Ferreira is the solo project of Marco Ferreria. Born in Brazil, this and his other musical ventures, such as Goodbye Thrill and Venturia, most formed in the United States, but over the years, Ferreria continues to issue material, including Better Run, his third solo album. The release here is a perfect blend of soothing Hard Rock machismo laid against classic Heavy Metal aggression along the lines of earlier releases by Iron Maiden, and Better Run incorporates some fantastic range musically for the listener to keep everything going fluidly. From the faster paced songs that really drive the album into a catchy, somewhat adrenaline-fueled world, to the softer ballad material, this release has something for everyone, regardless of their taSTE IN MUSIC.
Much of Better Run really seems to focus on presenting more of a Heavy metal feel to it overall, especially at the start of the album. One listen to the introducvtory chords for “Secret Damned Society” will set the pace for much of the album, knocking things up a few notches above your traditional Hard Rock song with the more melodic guitar and keyboards that accompany it all. The thing that really pushes this album towards being something nice is the very soothing clean singing that is brought into the mix, which happen to be well suited to the pace of the song, and the overall atmosphere the material gives off without going very over the top and coming off very soothing in the long run, leaving you with a very well composed track to set the tone for the materia that is as soothing, as well as sometimes very moving, that come at you rather quickly.
As soon as the first song on this release is done, it almost abruptly changes gears and hits you with “”Set My Devils Free”, which takes a lot from the Hard Rock style. Some may ever say there’s a good amoun of Black Label Society worship thanks to how the guitars are performede, but in the end it winds up taking this song into a whole other field, crosing a bridge to a more Progressive Rock song then anything thanks to some of the changes that little the start and background throughout. Of course, this isn’t the only moving track. The music on this song is great and often plays with you emotionally thanks to the vocal performance and how somber the music is, but the song “Knocking On My Door” is winds up being a straight forward rock ballad, and it’s a very moving on indeed thanks to it’s rather depressing music and atmosphere.
There’s only tewo songs on this release that don’t really seem to fit. The firs is the more southern feeling track “Rule in Self”. The music seems to change things up a bit and becomes more of a generic Hard Rock effort then anything with plenty of the general stereotypes of the music such as softer music throughout and a somewhat more powerful chorus line without being too fatr from already established simple melody from the bridges and verses other then to bring a hint of attitude to the mix. The vocals also differe here as they go to the more ballad style that appears during “Knocking on my Door”. “Defense Trust the Enemy” is the other song here that doesn’t quite work with the rest of the album. It’s a good song to listen to iut, but it’s clearly far more aggressive with some harsh vocals thrown in with distortion, and a more melodic chorus with clean singing. The guitar solo to the song is also sick and really helps keep everything flowing nicely by the end of the song. There’s a good chance that this song will be one of your favorites, which will actually hinder it a bit due to the fact that it winds up being so good thanks to it’s far more aggressive state, it would leave you wanting more from the final product afterwards, even with the closing song, “History We Make” closing the album off nicely with a more eclectic sounding track with some additional vocal distortion laud agauinst simple guitar riffs that brings in a but of the old Space Rock kind of feel.
When it all comes down to it, this album has an amazing amount of potential, as well as a plethora of material that any fan of Rock or Metal is going to enjoy. uch of Better Run winds up very suiting and is a highly enjoyable release, but it’s the more aggressive aspects of the music that really grab your attention, leaving you wishing there were more like them throughout the release. This moving album is well worth your time to check out, and if you never heard of Ferreira before, then Better Run is the best time to check out this band.