When the promo for NEW RELIGION came across my desk, I recognized the band’s name CRAZY LIXX, I could remember that they released their debut album in 2007, I could remember what the cover looked like, I could remember that I liked it, but I couldn’t’t for the life of me remember any of the songs. That is until I grabbed the debut album LOUD MINORITY off my shelf and put it in the player. Then it all came rushing back to me and the disk didn’t leave the player for the next two days. Enter 2010, and CRAZY LIXX are back with their sophomore release NEW RELIGION, and I must say, as much as I enjoyed the first album this new one blows it out of the water.
A country famed for its butter cookies and mass consumption of pork, Denmark has never been renowned for churning out commercially successful rock/metal bands. As far as that genre goes, former tennis protégé and Metallica bucket banger, Lars Ulrich, remains their most famous export. But back in the 90’s, a progressive minded bunch of Danes called Royal Hunt; a band founded by ivory tickler Andre Andersen, achieved a generous amount of success with the Moving Target and Paradox albums. After a conveyor belt of changes in personal, notably in the vocal department, a welcome stability has returned to the band with singer DC Cooper flexing his tonsils on new album Devil’s Dozen, their thirteenth and his third since his return in 2011.