September 28, 2022

Sunstorm – Brothers In Arms Review

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: AOR

EU release date: August 12, 2022

Line up:

Ronnie Romero – vocals
Luca Princiotta – Guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards, backing vocals
Nik Mazzuccini – Bass
Michele Sanna – Drums

List of tracks:

Brothers in arms
Games we play
I will keep hanging on
I will remember
No turning back
Back to my dreams
Taste of paradise
Lost in the shadow of love
Hold the night
live from fear

Ronnie Romero is definitely one of the busiest singers these days. He was part of the group’s recent album Michael Schenker, released a solo record, not to mention Lords Of Black, the group that was both a start and a springboard for Romero.

In addition to all these commitments and obligations, Romero has with Sunstorm another project on the starting line which came out with ‘Afterline’ a first album in 2021. In August of this year the successor will arrive in record stores and this which started on ‘Afterline’ finds its sequel on ‘Brothers in Arms’.

Under the direction of Alessandro Del Vecchio eleven new songs have been created which are more in rock than in metal. With a lot of sense for the right melodies, a very well done AOR album was created, which puts Romero’s voice in the spotlight. The quintet makes it very easy for the listener to connect with the songs and even the first time you listen to the album you can hum the tunes.

Unfortunately, this also has a downside. Overall, some saturation has occurred and too much of a good thing isn’t always good either. Without a doubt, ‘Brothers in Arms’ is well produced, sounds powerful and yet feels like you’ve heard the album many times before. That’s because Sunstorm doesn’t bring much new to the table. We walk on well-known paths that offer a feeling of certainty. The risk on this album is minimized and that’s exactly what’s missing. A few more edges, something more unexpected, and a shovel more originality would have served the album well. So it only remains to say that ‘Brothers in Arms’ is a well-made record that relies too much on the ‘Romero Factor’ and therefore has too little of its own charisma.

Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Rating 7/10

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