The PYTHONS: Four Stones CD RARE!! Melodic Hard-Rock a la Gotthard, (old) Bon Jovi. + video. Check samples

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THE PYTHONS
FOUR STONES
Released 2003 (The Pythons)

Track List:
01. Black Stone
02. Shadows
03. Texas Queen
04. Hide

Band:
Francesco Castoldi – vocals
Nicolo Donati – guitar
Luca Umidi – guitar
Luca Minichiello – bass
Giorgio Costa – drums
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This five-piece has more in common with Bon Jovi and Slik Toxik. In fact these four tracks would have made for a very mature follow-up to Slik Toxik‘s Doin’ The Nasty. “Shadows” is a dark number with an infectious chorus, while “Texas Queen” is an up-temp pop-metal song that takes the listener back to the days of hair metal. “Hide” is the standout track on Four Stones however, gruff vocals (at times reminding me of the Killer Dwarfs) layered overtop of glam riffs makes for a pretty cool sleaze song.

I guess I shouldn’t judge books by the cover, seeing as this one exceeded all expectations. But at least I did throw it into the CD player, and I’m glad I did. Italy seems like a strange breeding place for new melodic hair metal, but The Pythons have done a great job.

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Lively Melodic Hard-Rock from Italy with American influences but with a Gotthard influence too. Well balanced. With only four years of existence, a band from Italy, who they play something different and they have their own identity in their music. We can characterize the music from The Pythons as melodic hard rock with some metal elements inside the songs. Production is very good. Great, precise, highly rhythmic and intense bass, drum work

This five-piece has more in common with Bon Jovi and Slik Toxik (these tracks would have made for a very mature follow-up to Slik Toxiks Doin’ The Nasty).
“Shadows” is a dark number with an infectious chorus, while “Texas Queen” is an up-temp pop-metal song that takes the listener back to the days of hair metal. “Hide” is the standout track on Four Stones however, gruff vocals (at times reminding me of the Killer Dwarfs) layered overtop of glam riffs makes for a pretty cool sleaze song.
this one exceeded all expectations. Italy seems like a strange breeding place for new melodic hair metal, but The Pythons have done a great job.


“The Pythons were born in October 2000 with the intent to revive, in a renewed guise, the melodic hard rock spirit of the 80s …”, with this phrase opens the rich biographical material attached to the second demo (the first one) In the rain ”dates back to 2001) of this promising Milanese group.
A declaration of this type certainly denotes a discreet courage, taking into account the little space that this musical genre had achieved in the Italian rock scene, already in the years in which those sounds reached their maximum commercial splendor. “Four stones” is a rather professional product and contains 4 tracks, which, although presenting as common denominator the typical sounds of American hard rock of the eighties, exhibit always different nuances, denoting the band’s good technical skills and a more than decent skill in songwriting, which is engaging and never monotonous, probably thanks to the background of the musicians and their experiences developed within other musical styles. The song that gives the title to the demo is a good business card, rocky but also melodic enough to remain imprinted in the memory; “Shadows” more atmospheric and introspective, shows a harmonic line and a refrain of absolute value; “Texas queen”, a dusty ballad with a high electrical load, is slightly more obvious, but still sufficiently attractive; “Hide”, with a more street metal sound, with the vocals souring to the point of recalling a bit of Taimee Downe of the Faster Pussycat and tight riffs in contrast to the catchy and catchy refrain. The voice of Francesco Castoldi is maintained on highly respected levels, although perhaps he should try to free himself from the “Bon Jovi” addiction that characterizes his intonation a bit too much (“Texas queen”) and is liable to some small improvement on the lower notes (“Shadows”). “Shadows” more atmospheric and introspective, shows a harmonic line and a refrain of absolute value; “Texas queen”, a dusty ballad with a high electrical load, is slightly more obvious, but still sufficiently attractive; “Hide”, with a more street metal sound, with the vocals souring to the point of recalling a bit of Taimee Downe of the Faster Pussycat and tight riffs in contrast to the catchy and catchy refrain. The voice of Francesco Castoldi is maintained on highly respected levels, although perhaps he should try to free himself from the “Bon Jovi” addiction that characterizes his intonation a bit too much (“Texas queen”) and is liable to some small improvement on the lower notes (“Shadows”). “Shadows” more atmospheric and introspective, shows a harmonic line and a refrain of absolute value; “Texas queen”, a dusty ballad with a high electrical load, is slightly more obvious, but still sufficiently attractive; “Hide”, with a more street metal sound, with the vocals souring to the point of recalling a bit of Taimee Downe of the Faster Pussycat and tight riffs in contrast to the catchy and catchy refrain. The voice of Francesco Castoldi is maintained on highly respected levels, although perhaps he should try to free himself from the “Bon Jovi” addiction that characterizes his intonation a bit too much (“Texas queen”) and is liable to some small improvement on the lower notes (“Shadows”). dusty ballad from the high electric load, it is slightly more obvious, but still sufficiently attractive; “Hide”, with a more street metal sound, with the vocals souring to the point of recalling a bit of Taimee Downe of the Faster Pussycat and tight riffs in contrast to the catchy and catchy refrain. The voice of Francesco Castoldi is maintained on highly respected levels, although perhaps he should try to free himself from the “Bon Jovi” addiction that characterizes his intonation a bit too much (“Texas queen”) and is liable to some small improvement on the lower notes (“Shadows”). dusty ballad from the high electric load, it is slightly more obvious, but still sufficiently attractive; “Hide”, with a more street metal sound, with the vocals souring to the point of recalling a bit of Taimee Downe of the Faster Pussycat and tight riffs in contrast to the catchy and catchy refrain. The voice of Francesco Castoldi is maintained on highly respected levels, although perhaps he should try to free himself from the “Bon Jovi” addiction that characterizes his intonation a bit too much (“Texas queen”) and is liable to some small improvement on the lower notes (“Shadows”). with the vocals to become harsher to remember a little Taimee Downe of the Faster Pussycat and the tight riffs in contrast to the catchy and catchy refrain. The voice of Francesco Castoldi is maintained on highly respected levels, although perhaps he should try to free himself from the “Bon Jovi” addiction that characterizes his intonation a bit too much (“Texas queen”) and is liable to some small improvement on the lower notes (“Shadows”). with the vocals to become harsher to remember a little Taimee Downe of the Faster Pussycat and the tight riffs in contrast to the catchy and catchy refrain. The voice of Francesco Castoldi is maintained on highly respected levels, although perhaps he should try to free himself from the “Bon Jovi” addiction that characterizes his intonation a bit too much (“Texas queen”) and is liable to some small improvement on the lower notes (“Shadows”).
The couple Donati / Umidi proves to be close-knit, producing itself in an excellent reference and in quite simple but effective solos, just as the performance of the Minichiello / Costa rhythm section is punctual and valid.
It is really difficult to be personal in a genre with such outlined boundaries, but I believe that The Pythons have succeeded quite well and therefore returning to the introductory sentence, they have achieved their goal … good, convinced of their own proposal and as it was said before brave: now we’ll see if they will find a label as “daring” in believing in them …
PS courage is fine … but also include images in the bio that portray the group in the company of Ringo “Island of the famous” and Red Ronnie … well here the unconsciousness is touched!

