Andre Andersen / Paul Laine / David Readman

Release date: March 24th 2006
Label: Frontiers Records
Zink / Bonnier Amigo
Hard Rock

Rating: 73/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 23rd 2006

When Andre Andersen takes part in something, then he not only leaves his fingerprints, no he walks all over the thing (Not a bad thing in my book btw!). And like on any Royal Hunt or solo album his keyboard sounds and leads have a prominent place in the music. His distinct way of creating choirs is also very unique, and easy to pick out... (Maybe he should try making an album without Kenny Lübcke? - Just a thought).

This album is however very, very straight forward compared to everything else he has taken part on. This is hard rock cut into the bone - no big church choirs or long instrumental passages - just pure and simple hard rock.

This project is collaboration between Andre and Paul Laine (Ex-Danger Danger) with the objective to write "straight rock tunes". But after the first sessions they felt the need to expand the project with another powerful vocalist, which they found in David Readman (Pink Cream 69).

Sharing the vocal duties, each singing 5 songs gives this album a nice edge, and both are doing a great job. 10 rather short to the point songs - all between 3 and 4 minutes long - are what the band brings to the table. You do the math - 10 short songs make this album a rather short experience... 37 minutes of music!

Some might call this Royal Hunt light with different vocalists, and they might not be that far off, but this is still a solid effort, nothing spectacular. But still worth checking out for any hard rock fan out there...