Artist:  Coldspell
   Title: Frozen Paradise
   Label: Escape Music

'Frozen 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.

The 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.

The 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.

We 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.

There 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.

‘Life 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.

It's 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 cake.

After 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

Tracklisting:

1. Paradise
2. Angel Of The World
3. Life Has Just Begun
4. Goin All The Way
5. Alive
6. Life 2 Live
7. On The Run
8. Soldiers
9. Fallin
10. Dark Reflections
11. Legacy

                   

 

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