|Crazy Lixx - Riot Avenue|
Title: Riot Avenue
Genre: Hard Rock
Review: I make no bones about the fact I have been supporting the New Wave of Swedish Sleaze since a few years ago when bands like Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx, Hardcore Superstar and Babylon Bombs to name a few, started just dishing out kick ass records that brought 80′s nostalgia back into the forefront. These type of groups have just patented that formula, style and sound down to perfection, and whether the mainstream media finds it appealing or not, I personally don’t give a rats because at the end of the day the music is what counts and is damn good.
For the almost two years that followed "New Religion" we have been waiting on some new material from the guys, and well anxiously we finally got our first listen of what is now Crazy Lixx third studio record titled “Riot Avenue”.
This record just scorches throghout and I quickly found out that there is hardly any weak moments. The opening tune “Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot” is something taken out of a Kiss-alogy concert series, just great anthem opener with a driving chorus. The title track is another slammer of a tune with a dominating piercing guitar riff that keeps you energized. One of my favorites cuts on the album has to be “Fire It Up” everything about this song spells triumph, the moment where you say, yes these guys have it, the music is hard and striking as are the bombastic choruses and punishing guitars. Only songs that are a bit on the weak side are "Only The Dead Knows" and “Heatseeker” as the rhythm here deters from the rest of the album and it’s vibe, but even then that songs are not half bad.
Tracklist: 1. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot; 2. Young Blood; 3. Riot Avenue; 4. Fire It Up; 5. Downtown; 6. In The Night; 7. Church Of Rock; 8. Heatseeker; 9. Sweet, Bad & Beautiful; 10. Be Gone; 11. Only The Dead Know.