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“I Pythons nascono nell’ottobre 2000 con l’intento di far rivivere, in una rinnovata veste, lo spirito hard rock melodico degli anni ’80 …”, con questa frase si apre il ricco materiale biografico allegato al secondo demo (il primo “In the rain” risale al 2001) di questo promettente gruppo milanese.
Una dichiarazione di questo tipo denota sicuramente un discreto coraggio, tenendo conto del poco spazio che questo genere musicale aveva ottenuto nella scena rock italiana, già negli anni in cui quei suoni raggiungevano il loro massimo splendore commerciale. “Four stones” è un prodotto piuttosto professionale e contiene 4 tracce, che, seppur presentando come denominatore comune le sonorità tipiche dell’hard rock americano degli eighties, esibiscono sfumature sempre diverse, denotando le buone capacità tecniche della band e una più che discreta abilità nel songwriting, che risulta coinvolgente e mai monocorde, grazie, probabilmente, anche al background dei musicisti e alle loro esperienze sviluppate all’interno di altri stili musicali. Il brano che dà il titolo al demo è un buon biglietto da visita, roccioso ma anche melodico quanto basta per rimanere impresso nella memoria; “Shadows” più atmosferica e introspettiva, sfodera una linea armonica ed un ritornello di valore assoluto; “Texas queen”, polverosa ballata dall’elevato carico elettrico, risulta leggermente più scontata, ma comunque sufficientemente accattivante; “Hide”, dal sound più street metal, con le vocals ad inasprirsi sino a ricordare un po’ Taimee Downe dei Faster Pussycat e i riffs serrati in contrapposizione al refrain catchy e orecchiabile. La voce di Francesco Castoldi si mantiene su livelli di tutto rispetto, anche se forse dovrebbe cercare di liberarsi dalla dipendenza “Bon Jovi” che ne caratterizza un po’ troppo l’intonazione (“Texas queen”) ed è passibile di qualche piccolo miglioramento sulle note più basse (“Shadows”).
La coppia Donati / Umidi si dimostra affiatata, producendosi in un ottimo rifferama e in assoli abbastanza semplici ma efficaci, così come puntuale e valida è la prestazione della sezione ritmica Minichiello / Costa.
E’ veramente difficile poter essere personali in un genere dai confini così delineati, ma credo che i The Pythons ci siano riusciti abbastanza bene e quindi tornando alla frase introduttiva, abbiano raggiunto il loro obiettivo… bravi, convinti della propria proposta e come si diceva prima coraggiosi: ora staremo a vedere se troveranno una label altrettanto “temeraria” nel credere in loro …
P.S. va bene il coraggio … ma inserire nella bio anche immagini che ritraggono il gruppo in compagnia di Ringo “Isola dei famosi” e Red Ronnie… beh qui si sfiora l’incoscienza!

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