December 4, 2021

Allen Key (yes named after the tool) is a female led hard rock band from São Paulo In Brazil which formed in 2009 and came to prominence by winning Girl Rock, a musical competition that attracted an initial entry of over 10,000 bands with one of the jury members being Tarja Turunen and I think it is fair to say that she knows plenty about female led rock bands!

Allen Key is a real showcase for Karina Menascé a lady with an outstanding voice and she has a strong and powerful delivery that lends itself to just about any genre. Menascé most certainly maintains your interest throughout the recording as she has her own personal and unique sound that thrills whether it is a metal song or aching ballad. Menascé is given perfect support by Pedro Fornari and Victor Anselmo on guitar, William Moura on bass and Felipe Bonomo on drums as they all work as one on this impressive debut. Just listen to the restraint she shows on the exquisite ballad Goodbye as she pours just about every emotion she has into the song against a piano led background that is so right and perfect, the keyboards are not credited but the work is exemplary and truly catches your attention. The musicians are all skilled and truly talented as they combine perfectly on a really diverse set of songs which show that this is a band that could play just about anything asked of them and they are sure to have a bright future ahead based on the music that is on offer here.

In truth there are as many ballads as there are rockers but they do all forms exceptionally well so sit back and enjoy the ride that this quite sublime Brazilian band take you on. The production is truly slick which brings the best out of the music which can best be described as something like Linkin Park meets Evanescence.

There is so much happening here with every song delivered with real style and substance and you simply have to hear the quality of the voice of Karina Menascé to appreciate what a talent she is.

The Last Rhino

  1. The Last Rhino (3:28)
  2. Straw House (6:52)
  3. Love You More (3:16)
  4. Illusionism (5:17)
  5. Granted (3:09)
  6. Mr. Whiny (3:32)
  7. Goodbye (5:41)
  8. Flourish (6:06)