Laneslide – Flying High Album Review

 
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Laneslide is a new Melodic Rock project developed by Italian songwriter / guitarist / producer Bruno Kraler (Brunorock). The international line-up of the band is made up of vocalist Frank Vestry, best known for the successful and critically acclaimed Marcello/Vestryalbum and the classic one off-record by US Melodic Rockers Last Temptation.  Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Lionville, Edge of Forever and everything else AOR related!!!) one of the rising stars of today’s Rock scene plays keyboards and the rhythm section are John Billings (Rick Springfield, Donna Summer, Lancia) on bass and Dominik Hülshorst (ex-Bonfire) on drums.

Four additional renowned musicians also lend their musical talents to the Laneslide album: Lino Gonzalez from Argentina on lead and rhythm guitars, Bobby Altvater on guitars and backing vocals and Erik Mårtensson and Michael Bormann on backing vocals.

Laneslide are one of the most exciting collaborations in recent years, their hard hitting yet very catchy brand of Melodic Rock is powerful, passionate and it has all the trademarks to let it stand out from the bulk of releases coming out this spring. I think they should have gone for Landslide as I can get a lot more puns out of Landslide than I can with Laneslide!

So, to the tunes. Basically Laneslide tick all the correct melodic rock categories. Decent singer, laden with harmonies, catchy as hell after just one listen, great riffs, decent production…..check! check, check, check and check!!! 
Title track ‘Flying High’ does what it says on the old tin, it’s a soaring opening number, 80s tinged and energetic as you would expect from a singer like Vestry and backed by two of the finest singers in this genre, Mårtensson and Bormann!
‘Hanging On Here’, picks right up and takes the album up to an even higher altitude and is a fine example of radio friendly AOR. Laneslide fit in perfectly with the finest exponents of this fine craft. If bands like Giant, Prophet, House Of Lords, W.E.T. etc., rock your boat then ‘Flying High’ will fit very nicely into your collection. Just to brag of their influences, they even cover a much missed 80s female vocalist and pay the great Laura Brannigan a nice tribute with an excellent cover of ‘Self Control’.  ‘River Of Love’ again ticks the right boxes with a House of Lords/Oni Logan vibe
Once again Avenue of Allies continue to back good quality melodic rock. Laneslide is another great example of their excellent roster of bands.

Ladies and Gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts, turn up your stereo and get ready for the Rock’n’Roll LANESLIDE.

85/100

Tracklisting
1.Flying High
2. Hangin’ Out Here
3. You Can Make It
4. River Of Love
5. Dancing Girls
6. Understand
7. Self Control
8. Look The Other Way
9. Your Fight
10. Washed Away

 

LANESLIDE are :
Frank Vestry– Lead Vocals
Bruno Kraler – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
John Billings – Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards & Grand Piano
Dominik Hülshorst – Drums

Special Guests :
Lino Gonzales– Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Bobby Altvater – Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Erik Mårtensson – Backing Vocals
Michael Bormann – Backing Vocals

Produced & mixed  by Bruno Kraler
Mastered by Christoph Stickel
Artwork by Mattias Norén

http://www.laneslide.com
http://www.facebook.com/Laneslide

Author: barnstoneworthutd

Rock music lover from the age of 4 thanks to my dad. I migrated to the classic rock bands of the 70 (Rainbow, Rush, Lizzy, Purple etc) before discovering melodic rock and hair metal in the 80s and beyond. Also partial to a bit of prog

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