several spins in the player, I have two conclusions concerning
Felony's debut album 'First Works': these are highly skilled
musicians who also worked hard to craft their songs. 'First Works'
reveals craftsmanship. Each song stands alone on its own merits.
There is no monotony here, a least to this listener.
I classified this album as a hybrid
of melodic hard rock and metal only because their are elements of
both in many songs. Their is nothing heavy to make this only
metal. But there is enough: soaring guitar solos and gutsy vocals.
On the hybrid side, the songs are without doubt melodic and even
symphonic at times. There are moments of bombastic grandeur and
straight ahead rock and roll.
I could make a fuss about the lead male and female vocals, but
that would be redundant considering the current times. Andy and
Andrea are consonant. She is clear and vibrant, harmonious when
needed. He is hard yet melodic. Andrea does not offer the operatic
vocals found in Nightwish or Within Temptation; however, I've got
suspicions that she could.
Bottom line: I was captured by the inspiring and soaring guitar
work, the congruous and strong male/female vocals, and the
excellent arrangement of each song. I believe that you will not be
disappointed when adding 'First Works' to your album collection.
- Craig /