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Dream Company: The Wildest Season
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Dream Company: The Wildest Season

Melodic Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

Okay. Everybody who opines about Dream Company's debut album The Wildest Dream is going to begin with one historical fact. For past 13 years or less, Dream Company was a Bon Jovi tribute band. Not a bad gig, but as much as we all love Living On A Prayer, playing it over and over again, over a weekend of gigs, with people judging whether you sound like Jon Bon Jovi or Rich Sambora, well damn, that gets old. So now the band, lead by vocalist Giulio Garghentini, drops their first long player of original songs. A heads up: they don't sound like Bon Jovi.

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But Dream Company is certainly tearing a page from the Eighties melodic hard rock and metal scene that gave us Bon Jovi and other iconic classic rock bands. All the tunes within move upon the strengths of harmony and melody, especially through the guitar parts and vocal arrangements. Then the songs add catchy refrains, solid rock beat and groove from the rhythm section, and soaring guitar solos. All these thing can be spiced by some sharp riffs for a metal edge, yet still wrapped in AOR accessibility. You can judge if Mr Garghentini sounds like Jon Bon Jovi.

All in all, as for the songs, they're basically solid and consistent throughout the album, though I liked some more than others. You'll find some straight up riff rockers, with some speed and metal edge, in The Ghost, Salvation, and Love Is Possession. Drums and a sharp guitar lead the roaring hard rock of Liars. A light piano opens River Of Love before rising to an AOR arena anthem with the necessary strong guitar solo. A more traditional ballad comes with Land Of Freedom where Garghentini's voice over lighter electric guitar leads to a rising anthem.

All said, from the strengths of musical experience and gifted songwriting, former Bon Jovi tribute band Dream Company offers listeners a fine debut album of classic AOR melodic hard rock. Recommended.


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From the strengths of musical experience and gifted songwriting, former Bon Jovi tribute band Dream Company offers listeners a fine debut album of classic AOR melodic hard rock. Recommended.

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