Album Reviews

Altzi – All Eyes On Me Review

 

Released by: RA Music

Release Date: March 25th, 2022

Genre: Hard Rock

Links: https://altzi.se/

 

Line Up:

Rick Altzi – Lead and backing vocals

Pete Alpenborg – Guitars

Keyboards Nalle Pa?hlsson – Bass guitar

Kevin Kott – Drums

Ulrick Lo?nnqvist – Acoustic guitar, backing vocals Victor Ohlsson – Additional guitars, backing vocals Teresia Svensson – Backing vocals
Kimberly Kott – Backing vocals

 

Tracklist:

Point Of No Return,

Crash and Fall

Into The Fire

Run to you

Legacy

You Don’t Believe In Love

Strangers in the Real World

Desire

Hurting Kind

Motherless Child

Wind & the Rain

Tossin’ and Turnin’

Final Warning

Where Dreams Never Die

 

Helsingborg, Sweden, is a smaller peaceful town in the southwest of Sweden, about an hour away from Malmö. The music scene of the city is quite lively with the music club Tivoli as the center.
Singer Rock Altzi is from Helsingborg and from there started a career that led him amongst others to At Vance. That was in 2007 and the Swede has worked in collaborations with musicians from different bands.

Now Altzi takes the next step, a solo album. A total of 14 tracks found a place on ‘All Eyes on Me’, what a title for a solo effort. The core of the band, that is besides Altzi guitarist Pete Alpenborg, bassist Nalla Påhlsson and drummer Kevin Kott. In addition, the singer was able to get some more guests to contribute with performances on ‘All Eyes on Me’. Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Cher), Per Nilsson (Meshuggah), Olaf Lenk (At Vance), Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), and many more, all added a piece to the entire album.

Musically the album ranges between melodic rock and a bit of metal. Guitars are as important as keyboards. The latter provides a solid melodic layer on which the songs are built. Well done and equipped with good hook lines, Altzi and friends rock their way through 14 songs. The good mood is always in the foreground. Crash and Fall’ is a song that characterizes the album well. A good melody line, a rocking basic vibe, and a filigree solo part are the cornerstones of the song. With ‘The Rain The Wind’ AOR roots come to the fore and a certain pop appeal cannot be denied before tunes like the blistering ‚Final Warning‘ bring back the real rock spirit.

Overall, it can be said that ‘All Eyes on Me’ has become a good rock album. Melodies and the soul of rock music are well-balanced and make this solo debut a good soundtrack for the starting spring season. After a long winter, the sun rises over Helsingborg.

 

Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Ratings:  (8/10)

 

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