RED WINE - CENIZAS - ARISE
When Red Wine looks in the mirror, were it honest, it would see one of the reasons many on the metal scene note both an oversupply and a glut of sub par everyday releases. The Spanish band would really have a hard time justifying its existence. After all, the parts that make up the band are a tinny music, tinny vocals, and equally thin production. The riffs are nothing special and surprisingly sound like warmed-over early '80s metal. Of all things shades of Dokken and TT Quick make steady appearances - minus the individuality or excitement. The second half of the album, beginning with song number six, seems to harden up the proceedings, but it is too little and too late. The lame outro with some woman crooning (about God knows what) kills any pretense of a heavy metal identity. It is on to the boring intro from there again and more commercial song and dance if the CD is on repeat mode. Red Wine would probably be awful were it to sing in English. In fact, Red Wine would be awful even without the keyboards. - Ali "The Metallian"