. The album has been produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse) and mixed by Michael Voss with a splendid result. The album opens up with the outstanding AOR-cracker Highway Of Love with brilliant hooklines and a chorus to die for, a song that could have been on the W.E.T album for sure. Amy sounds like Harem Scarem at their peak, a wonderful melodic rocker with a great chorus. Strong Enough is a pure 80s AOR-song that reminds of Blanc Faces. Heat Of The Light shows Robin Beck at the top were she sings her heart out with classy melodies and could be a song from her debut album. The Infinity In Us is filled with tremendous hooklines and a top-notch chorus with powerful background vocals in the best Casanova style, fantastic AOR-rocker. Homeless Lullaby is a straight in your-face rocker with great riffs and melodies. The mid-tempo AOR-song Follow The Stars is a bonus track for the European release and is a memorable song.  Shining Line is a top-class release with great variation and if your into bands such as W.E.T, Harems Scarem, Last Autumn’s Dream, Voices Of Rock and classy AOR/Melodic Rock then this is album you can’t miss. A album I recommend highly and this is the strongest release from Avenue Of Allies. Stunning stuff.


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Melodic Net Comments 

Kate
Five stars are not enough!

Marcus
Astonishing album. Every serious AOR lover should need a copy.

Did you know that?

When the bands guitarist, Stephen Carpenter was 15 years old, he was hit by a car while skateboarding. Confined to a wheelchair for several months, he began teaching himself guitar by playing along to bands such as Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, and Metallica. Supposedly, the driver paid Carpenter a cash settlement that allowed the band to purchase equipment, but Cunningham commented in an interview that was all just "a myth about how our band was started.

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