REVLIN PROJECT – Dimensión (2017)
AOR / Melodic Rock music has no boundaries: REVLIN PROJECT is a South American project entirely composed and produced by Peru-born Nilver Perez (a 20 year-old young prodigy) who also play keyboards in various other bands (Arise to Heaven, Verqserek, etc) and the collaboration of various vocalists coming from different locations such as Colombia, Spain, Peru and Brazil.
With influences ranging from American AOR like Journey, Danger Danger, Signal or Foreigner to European – Lionville, Work Of Art, Eclipse, etc, they just released the debut CD titled “Dimensión”.
Yeah, most of the songs are sung in Spanish, but let me tell you this is not a letdown because the music is so universal AOR sounding that you’ll love it.
You have as well 4 tracks in English, one of them performed by Brazilian Rodrigo Marenna, which very good debut EP was already presented on this blog.
With Nilver as composer of all songs you may think the focus here will be on the keyboards, but that’s not the case here. Sure, you have keys / synths all over, but also sharp guitar riff-driven tunes provided by Aquiles Solar – a complete musician who also plays guitars, bass, drums and also mixed & mastered the album.
After an amazing “Intro” (lots of keys here) the album starts with “Sólo Tú” where you immediatly hear that Nilver masters his instrument extremely well, orchestrating this energetic AOR song with well balanced arrangements, sung by Jordi Castilla (lead singer in Carta Magna).
“Vive”, performed by Sairon Solano, has a more Melodic Rock approach to it. Sairon’s voice has that typical Spanish touch, and soften the track for good effect.
“Llevame a Ti” sung by Ziko Franco is plenty of beautifull keyboards at the beginning, and develops into a great ’80s AOR style song with some Lionville on it, accompanied as well by excellent guitar playing.
“Enamorándote” with colombian David Fernandez on vocals is a quite beautifull ballad with acoustic guitars. The song has an American melodic rock feel with some sweet strings on it.
“So alive” is performed by Ziko Franco, but this time in English and I must say he sings even better here. Just listen to this song with a Journey spirit and let it take you away to a time where great
melodic music was made.
There’s more variety with midtempo “Te sueno en Silencio”, the rocking “Recuerdos” (great guitar solo), “Pantheismum” (close to the edgy Eclipse stuff), and “Hasta el Fin”, an amazing AOR tune sung by both Sairon Solano & David Fernandez.
Listed as bonus tracks are “Live Again” (solid performance by Rodrigo Marenna with a Bon Jovi feel) and “Keep holding On” (featuring Harold Waller from Supremacy on lead vocals), both are English versions of the songs “Vive” & “Solo Tu”.
And then the last song “Til the end”, only on the European version of the album. It should be one of the best songs on the entire album. Sung by Renato Costa, he sounds simply stunning here. A very good midtempo AOR tune with that classy oomph…
For sure Nilver Perez has grown listening to his parents (or even his grandpa!) LP collection of Journey, Foreigner, etc, and the guy deserves some respect in the way he compose and arrange his music.
He has brought to this project very good musicians who all have the skills and talent to make this album – which is a clear labor of love – demonstrating that classic AOR / Melodic Rock music is universal… and timeless.
Very well done guys!
02. Sólo tú
04. Llévame a ti
06. So alive
07. Te sueño en silencio
11. Hasta el fin
12. Live again (bonus track)
13. Keep holding on (bonus track)
14. Til the end (exclusive European bonus)
Nilver Pérez – keyboards, orchestrations
Aquiles Solar – guitars, bass, drums
Ziko Franco (Peru) 4, 6
David Fernandez Cely (Colombia) 5, 7, 9, 10, 11
Jordi Castilla (Spain) 2
Sairon Solano (Colombia) 3, 11
Ricardo Esteban (Colombia) 8
Harold Waller (Colombia) 13
Rodrigo Marenna (Brazil) 12
Harold Waller (Brazil) 13
Renato Costa (Brazil) 14
BUY IT !