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OnRoxx - 2017 Swedish Brew


ALBUM: Swedish Brew
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Per-Åke Walldén - guitars, bass, keyboards * Anders Engberg - vocals * Thomas Broman - drums (#1-7) * Alfred Fridhagen - drums (#8) * Stian Kristoffersen - drums (#9)

TRACK LISTING: 01 What It Takes * 02 Dark Matter * 03 Run * 04 Live The Dream * 05 Late Night Talk * 06 Heaven's Close * 07 The Kings Call * 08 Wake Up! * 09 Follow Me



From Stockholm, this outfit flew under the radar on many melodic rock websites during 2017. I remember seeing them on YouTube, and was anticipating something to come out soon after. Well it did, but the great PR machine of the Internet didn't quit work for these guys. OnRoxx is essentially the project of Per-Åke Walldén. He bought in singer Anders Engberg, also with the recent version of fellow Swedes 220 Volt (refer their 'Walking In Starlight' album). Walldén roped in some help on the drums, with Thomas Broman (ex MSG), Alfred Fridhagen (Reinxeed) and Pagans Mind's Stian Kristoffersen helping out.

The Songs
There's a lot of good stuff onboard. Quite varied too which adds some interest. For instance, the opener 'What It Takes' rollicks around in an organ dominated manner, similar to fellow Swedes Mainline who we wrote about a few weeks back. But it' something altogether different for 'Dark Matter', which is a heavy grinder. 'Run' is more of a standard melodic rocker, with a faster tempo, vocal chants and sizzling guitars. I quite enjoyed the synth heavy 'Live The Dream', along with the pulsing bass lines from Walldén. Four tracks in, each one different in style. 'Late Night Talk' is next; for me not as interesting as the tracks previous, so too 'Heaven' Close' which is a stuttering arrangement. Much better is 'The Kings Call' which goes deep into melody and contains some great ideas. A highlight thus far. 'Wake Up!' took the ordinary path, but the closer 'Follow Me' was another with cool ideas and kept to the album's mantra of 'variety and difference'.

In Summary
Walldén had a few goals with this album, mainly technical stuff, a la production and mixing, and he says there will be further material in future, along with special guests. This is a self-released affair, which might interest some labels out there, but considering the state of the recording industry, it's probably best to go it alone and rely on independent publicity to state your case. With a bit of refinement into the future, OnRoxx could develop into and deliver something special in the years ahead.

OnRoxx - 2017 Run

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