· TANIA KIKIDI - WINGS OF FREEDOM (GYR218) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. RISE
02. WINGS OF FREEDOM
03. LOUD AND PROUD
04. BROKEN DREAMS
05. HIGH ROAD EASY
06. HEART PAINTED BLUE
07. CONFESSION
08. BREAKING IT DOWN
09. BLEED
10. PAIN
11. FOOLISH LOVER
12. SEA OF TEARS


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR218 - $14.99

"Wings Of Freedom" is the outstanding new studio disc by Tania Kikdi, an amazing female hard rock vocalist from Greece. This powerful disc is her second collaboration with Greek riff:master Stavros Papadopoulos who wrote, produced & plays guitar on these 12 tracks of mega-awesome, world-class, dynamic, classic, hard rockin', heavy guitar fueled songs that showcase both Tania's brilliant vocals and Stavros' bad-ass, six string skills. An excellent & impressive follow-up to the superb "Rock N' Roll Paradise" disc.

Tania Kikidi is an amazing, accomplished vocalist; a sexy hard rockin' Greek metal queen goddess who was born to rock. A captivating musical performer who's vocal talent is limitless & undeniable. Tania's vocal passion rides high with precision, power & melody and an epic range that reaches for the sky and she definitely flies high & shines forever on "Wings Of Freedom".

Stavros Papadopulos is a prolific modern day guitar hero; a true, legit axe rippin', riff:master who is all about the R.O.C.K. and is no stranger to the Grooveyard crowd with his awesome riffage & fiery lead guitar mojo that speaks the guitar rock truth. "Wings Of Freedom" was recorded & produced at his Freerock Studio in Halkida, Greece and is a bonafide musical testament to his rock n' roll excellence.

The Tania Kikidi - "Wings Of Freedom" disc released on Grooveyard Records is an exceptional, female-fronted, hard rocker that is Highly recommended to fans of Freerock Saints, Sass Jordan, Lee Aaron, Vindicata & Saraya among many others and to fans of Stavros Papadopoulos & his various awesome bands/discs which include Super Vintage, Revolution Highway, Hard Driver, King Mountain & Shadowplay Project (Rory Gallagher Tribute). From the opening track to the final a capella vocals, Tania Kikidi delivers the goods and with "Wings Of Freedom" she takes the listener on a memorable, timeless musical experience. An essential addition to your music collection.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. RISE
02. WINGS OF FREEDOM
03. LOUD AND PROUD
04. BROKEN DREAMS
05. HIGH ROAD EASY
06. HEART PAINTED BLUE
07. CONFESSION
08. BREAKING IT DOWN
09. BLEED
10. PAIN
11. FOOLISH LOVER
12. SEA OF TEARS

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· reviews ·

A little over two years ago female singer Tania Kikidi hailing from Greece released her first rock album in the English language entitled "Rock & Roll Paradise". She worked closely together with Stavros Papadopoulos who wrote the songs, produced the album, and played guitar. There were also some guest musicians on call as well. It was quite an appetising record with Tania showing to be an all-round rock singer.

Here we are, some two years later and Tania Kikidi is back with a vengeance. Again, working with Stavros who this time played all instruments and we are curious what she has on offer this time. "Rock & Roll Paradise" proved that she could sing and that she had a big set of pipes. On "Wings Of Freedom" she has put the vocal ladder even up higher and during some songs ("Confession" and "Heart Painted Blue’’ as main examples) her reach is just incredible. Power, passion, and melody are the main ingredients that she brings to the table.

I wrote in the review of "Rock & Roll Paradise" that although Tania sounded heavier, she reminded me a bit of the great Sass Jordan. So how surprising is it to find a cover version of the Sass Jordan track ,,High Road Easy’’ on "Wings Of Freedom"? Not so surprising for me but it takes guts and courage to take on a song by Sass Jordan, as she is one of the best in the business. But Tania is on her way to be one of the best female rock singers in the business as well as her version is very strong indeed.

What is also strong is the total sound that Stavros managed to create. The whole record sounds cool, and Stavros lets that guitar rip on and off on this album with twelve songs. There is plenty of variety to be heard here but as Stavros is the main composer you hear a lot of classic rock influences in Tania’s music. It is a style that suits her down to the ground, if you ask me. Obviously, the songs have been written with her voice in mind but as always is the case with Stavros Papadopoulos the riffs and solos are playing a very important role as well.

Luckily "Wings Of Freedom" counts several excellent compositions. I already mentioned the songs ,"Confession’’ and "Heart Painted Blue’’ but also the rock ballad ,"Foolish Lover’’ is an absolute highlight for me. Yet again Tania goes all the way combining passion and power with a great vocal melody. When you hear other songs such as,"Loud And Proud’’, "Rise’’, the title-track and album closer ,"Sea Of Tears’’ (acoustic based ballad), the important variety factor is covered as well. I would have preferred for "Sea Of Tears’’ to be somewhere halfway through the album perhaps as now the album has a bit of a fading end, but hey, if that is the only point of criticism for "Wings Of Freedom" you must realise by now that there is not much wrong with this release.

Michel van de Moosdijk / Headbanger's Lifestyle (August 2023)


The level is a bit unconceivable for Greek standards as the duo of composer and vocal teacher is wide enough to be confined to the borders of our country. The quality of the writing, the pluralism as well as the emotional approach with a 1980’s flavour will impress fans of Dio, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Quartz, Leatherwolf etc.

The tracklist includes 12 tracks and is released by Grooveyard Records.

Kostas Vaxevanos / Metal Invader (August 2023)




 


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