BAND/AUTHOR:

SWEET OBLIVION

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
SWEET OBLIVION (2019)
LABEL:
FRONTIERS RECORDS
GENRE:
HEAVY METAL

"Geoff Tate is back in business thanks to the talent of Simone Mularoni, guitarist at DGM. "Sweet Oblivion" is an excellent surprise."
NEWF - 27.06.2019 - (0) minds from our readers - (3) comment(s)
4/5
We have to save Private Geoff Tate. Perhaps that's what the Frontiers label told itself when it proposed the new Sweet Oblivion project to the American. In any case, that is how we understand it. Because if Tate has lost almost nothing of his vocal talent since his eviction from Queensrÿche, the same is not true of his inspiration. The trilogy of albums he released as Operation: Mindcrime ended with the catastrophic "The New Reality", which itself followed a mediocre "Resurrection" and a very uneven "The Key". After having definitively put an end to the Operation: Mindcrime project, Geoff Tate needed a big boost to get back to success and reassure his fans who were gradually turning their backs on one of the greatest singers in the history of metal.

For once, salvation came from the old continent, and more precisely from Italy. Opportunism or genius, it doesn't really matter. By entrusting the composition of this first Sweet Oblivion album to Simone Mularoni, exceptional DGM guitarist, Frontiers' purpose clearly seems to allow Geoff Tate to reconnect with his glorious past. From this point of view, the specifications are fully respected. Nostalgic for the heavy sound of "Rage For Order", "Empire" and "Operation Mindcrime" will be delighted. With the support of his colleague Emanuele Casali, keyboardist at DGM and Paolo Caridi, drummer at Hollow Haze, Mularoni is doing a remarkable job with "Sweet Oblivion", particularly with powerful and distinguished riffs that perfectly support Geoff Tate's hyper melodic vocal lines ('True Colors','Behind Your Eyes','Hide Away').

So certainly Sweet Oblivion's first album does not invent anything and sounds like a nostalgic tribute to Queensrÿche in the late eighties. The reminiscences to the compositions of the Bellevue band are quite numerous ('Transition','Disconnect') and it is difficult, for example, not to find a strange similarity between the title 'Sweet Oblivion' and 'I Don't Believe In Love' on the album 'Operation Mindcrime'. However, Simone Mularoni's paw, which is the strength of DGM, is an enormous added value throughout the album, thanks to a modern production, impressively accurate luminous solos ('The Deceiver','My Last Story') and inspired keyboard/guitar duets ('A Recess From My Fate','Seek The Light').

Sweet Oblivion's first opus is therefore an excellent surprise and far exceeds the expectations of a simple commissioned album. A tribute to Queensrÿche without being a pastiche, it will satisfy all lovers of melodic heavy metal in general and Geoff Tate fans in particular. Let us hope that this new project will continue and be the beginning for the singer of a new artistic life worthy of his talent.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/sweetobliviongeofftate/



SIMILAR BANDS:
QUEENSRŸCHE (GEOFF TATE) , DGM, QUEENSRŸCHE, OPERATION: MINDCRIME

TRACK LISTING:
01. True Colors
02. Sweet Oblivion
03. Behind Your Eyes
04. Hide Away
05. My Last Story
06. A Recess From My Fate
07. Transition
08. Disconnect
09. The Deceiver
10. Seek The Light


LINEUP:
Simone Mularoni: Guitares / Basse
Emanuele Casali: Claviers
Geoff Tate: Chant
Paolo Caridi: Batterie


TAGS:
Technical, Acute voice
 
 
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EDDYA - 08/07/2019 10:24:23
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Un très bon album avec Simone Mularoni aux commandes.

Grosse production, belles compositions et exécution sans faille.
Certes, classique, mais qui s'écoute avec beaucoup de plaisir :)
TORPEDO - 27/06/2019 08:49:31
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C'est bien fait mais trop classique et déjà entendu mille fois...
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