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Review: Aria - Whom Are You With?
Aria
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Whom Are You With?

Label: Moroz Records
Year released: 1986
Duration: 35:29
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 17, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Whom Are You With?

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)
Review

Hot on the heels of their great debut, Megalomania, came Whom Are You With? about a year later. I'm not sure about the English translation of some of their titles, as this is one of a few that really sounds weird.

This is an album that I found needs more listens than Megalomania to really appreciate it. There are more of their influences at play here and, as such, the album sounds a big disjointed and doesn't flow quite as well, so this is one of those albums that you have to take song by song rather than as a whole. If you grew up with '80s metal, there's a lot that will make you smile here as many songs are reminiscent of the big names such as Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Metal Church, Iron Maiden, Saxon and even early Mötley Crüe (the closer would have been a good fit on Shout at the Devil). Overall, I find that this album is crunchier and heavier than Megalomania while remaining uncompromisingly melodic and there's that unmistakable "Aria touch" where they never fail to take a song into an unexpected direction. It's not an instant "yes!" and requires a bit more effort on the listener's part, but in the end it's still a bunch of good, solid heavy metal songs, most of which with cool nods to the greats of the time.

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