Paradise' is the much anticipated 3rd album from Swedish
Melodic Hard Rockers Coldspell and takes up exactly where their
critically acclaimed second album ‘Out From The Cold’ left off.
vocal might of the band is led by Niklas Swedentorp, together with the
guitars of Michael Larsson, a big rhythm section from Anders Lindmark on
bass and Perra Johanson on drums, with soaring keyboards courtesy of
Matti Eklund, joining them as the sixth member of the band on the mixing
desk is Tommy Hansen.
album opens up with ‘Paradise’ and from the first chords of the song
you feel the razor sharp licks of Larsson and the kick ass rhythm
section laying down the foundations for Swedentorp to really kick things
up another gear. A really stunning opening barrage that sets the
bar high for the rest of the album.
continue our way with the stunning ‘Angel Of The World’, on which
Eklund opens up with some fantastic soaring keyboards, with Swedentorp
unleashing a Robert Plant like vocal, while the rest of the band bring
in a Dokken hard rock feel to this one.
is a slight change of tempo with the powerful yet haunting tones of
‘Life Has Just Begun’, providing another nod of the hat to the Lynch
era Dokken, before Larsson really lets the riffs fly on the excellent
‘Goin' All The Way’, before bringing the heat in big style on
‘Alive’. Another rip snorting slice of modern edgy Hard Rock.
2 Live’ is another great slice of pure melody driven rock, with the
big licks of Eklund once again delivering the goods while Swedentorp
does what he does best, brings forth those fantastic vocals in all their
splendour, as he has throughout the whole album.
back to some old school hard rocking with the thumping heads down rocker
‘On The Run’, before another favourite track off the album for me,
the simply mind-blowing Hard Rock triumph of ‘Soldiers’. This
one is what the Swedes do best, great melodies built around a solid back
beat and a vocal that is equal to none, as icing on the melodic rock
the tremendous 'Soldiers' I thought things couldn’t get any better,
but they just keep knocking it out of the ball park as the album
continues with the excellent ‘Fallin’ and bluesy ‘Dark
Reflections’, before the great album closes in style with
‘Legacy’. An aptly titled closer that shows the band have
taken the Melodic/Hard Rock legacy of old and turned it into something
new and refreshing. If this is the future of the genre’s long
may it continue.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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