MARKONEE – See The Thunder

MARKONEE - See The Thunder
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    MARKONEE - See The Thunder - 9/10


Escape Music
Release date: November 13, 2009

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Up until now, ever since their formation, 2009 is the year of the Italian Markonee, a group that is directly inspired by the massive front of the 80s spirit of Hard Rock and Hair Metal. After their first album, The Spirit Of The Radio, which was released as a concept, Markonee sat down and wrote a strong, mature and intelligent material all made with the twitches and the loving heed of the best years of Hair Metal. Those years were the times where bands such as Warrant, Bon Jovi, Dokken, Kiss, Ratt and Winger played to the thundering screams of thousands of loyal fans and dedicated followers.

Under the experience and command of the talented producer of the big ones as Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Ratt and Winger, Beau Hill made this young Italian group equal and merely the same as each and every one of the mentioned American bands. With a strong and professional sound, alongside the great material on display, this album turned out to be dynamite.
Markonee showed the American Hard Rock/Metal scene, especially to Bon Jovi who sadly has gone sour over the years, how real Hair Metal should be made and played nowadays. See The Thunder is a major title for the Metal world that allowed the old inspirations, that were giants in the past, to run free and spread their feel among worldwide newcomer bands. This is classic Hair Metal, and bands the likes of Markonee are its champions and protectors with their new brands.

See The Thunder, with its amazing entrails, holds the supernatural feel of such classic albums such as Cherry Pie, Winger, Back For The Attack, Trash, Bon Jovi and Slippery When Wet. Its songs are wonderfully flowing, mixed up with thunderous points of nostalgic moments, written with a good measure of taste and performed with downright excellence. The band’s two driving axemen (Peresson and Bevilacqua), melodic bass killer (Frati), cool drummer (Zanotti) and first class high pitch vocalist (Gozzi) take Markonee into the unexplored horizons of the new age. Markonee share the great confidence that their type of music will continue to triumph for yet another decade or more.

You’ll notice their 80s inspirations through some crazy hitters as: “See The Thunder” (an all-star self-titled song that just screams out 80s Bon Jovi). “The Big K”, “Way To Go”, “Brand New Day”, “Cross Between The Lines” (sinkers with the heavy tones of Hair Metal, almost touching perfection in the face). “Back On Me”, “Women And Whisky” and “Shores Of Another Sea”(seemed to be based on the Pop effects on Hair Metal, more of a Kiss mixed with bits of Blues oriented tickers). For the deep feeling, there is “Cherry Blossom” that is a very nice ballad with great AOR tingles.

The entire album of Markonee is a great display of the music that many of the grown Metalheads grew up on, however it doesn’t mean that it can’t reach out to the younger generation. See The Thunder is a good release by Markonee that made their music just as it was supposed to be, while trusting the classic heritage of Hair Metal.


  • Lior Stein

    Lior was a reviewer, DJ and host for our Thrash Metal segment called Terror Zone, based out of Haifa, Israel. He attributes his love of Metal to his father, who got him into bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow, Boston, and Queen. When he was in junior high he got his first Iron Maiden CD, The Number Of The Beast. That's how he started his own collection of albums. Also, he's the guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Thrash Metal band Switchblade. Most of his musical influences come from Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Overkill, and Annihilator.

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