Shiraz Lane – Carnival Days
Label: Frontiers Music
Date: February 23, 2018
It’s not a secret that Finland produces some great bands and Shiraz Lane are definitely one of them. They really grabbed my attention with their debut album “For Crying Out Loud” released in 2016 via Frontiers Music, and with their new album “Carnival Days” they have proven that they’re definitely on the right path of becoming one of the bigger bands of their genre.
Album opener “Carnival Days” has got a totally different, one could even say jazzy vibe, which is not usual for the band but as the song progresses it becomes a classic Shiraz Lane with a healthy dose of Hannes Ketts high pitched vocals.
“The Crown” follows up and it’s got a pretty badass opening riff with bombastic and catchy chorus, which at this point is hardly a surprise. “Harder To Breathe” was definitely not accidentally chosen as one of the singles. It is a slightly more modern sounding hard rocker with its main riff reminding me of their fellow Finns Santa Cruz. “Tidal Wave” is the one that’ll make you say “needs more cowbell” and that’s a good thing.
And then some changes in tempo. “Gotta Be Real” has got that late 80’s vibe, an easier song with sax which fits just fine.
“People Like Us” is typical AOR song and piano in the intro is a pretty good detail. “Shangri-La” is again one easier song with a happy tune, but it sounds like something that a melodic rock band that had its peak like 30 years ago would release today.
“War Of Mine” riff is the heaviest on the album and lead vocals in this one remind me of Firehouse’s C.J. Snare which is a compliment. Couldn’t help but notice similarities with Bon Jovi’s Keep The Faith era on “Shot Of Life”. Pretty good song though.
“Hope” is your typical power ballad. “Reincarnation” is the longest and also the closing song. It starts easy and builds up as the song goes on. It’s got quite a few changes and an unexpected short reggae part in the middle.
It really is a great album all around with catchy and sing-along choruses on basically every song. These guys didn’t reinvent the wheel though, influences like Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Aerosmith and The Darkness are obvious, but I’ll definitely listen to it again and enjoy.