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December 18, 2017

The Kreoles


More than a simple band, The Kreoles is a musical project created and founded by Ivan McSimon, Como-based producer, songwriter and guitar player who previously played with his first band, Dyve – two albums for them, ‘Dust Of An Age’ (2005, Lucretia Records), and ‘Inside’ (2008, UK Division) – gaining some breaks into the Italian and foreign market.
The idea behind The Kreoles took form throughout 2011: the purpose is giving life to a new musical path, in order to cause an almost-new style. The word Kreoles means new creation indeed.
What marks out this band first is the female voice of Valentina Merlo, young singer who is able to combine sweetness with creative energy through decisive cadences and modulations, everything in the belly of songs rooted in rock/metal genre, which is the trademark of this four-piece Italian band.
Ivan McSimon’s olden collaboration included high-famed artists as Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius), Andre Matos (Viper, Angra, Shamaan), Doro Pesch and Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden).
In his new band, McSimon is backed up by Marco Francesco D’Elia on bass and Davide Piccolo on drums: these two guys bring the perfect rhythm section to all McSimon’s pieces.
This flamboyant entity emphasize the well-rendered background of his founder man: from his mighty riffs stand out touchstones with the ones of Iron Maiden and Annihilator.
Rock/metal offered by The Kreoles recalls something singular, a sort of exclusive sub-genre that brush Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘No More Tears’ tricked up with a shimmering female timbre.
One year after the release of their debut ‘Touch The Sun’ (Valery Records, 2014), The Kreoles recently came back in the recording studio to give shape to what will be their second effort.

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