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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!
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Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. 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.
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