Power of Metal.dk Review

Crazy Lixx
Riot Avenue
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Release date: 20 April, 2012
Playing time: 45:40

The strong man and only original member left in the Swedish sleaze rock band Crazy Lixx is Danny Rexon, together with CL a front personality in the genre 'The New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze'  with bands like Crashdiet, Hardcore Superstar, Babylon Bombs, Poodles and Vains Of Jenna. You can say that the band members loyalty is flawed, in most of these bands, so changes are common. Well, this is the brand new album from Crazy Lixx and 'Riot Avenue' is a little step forward in the development and this sounds more mature and has more guitar hooks and riffs, which I appreciate.

Strong vocal performance from Danny is something that's a trademark from Crazy Lixx nowadays. The catchy and easy to learn choruses are also a genuine mark for the genre. The strong influences from G'n'R, Motley and such bands are obvious and I keep them in the division below these 'oldies'. They are true to their music and have not changed the solid core in the sound.

In 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' is the beers on ice, I am in a party mood and the tracklist is ready to be served track by track after that perfect opening song. Nice guitars and good tempo. 'Youngblood' is also an up-tempo party track. The title track is one of these matured rock songs and also one of the best tunes on the album. In 'Fire It Up' the tempo slows down a bit and is one of the so-so tracks. *Downtown' is a groovy and bluesy song with cool guitar loops. The next track is full throttle in a straight forward rock tempo. 'Church Of Rock' is heavy, low-tempo song with awesome vocals from Danny.  'Heatseeker' is close to a AOR song with brilliant guitars and elegant choruses. 'SB&B' is a dirtier track in the true sleaze spirit. Young testosterone attitude on a Saturday night in a hunt for parties with young hot chicks is the feeling.

Not a earthshaking release, not even close to be a rebelling album. But an alright rock 'n' roll album for the fans of the sleaze rock genre to check out.

01. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
02. Young blood

03. Riot Avenue

04. Fire It Up

05. Downtown

06. In The Night
07. Church Of Rock
08. Heatseeker

09. Sweet, Bad & Beautiful

10. Be Gone

11. Only The Dead Knows
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 10 April, 2012
Website: www.frontiers.it.