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Odyssey Desperado – Don’t Miss The Sunset [2018]

“Don’t Miss the Sunset” is the brand new, debut album by Greek AOR project Odyssey Desperado. Having caused quite a stir in melodic rock circles, Odyssey Desperado have delivered a very strong debut full of authentic AOR tunes.  “Don’t Miss the Sunset” 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 Odyssey Desperado are the vocals of Manos Fatsis one of the best Greek voices in the genre who proves an incredibly accomplished singer whose performance references directly the softer side of Don Barnes. The line up consist by main power behind this project guitarist Odysseas Karapolitis, multi-talented producer Bob Katsionis (Outloud, Firewind ) who handle the bass and key duties also and the legendary Paul Laine (ex-Danger Danger) on backing vocals.

Odyssey Desperado play keyboard-guitar driven melodic rock/AOR with a fair amount of pomp induced in the arrangements/performances. Interestingly enough the keyboards add the basic harmonies on each song topped by the guitars which perform the melodic themes. So clearly, along with the vocals, there are three leading instruments that put together the sound of Odyssey Desperado which makes for more intense performances and memorable tracks.

Songs like the opener “Rush of the Wave”, “Cruisin” and “Dreams Die Hard” should be more than enough to convince any fan of the genre that Odyssey Desperado are all about substance. The album also benefits from a rather thick production that does not undermine the AOR quality of the album while effectively bringing to front the guitar attack and the harmonious keyboards which makes the end result all the more exciting. 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
Manos Fatsis – Vocals
Odysseas Karapolitis – Guitars
Bob Katsionis – Bass,keyboards
Paul Laine – Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Rush Of The Wave
02. You And Me Against The World
03. Cruisin’
04. Dreams Die Hard
05. Can’t Live Without You
06. Oasis (In The Desert Of Your Soul)
07. Holding On To A Dream
08. Fragile
09. Tomorrow You’ll Be Gone
10. Wings Of Silk

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