With songs like “Champions,” “We Will Align,” and “I’m Invincible” you get a great melding of blues-inflected hard rock with strong pop hooks
Every New Year sees a new release from Last Autumn’s Dream. This is a sure bet.
Wigelius was formed in late 2011 by Anders and Erik Wigelius, after an appearance on a Swedish TV show that gained him a record deal with Frontiers.
Drummer, Andy Swaniz in 2007 founded Grand Slam. Andy Swaniz then was previously a member of the band Quadruple.
New Swedish classic hard rock band Major Instinct is the brainchild of M.ILL.ION founder, main songwriter and bass guitarist B.J Laneby. After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums, six figure sales and international touring, Laneby decided to put M.ILL.ION to rest and start something new.
Saffire are a melodic/hard rock band hailing from Sweden. Formed in 2005 when guitarist Victor Olsson and keyboard player Dino Zuzic were still at school. The idea was to form a band based on old school melodic hard rock and heavy metal with an added modern twist.
It’s unquestionable that Sweden has produced some top notch bands over the years so it comes as mild astonishment that these three amazing musicians have so far escaped my notice. C.O.P are a new band with a rich musical heritage and masses of talent.
Time will tell if this will become a classic, but compared to the standard cliché tingled FRONTIERS RECORDS releases, this independent release is by far more interesting to listen to. Another spin will follow shortly I feel and fans of AOR/Westcoast need to urgently look for the new HIGHER GROUND album.
Final track ‘Love leaves scars’ and we finally get to hear a softer side. “Come a little closer and leave the past behind” implores Serge. Every hard / melodic rock album needs a ballad and with a mere 10 tracks on offer this solitary closer is the perfect finale to a bloody excellent album.
Going into this album, I can’t say I had ever heard of Swedish rocker TONY NIVA before except in passing: there are so many big players in the AOR world these days, especially in Sweden, that it’s easy to overlook or completely miss even the most promising and talented people. But I must say, after spending some quality time with ‘Magnitude’, his third release under the NIVA band banner since 1994, I gotta say…this really kicks some ass in more ways than one, lots of it!