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Shiraz Lane – Carnival Days [2018]

Finnish hard rock band Shiraz Lane have returned with their second studio album “Carnival Days”, a follow up to their 2016 debut “For Crying out Loud”, marking their second release under Frontiers Records. Ever since their debut, Shiraz Lane brought to front their own brand of hard rock. For that matter their musical approach is indeed simple but very effective. You can expect straight forward yet ever-present guitar parts, complemented by tasteful arrangements which, in turn, harmonize perfectly with kett’s lead vocals.

The band consists of Hannes Kett on vocals, guitarists Jani Laine and Miki Kalske, bassist Joel Alex and Ana Willman on drum duties. The party atmosphere on this release is unequalled, but make no mistake it is all guitar oriented, macho sung 80s influenced hard rock, the choruses are huge, the solos ripping and the rhythm parts extra thick! Also the production of Swedish Per Aldeheim (Def Leppard, Soilwork, Lambretta) is too good, as the material sounds fresh, colorful while retaining that late-80s atmosphere.

We are definitely looking at a great start to finish album with “Carnival Days” which is exactly what a fan who enjoyed their debut would demand from the group. Each and every song is filled with incredible melodies. Subsequently in good Shiraz Lane tradition, ” Carnival Days” features no short amount of standout songs, “Carnival Days”, “The Crown”, “Tidal Wave” and “Gotta be Real” all highlights in the band’s catalogue.

In retrospect Shiraz Lane would come to surpass the artistic level of “Carnival Days” proved another step up the ladder of rock recognition bringing them even closer to their ideal sound. Very enjoyable release…

Band Members
Hannes Kett – Lead vocals
Jani Laine – Lead guitar
Miki Kalske – Rhythm guitar
Joel Alex – Bass
Ana Willman – Drums

01. Carnival Days
02. The Crown
03. Harder To Breathe
04. Tidal Wave
05. Gotta Be Real
06. People Like Us
07. Shangri-La
08. War Of Mine
09. Shot Of Life
10. Hope
11. Reincarnation

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