However, Charly is a rock musician and so are his teammates. Somewhere in 2014, Charly Sahona wrote a few compositions, made his friends listen to them and invited them to join in. From those compositions, the band started to grow and the music became a group-effort. It's this chemistry that makes this scene so fascinating. A few people come together and before you know it, an excellent album entertains countless of people.
But all of that doesn't make this album easier to review, although I did find a few possible references. 'Light Of Day, Sense Of Life' has a little Anathema feel to it, mainly in the overall feeling of melancholy. 'Fires Of Passion' is perfectly suited to become a massive arena rock hit. It has a modern, technical yet emotional atmosphere which I like a lot. 'On This Winter Night' shows a nice deal of electronics and turns out to be something between trip-hop and rock music.
In that aspect it might not even be so strange to mention Archive in this review. Rock and electronics coming together in an immersive orgy of sound, what else could you possibly want? For older rockers, how about Thought Industry or even Queensryche? I can't help but thinking that bands like these have been an influence on Sahona. Of course, in this genre, there is always Dream Theater but I like Sahona more, I really do.
In the end, all references aside, I actually feel like this is simply excellent melodic rock music which can easily compete with giant bands like Linkin Park, Muse or pretty much everything on the main stages of rock festivals. Yet, maybe these songs are a bit too complex for the average audience member. Yet, this album is full of adventures, well written and dynamic tracks. I surely hope the come to Antwerp soon...