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Landfall: The Turning Point
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Landfall: The Turning Point

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.0/5.0

The origins of Landfall start with Brazilian band W.I.L.D. formed by long time friends drummer Felipe Souzza and guitarist Marcelo Gelbcke who have been playing together since their teens. Bassist Thiago Forbeci joined them a few years later. The band cut a few albums and toured around Brazil. But when former Auras singer Gui Oliver (who may remind some people of Steve Perry) joined the band, gears shifted and Landfall was created. Now signed to Italy's Frontiers Music, the band drops their debut album, The Turning Point.

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Landfall offers listeners their version of classic melodic hard rock, ala the Eighties, sometimes with more metal edge, yet wrapped in AOR accessibility. With Rush Hour, Sound Of The City, and Taxi Driver, you'll find sharp riffs combined with some up beat and quick groove for fast rockers. Within Taxi Driver, at the two and half minute mark and before the guitar solo, you'll hear a fine bass line breakdown. For songs more on the AOR side things, yet still with the bristle and groove of hard rock, listen for Distant Love or Jane's Carousel. A softer ballad arrives with Don't Come Easy featuring voice, piano, and acoustic guitar before expanding and rising for a dramatic finish. For something almost completely different there's Hope Hill. The song is a rising AOR anthem, heavy in parts, yet with Gospel-like feeling in the vocal arrangement and chorus. An arena anthem comes with Road Of Dreams which moves and expands in the arrangement to a soaring guitar solo followed by a vocal and piano segue before rising to a finishing crescendo. All things considered, if you're a fan of classic melodic hard rock with AOR groove, you will appreciate and enjoy Landfall's debut album, The Turning Point. Recommended.




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If you're a fan of classic melodic hard rock with AOR groove, you will appreciate and enjoy Landfall's debut album, The Turning Point. Recommended.

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