Etoile Noire - "Sleeping Black Eyes"

By Pat Hawkes-Reed

Chain Border

Etoile Noire is a 5 member Naples-based Italian band consisting of Pasquale Scotti, Augusto Maiolini, Ferruccio Milanesi, Alessio Sica and Alfredo Notarloberti. Roberto Toderico from Sulphur does the background vocals. This is an EP of 5 songs.

Ascension: Very much a straight ahead 80's-type rock song with a touch of the growly-vocals so loved by death metal bands. Sleeping Black Eyes: Parts of this was a bit like listening to Judas Priest with less operatic range of vocals. I happen to like Judas Priest, but, this band shouldn't be doing songs that sound 20 years old.

Etoile NoirEtoile NoirEyelids Covering Mirrors: A song in a bit of the 'power ballad' style. The violin is a nice touch. It deteriorates a bit at the end with more growly vocals thrown in to the mix. Melt: A straight ahead rock song. I liked it OK, but it didn't excite me or make me feel as if I was hearing anything new. Point of No Return: Another straight ahead rock song. Fairly generic, though. Nice vocals as with the rest of the songs.

The singer has a nice strong voice, but the rest of the band seemed to be a bit quiet in the mix (don't know if that is just on the sound system I listen to music on, though). Though Italian, they sing in English. I would have liked to hear a lot more originality in the music and it might have been better if they sang in Italian. I can only recommend this to fans of "traditional" rock bands, but as I said before there has been no new ground broken with this EP so it could be a disappointment.

Contact Information:
Post: Ferruccio Milanesi Via G Jannelli, 45/D, 80131, Naples, Italy

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