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Sunroad - Flying N' Floating (8/10) - Brazil - 2006

Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Avantage Records
Playing time: 53:26
Band homepage: Sunroad

Tracklist:

  1. Cosmic Sunrise (Heliotropism)
  2. Flying N’ Floating
  3. Polar Winds
  4. Invisible Connections (Anima Vitae)
  5. First Day Without You
  6. Till The End Of Time
  7. Sun In My Hand
  8. Searching For The Sun
  9. Hero Or Criminal
  10. Don’t Lock Up The Truth (Nostra Aetate)
  11. Floating Gardens
Sunroad - Flying N' Floating

Brazil’s SUNROAD juggle so many styles that it’s often difficult to pin them down to one particular genre.  They flirt with everything from RUSH-style Prog Rock to highly melodic Power Metal to just straight-up Heavy Metal.  Within one song.

 

For an example of this (and how it can actually sound decent!) look no further than the title track on their latest effort.  It’s quick and upbeat, yet sufficiently “weird” enough to be called Prog.  To call this one track a fair representation of the entire album would be inaccurate, as the rest of the songs are everything from piano ballads (“First Day Without You”) to VAN HALEN-esque Arena Rock (“Till The End Of Time”).  These are all delivered with crystal-clear production (bass!) and stellar musicianship.

 

Vocalist Leo Yanes truly surprised me on this album.  After an abysmal spoken-word intro (in which every nuance of his accent his observed), he delivers an outstanding performance on nearly every track.  He performed especially well on the more straightforward rock tracks, giving them power and bombast.

 

Overall, “Flying N’ Floating” is a very good record.  The eclectic mix of genres works surprisingly well for SUNROAD.  It’s nice to hear an album that’s so diverse in the way it presents itself.  Make no mistake; this is a unique album with a little bit of everything, and while it may not be for everyone, it’s still an impressive listen.

(Online December 7, 2006)

Mitchel Betsch



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