AIRS - A ROCK OPERA
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Ė A Rock OperaĒ: thatís the exact description of what you will get. No
metal, no hardrock, but rock in itís pure form. Before we go a little deeper
into the music, letís have a view on the career of Airs. The band originally
started as an instrumental project called Brockmann / Andrade in the United States around 2009. A lot of
demos and singles were recorded and the first full length album ĎA Left Turn
At Happinessí was released in 2010. Both players lived in
San Francisco and Florida. This results in a not practical distance for
recordings. Luckily, we have the internet, and thatís how it all happened.
Both members did the entire recording all over worldwide web!
Brockman is the man who is responsible for the music of Airs, while the book and
lyrics were developed by George Andrade. Both men can be followed on Facebook
and their homepage www.airs-arockopera.com.
The whole story of the rock opera is divided in chapters like ĎCurrent
Eventsí and ĎBook of Airsí. Each chapter has parts, letís name it songs,
that go deeper inside the story. The first page of the booklet gives an
introduction of the whole story, and itís really worth reading!
the music starts, you will encounter all participants and one of them is Gordon
Tittsworth, which we know from Images Of Eden. There has been a lot of
pre-production on this album to get everything in line with the story. Itís
like writing a book, and afterwards edit the whole story to one huge musical
part. This titanic job is done really well, and Iím really surprised that
these two people were able to write this gigantic piece in such a short time. If
I look at the discography of Airs, they released only this year already one demo
and 3 singles besides this new album. Steve and George worked together with a
lot of musicians to get everything done, and the most known are Dave Meros and
Alan Morse of Spockís Beard.
suggest that people that are into the rock style need to listen to this album.
Those that want it a little heavier might be disappointed. Anyhow you look at
it, the album is done with a lot of respect and they took care about the
smallest detail. As I prefer my music in a harder direction, it would be unfair
to disapprove, as itís only a matter of personal taste. This said and done,
itís really hard to give an objective rating to this rock opera, but I guess
that 80 is honest and sincereÖ
rating: 80 / 100 (Review by
Patrick De Sloover)
Exisnce (Malevolence Records)