Artist:  Crazy Lixx
   Title: Riot Avenue
   Label: Frontiers Records

Hot on the heels of their tremendous ‘New Religion’ album, Swedish Sleaze Rockers Crazy Lixx return with their stunning  new album 'Riot Avenue'.

This new album sees these hard rocking Swedes take up where 'New Religion' left off, with an album that strikes more chords than a Les Paul falling from the Empire State Building, as it gets underway in emphatic style with ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ or "What The F**k!" to those unfamiliar with phonetic alphabet.  An all guns blazing rocker that really sets the pace for the rest of the album to follow and follow it does, as the good time rocking continues with the excellent ‘Young Blood’, a track very much in the Airbourne riff building vibe, but with a touch more sleaze, that is truly Swedish in origin.

The heavier side of the sleaze rock is brought to light with the thumping title track ‘Riot Avenue’.  There is still that AC/DC style riffing but with a harder bass and drum foundation, complete with a Def Leppard chorus thrown in the mix for good luck.

The Swedes bring a little groove into the mix with the bad boy rocker ‘Fire It Up’, before bringing the tempo down a touch with the bluesy ‘Downtown’, complete with slide guitar.

It's all guns blazing, shoot from the hip rocking once more with ‘In The Night’, before we all worship at the ‘Church of Rock’.  The latter a real anthemic rocker.  Now it's time to get down and dirty with the sleazy riffs of the superb ‘Heatseeker’ and the equally superb ‘Sweet, Bad and Beautiful’.  Both groove filled rockers that rock big style.

The tempo is picked up big style with the fantastic Sunset vibed ‘Be Gone’, before the album closes with the truly outstanding ‘Only The Dead Know’.  This one starts with a Y&T 'Rescue Me' type guitar intro and builds in a similar way around a haunting soaring vocal and great guitar riff.  A great way to end another great Crazy Lixx album that once again shows the Sunset Strip scene is now very much alive and kicking in Sweden.  So it's "Goodbye L.A., Hello Stockholm!". 

Tracklisting:

1. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
2. Young Blood
3. Riot Avenue
4. Fire It Up
5. Downtown
6. In The Night
7. Church Of Rock
8. Heatseeker
9. Sweet, Bad & Beautiful
10. Be Gone
11. Only The Dead Know

                   

 

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