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Code Red - 2017 Incendiary

ARTIST: Code Red
ALBUM: Incendiary
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Ulrick Lönnqvist - lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar * Morgan Jensen - guitars * Oscar Bromvall - lead guitars * Michael Palace - bass, backing vocals * Kaspar Dahlqvist - keyboards * Daniel Flores - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Won't Be Your Hero * 02 Heat Of The Night * 03 Lift Me Up * 04 My Hollywood Ending * 05 Saving Grace * 06 Eternal Pretender * 07 Like I Remember You * 08 Forever And A Day * 09 Returning The Flame * 10 Are You Leaving Now



This is a new Swedish outfit which has the hallmarks of Daniel Flores and his project sound written all over it. Flores has been involved with bands like Minds Eye, and on production projects such as The Murder Of My Sweet, Find Me, Palace and Cry Of Dawn. All are pitched at the high-end of Swedish AOR, and Code Red is no different. Signed to AOR Heaven, this band has numerous strands leading off to previous Swedish bands, and they do bring together a rich hybrid of melodic rock and AOR to the table. The catalyst for this new band is singer and songwriter Ulrick Lönnqvist, who was involved with Gothenberg band Sahara, who we reviewed and interviewed way back in 2001. So after undertaking some writing work in recent months, he was persuaded to get his own outfit together, and Code Red is the result.

The Songs
To my ears, this sounds like a Swedish version of Brother Firetribe. Or maybe it's the voice of Ulrick Lönnqvist which sounds so much like BFT's Pekka Ansio Heino? Certainly when you hear many of the songs on this platter you may hear it probably as I heard it. I really enjoyed the opener 'I Won't Be Your Hero' which has some neat moments, including a thrilling chorus. 'Lift Me Up' is a trademark anthem-ballad, which could be any number of Scandi acts truth be told. However, Code Red sound better when they press the foot to the floor. Though the ballads are delivered well, they weren't very interesting from where I was sitting.

In Summary
'Incendiary' is picking up some good press around the place, which confirms it was a good decision to get this band project off the ground. Also, the prodution isn't as smothered in Flores' typical lush work, though his drum and engineering presence is still welcome here, even if overall, this comes across as generic. All in all though, it's a nice spread of work for fans of the genre, though I think some of you might be looking elsewhere for your ultimate 2017 fix.

Code Red - 2017 Heat Of The Night

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#1 | jeffrey343 on December 12 2017 22:56:16
This is another good album from this year. It does, however, kind of blend in with a few others that have a similar sound. There are a few places where it kind of reminds me of Dokken - only more polished and with keyboards (and I said something similar about a Midnite City song in my review of that album). I don't see this in my top 10 of this year, although it would have made it in many other years. And it'll stay in the "medium" rotation for a while.
#2 | gdazegod on December 13 2017 04:13:55
I only liked the first three songs. Then it blended away into blandness
#3 | gdazegod on December 13 2017 04:15:36
I think my 8/10 rating was too generous.

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