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State Of Salazar - 2014 All The Way

ARTIST: State Of Salazar
ALBUM: All The Way
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2014
CD REISSUE: 2012, Avalon (Japan), MICP-11167
SPONSOR: Frontiers Haulix Portal


LINEUP: Marcus Nygren - vocals * Johan Thuresson - guitar * Stefan Mrtenson - keyboard * Johannes Hansson - bass * Kristian Brun - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Believe In You * 02 Field Of Dreams * 03 All The Way * 04 Love Of My Life * 05 Eat Your Heart Out * 06 Time To Say Goodbye * 07 Marie * 08 Let Me Love * 09 Catastrophe * 10 Always * 11 Adrian * 12 End Of Time * 13 I Believe In You (bonus, acoustic)



Here's another Swedish band that are attracting a heap of attention in the same way that Sonic Station and Work Of Art recently have. SoS have been talked about on this site in the last few weeks, and their sound is a compelling amalgam of AOR and West Coast, with a stronger leaning toward the State Cows style of West Coast. They have some guitar sting to make their sound more interesting, plus an excellent singer in Marcus Nygren. We reviewed their debut EP last year, but I'm thinking 'All The Way' is a notch or two ahead of that one, and given the extra time afforded in the studio, so it should be!

The Songs
'I Believe In You' opens in a jangly West Coast style, with all the usual suspects lined up as influences. It's quintessentally Swedish! 'Field Of Dreams' veers toward the Sonic Station direction, and with the high-end organ parts in the back-drop, amid synth leads and piano parts, those with a penchant for the ivories will enjoy this one. 'All The Way' is an AOR winner, it's got heaps of variety within, stabbing piano, spiralling synth, changes in tempo and rhythm. Great stuff. 'Love Of My Life' gets a high-five from me, and is one of the ballads of the year for mine. Totally enjoyed chillin' out with this one. And I think I mentioned somewhere that this would make an excellent wedding song. I'll keep that in mind if and when my nuptials become a reality. Like never! Guitars take control of 'Eat Your Heart Out', a Toto styled romp that hits the mark. So too 'Time To Say Goodbye', which is a hard driving affair held together by ample amounts of melody. 'Let Me Love' is the second of the ballads, not as melodramatic as 'Love Of My Life', we could get away calling it a power ballad due to the tough singing from Marcus Nygren. SoS kick off their shoes for the highly entertaining 'Catastrophe', some neat synth solo parts are added, it segues into the very groovy 'Always' which borrows ideas from the best bits of the West Coast genre. Another choice selection. 'Adrian' nips at the heels of fellow Swedes Houston, and by this stage of the album, I'm thinking this band can do no wrong! Wow. 'End Of Time' finishes up the CD, the third ballad, and winds things down nicely.

In Summary
Described as a promising outfit at the time of their debut EP, it's safe to say that the promise has been realised, and Sweden have another great band on their list. With the demise of Firefest UK, perhaps it's high-time that someone organise a Firefest Sweden. Considering all the bands that originate from there, I doubt there will be a shortage of excellent acts to choose from. Put these guys on the short-list.. please!

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#1 | roadrunner158 on November 17 2014 14:17:14
Love it! IMHO most of the songs are more unique and less predictable than with most melodic rock releases. Solid production and very good musicianship. One of this year's highlights.
#2 | kim_hp on November 17 2014 17:09:29
Agree with the above comment. Another great band from my home country, Sweden.
State Cows, Sonic Station and others was mentioned in the review, but if there's one modern day act these guys remind me of, it's Care of Night. Almost identical styles. And Marcus Nygren is a damn fine vocalist. Great stuff.
#3 | jeffrey343 on November 24 2014 15:33:36
This, like the Sonic Station album, really came out of nowhere to me. In both cases, the debut album was OK but nothing I really loved. But the follow-up - wow. They really nailed it this time. Nygren has a very impressive voice, and the overall sound has more than enough power to hold my attention. Some of these songs remind me a good amount of what Styx used to do. Expect to see this in my top ten list for the year.
#4 | gdazegod on November 24 2014 21:25:24
Really looking forward to the new CARE OF NIGHT album, which Kim mentioned earlier. This should be out in either January of February.
#5 | Jez on February 02 2016 13:16:24
Super slick, Pompy AOR ala Toto, Survivor and Styx, with some very fine harmonies. Another Swedish AOR winner
#6 | melodiapositiva on May 31 2016 20:28:41
wow,what a great singer! when album nº2?they are one of the better swedish bands with sonic station .
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