self-titled debut album from Italian based outfit Hollow Haze turns
out to be a pretty good one. Their mixture of melodic heavy metal
and hard rock with small journeys into progressive metal territory
should appeal to most metal fans.
are met with a big thick wall of guitars, supplied by Nick Savio,
who prior to Hollow Haze has made his first musical steps in White
Skull. The guitar work on this album is what makes it more than
just average, because Nick turn out to be not just a very lead
guitarist but also a good rhythm guitarist. Vocalist Dan Keying, who
prior to Hollow Haze has recorded with Cydonia, does a good job as
well, but he should avoid the extreme high pitches, because he
simply doesn’t have the voice for it. The band is completed by a
good rhythm section of Matt Cingano (bass) and Paolo Veronese
style makes me think of a faster and harder version of classic hard
rock bands like Dokken or Skid Row. Just more powerful and harder,
and Nick is surely no George Lynch (yet).
A pleasant surprise, which surely makes me want to
follow their progress in the future. But for now I am pretty well
entertained by this good debut album - do check them out...