Toy Soldier
Style: Melodic Rock
Release date: September 25th 2009

SALUTE is a Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream) project and a pleasant surprise in my book.


‘Toy Soldier’ is the title of the album and we are treated with 12 tracks of quite memorable rock songs that you’ll be humming along to in no time if the melodic side of rock and hard rock is your thing.


Everything is well-crafted and melodic and even though the tempos are quite restrained the music is packed with catchy riffs and choruses that you expect in this kind of rock music.


Sound and style wise SALUTE could very well be a mix of Last Autumn’s Dream, Gipsy Rose, Fair Warning and Def Leppard.


Maybe melodic rock music is a kinda limited genre... but it doesn’t really matter to me if the ingredients are right... and it sure is on ‘Toy Soldier’.


So there’s nothing new or groundbreaking to be found... only catchy rock songs wrapped up in a great production.


That’s really all you need to know. It sounds good played in your car at around 50 mph in light traffic.

So there’s no way around this CD if melodic rock music is your kinda stuff.


Check ‘em out.


01. Lost In A Dream

02. Cheated

03. Toy Soldier

04. I Am Your Prisoner

05. Dynamite

06. I Really Want You In My Life

07. It's My Time

08. Follow The Sun

09. Running Away With You

10. Steel

11. Be A Star

12. Yesterday Always Been Gone

Label: Escape
Promotion: Connecting Music
Artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: October 11th 2009