album from the Italian metal band Pavic is called 'Is War
This is a brand new acquaintance for me
and it's actually a very pleasant
company they provide me with on this musical
journey. This is the third album from Pavic and they have switched vocalist
since the last album;
'Unconditioned' and was released in 2008.
The debut album 'Taste Some Liberty' was
released back in 2005, and by the way,
both these are available on Spotify.
Either way, they have an excellent and
strong singer in Joe Calabro, who
actually keeps a very high international
standard. He has a similar voice to Chris
Cornell in Soundgarden/Audioslave and
the music is quite close to those bands
as well. Modern metal with powerful splashes
of post-grunge rock, and in some tracks
I hear hints of prog metal, if I must
designate the music genre.
Especially in title track 'Is
War the Answer? it's really smoky, hard
and at the same time very melodic metal
that burst out through my speakers. The
band's name-setting guitarist, Marco Pavic
is a major reason that this album stands
all the way through the ten tracks that
the disc contains. Marco puts spicy
guitar riff that rescues some of the
so-so tunes, and turns them into strong and durable
songs. 'Song for the Rain' is a
beautiful power ballad that could become
an international radio hit with the
right support. (My wife just want to
hear this song over and over again). I
prefer 'Your Own Misery', 'In Your Eyes'
and 'Strong Enough', which are more in my
I have to put the light on their
cover of Duran Duran's old hit song
'Notorious', which they made pretty
heavy and fresh (the guitar solo is a
killer) version of. I skip down to 'Welcome
to My World', which is my second favorite
on the album. The hard drumming and the
gleaming guitars with some breathtaking
vocals from Joe is just stunning.
No revolutionary tracks that would inspire me to
go around the continent to listen to them live or
so, but a genuine and solid musical piece of art.
I will keep Pavic in my mind and for all
readers, who likes bands like Stone Sour, Shinedown, Soundgarden / Audioslave,
SIXX AM and Fozzy - here you have a album you have to get
your hands on.
Joe Calabro: vocals
Marko Pavic: guitars
Aleks Ferrara: bass
Lorenzo Antonelli: keyboards
Antonio Aronne: drums