9 / 10
"… young and talented Italian band … more than … potential Hard Rock, to my eyes they made an interesting mixture of Heavy Metal with Progressive Rock … musical influences are very diverse as well as their very variable rhythms … a band that has a very versatile sound …"
8 / 10
"For sure, SANDNESS with this second album, "Higher And Higher" can blink their eye to the future with optimism. It's a strong album with some really killer tunes in it but, most of all, it's a record that is made with heart and soul."
8 / 10
"If you like the Hard Rock of the 80s, with this record you're going to have a great time, one of those that you never getting tired of hearing again and again."
8 / 10
"… influenced by Mötley Crüe, Crashdiet, Poison, Michael Monroe, Hanoi Rocks, W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, Cinderella and many more … their Rock is simply catchy and cool."
(My Global Mind)
7,5 / 10
"'Higher & Higher' is a successful work, feeding on Metal and Hard Rock, it will certainly satisfy a large chunk of the sound enthusiasts, now called 'old school'."
(In Your Eyes)
70 / 100
"'Higher & Higher' … shows that SANDNESS can play and are widely present in the nowadays Glam- & Street Rock scene ..."
7 / 10
"The spectrum of Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns and Warrant takes possession of the band's music … presenting a ramshackle and stray music but very credible in his dirty running and less clear, although less drawn to the rhythmic level."
7 / 10
7 / 10
"There's something nostalgic about the whole …"
"SANDNESS promising impression with 'Higher & Higher' and bring a plate for the Hard Rock and Glam to know how to put a positive way in the paint … these guys giving an injection to the Glam and Melodic Hard Rock, which can certainly use this music."
"I know plenty of people these days want material that gets them off their feet and forgetting about the daily struggles that they face. SANDNESS delivers in that regard - so if you live for the late 80's Glam Metal scene with a tip of the cap to the current Scandinavian brigade, "Higher & Higher" achieves the desired result."
"The great merit of “Higher & Higher” is that it sure is a modern Hard Rock piece, but it doesn’t make us cry out for the good old times. Hard Rock is alive and well. It is fresh, sounds fresh and delightful. Straight ahead riffs, catchy choruses, pulsing beats … bands like Sandness are extremely important to Rock/Metal. They bring to the new generations the sounds of the past, they keep and share traditions, they bring old bands to life. Come on guys, a little boogie won’t kill anyone! It’s “Sunny Again”!"
"It is playful, and danceable, and is referring to the golden age of Hard Rock, so the project succeeded."
"'Higher & Higher' provides an increasingly compelling proposition easy to suggest fans of eighties Metal and Rock especially take a close look at …"
(The Ringmaster Review)
Rovereto • Italy
Higher And Higher
SANDNESS is the striking result of a project which started out in 2008, when two teenage friends, Mark Denkley and Metyou ToMeatyou (bass and drums respectively) decided to form a HARD ROCK band, in order to bring the ‘80s back to life with original tracks.
The band’s line-up went through some changes across the years, and the only one who seemed to have the same ambitions of the founding members was Robby Luckets, who joined the band in 2009 and is now SANDNESS' lead and rhythmic guitar player.
During the last few years the band has achieved a good success both in Italy and abroad, and they had the chance to play as support band for renowned musicians such as Adam Bomb (2010), L.A. Guns (2011) and Tygers Of Pan Tang in 2015.
SANDNESS released their first demo "Return To Decadence" in 2010, but it’s with the second one, "Life Without Control" (2011), that they started their rise to success all over the world thanks to the digital media.
In 2011 SANDNESS went on a short tour in the Latvian capital Riga and in 2012 the rockin' boys played the renowned "Glam Fest" in Marseilles, France.
In the past few years they also went on several European tours (2013, 2014 and 2015) and gained fans from all over the Continent. Their first official album "Like An Addiction", was released worldwide on 5th April 2013 by Sleaszy Rider Records, with which their record contract has been renewed in 2016.
SANDNESS' second album is entitled "Higher & Higher" (date of release: 16th December 2016).
The hopeful three-piece plans to promote its new tracks on some European dates.
December 16th, 2016
01 - You Gotta Lose
02 - Street Animals
03 - Hollywood
04 - Promises
05 - Sunny Again
06 - One Life
07 - Light In The Dark
08 - Heat
09 - Perfect Machine
10 - Monster Inside Me
11 - Play With Fire
12 - Will You Ever
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