Cracked Open and Bruised
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
‘Cracked Open and Bruised’ is the official debut album from these Stockholm mop heads. Producer Fredrik Lundberg (Divine Sin, Diamond Dogs) turned the dials at Monophobic Studios. It’s a progressive stride compared to the band’s 2001 demo. The guitars are still sweat-soaked boogie, somewhere like an Electric Boys/Salty Dog swagger. I enjoyed the charging rocker “Superstar” four years ago, and this version is an upgrade. Strings are a little thicker and the cool 70’s vocal melody is preserved. The group has a single, “Let’s Roll”, that’s also a promo video (remember those?). Punk is a good portion of the sound, evident on fast-burners like “Low, Broke and Pissed”. I like the moody broken-heart spirit of power-ballad “Do You Think About Me?”.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.