Mindfeels – XXenty [2017]

“XXenty” is the debut album of italian AORsters Mindfeels. They signed with new label, Art Of Melody Music, for the European release of “XXenty” (scheduled for November 17, 2017), and also with AnderStein Music for a dedicated Japanese release later in December 2017.

The band born under the name of Dejanira in, started as a trio consist by Italo Graziana on drums, bassist Roberto Barazzotto and Luca Carlomagno on guitars,keys and violin. After few lilne up changes, the new line-up prompted a new moniker – and Mindfeels was born. They chose the name to represent their infinite love of Toto. “XXenty” leans towards the softer side of melodic rock being mainly an AOR/Westcoast release.

The line up features Davide Gilardino on vocals, Luca Carlomagno on guitars,keyboards and violin, bassist Roberto Barazzotto and Italo Graziana on drums. While being far from an intense album (performance-wise), “XXenty” brings to front essential harmonies that are sure to connect with just about any fan of the genre. At the same time one finds that the debut is far from over-produced, enjoying a thick and satisfactory production, yet featuring as few musical layers as possible. For that matter, the lead vocals could have been developed to a larger extent with greater emphasis on background harmonies- instead the overall vocal performance sounds rather plain and conservative by studio album standards.

Overall “XXenty” delivers a fair amount of quality AOR/westcoast tunes, most notable being “Soul Has Gone Away” and “Skyline”. Mindfeels’ debut should appeal to fans of the lighter brand of melodic rock, without holding any surprises whatsoever.

Band Members
Davide Gilardino: Lead & Backing Vocals
Luca Carlomagno: Guitars, Violin & Keyboards
Roberto Barazzotto: Bass
Italo Graziana: Drums

Special Guest
Christian Rossetti – Keyboards

Tracks
01. Don’t Leave Me Behind
02. Soul Has Gone Away
03. Hidden Treasures
04. The Joker
05. Skyline
06. Speed
07. These Words
08. Fear
09. It’s Not Like Dying
10. Touch The Stone
11. The Number One

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