KRAEMER - All The Way (Album Review)

KRAEMER – All The Way (Album Review)

Once again Frontiers Music SRL has pumped out another great-sounding album. All The Way, the debut album from Eric Kraemer hit the shelves on January 28th. This Finnish vocalist has been working on his craft since the tender age of 8 years old! Learning music on a piano and training his vocals in the cathedral choir for more than a decade, but another style of music was calling out to Eric Kraemer

This Resume Speaks loudly

Applying his style and pipes to bands like Simulacrum, and Timo Tolkki’s Infinite Visions project and on the 2021 Circus of Rock project masterminded by Finnish drummer Mirka Rantanen from King Company. Without a doubt, Eric’s resume speaks for itself, but he isn’t alone on Kraemer. Some of the real crème de crème of melodic hard rock joins in with this album. First, we have the very well-known Alessandro Del Vecchio on bass, keyboards, and backing vocals. Del Vecchio seems to be everywhere these days and spreading his talents in everyone’s albums.  From the Robin McAuley Band, we have Andrea Seveso on guitars, and Brother Against Brother drummer, Michele Sanna.

An Album Showcase

Kraemer’s – All The Way is a showcase for the writers here. You will get songs written by Del Vecchio, Marco Sivo, Pete Alpenborg (ex-Arctic Rain), Kristian Fyhr (Seventh Crystal), Jan Akesson (Infinite & Divine), Ulrick Lönnqvist, Fabio Dessi, and Carmine Martone just to drop a few names! As you can see the album showcases some of the brightest up-and-coming singers on the European scene and will be a go-to album to all fans of melodic rock. One other note on this album is the outstanding production job from the ever-reliable and present Del Vecchio himself.

Hard Rock or AOR?

Picture Of Eric KraemerNow this is a debate I have had with a few musically inclined friends and the answer was varied. I maintain this is a melodic hard rock album front to back. One friend called it AOR, (in their defence they normally listen to the likes of Bathory, and Venom) and I quickly vetoed that claim. Another just said it’s rock plain and simple…no sub-genres blah, blah, blah. I say this…Once you hear songs like “The King Will Come”, and the harder rocking, “Eat Your Heart Out” all claims of any genre other than Melodic Hard Rock are nothing more than fluff of the unexperienced of music!

Length Matters…Right?

All The Way comes in at a nice 43 minutes in length and gives us eleven tunes to enjoy. I feel this is just the right amount of time. Not overdone but remains in the ears after it ends. Already this album has been given a number of spins in my office, and I highly recommend that if you are a fan of some of the great Melodic Hard Rock coming from our European friends, then you won’t want to miss All The Way from Kraemer.

Peace, and Keep Rocking!

TrevorPsychooneMcDougall

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KRAEMER IS:

  • Erik Kraemer – vocals
  • Andrea Seveso – guitars
  • Alessandro Del Vecchio – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michele Sanna – drums

Tracks

  1. Moment For Me
  2. All The Way
  3. The King Will Come
  4. Eat Your Heart Out
  5. Tonight
  6. Take Me Back To
  7. How Can I Survive
  8. Cold Spell
  9. Loving A Stranger
  10. I’m In Love Again
  11. Forever
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