|Review: Silverbones - Wild Waves|
Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 3.17/5 (63.33%) (6 Votes)
Debut album from these Italians, Wild Waves drinks from the never-ending fountain of pirate-themed Metal and the result is almost a copy of...guess who?
While it's needless to say - by looking the album name and cover - that the sound portrayed on this album is reminiscent of 90s Running Wild, famed pirates, quests for gold, "oh-ho-ho" and all that shit are present in the songs, there is vitality and competence in the performance and the whole album is filled with catchy choruses and galloping riffs. It's comprised of mainly mid to fast-paced tracks, all sounding similar to one another, but each one with some sort of charming appeal. At times you may get tired of the whole "Rolf-esque" guitar lines and the often bland, uninspired vocals of frontman (and drummer) Marco Salvador, but other times you will find yourself singing along with the likes of "Wild Waves" and "Black Bart".
After a few listens, it became clear to me that this is an ambiguous album. It is very well executed, has good songs and is wonderfully mixed by our favorite prodigy Cederick Forsberg, but the whole experience will leave you feeling kind of empty. This is especially because, at the end of the day, Silverbones play too safe for their own sake, trying to emulate (they will say that it's only a homage, though) Running Wild to the detriment of being original and bold, which they definitely have the skills to be. If you are looking for a tribute to the heydays of Running Wild, Blazon Stone does it better.
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