Company: Frontier Records
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Chris Kincaid
Music for hitting the road...top down...with the stereo cranked!
If you're looking for that album to sink your teeth into this summer look no further!
CRAZY LIXX return with "New Religion" the follow up to their 2007 debut "Loud Minority". It picks up where Minority left off with tight radio gems that are laden with infectious Bon Jovi-like chrouses and rich Def Leppard styled harmonies.
Following in the footsteps of fellow Swedish Hard Rockers such as CrashDiet and Vains of Jenna...in riding the 'New Wave of Swedish Sleaze'...CRAZY LIXX draws on 80's mainstays for inspiration. Their influences clearly reverberating through each song such as Poison with songs that speak of nothing but a good time.
Kicking off with 'Rock and a Hard Place' a definite fist pumper it's followed by 'My Medicine' a song for working the pole with it's groove. Then there's the anthemic '21 Till I Die' to keep the Rock N Roll Train chugging along. While the pace slows down for the tender 'Blame it on Love', 'Children of the Cross' and the ballad 'What Of Our Love' it picks back up with 'The Witching Hour' which has a sweet tempo transition towards the end. Along with 'Lock Up Your Daughter' a song that drips with sleaze and sparkles with attitude the album finishes strong with the banjo crazy 'Desert Bloom' a rattlesnake shake kick that leads into 'Voodoo Woman' with it's great guitar lick that hooks you in from the get go.
It's music for hitting the road...top down...with the stereo cranked!
Genre: Hard Rock
Hollywood glam worship
What is in the water in Sweden? For some strange reason the land is now the holy temple of Hollywood glam worship. I started following the scene a few years back with Hardcore Superstar and Crash Diet hitting their stride and commanding a sleaze riot on the streets of Stockholm. Since then the scene has absolutely exploded with ripe pickings fit to suit all styles from headbands to torn Levis. In all honesty one can pick from an array of Swedish sounds, one that compasses the street gutter filth of 'Crue and W.A.S.P to clean and clingy like Extreme or Winger.
It is this second variety that Crazy Lixx picks up one, creating an arena strobe from the basics of Aerosmith and Def Leppard that is stocked with that "middle of the road" fan fare that made up most of the early 90s (adding a hand to the scene's quick death by '93). All of the big labels had their "roster" superstar at this point, from CBS to MCA and all the way down the lines to stuff like Stryper and Trixter. This Swedish band really plays to the 90s hard rock fan with a variety of polished chord and chrome strut.
On first listen to "Rock And A Hard Place" you can hear that big arena rock sound; Mutt Lange style production, polished guitars and tons of toms. Vocalist Danny Rexon is dead on Joe Elliot, pushing the band to use the verse-verse-big chorus-verse-verse-another big chorus-big lead-big chorus school of thought. The band is far removed from the paved grime of the Sunset Strip, instead this is much more self controlled and confined. Fans of Firehouse, Trixter and the fest sounds of Pink Cream 69 will be all over this act. I can hear the Eurobounds of Fair Warning and Jaded Heart in the mix too, really enveloping the clang-boogie of "My Medicine" and the Bonfire-like "21 'Til I Die". The band even throw in some religious overtones with "Children Of The Cross".
This is the band's second album to date and follow-up to the successful "Loud Minority". The group have partnered up with Italy's Frontiers Records, the perfect home for a label that has released Winger, Dokken and Pink Cream 69 recently. "New Religion" is the perfect clean-and-shine album and should be perfect for fans of the above name dropping. Those of you looking for some stripped down dirty sleaze or heavy handed riffs...well just look elsewhere in Sweden for that.
Note - No keyboards so this is definitely not AOR. Crazy Lixx is a hard rock band!