Leon : The band Summer Storm has a clear objective, they want to be the first international classic rock band from France. After doing some thinking, I have to say that I don’t know any French classic rock bands, so that shouldn’t be too difficult, right? Even so, I don’t think this will be realistic, but I’m getting ahead of myself. The band was formed by guitar builder Patrice Vigier who, especially in the eighties, has built (bass) guitars that bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin have used on their records. The debut album of the French rockers is called 'First' and has been available since September, but the band has already announced that they will release a second CD next year. That is quite unusual, but maybe the band had written so many songs that they could easily fill a second album. Anyway, 'First' is stuffed with classic rock songs that are reminiscent of the eighties, but just not as good. The band itself claims to make progressive classic rock, but that is a bit exaggerated. That would be the same as calling Ayreon a death metal band because there are some grunts in a few songs. Musically it’s not innovative and, as I often say, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, as long as it sounds good. Unfortunately, Summer Storm doesn’t do anything that separates them from all the other bands in the genre, it’s a band that I would expect to hear in a classic rock bar in France. The accent of singer Renaud Hantson is also a major roadblock, the pronunciation of the word 'little', in the song 'Little By Little', is cringe worthy (he now says ‘lee-del’).
So, I’m little impressed by the music of Summer Storm. The goal of becoming an international classical rock band from France doesn’t seem realistic to me. It’s not that the band makes bad music, but it’s just not remarkable enough to stand out of the crowd. If Hantson were to work on the English pronunciation, and the band could add something special to the music, then I might see the band grow into a local festival killer, but, honestly, I don’t think the band will be much more than that.