MAYANK – Mayank
Mayank is a brand-new outfit featuring the talented Gui Oliver (Landfall) on vocals and what we have here is melodic hard rock that veers towards AOR acts such as Journey, Foreigner, Boston, and Winger. The project’s 11-track debut offering is easy on the ear and quite straightforward in terms of its arrangements and structures and whatnot. Now, the LP is certainly catchy and an uplifting listen, but it is also slightly derivative and very similar to literally hundreds of other groups out there. In other words, it lacks an identity of its own.
Gui’s vocals are the highlight of this self-titled effort and the musicianship is good, but apart from the opening and closing tracks, namely "Destiny Calling" and "Road to Paradise", the record lacks those huge, juicy anthems that will fill you with excitement and make you lose your mind. So again, this is not bad per say and it does contain some really cool moments, but it is simply a tad too formulaic and predictable to these ears to really stand out. Well-played and professional-sounding stuff for sure but the big thrills rarely rear their heads throughout. However, if you are curious, I suggest you check the aforementioned "Destiny Calling" and "Road to Paradise" out as they are a great couple of tunes boasting some excellent vocal hooks and noteworthy melodies.