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Blade Cisco – Edge Of The Blade [2019]

“Edge of the Blade” is the brand-new debut album by Italian AOR band Blade Cisco, delivered a very strong debut full of authentic AOR tunes capturing the classic melodic rock attitude of legends like Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger.

“Edge of the Blade” draws towards the softer side of AOR/melodic rock with the majority of songs being down tempo and keyboard driven, though featuring some exceptional guitar melodies and solos. Performance-wise the leading instrument of Blade Cisco are the vocals of Andrea Zanini who also handle the key duties and proves an incredibly accomplished. The line-up features guitarists Valerio Franchi and Daniele Carra, bassist Cesare Fioriti and drummer Umberto Gialdi with special guest on backing vocals by Michele Luppi.

So, at first glance, Blade Cisco have plenty of advantages on their side subsequently making “Edge of the Blade” a rather high-profile release in the melodic rock world. Truthfully, “Edge of the Blade” features some very good melodic rock tunes. “Memories”, “Invisible to me”, “We are Still Standing” and “Rain Over me” are class-A material impeccably arranged and performed, more than enough to satisfy any melodic rock fan. Still unlike other newcomers of the genre Blade Cisco do not quite establish an identifiable sound of their own through this debut album.

Having said the above, one feels the need to insist that there is no fault with the album as a musical offering, it does feature solid songwriting, strong performances and top-notch production therefore definitely worth the attention of melodic rock/AOR enthusiasts.

Band Members
Andrea Zanini – Vocals,backing vocals,keyboards
Valerio Franchi Guitars,vocals,backing vocals
Daniele Carra – Guitars,backing vocals
Cesare Fioriti – Bass
Umberto Gialdi – Drums

Additional Musicians
Michele Luppi – Backing vocals
Michele “Dr.Viossy” Vioni – Acoustic guitar on “Grey” and guitar solo on “Invisible To Me”
Marco Parmiggiani – 12-string acoustic guitar on “My Way”

1. Memories
2. Anything (Without Your Music)
3. Foolin’ Myself
4. Rain Over Me
5. Life Is A Lottery
6. Edge Of The Blade
7. Hungry For Love
8. Grey
9. Invisible To Me
10. We Are Still Standing
11. My Way


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