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09 Sep 2014 

PLATENS - Out Of The World (2014)

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PLATENS, the Melodic Rock project founded by Italian multi-instrumentalist Dario Grillo a decade ago, is coming back with a brand new album titled "Out Of The World" and a renewed line up: Dario on vocals, guitars & keyboards, Riccardo Barbiera behind the drum kit, Domiziano Mendolia on bass and Gabriles playing keyboards, synths and the classic Hammond B3 organ.

Platens' debut appeared ten years ago featured a driving melodic hard rock approach very close to the sound of such bands as Fair Warning, Terra Nova and Grand Illusion. Between 2005 and 2013 Dario has been very busy in his activity as producer, composer and songwriter, but working as well on new material for Platens.
With this strong new lineup assembled the new record is much more varied, expanding the Melodic Rock frontier to more progressive arrangements and modern AOR infusions.

The disc starts incredibly fast and exciting with the kicking pair of tracks "Running" and "Time Will Tell". There's sharp guitars and rapid keyboard runs interspersed with motoring drums and a melodic voice providing a lot of power.†
We find a solid mid-tempo AOR on follower "You Won't Bring Me Down" plenty of synths and great harmony vocals, and then the ballad "Ask Yourself" is delivered smoothly.
"The Last Time" is the first cut where I hear some progressive patterns, yet all founded by a melodic rock skeleton. The song owns a really interesting palette of nuances and arrangements.

"Sometimes I Miss You" is one of the highlights, a ballad, but not in the ordinary type. The atmosphere is cleverly created by background keys and percussions, and the vocals exude true emotion.
"Don't Leave Me Alone" is a strange one, and I think don't fit on the record. Not bad at all, just its jumping classic rock feel seems out of place. Fortunately soon Platens returns to quality with the acoustically filled "Deep In My Heart" adorned with Hammond, vitage keys and a little sax part. The melody recalls Terra Nova but also Tall Stories.
Then arrives another gem; a cover of Robert Tepper's AOR classic "No Easy Way Out", re-done with much more fire than the original via strong guitars and a pumping rhythm section. I love the tinkling keyboards all over.
The CD ends with "Save Me", a really well crafted ballad with a light proggy feel, chained with the short, cinematic instrumental "Life".

As you see, Platens fuses their sophisticated Melodic Rock style with modern AOR (the sound developed since 2000's) with a pinch of progressive arrangements. The result is pretty awesome, and except for the aforementioned out of place song, this is an impressive record.
Elaborated songwriting, interesting arrangements, great musicianship and a crisp production makes "Out Of The World" one of the best, unexpected - and more than welcomed - Melodic (Hard) Rock releases of the year.
Highly Recommended.


01. Running
02. Time Will Tell
03. You Wonít Bring Me Down
04. Ask Yourself
05. I Still Search For You
06. Sometimes I Miss You
07. The Last Time
08. Donít Leave Me Alone
09. Deep In My Heart
10. No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper cover)
11. Save Me

Dario Grillo - Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards
Domiziano Mendolia - Bass
Gabriles - Synth & Hammond
Riccardo Barbiera - Drums
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