Hardcore Circus
Wake up Call
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Release date: December 3rd 2010
Playing time: 40:07

When you form a band where the common denominator is Motley Crue, then we all know that this will be raw and unpolished hard rock with attitude. Hardcore Circus started out as a project involving Joakim Bloohm (Drums, Randy Piper's Animal)  and Jorgen Blomstad (Vocals & rhythm guitars, Surround) and after writing sixteen songs, of which ten made in onto this album, they were quickly joined by Nalley Pahlsson (Bass, Treat, Therion etc.) and C.J. Grimmark (Lead guitars, Narnia).

To give the album the little extra something, an edge, they were joined by Mats Leven (Therion, Treat etc.) to do the vocal harmonies together with Jorgen and Nalley. The album sounds like a nice mixture between the classic Swedish Hard Rock scene, and the more raw and in your face segment of the American Hard Rock scene from the late 80s early 90s; Motley Crue, Love/Hate and Skid Row.

I don't think they are quite able to recreate the magic those bands created many moons ago, the sound is too polished. I wish they'd be a lot more raw and edgier and shown the pure aggression more often than it is the case. "Wake up Call" is never-the-less is an enjoyful and fun album to put on; with many fine moments that brings back many fond memories.

Good buy!


01. She Goes Down
02. Queen of Dirt
03. Under My Skin
04. Who I Am
05. Life
06. Hardcore Circus
07. Wake up Call
08. Pain
09. Tattooed Junkie
10. Miracle

Label: Liljegren Records / SilverSide Records
Distribution: Musicbuymail.eu
Promotion: Connecting Music
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: November 27th 2010
Website: www.hardcorecircus.net