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Crazy Lixx - 2010 New Religion

ARTIST: Crazy Lixx
ALBUM: New Religion
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Danny Rexon - vocals * Andy Dawson - guitars * Joey Cirera - drums * Luke Rivano - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock And A Hard Place * 02 My Medicine * 03 22 'Til I Die * 04 Blame It On Love * 05 Road To Babylon * 06 Children Of The Cross * 07 The Witching Hour * 08 Lock Up Your Daughter * 09 She's Mine * 10 What Of Our Love * 11 Desert Bloom (instr) * 12 Voodoo Woman



Crazy Lixx. Crazy name huh? From the Scandi sleaze skool of hard rock, these guys combine all that was good (and bad) about 80's glam and metal and put a 21st century spin on it. Like their Swedish counterparts Crashdiet and a long tail of hangers on, Crazy Lixx have finally arrived on the scene with an impressive album number two. 'New Religion' has probably been given more exposure due to the fact they are now signed to Frontiers. If they were still on a Scandi indie label, things might very well have been different. Taking their chances, Crazy Lixx appeal in the same way that fellow Scandi's Reckless Love and Americans Wildstreet do. Glam, metal, sleaze, imagery. attitude, all bundled into one. Chris Laney, the producer's producer at the moment, and responsible for the reinvention of Steevi Jaimz is the master-blaster behind the dials here, and he knows how to turn a basic chorus into fully-featured aural bombast of vocal stacking, a la Def Leppard. This is also the first album featuring new guitarist Andy Dawson (ex SHARP), who has filled the place of the band's previous six-stringer Vic Zino, who has now moved onto Hardcore Superstar.

The Songs
There's a lot to like here, from the hard riffing opener 'Rock In A Hard Place', which could be Aces High pretending to be a hard rockin' glam band. Pretty cool track though! 'My Medicine (R.O.C.K)' has all the stolen attributes from Poison's back catalog, but that's no bad thing, as these guys do the kitty krawl with aplomb. It's got a dash of 'Unskinny Bop' mixed with Leppard's 'Let's Get Rocked', so that'll please both camps. Gotta love the 'eternal youth' theme of '21 Til I Die', a faster paced track straight from the annals of the hair metal hall of fame! 'Blame It On Love' is a track aimed squarely at the Euro hard rock audience, big choruses, sort of AOR in delivery (not quite) but highly melodic and catchy. Crazy Lixx grind out a true rocking anthem with 'Road To Babylon', massive gang-chant choruses abound, making this trip a sweet one indeed. 'Children Of The Cross' is a highly infectious number, it's as if I've heard this somewhere else before, can't quite put a pin on it.. The pairing of 'The Witching Hour' and 'Lock Up Your Daughter' sound as if they could be sourced from any Dio album, but no, this is bitchin' hard rock that prowls the back alleys of sin, you surely don't want to be caught out after dark with these two blazing away on your iPod. Centered back into the world of glam/sleaze, 'She's Mine' chugs away with mascara and lipstick at the ready. Surely an endorsement for Bic lighters, 'What Of Our Love' should demand this to be a compulsory accessory when attending a Crazy Lixx gig. Flipping through the 0.45 blues (and pointless) blues instrumental 'Desert Bloom', we finally end up at the tail end of the CD, 'Voodoo Woman' isn't as gruesome as the song title might suggest, another 90's hair metal intrusion.

In Summary
A very cool album, sitting very nicely alongside Reckless Love, Crashdiet, Wigwam and The Poodles. Crazy Lixx to my ears are slightly more classy than the average glam/sleaze band coming out Sweden, and a little more professional sounding too. As per usual, this gets the Glory Daze seal of approval.

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#1 | roadrunner158 on May 03 2010 17:23:50
"Children Of The Cross" is a cover of a Pink Cream 69 song, so that might be where you've heard it before.
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