Hollow Haze - Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas

Hollow Haze Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas
Hollow Haze
Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas
Frontiers Music srl
2019
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Hollow Haze were formed in 2003 and are releasing their seventh overall album, since reuniting from a break up that occurred back in 2015, when founding member & guitarist Nick Savio left to form Eternal Idol with vocalist Fabio Lione (Angra, Rhapsody), pretty much taking most of the line up with him.
 
As far as I understand he quit that band (which is unclear if it still exists) and decided to reform, Hollow Haze with a new line-up which features Fabio Dessi (Arthemis) on vocals. The sound is not entirely different this time around, but with maybe only keeping the same vocalist for two out of seven albums and using whoever they could find at the time (including a bunch of guests, when they couldn’t) this band never had a strong “identity” around it.
 
They sound part Serenity and due to the way their new vocalist phrases a little like Pellek, only not as bad or tuned. While their material is not bad, it feels quite generic and middle of the road, no wonder that after so many albums, their name is relatively obscure, still.
 
The lead single “Oblivion”, the ballad “I will be There” and the vocally passionate but overall quite banal “You’re My End and My Beginning” are relative highpoints, but I am overall, far from being too impressed.