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naio ssaion: Out Loud

Some times releases come out that warrant a "gee, this should be a can't miss CD" comment after a few spins. Case in point, the new album Out Loud from Slovenia's naio ssaion. These youngsters have put together some very hip and exciting sounds here that, while by no means ground breaking, just scream mass appeal on many levels. Led by the powerful yet angelic female vocals of Barbara and the soaring electric violin of Rok, naio ssaion fuse modern hard rock, gothic, industrial, techno, trippy prog rock, fusion, and metal, into a very fun and accessible sound.

It's hard not to sing along and get your body moving to songs like "The Mirror", "Miss You", or "Static", all songs that one could easily imagine hearing on US radio. Seeing as Evanescence has basically not done anything for a few years, this band has the hooks and appeal to instantly fill that role. "Bow Link in E Minor" is a ripping progressive fusion instrumental with ripping violin and crushing guitar riffs, while "N.S.S." features plenty of slammin' power chords, bubbling keyboards, and Barbara's anthemic crooning. Industrial meets techno meets goth on the raging "Shut Up", which mixes whispy violin with heavy guitars, keyboards, female and male vocals, and "Blind Date" is an uptempo rocker that bears influences like Nightwish, H.I.M., and Evanescence. The band goes for some technical, almost progressive metal on "Yours Faithfully", a song which also has some great hooks, and add some nice ethnic elements thanks to some inventive classical guitar work and violin on "Blah-Blah". The closer "Out of the Great Book of Fairytales" is also a nice atmospheric gothic piece, again showing the alluring vocals of Barbara.

Other than some questionable song titles, this is a well put together sophomore release from saio ssaion, who apparently want to make a big splash in markets outside of their native Slovenia. While some may find the inclusion of violin an odd fit on songs of this nature, I liked it, and predict as they grow as a band that they will really find their niche. Definitely worth checking out and a band to watch out for. In a perfect world you'd hear at least two of these tunes in constant rotation on radio or MTV.

Track Listing
1) Static
2) The Mirror
3) Teen
4) Miss You
5) Bow Link in E Minor
6) N.SS
7) Shut Up
8) Blah-Blah
9) Blind Date
10) Can't You Hear
11) At Ease
12) Yours Faithfully
13) Out of the Great Book of Fairytales

Added: February 17th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3021
Language: english

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naio ssaion: Out Loud
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-02-17 06:11:29
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Straight out of Slovenia comes a fresh breath of Hard Rock with some twinges of Evanescence but a completely different result due to the fact that the group has the unique addition of a violin player. According to the press copy, the group had proven themselves in many International band competitions which led to their signing a deal. While some have drawn comparisons to the US Gothic band led by Amy Lee, I found the music of Naio Ssaion a little more upbeat and refreshing as opposed to the angst of Ms. Lee and Company. Given the overall appeal of the group's songs, such as "Miss You" and "N.SS" that are total radio-friendly rockers, I can't see this band doing anything less than making a big fan base in the US. The group is made up of the lovely Barbara Jedovnicky (vocals), Rok Kolar (violin), Tine Eas (guitar), Luka Verdnik (guitar), Lenart Jerabek (bass), & Mitja Melanšek (drums). It's another large group in terms of members and perhaps the reason for their full sound. Violin wizard Kolar is the standout player on the album most specifically, and shows his stuff on the instrumental rocker of "Bow Link In E Minor". The interesting thing about him being in the band is that he is present throughout the songs on the entire album and not just a piece here and there. The other stand-out tracks for me were "Blah Blah" and "Out Of The Great Book Of Fairytales". One of the strongest appeals of the band for me was in the fact that the vocal was not a deafening display of Operatic prowess. Given the music industry is loaded with them, I found it refreshing to have a straight-ahead Hard Rock band led by a female. Fans of Lullacry and Evanescence should enjoy this group very much. I found it something I listened to a few times in sequence before taking it out of my player.

This is a high recommendation from me and I think more people will go for it than wouldn't. Napalm Records has been a great label for interesting music, especially over the past year. I encourage readers to look deeper into this label as well, particularly for Beseech and Leaves Eyes. Each brings something different to the table which will leave you wanting more.

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