10 / 10
"The creative capacity of these Italians is admirable! DESPERATION BLVD brings the sound of old school Hard Rock with a fresh, modern twist … catchy choruses and rhythmic melodies are the main ingredients … if you consider yourself lovers of Hard Rock in its different variations, you will love this album."
(Metal Gods TV)
90 / 100
"… a rich and excellent blend of hard and dense sounds and chords … major keys, high and low scales, the guitar solos are a characteristic and distinctive part of each musical track … melody and style go with each one's voice style … with that eighties style of glam … if you are from the old school of Hard Rock like Twisted Sister, Kiss or Joan Jett & The Blackhearts you will love this band!"
7 / 10
"… a decent debut ... Hard Rock disciples, who mourn the good old times, might enjoy this EP."
6 / 10
"… if someone like Vince Neil or Bret Michaels needs a band to back them up for some solo shows in Italy, they should look up DESPERATION BLVD … the vibe from this EP is beyond merely old school … listeners who are looking for this sort of music are going to love it …"
"A mixture of Heavy Metal influences, mixed with a good portion of hard rock. Just listen to the choruses. In every single one of them there are emotions that are transmitted immediately. Even though DESPERATION BLVD's concept runs through the whole EP, they show themselves from different sides.
"… strong personality … a sort of new Twisted Sister … all the material works wonderfully, thanks also to the excellent production and mixing that enhance the whole."
"… they have many good songs here, and they deliver them with the right attitude, so this is of course something that you should listen to."
"… has that essence of Hard Rock from the 80s with musical chords that will hook you from the first seconds, catchy choruses and that sense of fun that characterized the bands of that time … the creative skills of these Italians is admirable … brings the sound of old school Hard Rock with a fresh, modern twist, kickin’, vital, and fun … highly recommended!"
"DESPERATION BLVD not only arouse curiosity in this way, but can hit the bull's eye right away with their first record!"
"Bringing the glory days of Sunset Strip sleaze and roll back with an almighty vengeance … six absolutely riveting anthems …"
"… shows exactly what you would expect from a band that labels itself as 'sleaze n roll' … catchy songs that excel in accessibility and uptempo cheerfulness … high 'sing-along factor' … as is customary with glamrock, there is a lot of focus on the vocals and the guitars … everything is in the ear and the mix is fine … you will certainly not regret it … an excellent EP."
Pordenone • Italy
December 6, 2020
Since September 17, the Italian hard rockers have been presenting the music video for the track "November Pain" from their self-titled debut EP - and if you think of Guns N' Roses right away when you hear such a song title, you can feel exactly on the right 80's track:
Clear echoes of other well-known cult bands such as Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys, L.A. Guns, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bang Tango, Vain, Babylon A.D., Tuff and Dangerous Toys round off the lively, uplifting sound.
DESPERATION BLVD is a brand new project from Italy, born from an idea of two experienced musicians, guitarist Alex 'Crown' Corona and drummer Elvis 'Hell' Ortolan. The trio is completed by bassist Matteo 'Matt' Martinelli.
[ Pic: Gabriele Boz ]
The band's current debut is a self-titled six-song EP consisting of five enormously crisply orchestrated and cool vocalized original songs as well as the Duran Duran classic "Hold Back The Rain" - a vibrant and enormously casual cover version that immediately defines the strong personality and unique SLEAZE'N'ROLL style of DESPERATION BLVD.
[ Artwork: Simone 'Zimon' Sut for N.B.S. • Imagination & Design ]
This deliciously snappy release is enriched by various guest musicians. Among others, former Accept singer David Reece is featured in "North-East Boulevard", and Thomas Silver from Hardcore Superstar contributed a wonderfully fluid guitar solo for the number. Serenity vocalist Fabio D'Amore, on the other hand, shows in "Hold Back The Rain" that he has a remarkably wide range of skills, while the no less vocally strong, changeable Alessia Scolletti from Temperance in "Sorry (I Don't Want You)" partly goes completely out of herself.
Recorded and co-produced by Michele Guaitoli, known from the bands Visions Of Atlantis, Overtures and Temperance at The Groove Factory Studio, "Desperation BLVD" will be released in December 2020.
01 November Pain 03.04
02 Queen Of Heartache 03.11
03 Henhouse Tales 03.04
04 North-East Boulevard 03.09
05 Hold Back The Rain 04.13
06 Sorry (I Don't Want You) 03.53
total: 19.55 min.
Crown • Guitars
Matt • Bass
Hell • Drums
David Reece (Accept, Bangalore Choir) • Vocals in 'North-East Boulevard'
Thomas Silver (Hardcore Superstar) • Guitar solo in 'North-East Boulevard'
Fabio D'Amore (Serenity) • Vocals in 'Hold Back The Rain'
Herma (Sick 'n' Beautiful) • Vocals in 'Queen Of Heartache'
Alessia Scolletti (Temperance) • Vocals in 'Sorry (I Don't Want You)'
Claudio Coassin (Raintime/Fake Idols) • Vocals in 'Henhouse Tales'
Mattia Martin (Bad As) • Vocals in 'November Pain'
2020 • Desperation BLVD (EP)
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