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Spain's Eldorado play a classic style of hard rock. The influences on their debut are obvious and include Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and later day Rainbow. One item that needs to be noted early on is that with the exception of their cover of Deep Purple's "Mistreated" the rest of the album is sung entirely in Spanish. That was a little surprising at first, but it certainly doesn't detract from the power of the album. By the second spin I was eagerly soaking in the catchy hooks and melodies. The music oftentimes walks the line between metal and hard rock while pulling in the best of both styles. The real strength of the album is their consistent delivery of pounding riffs and the stellar vocals of Jesús Trujillo. Solid production also helps boost their sound. They manage to seamlessly blend in blues parts on several songs. They wear their influences on their sleeves, but they have the confidence and the ability to pull it off. I only have two minor complaints about this disc. The first is the album almost seems split with the first half being the more metal tracks and the second half being largely the bluesy hard rock tracks. Mixing the tracks more would have given it a more even and effective feel. The other item is that it was just too short. Two or three more songs would have helped it to be more of a complete package. Still this is fantastic material delivered with a great of passion and precision. Highly recommended.