(SFEM/The Lads Production)
You’ll like it if:
– you have been/are into nu metal
– you think that Gangster playing any form of metal are the coolest thing in the world
One of the most common Italian stereotypes is pizza, the other one is connected to gangsters, corruption and Mafia. I found it quite amusing then how this Italian quartet decided to reinvent itself as the “famiglia” of gangsters from the 30s to make some metalcore/nu metal-influenced hard rock. No, I am not referring to Killswitch Engage or Bring Me the Horizon, even if there are some hints of the Italian hardcore from the 80s (yes, there was Italian hardcore at that time). It is more a Drowning Pool or Deftones-esque influence, which ensures a quite entertaining experience.
Sinatra’s were born as Out of project in 2005. The metalcore background was heavily supported by more screams and blurred instruments, reminding more of bands like Alesana and Aiden. With the new line-up and a new name, the band made quite a jump, improving its sound and making it heavier, more dense in its core, especially relying on a clearer production. Signing with SFEM/The Lads Production the band started promoting the new album in Berlin, with the release of the single ‘The New Level’. And it’s a new level that we’re talking about right now.
The album opens with an interlude (‘Brighter Than The Sun’), which leads to the first burst of energy. ‘The New Level’ relies still on some of the earlier influences, taken that Motley Crue-like tunes are still part of the structure of the tracks, especially when it comes for distorted guitars and solos (‘Monolith’). Metalcore seems to be more focusing on the ‘metal’, rather than the ‘core’ bit, as the guitar riffs and the beating drums seem to demonstrate to us (‘Take me Under’). Nicola Sant’Agata still alternates screams and Disturbed-like vocals, adding also some growls to the recipe, whilst Nelson Picone blends in pedals and high pitch distorted vibes guitar (‘Legacy’). Hard rock meets heavy metal from the 80s (‘All The Night’, ‘Sound of Vipera’) with a profusion of guitar solos and a constant drum beat, which unfortunately leaves the bass guitar behind. Apart from the folk-oriented ballad ‘Hands full of Stars’, the album seems to focus especially on the heavier side of the ‘core’ providing a quite interesting experience for the metalheads who are not scared of tasting new sounds and the Italian hardcore nostalgic. Not too bad for a group of Gangsters from the 30s.