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Virgo - s/t (6,5/10) - Germany - 2001

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Steamhammer
Playing time: 49:44
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. To Be
  2. Crazy Me?
  3. Take Me Home
  4. Baby Doll
  5. No Need To Have An Answer
  6. Discovery
  7. Street To Babylon
  8. River
  9. Blowing Away
  10. I Want You To Know
  11. Fiction
Virgo - s/t
André Matos (Ex-VIPER and -ANGRA, now with SHAMAN) and Sascha Paeth (guitarist of HEAVENS GATE and a quite renowned producer by now) are the two driving forces behind VIRGO, a collaboration that now is offering us their self-titled debut.

Already in advance you could read that you should not expect an album in the style of their former and/or current bands, but that they rather went for pure and simple Rock, with different influences. Whilst listening to "Virgo" there are no doubts about the great musicianship of the musicians, but the album itself is far from exciting.

So you may ask the question, if I may not have advanced this album under wrong presumptions, but I can negate this, I've been completely open, but the compositions themselves (regardless of their style) are the reason for my opinion and rating. The songs just do not contain anything really exciting, not one of them really stands out, can compete with the class of the musicians, even though you hear that they had real fun creating this album.

The very good ballad "No Need To Have An Answer" or the surprisingly heavy "Blowing Away" are, in my opinion, the best tracks on an album that is unspectacular throughout and, almost following the cover, pretty colourless, an album that I, and not only myself, had expected a lot more of. So in the end we only have a rather meagre rating of:

Alexander Melzer



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