Artist:  Crash Diet
   Title: The Savage Playground
   Label: Frontiers Music

In 2000 Swedish Glam Metallers Crash Diet came smashing on to the scene bringing the sound of the Sunset Strip kicking and screaming into the now, and delivered three stunning albums that any band off the Sunset Strip would have been proud of.

Now in 2013 the Swedes return with what I believe is their best album to date, and I loved their previous three, so high praise indeed for the excellent ‘Savage Playground’.

The album get's off to an auspicious start with the thumping ‘Change The World’, which gets underway proper after the dark intro as Simon Cruz, Martin Sweet, Peter London and Eric Young take up where 'Generation Wild' left off, with hard hitting rock n' roll of the highest order.  Big licks wrapped around a monster back-beat, with the icing on the cake those towering vocals.

The album continues to impress with ‘Cocaine Cowboys’, the first single from the album.  A mix of guitar driven hard rock and dark sleaze.  Think Skid Row meets Marylyn Manson for this one, then it's the riff fuelled splendour of ‘Anarchy’.  A great rocker that unifies what Crash Diet are all about, bringing Sunset Sleaze back, but with a modern edginess.

The band even pay tribute to the State that delivered so much in the 80’s with the melodic rocker ‘California’, before bringing back the sleaze in spades with the storming ‘Lickin’ Dog’, before rocking it up big style with ‘Circus’.

We go from California to Las Vegas, Nevada as the guys roll (or should that be Rock n' Roll) the dice and bring us ‘Sin City’, before bringing their melodic side more to the forefront with ‘Got A Reason’.

It's back up to speed once more with the rampaging riff fuelled ‘Drinkin’ Without You’ and the fantastic ‘Snakes In Paradise’, before the no holds barred rocking continues with ‘Damaged Kid’ and impressive mid- tempoed rocker ‘Excited’.  All this leads up to the album closer and real highpoint of the album, the seven minute plus masterstroke that is ‘Garden Of Babylon’, which rounds off another stunning rock filled extravaganza.  The band are going to be hitting the road in 2013, taking in the US and Japan as well as Europe, so they are definitely setting their sights high on conquering the world.  Now come my pretties and enter The Savage Playground and join the band on this rock n' roll merry-go-round.

Review by: Barry McMinn


1. Change The World
2. Cocaine Cowboys
3. Anarchy
4. California
5. Lickin' Dog
6. Circus
7. Sin City
8. Got a Reason
9. Drinkin' Without You
10. Snakes In Paradise
11. Damaged Kid
12. Excited
13. Garden Of Babylon 



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