Saturday 10 November 2018

Medina Azahara - Trece Rosas (2018)

The 19th album from this Spanish band.

Medina Azahara is a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and Spanish vocals.

This band is some sort of national institution in Spain. So much that two young female friends of mine, both from Spain, have heard about them and like them. They were very surprised when I casually remarked that I had heard about them and had indeed reviewed most of their albums in ProgArchives and in # 1 of this blog.

The band started out as symphonic prog band back in the 1970s, switched to folk metal and then metal before they went more hair metal and soft heavy metal on their last albums.

The music on this album is a mix of singalong rock and singalong hair metal. Hair metal from the 1980s.

I would have laughed bands like this out of my album collection if their names had been other than Medina Azahara. But their Spanish vocals is charming and the music is not really terrible.

The band has also retained the North-African flavour from the 1970s too and the vocals is special... and melodic. There is something about this band....

They have a bit of an x-factor and a bit of an exotic flavour which even brightens up hair metal. So much that this is a decent album and not a disaster.... But check out their first albums instead of this one.

2 points

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