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ARTIST: Malison Rogue
ALBUM: Malison Rogue
LABEL: Inner Wound Recordings
SERIAL: IW83011
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: S Eder (Connecting Music)

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LINEUP: Zeb [Sebastian Jansson] - vocals * Bjoerkborg [Jonatan Bjorkborg] - guitars * Pete Fury [Petter Fura] - bass * Doc [Jens Vestergren] - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Friend Or Foe * 02 The Pain You Cause * 03 The Griever * 04 My Mistakes * 05 This Lonely Road * 06 Scars * 07 We Are All Born Sinners * 08 Everything Fades

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WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/malisonrogue


Background
There's been some recent talk of old favourites Queensryche lately, and what a fall from grace they've endured. Their latest album 'American Soldier' polarised many, though in some quarters the album was praised. Not having heard it myself, I'll move into the former corner rather than the latter. However, for those of you wanting a Queensryche fix and remembering them from their heyday, perhaps you might be better served listening to new Swedish band Malison Rogue. Back in the 90's, some of you may recall Tony Mills former outfit Siam, who released a couple of heavier albums in the Queensryche vein. Malison Rogue are a heavier outfit still, though in a modern context. They wear their Scandi badges proudly, and this album being reviewed is their first. So what can I tell you about these guys? They were previously known as Ashes, and have played all around Sweden under that banner. A performance of theirs at Sweden Rock Festival gained them many friends, so much so that they changed their name to Malison Rogue, scored a record deal with Inner Wound Recordings, and gained the services of Mats Leven (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat and Therion among others) for the production chair.




The Songs
As mentioned, the Queensryche comparison is strong, so too Fates Warning, and when they dash it up a bit, then Iron Maiden join the fray. Even as early as the first track 'Friend Or Foe' you hear their stylish traits kick in. Vocalist Zeb has obviously taken an interest in Geoff Tate's singing style, not exactly copy-cat, nor as accomplished, but we get the general picture of what is being achieved here. I think they sound at home when the pedal is pushed to the floor, as in 'The Pain You Cause' and 'We're All Born Sinners'. For me, the winner on this album is the superb 80's era 'The Griever', which though is a mid-paced and deeper sounding affair, it might have you scratching through your LP collection looking for Queensryche's 'The Warning'. Changing the soundscape is the balladry and drama of 'My Mistakes', followed by 'This Lonely Road' which continues the acoustic/electric interchange amid thick rhythms and riffs. The most extended track on the album is the 7min 24s 'Scars' which moves the band into progressive metal territory, with a variety of time and sound changes. Again, if your bag is Queensryche or Fates Warning you will simply love this track. The band sign off with another excellent tune 'Everything Fades' which features female co-vocals.


In Summary
Malison Rogue deliver a good first up effort, the musicianship is excellent, the influences are obviously different to many of their contemporaries on the Swedish circuit. I mean who these days is using Queensryche as a reference point in their creative design? The only thing that I would like to see tightened up is Zeb's vocal delivery. Geoff Tate is an exceptional singer, and to be compared to him is a tough ask as it is, but I'm certain that if this band are to continue into the future, then they can only get better and better. Well done for a debut effort.


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