I’m always searching for new bands that reflect the spirit of good melodic/AOR music !
Last year I read somethign about a new band from Brazil “Marenna” so I immediatly searched for more info !! Marenna is a band formed around Rodrigo Marenna (also vocals for Lacrosse) and at that time they just had a Ep out “My unconditional faith” ! With just 3 songs (and an accoustic version) this Ep made me hope for more !
Now 2016 Marenna is back with their first full cd “No Regrets” that’s already available in brazil and getting a european release in december , on Lions Pride music !
Next to the band members Rodrigo Marenna (vocals),Jonas Godoy (guitar&keyboards), Aaron Alves (bass guitar) and Gionathan Sandi (drums) – there are many guest participations on here ! (Sasha Z, Mauro Caldart, Bruno Mello, Guilherme Mello, Rafael Netto, Fernando Mig)
After the first listen I already knew that this is one hell of a release ! Excellent melodic rock with great vocals and amazing guitars ! All songs are written in that good old 80’s tradition with catchy lyrics and great melody !
The cd immediatly kicks of with the amazing “Reason to live” ! With excellent guitar playing by Rafael Netto from Bateria !
“Can’t let you go” & “Never surrender” are pure melodic songs filled with all the necessary elements !! I’m reliving my youth al over again here !
“Come back” is more of a ballad where Rodrigo proves he also masters the softer more mellow kind of singing. “The price” is a modern rock song with great guitars.
With “Fall in love again” the band provides you with the highlight of this album ! This is just one of those songs that you’ll keep on playing again and again and……this is what melodic rock should be !!
On the more up-tempo “About love” the band combines classic melodic rock with modern influences !
“Forever” is a song full of melody and catchy lyrics while “So different” is again a ballad with great singing by Rodrigo.
The album finishes with “No regrets” a song full of powerfull guitar and killer vocals !
“No Regrets” is a huge step forward for the band ! The album is filled with well written songs with all the classic elements of big 80’s sounding bands , played by excellent musicians and with a production that is the top !
This is a must buy for all fans of the genre , an album that brings back all the memories of the 80’s combined with some more modern touches !
For those who can’t wait for the European version (with 3 bonus video’s) you can mail the band for this Brazilian release : firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the video for “Can’t let you go” here: