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Shannon – Circle Of Lost Souls [2013]


We can  find the roots of melodic rock in France, in the 1980’s and especially in bands like the Attentant Rock, the Fisc and the Satan Jokers who abandoned the steel that dominated Europe and the USA. In the same way, the French group “Shannon” that was introduced in 2003, tried to combine these influences with the melodic hard rock of our era. After their second album was published a few years later, in 2007 and it made good impression to the fans, they introduced their last album entitled “Circus o Lost Souls”
The last news we have from them is about some financial problems they met in the production, which have been probably overcome and the album has been finally recorded. It is fortunate that the problems are now in the past, since this work is excellent and it is possibly the best of their albums so far. The Shannon group continues to deliver nice music, silently but efficiently. without needing the media attention. In their new album though there are many remarkable artists like  Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Paul Sabu, Tony Mills (Shy, TNT), Mike Freeland (Praying Mantis) who participated in some of the songs and spiced them up. This is short of a project  without the band losing its character though.
All the songs are characterized by high tempo, melodic guitar tunes and nice riffs, along with a wonderful ballad the “ Can’t stop the Rain” and with a small surprise of the remix of the hit from the 1980’s “Smalltown Boy”, originally peformed by the Bronski Beat band.  The overall result gives a good impression, not because of the complication in the performance which is not the case but mostly because of the enthusiasm throughout the album. So, Pure European hard Rock is presented continuing the legacy of the Shakra, the Τreat, the Pretty Maids bands. The Shannons without the slightest promotion and support by the music companies present an excellent result. They deserve a special attention and treatment and we hope soon to take the position they should already have within the music industry.

Band Members
Jean Marc Anzil – Drums
Olivier Del Valle – Lead Vocals
Patrice Louis – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Philippe Sassard – Bass, Backing Vocals
Thierry Dagnicourt – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

01. Ride To Live
02. Forever Now
03. Halfway To Heaven
04. Can’t Stop The Rain
05. Don’t Get Me Wrong
06. Dust To Dust
07. Death On The Run
08. Let’s Make Rock
09. Kick It Down
10. I Don’t Need You Anymore
11. In Your Eyes
12. Drive Me Crazy
13. Smalltown Boy

Konstantinos Kirousis

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