Glasgow based pop-rock outfit Altered Sky have been steadily making a name for themselves in the music scene, initially with 2014 EP ‘Stop And Live’, then with monthly radio appearances, resulting in popular covers such as ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift. This has finally culminated in the band’s first full-length record, ‘Without Wonderland’, which manages to keep the tone of previous releases with fantasy references throughout some solid pop-rock numbers, which will only continue to build this talented young band’s reputation.
Kicking things off is fast-paced track ‘This War Is Mine’, introduced by a solid guitar riff before the rest of the band join in, with frontwoman Ana Nowosielska raising over the chaos with an impressively powerful yet controlled vocal style, which is also demonstrated well on darker number, ‘Stupid In The Dark’.
Perhaps the most impressive performance on the album comes in the form of hard hitting track ‘Livewire’, with a chorus that can be found rattling around your head for days as the whole band come together to deliver a fantastic performance. It all ends on a huge note from Nowosielska, who really demonstrates how much power she can pack into her voice.
Bringing back a firm favourite sees huge rock number ‘Live For It’ from last year’s EP make it onto the album, but it actually outshines some of the newer tracks such as ‘Apple Tree’, which unfortunately pale in comparison. Altered Sky change things up a bit on piano led ballad ‘Imagine Adventure’, which makes for a nice song, but does bring down the tempo of the record a bit. It feels like it could slip seamlessly into a Disney film, which admittedly fits with the theme of their records, but seems a little out of place on this record.
Final track, ‘White Witch’, really rounds off the album well with a solid rock performance from the whole band, who really demonstrates the talent that they have. ‘Winter Wonderland’ will no doubt earn them plenty of new listeners and is all around a good album, they now just need to carry on and distinguish themselves in the music scene. With tours already planned in a few months time, this record could serve as a very strong foundation for Altered Sky, and help them to make 2016 a successful year.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)
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