The great vocal powerhouse Lee
Small (Shy/Phenomena) is the lead singer in the new
Norwegian hard rock band Snowfall. Tore Meli is the
guitarist, "PB" Riise is playing the bass and
keybords and Perra Johnson handles the percussion.
The love to the British and American 80's melodic
hard rock bands is strong influences and this album
is really full of golden earrings. Very well written
songs together with shining guitars and a world
class vocalist. A flawless production from Martin
Kronlund makes this very enjoyable. Melodic UK hard
rock with a touch of Scandi AOR is my feelings and
the carat is very high in these eleven golden gems.
Maybe nothing earthshaking or so, but
very, very tasteful songs with driven melodies with
big doses of guitar candy. The intelligent choice to put Mr
Small on vocals is really lifting Snowfall above the so-so bands
in the genre. The songs are
written to Lee's voice and the awesome song 'Don't
Drive Me Home Tonight' is a masterpiece and the song
'Citadel of Hope' is another groovy tune, tasteful harmonies and nice choruses. 'House
Prayer' is an up-tempo song with masterful guitar
loops. The calm and elegant 'Heaven Not Up There' is
an emotional ballad. 'Jack of Diamonds' and 'Wolfs
Lair' is two high quality '80's songs'. I have to
mention the nice guitars in the song 'Stampede'. The
funky track 'Oscillate' is Lee's personal blues
song! 'Alexandria' is a intimate and cosy track. The
closing song is the longest on the album and 'Vesper
Bell' is a sensitive and epic ballad and a
perfect song to end a new great acquaintance to me.
If you are a fan of W.E.T, Work of Art, SHY, Eclipse, House of Lords, Giant and such bands this is definitely something for your musical taste.