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Derek Nicoletto

Champion (Digital Single)

Review by Gary Hill

This cut powers in with a sound that seems like it could go in any number of directions from hip hop to industrial or progressive rock. As it shifts to the first vocals, though, it’s obvious that it’s a track set more in a progressive rock (mind you a modern hard edged prog sound with some industrial in the mix) direction. This is accessible in terms of the vocal department – I could even see comparisons to Saga in that area. It’s got enough heavy edge to please fans of progressive metal or techno/industrial music.

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Champion
 Still, there’s plenty of progressive rock in this. The lyrics seem a bit dark and brutal, but this is a great piece of music. Some keyboard sounds later in the track make me think of Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” It’s hard to judge an artist from just one song. That’s especially true with an artist whose sound seems to draw from a lot of directions. One thing I can be sure of, though, this is quite a tasty song that should appeal to a wide range of listeners.

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )
 
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