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!
What I liked about the record is the voice of Mr. Newman: it’s very raspy, so it gives many songs a more rockin’ edge in the overall polished AOR concept. Yeah and speaking about this: yes you have the traditional keyboards here, the soaring guitars (which I really like – Newman is a gifted guitarist) are there and of course a production without many edges. Modern influences? Forget about that! What you get is typical 80’s AOR, which is played and presented very well.
Everybody´s got a video on youtube, but I know it´s more important to play live and to get in touch with the fans.
Bai Bang … if you guys read this: please change something in your songwriting, please add some different elements to it to keep everything fresh in the future … because if you don’t, it quickly gets boring and the final rating will be much more worse next time
The Swedish Melodic Rockers of Covered Call released a quite streaky debut album, named “Money Never Sleeps” in 2009. The new record “Impact” is set to release in the beginning of April. Let’s see if Covered Call made something different … and better this time!
You see, there are some critical points to find on “Walking Tall”, but nevertheless there isn’t a real weak song on this record … and this is definetly a damn GOOD thing or not? Fans of melodic hard rock should give this a listen. It is Shylock’s strongest album so far and worth the money!
this should easily be the next album you buy, it really is nothing like anything else being released at the moment and the band actually sound more like DEEP PURPLE than DEEP PURPLE themselves have sounded for the last decade or so and now that the album has fully sunken into my brain I am willing to call it a modern day classic…