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If you like classic rock in the vein of Deep Purple, these Italian guys may rock your world. In fact they are described as 'the new Deep Purple' by some. Album preview from their forthcoming second release 'Showdown' below:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CXd2t2dXSQ

 

 

Samples from their first release 'Broken Uncle's Inn':

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGLP7VsA8Tc&feature=relmfu

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iKhXr_H7f0&feature=relmfu

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaToHFDh4W4&feature=relmfu

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT-kH8FifvY&feature=channel&list=UL

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Release date for 'Showdown': March 2013

Record label: Dust On The Tracks Records (Germany)

 

Tracklist:

 

01. This Is Rock’N'Roll Wankers!
02. Fly To The Rising Sun
03. Midnight Hour
04. Could You Love Me
05. Wastin’ Miles
06. Church Of Clay
07. Mountain High
08. Cold White Love
09. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight
11. Till It Bleeds (bonus)
12. Broken Uncles Inn (bonus)

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Not bad. I usually can't deal with Italian bands due to the singer's accented vocals but this isn't too bad.

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