Platens – Between Two Horizons [2004]

Country Italy          Style AOR/Melodic Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Dario Grillo – Vocals, All Instruments, Alessandro Grillo – Drums, Alessandra Amata – Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Here I Am, 02. Can Feel It, 03. Your Heart Will Claim his Truth, 04. Into the Fire, 05. My Reason, 06. Check It Out, 07. Angel’s Cry, 08. The Last Kiss, 09. Chasm of Madness, 10. Waves of Sea, 11. Between Two Horizons

PROFILE

“Platens” is the personal AOR/melodic rock project of Italian multi instrumentalist and composer Dario Grillo who is the lead singer, guitarist/bassist and key player on this 2005 release. Drums on “Between two horizons” are contributed by Alessandro Grillo.I did not know anything about the release before purchasing it, but “Platens” turned out to be a very positive surprise as not only is this genuine AOR/melodic rock but it’s also 80s influenced suggesting fat rhythm guitars, mega melodic keyboards, ever-present key-guitar solo flamboyancy and of course huge choruses.

Dario Grillo is an accomplished instrumentalist and even greater composer and these two qualities lay the basis for a memorable album; in other technical specs the album benefits from a very appropriate production (very thick and well sustained sound) while Dario has wisely added physical drum performances, instead of using the typical drum machine (which is a very obvious/common choice for AOR projects) making the sound all the more bombastic.

Having played the album over and over, I could not find any weak songs/moments, however I was attracted to the faster tracks on “Platens”; the opener “Here I am” the extremely infectious “can you feel it” the rebellious “Into the fire” not forgetting the double bass drum attack and overall drama of “Angel’s Cry”.

“Platens” is a superior AOR/ pomp melodic rock release (if I could label it as such) which apart from the relevant song writing and musicianship, has a very 80s feel/aura a somewhat rare quality amongst modern AOR releases. “Platens” will definitely not disappoint any fan of AOR/melodic rock.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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