Chris Laney
Style: Melodic Metal
Release date: March 27th 2009

Chris Laney is probably more than anything famous for his talents as song writer and producer, but now he ventures out on a recording adventure on his own. But he has made a wise decision to hire help in almost every department. Song writers on the album include besides Laney, Bruce Kulick, Lennart Östlund and Mats Levén.

Many other 'celebrities' from the Swedish hard rock scene do appear on the album as well: Martin Sweet (Crashdiet), Zinny Zan (Easy Action, Shotgun Messiah, Zan Clan) and Vic Zino (Hardcore Superstar) are among some of the many guests appearing on the album.

Musically we are nicely situated within the safe confines of melodic metal with a strong commercial touch, and there are clearly parallels with bands like Def Leppard, Europe and Alice Cooper. Everything is well written and executed, and this album has a lot in common with many albums released 20 years ago, just brought up to today's standard sonically.

'Pure' is a fine little piece of melodic metal and had this album been released twenty years ago, then I am sure a song like "Skin on Skin" would have had a big chance for commercial success. Memorable melody-lines, catchy choruses and an above average production, what more can you ask for? Not much, so make sure to have this one on your shopping-list at the end of March when it hits the stores.

01. Situation
02. I Dunno
03. Make You Cry
04. The Stranger in You
05. Fire & Ice
06. I Hate Yer Guts
07. Get U Down
08. Pissed at What Ya Missed
09. Make My Day
10. Last Man Standing
11. Skin on Skin
12. Pride B 4 the Fall
Label: Metal Heaven
Promotion: Germusica Promotion
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 22nd 2009