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Kings of Broadway: Kings of Broadway

It's not often you stumble across a musical situation where a metal guitarist changes gears and seeks to form and write songs for a hard rock band. I can recall Accept attempting a ballad on Russian Roulette to horrifying results. And Judas Priest did a whole album (Turbo) with synth guitar that sounded more hard rock than metal with mixed results. The switch is not normally accomplished and perhaps because it's hard to alter everyone from the existing band to a new genre of music. Kings of Broadway has made the transition successfully because it simply started over again and recruited everyone but the guitarist and created a new lineup for a thoroughly entertaining hard rock debut effort.

The first track "First Day of My Life" and the third track "Shallow Ground" are rock-grounded and catchy but present sort of like Train (if it had balls) meets the tempo and rhythm of Lynch Mob's first album. And there's nothing wrong with this approach, you must start somewhere to gain some traction on how you are going to move forward and create something entirely new. On the fourth track "Quantum Leap" you hear a unique sound and the band and singer coming into their own and putting the "Kings of Broadway" stamp on every aspect of the song. Creatively it reminds me of how Krokus went from an AC/DC derivative band until they released Headhunter and then it was obvious they finally grew into new musical entity in both in guitar sound and vocals.

The vocalist Tiziano Spigno is a gifted singer with a beautiful voice as evidenced in the slow tempo track "Through It All" and the rock version of One Republic's smash radio hit "Counting Stars" which on paper probably made no sense until you hear their version. Its far more exciting and interesting than the original boy-band hit and a real testament to the range and talent of this unique and hopefully lasting band. Kings of Broadway is what many fans have been asking for years: rock bands that do more than prance and scream but instead perform with a drive to make fresh what others have taken for granted.

Track Listing

  1. First Day of My Life (3:36)
  2. Berserk (4:13)
  3. Shallow Ground (4:02)
  4. Quantum Leap (4:39)
  5. Never Enough (3:47)
  6. Iron Lady (3:29)
  7. Dancing on the Edge (3:27)
  8. Through It All (4:19)
  9. Hit the Ground (4:00)
  10. Counting Stars (4:32)

Added: April 11th 2017
Reviewer: Mark Antony Rossi
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 2083
Language: english

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