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Corvus: Immortals
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Corvus: Immortals

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
3.5/5.0

Formed more than a decade ago, Corvus hails from England. The quintet dropped their debut album Chasing Miracles nine years to some acclaim from critics and fans alike. Now Corvus arrives with their long-awaited second effort, Immortals on Germany's Pride & Joy Music label. A UK tour is being arranged following the album's release. And that's all I know about the band.

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From an initial spin, and several more, you can deduce that Corvus plays classic melodic hard rock in an AOR wrapper, perhaps with some melodic metal rock infused in several songs. The proper elements are self-evident: melodic and harmonious vocal arrangements, guitar harmony, an abundance of rock rhythm and groove, synths for texture and accent and, of course, catchy refrains and soaring guitar solos.


The aforementioned description is rather rudimentary, and expected in the genre. And so are Corvus's songs. Call their tunes constant, consistent, perhaps even redundant. The band writes and massages their arrangements to work the elements mentioned above, yet with some variation.

Solid hard rockers come with If You Want It, Hero, Immortals, and You Make Me Live Again. The AOR vibe rises within Let Me In, Just Like Heaven, and Stardust. Then anthems and ballads appear with What About Love and Satellite. And you get a lot of bang for your buck: 11 original songs at about one hour with two bonus tracks, one of which is an alternative version of Chasing Miracles from their debut. I didn't bother with it since I never heard the original album.

All said, for classic AOR melodic hard rock, Corvus and their sophomore effort, Immortals, is spot on for the genre. But they're also not breaking any new ground, and I couldn't point to one song that jumped out from the pack. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of the band or genre, I think you will be pleased. Check out the music videos and support the band. Recommended.



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The Take Away

For classic AOR melodic hard rock, Corvus and their sophomore effort, Immortals, is spot on for the genre. But they're also not breaking any new ground. But if you're a fan of the band or genre, I think you will be pleased. Recommended.

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