State of the Art
Style: Melodic Rock
Release date: 26 August, 2011
Playing time: 49:26

If you did your studies on the Musicans Institute in Los Angeles in the 90s and started a rock band in 1999 there, it's quite sure that the influences are from the AOR/ Melodic Rock genre and the parallels to bands such like Toto, Giant, Chicago, Foreigner and Journey are clear. The band disbanded and 2 of the members Johannes Stole and Daniel Palmqvist continued the music careers in their home countrys. Now they have teamed up again and it seems that they've timed the release for the right moment.

Strong songs with a nice production as often is the case in this genre. The carrying elements in AOR is the vocalist and the guitarist and Xorgin have the both ingredients in this rock cake. On drums they got the albums producent and longtime friend Daniel Flores.

Of the 11 tracks,  there's 3-4 that don't have the same quality as the others, so the raiting in below 90 and Johannes is not the BIG voice to bring this album to the high level as the label partners in WOA or Toby Hitchcock.

01: Canīt Keep Running
02: Crying For You
03: In The Blink Of An Eye
04: Too Late
05: Gina
06: This Is It
07: The One For Me
08: Said And Done
09: Matters To The Heart
10: What Love Is All About
11: Mend My Heart
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 20 August, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/xorigin