Exposé print issues (1993-2011)
Freddy Delirio and the Phantoms — The Cross
(Black Widow BWR 221-2, 2019, CD / LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-01-22
Based on my previous exposure to Freddy Delirio’s music on his reissued solo album Journey, I expected The Cross to be a keyboard-dominated gothic Italian prog album. Instead what we have are Freddy and bandmates in pretentious costuming, playing ponderous middle-of-the-road rock that does nothing to grab your interest. There is only one instrumental among the eleven tunes on the album. Basically each track is a mash of sound, distorted vocals, guitars, drums, and keyboards. But nothing ever really stands out. Given the cover art and the song titles, I assume that the music is supposed to be scary, but it is certainly not. Cannot really recommend this album.
Related artist(s): Freddy Delirio
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