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Lynx (Sweden) - 1985 Caught In The Trap

ARTIST: Lynx (Sweden)
ALBUM: Caught In The Trap
LABEL: Mill Records
YEAR: 1985,br>CD REISSUE: 2015 (January 5th), No Remorse Records, NRR-057


LINEUP: Mats Eriksson - vocals * Per Larsson - guitars * Mats Hermasson - keyboards * Kauno Vaattovaara - bass * Carl Moser - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 My Own Way * 02 Win Or Lose * 03 Fingers Crossed * 04 Man Without A Face * 05 Don't Fool Me * 06 Final Race * 07 Nothing In Return * 08 Master Of Evil * 09 Nightwalker * 10 Caught In The Act (single A side) * 11 Kiss And Tell ( single B side)

This Swedish band were an unknown quantity for me until recently. After doing some research on the well known Canadian pomp rock band Lynx, I stumbled across a Swedish named act of the same name, who appeared in the mid 80's. The album cover for their one-off 1985 effort 'Caught In The Trap' looked like typical Swedish hard rock fare, so thanks to DEMONAOR for locating this fileshare for us, we get to listen to this little beauty. And upon first listen? I am very impressed. Lynx originate from Eskilstuna, west of Stockholm (and also the hometown of ABBA's Anni-Frid Lyngstad), and they come at you in the same vein as early Europe, Dalton and Norden Light - the latter two in particular where the emphasis is placed on layers of synth and organ. The image of the band might have you thinking that this is primetime Swedish HM, however, this is very melodic with a backline of keyboards to keep the pink and fluffy brigade happy. However, the coarse guitarwork gives the whole thing a solid undercurrent.

The Songs
Keyboards sound off the introductions on 'My Own Way', but it's a slow to midpaced tough rocker that greets us eventually. The excellent vocals of Mats Erickson is the first highlight that is noticeable, the whole band grinding it out impressively. Lynx ramp up the tempo on 'Win Or Lose', this one races along with intent, some cutting guitar rhythms and organ reminiscent of Germans Craaft. 'Fingers Crossed' definitely has some NWOBHM attributes, think Grand Prix and White Spirit as a repackaged entity. 'Man Without A Face' is a definite nod to early Europe, perhaps with that NWOBHM sheen applied again, while the AOR fanatics should go ape over 'Don't Fool Me', a suitably attired keyboard driven affair. 'Final Race' is a harder track, with an organ-heavy layer covering all bases, while the twin guitar attack is a nice variation. 'Nothing In Return' is speedy metal similar to many Euro-metal bands of the 80's, particularly German outfits such as Accept. 'Master Of Evil' gallops along at a good clip, with chugging guitars and those ever present keyboards in the background. 'Nightwalker' is another track to doff its cap to early era Europe. On this particular fileshare, there are two additional tracks, taken from Lynx's first single. 'Caught In The Act' is a fantastic commercial sounding track, surprised that it didn't make the album, while the B Side 'Kiss And Tell' has all the hallmarks of melodic NWOBHM. I guess these two sound quite different to material on 'Caught In The Trap', sort of like Black Rose (UK), Ya Ya or even debut album era Strangeways featuring Terry Liddell. No doubt that is why they were excluded, but the single sounds absolutely fantastic!

In Summary
Just the one album from these boys, I'm uncertain if they have appeared with other bands since, if they have then I will append this review in due course. Check out this rather excellent LP. Another rare Swedish album signed off at GDAZE.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 31 2010 07:16:40
#2 | gdazegod on January 24 2015 04:48:08
This is on CD now in Japan it would seem, for those that are interested. Try this link: http://www.rockav...09745.html
#3 | englandashes on June 30 2015 21:46:10
To add to the story, this was also re-issued in 2014 on No Remorse records, as part of the swedish hard n heavy series. it contains the first nine tracks with 3 bonus tracks, different to the two mentioned by George. They are In The Night, Keep on loving me, race to hell. Originally the group was called Pegasus, but had to change it due to already being used. The re issue has liner notes by Per Larsson, who mentions the group played on after a year of this release, there was new material written by them, and discussions are being held on what the future will bring.
#4 | englandashes on June 30 2015 21:49:36
Two of the bonus originate from 1981' while race to hell eventually become the track final race, shame it doesn't include the two mentioned in the article.
#5 | gdazegod on July 01 2015 04:47:32
Yeah, the two bonus tracks were actually in the fileshare I received, but they were in fact another band, as confirmed to me by Mats Erickson (Disqus comment below).
#6 | englandashes on July 01 2015 22:27:44
Thank u for the update George, much appreciated, interesting to see what happens!
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