Home Run: Black World

If melodic hard rock with some delicious dark tones permeating its veins is your kind of flavour to relax to then the new release from Italian rockers Home Run has to be on your next list of bands needing attention. Returning with Black World, their follow up to debut Dont Stop, the band with its new line-up are pushing  to step up a few levels by giving 13 tracks of striking melodic rock n roll to please all hard rockers.

Formed in 2000 under the name Dead Poets the band soon moved from a cover band into creating their own strong songs. As they worked on a debut demo they changed the name to Home Run in reference to the Gotthard album and also as it represented the bands new sound and ideas that were as tight, fast and strong as a baseball homerun hit. Plenty of gigs followed as the band blended in their own compositions with covers  and then in 2005 they released a demo EP, Start Again to some strong acclaim. Work on their debut album Dont Stop began in 2007 accompanied by help from guitarist Frank Caruso of Arachnes and Stefano ‘Sebo’ Xotta in working on a deal to have the album released which happened in April 2008. The album too garnered strong acclaim from media and fans but then came a line-up change as members left. The following year saw bassist Paolo Luoni, drummer William Battiston, and guitarist Valerio Castiglioni join band founders vocalist Matteo Albarelli, guitarist Andrea Ringoli and Walter Borrelli who played the keyboards. With Black World completed early 2011 the sextet signed with Italian independent label Tanzan Music for its release and immediately found more strong praise.

The songs within the album run from straight rock, southern flavoured sounds, to melodic tunes with a power ballad feel. It is a light album even with the darker tinged elements and aggression and run throughout lyrics and music. After an ominous combative intro the album kicks off with Silences Broken. It too begins on a sinister edge before the track builds into a fine rock piece with flowing keys. Immediately one is impressed with the harmonies and melodies achieved  and the compulsive throbbing bass line beneath all the smoother sounds. Albarelli joins the mix with strong vocals and delivery bringing more of the defined hard rock sound, his voice using the standards approach and very well.

The hard rock sound is a set base for most of the tracks on Black World with different layers placed upon them and tracks like Ephemeral Light, the funky pulsating Intoxication Of Love, and the ballad As We Did Before all show the bands skill at writing songs to engage and please, each in their own way playing with ease within the ear and with strong satisfaction.

For non hard rock fans at times there does seem a sameness across the album and a lack of real surprises though three tracks do stand out to elevate the album into a higher level. No More hits firmly with strutting riffs and synth sounds that wrap pleasingly around the song, whilst the title track swoops in with a vibrant and enticing riff and flowing keys once more. The bass throbs with mischief as it leads one through the track with a wicked glint and the guitars play like a dancing girl swinging all their wanton skills for the ear to digest. The third song is the albums highlight and another where bassist Luoni is the mesmeric lure. Lipstick has a slight 80’s feel especially from the keys and the song itself is semi anthemic with its fist pumping chorus.

It is fair to say if the likes of Suicide Silence or Behemoth are your ideal sound there is not a lot on Black World to excite but for anyone who breathes in hard rock readily, the album though not a classic has more than enough quality and fun to spend plenty of time with. http://www.homerunrock.it

RingMaster 26/10/2011

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