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Salad Days Magazine | December 3, 2022

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15 Reasons ‘The Art Of Commitment’

15 Reasons ‘The Art Of Commitment’
Salad Days

Review Overview

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Rating

15 REASONS
‘The Art Of Commitment’-CD
(Graviton Music Service)
6/10


Dalla ridente capitale europea Brussels giungono questi 15 Reasons, alla loro terza uscita sulla lunga distanza. I nostri belgi suonano un alternative hard rock metal che strizza l’occhio alle college radio, sulla scia di gruppi come Stone Sour, Godsmack, Metallica del periodo ‘Black Album’, Alice in Chains. Il risulato è francamente apprezzabile, ma con qualche riserva. Suoni pompatissimi e potentissimi, frutto di un certosino lavoro in fase di registrazione e masterizzazione (aiutati dal fatto che i brani sono stati rodati dal vivo per oltre un anno prima di venir messi su cd), voce molto potente che alterna momenti più duri ad altri intrisi di una forte componente melodica, chitarre iper prodotte ma senza scadere in quel suono finto plasticoso che affligge molto produzioni moderne del genere ed infine basso e batteria precisi e puntuali nel costruire le fondamenta dei vari pezzi. Ascoltando questi pezzi la prima band che salta alle orecchie sono gli statunitensi Stone Sour, che anni addietro fecero un po’ da apripista per questo tipo di suono, che se da un lato propone la durezza di un certo hard rock/metal edulcorato dai tratti più estremi, dall’altro porge le chiappe ad un suono filtrato in chiave pop che fa andare in brodo di giuggiole le radio alternative, specie quelle americane. Il difetto principale è che alla lunga può stancare, essendo i pezzi molto simili fra loro e non tutti all’altezza di essere delle hit. La longevità è il difetto principale, difatti difficilmente riascolterete il cd nella sua interezza, preferendo privilegiare i pezzi più orecchiabili. D’altronde, di Stone Sour ed Alice In Chains non ne nascono tutti i giorni…
(Marco Pasini)

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  1. 15 Reasons has just released their brand new music video for ‘Alyson Wonderland’ from their new album ‘The Art of Commitment’ that has just been launched among a slew of very positive reviews from all over Europe. The album is released via Graviton Music Services, home to some heavy hitters like Channel Zero, Cayne and Last Day Here and has just reached # 1 on the Music in Belgium Dynatop charts. The video can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/k-mkFoUiV0g

    Frantic, manic and trippy are but a few words that could be used to describe the new video. A throwback to the early 1900s classic Alice in Wonderland, the new video explores the darker side of rabbit holes creating a fast paced clip with a vintage, horror and rock n’ roll vibe. When asked why the band chose this song as its lead video the answer was easy: “15 Reasons is known for rather long, epic songs often running past the 7 minute mark. This was our shortest, craziest and fastest song which made it the perfect choice for a rocking video! “.

    The song was one of the last one’s written for the album and almost didn’t see the light of day. In a last minute creative burst, the song was written and recorded in just one afternoon showcasing the eclectic mix of styles that 15 Reasons is known for. A thrash metal song at heart, Alyson Wonderland also has some speed rock vocals, tongue in cheek lyrics, grungy harmonies as well as various time and speed changes laced with atmospheric guitar leads. As a side note, the song title ‘Alyson Wonderland’ pays tribute to a band held by our sound engineer many years ago.

    ‘Alyson Wonderland’ was directed by Gwendoline Baye from Pikaboo, a cutting edge Belgian Audio/visual production house. It was filmed in a historic country manor and the video shoot shook up the Belgian country side for an unforgettable day of shooting. Gwen is a gifted and professional director and the band gave her full control to shape the video to match her vision which thrilled the band. Stay tuned for another video produced by this winning team in the months to come.

    For more info…
    Official 15 Reasons Website – http://www.15reasons.net
    I-tunes – https://itunes.apple.com/lu/artist/15reasons/id811014410
    Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/15Reasons
    You Tube – http://www.youtube.com/user/15reasons
    Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/15reasons
    Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/6Lcacslqwqe5cLidFb2n7F
    Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/artist/5511296
    Last FM – http://www.last.fm/music/15+Reasons
    Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/15-reasons
    Reverbnation – http://www.reverbnation.com/15reasons

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