“Only Human”: Sweet Eve ft. Delious strive to go bigger, hit harder and add more intensity
Sweet Eve is a Los Angeles, California based hard rock/ metal band. Their 2012 debut album “Shadow Over Me” reached #7 on iTunes new rock. Their follow up “The Immortal Machine” featured the late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza and reached #54 on Amazon’s rock charts. The band has opened for such major acts as L.A. Guns, Gilbey Clarke, Flotsam and Jetsam, Hatchet and many more. Sweet Eve is Tony Francis Rainone (Providence, RI) – Singer/Guitar, Ian Shea (Worcester, MA) – Bass, Giuseppe Genovese (Philadelphia, PA) – Lead Guitar, Angelo Di Bello (Monopoli, Italy) – Drums. The band currently has a set of singles doing the rounds, one of which is, “Beat”, taken from the “The Immortal Machine” album.
When it comes to the sound of “Only Human”, Sweet Eve ft. Delious are still the same band making the same kind of hard driving rock you can find on their previous releases. What they have done here, however, is taken the heaviest and hookiest ideas from their past records and condensed it into one three-minute melodic rock track.
“Only Human” has cornered the kind of ideas that make up the best of the band’s catalog in an earnest attempt to go as mainstream as possible, while staying relatively grounded in their root genre.
Melodic, hooky and heavy as hell was the intention here, and it makes for some of the more quality rock moments heard in recent times. The track catches attention spans real quick. After the dust settles on the intro, verses and chorus, with brilliantly soaring lead vocals, the track expands outward with rumbling basslines and rolling drums, before the screaming guitars settle in. This kind of material is radio rock gold, but it’s never cheap.
The truth is that consistency is a way of life for Sweet Eve, though they’ve gone through some personnel changes since their beginnings from what I can gather, they’re still giving us a kind of hard rock that’s tangible, agreeable, and, most importantly, genuine to the band.
And as punchy as this thumping tune is – there’s a warmth and richness to “Only Human” that means you can practically feel the air moving around the room in which it was recorded.
“Only Human” has enough blood and guts to sit perfectly between being wave-your-pints-in-the-air-like-you-just-don’t-care festival anthem and feeling brilliantly energizing when played loud on great headphones.
A riff-rich tapestry of snarling guitars, punch-rock drums and melodic singing accentuates a songwriting maturity and fluency that makes “Only Human” a buoyant thrill, with a concentrated emphasis on rhythmic momentum that constantly strives to go bigger, hit harder and add more intensity and color.
On this track, Sweet Eve showcases a relentless pursuit of peak potential, between melody and mayhem, and they hit the balance perfectly!