Title: CruzhLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
the ashes of Swedish Glamsters TrashQueen Anton Joensson and
Dennis Butabi Borg found a shared love for melodic rock and
AOR and joined forces with Tony Andersson, who previously
worked as a studio musician on the never released TrashQueen
record and in March 2013 when Cruzh was announced online.
The only things shown to the public were an image of the
silhouette of the three band members, the debut song
"In a Blink of an Eye," information that the band
was Swedish, and the text "Get ready for the Cruzh"
the band quickly developed a following online, with
speculation regarding the bands actual member being the
subject of much debate, in May came the sequel
"Stay", which continued in the same melodic rock
spirit. Meanwhile, the band spread various clues on social
media regarding their whereabouts.
the autumn of that year the band was finally unmasked with
the release of the Hard To Get EP, but in the Spring of 2015,
with band about to release their new EP, they were approached
by Frontiers Records, who made them an offer they just
couldn’t refuse and the work on this their debut started
in the Summer of the same year.
the first listen it clear the band wear’s their influences
on their sleeves as you can hear traces of Def Leppard,
Toto, FM, Winger, Firehouse and Bryan Adams throughout the
get underway with ‘In n’ Out Of Love’ and straight
away you get where these guys are coming from mixing AOR and
Melodic Rock in one tight package, there is a nod to the
80’s from the off but with that modern production behind
album continues with ‘First Cruzh’ again a salute to the
80’s stalwarts of Toto and Bryan Adams, and then there is
‘Aim For The Head’ which has that White Lion feel about
it with Andersson sounding remarkably like Mike Tramp.
AOR or Melodic Rock album wouldn’t be complete without a
ballad or two and this album has a wonderful one in
‘Anything For You’ this has an REO Speedwagon feel about
album does a little punch about with the edgier feeling
‘Survive’ before returning to the AOR for ‘Stay’
then picking straight back up with the ‘Hard to Get’.
is a touch of the Yes about the intro into ‘You’ before
it builds into a great slice of Melodic Rock, that same vibe
is continued into ‘Set Me Free’ and ‘Before I Walk
The album closes with the epic ballad ‘Straight From My Heart’ this is seven minutes of pure heart string pulling delight that rounds off the album in style, and once again shows the labels commitment to the new breed of young bands out there. If you thought this scene was all about the old guard, you better be prepared as the young guns are showing that this genre of music is still alive and growing stronger each year.
Review by: Barry McMinn
n' Out Of Love
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