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  1. Review from melodic-hardrock.com: Heartbanger is a musical project led by the musician/guitarist/songwriter Xavi Méndez. “Through The Dark” is the first album of this new melodic adventure and to consolidate it, Xavi has been accompanied by some friends and popular names of the national and international AOR scene. The debut includes collaborations from people like Tony Mills (SHY, TNT), Gabrielle De Val (The Val), Manu Esteve (Hardreams), Alberto Fernandez (Tokio) among many others… The Heartbanger stylistic line is the classic 80s AOR (Survivor, Journey, Strangeways, Loverboy, FM, Foreigner and the like) with great presence of keyboards, great vocal harmonies and catchy choruses. It even offers some melodic metal on the only song on Spanish “Tierras De La Libertad” (featuring Angel Rubin on lead vocals). This music takes you back to the 80s when songwriting concepts were breaking new ground. The material is in a straightforward rock musical direction with tight musicianship and good sound quality. The keyboard driven aor “The Last Chance Night” gets big credit for experimenting with non-conventional song structure. That keyboard riff is so awesome! And then combine it with all the other great instruments, and Manu Esteve’s perfect singing, and you have a true classic. The haunting keys on “You Came On Time” among the voice of Gabrielle De Val combine into a perfect melodious tune while Val’s voice is so awesome that reminds Leigh Matty’s voice of Romeo’s Daughter. Tony Mills simply kick ass on “Through The Dark” a smooth song that you can tap your feet mixed with intensity from Xavi’s edgy guitar. Manu deliver some strokes with his vocal abilities in “In Heaven” combine perfectly with the harmony guitar riffs, the heavenly keys and the layered vocals into an amazing aor anthem. A very interesting debut album that appeal for fans of the 80s melodic rock sound, where Xavi Méndez givin’ heart and soul to deliver us this brilliant album which contains impressive guitar work, powerful vocal performances and a tight musicianship, while the massive use of keyboards enriches the sound all over. Band Members Xavi Mendez – Guitars Alberto Fernandez – Keyboards Paco Munoz – Drums Luis Alvarez – Bass Tony Mills – Vocals Manu Esteve – Vocals Gabrielle De Val – Vocals Angel Rubin – Vocals Ricard Flores – Bass Marc Llado – Bass FB Tracks 01. Intro 02. The Last Chance Night 03. You Came on Time 04. Through the Dark 05. Always Remembered 06. The Only Thing 07. Tierras de la Libertad 08. In Heaven 09. Night Drive (Bonus Track)
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