Malison Rogue - 'Malison Rogue' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     March 29, 2011    
0.0 (0)
5536   0   1   0   0   0



Debut album by the new four piece outfit coming out of Sweden.

Malison Rogue is a new four piece outfit coming out of Sweden. The band were drawn together from four guys who shared a passion for music especially the 80's heavy and hair metal scenes. They have spent their last five years practising and rehearsing, touring and recording demo tracks. After the years of hard work and defining their sound, the band has finally signed a record deal and has now unleashed their first self titled album. The band consist of Zeb (Sebastian Jansson - vocals), Bjoerkborg (Jonathon Bjorkborg - guitar), Pete Fury (Petter Fura - bass) and Doc (Jens Vestergren - drums). The band has also recently announced the signing of guitarist Mats Johansson as an addition to the live band. The album is produced by Mats Leven (ex Yngwie Malmsteen & Treat) and mastered by Micke Lind (Dio, Talisman). 

Malison Rogue opens the album with a track which the band themselves admit sums them up the best. 'Friend Or Foe' is equally powered along by the bass and drums as it is the guitar and sits perfectly in that 80's sound. This is an early indication of what can be expected from the rest of the release and is the most memorable number from it.   There is the fast paced, very Maidenesque 'We're All Born Sinners', complete with wails, pounding drums and bass. Zeb also manages a highly commendable Brucie impersonation elsewhere on the record. The band also have a progressive streak which shows itself on the grand track 'Scars', a complex number complete with cello and a choir. Even the lone ballad 'My Mistakes' has a varied composition building to chugging harmonic climax. Malison Rogue even manages to fit some female vocals into the closing epic 'Everything Fades'.

This is a more than competent debut but it will very much depend on your taste in music as to whether this will be appreciated by you. The production is well done and the album is clear and every member of the band is audible through the record. The songs have a variety of pace to keep it interesting and are well written. They are also well performed; the length of time the band have worked and been together clearly shows. However, bar 'Friend Or Foe', none of the songs are instantly memorable nor sit with you for days. The band defines their sound as heavy metal with a progressive twist which on the surface would appear a suitable description. That is if you are of the opinion that the likes of Skid Row and their first album is heavy metal.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

However, if Skid Row's second album, 'Slave To The Grind', is more what you have in mind as heavy metal then this will come across as too light and nothing more than hard rock. The term heavy metal for this band is open to debate. Now 25 or so years later, many of the songs of that era and sound which seemed heavy back then would only be considered hard rock if released now. Malison Rogue's first effort falls foul of this changing definition due to nailing their sound so well. The band states a passion for 80's metal and that is totally prevalent in every song. On this basis they have achieved what they set out to do and should be applauded. The down side to this achievement is it risks limiting the band to a very specific target audience. Those that love that 80's hair metal sound along with the likes of early Maiden and Skid Row will all find something of joy in this album. For the progressive metal lovers there is a flavour of Queensryche and even simple Dream Theatre in some tracks. But for everyone else, especially the younger generations this music may be too firmly planted in the past to be of interest. You can sometimes get around being so retro if you don't take yourself too seriously, such as Finnish band Reckless Love, making it fun and retro.

But when done seriously, it's likely only long-time lovers of the genre will appreciate it. If you were in the mosh pits to Maiden, Crimson Glory and Judas Priest in the middle of the 80s, this at the very least should leave you with a smile on your face that something so new sounding so old. To fans of other genres and styles of metal there may simply not be enough new here to truly engaged you.

Dave Scott

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  March 2018  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
     1  2  3  4
  5  6  7  8  91011

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 10 hours ago
  • Berny : Fireworks #82 is our now! Check out the free interviews with Royal Hunt, Stryper, Kamelot, James Christian, Signal Red & Animal Drive!
  • Berny : @Johns Band: Many thanks for your purchase! Your copy will be sent to your registered address this week.
  • Johns Band : I paid for Fireworks 82 Magazine, when will it be sent. Best Regards - John
  • Berny : @Rob: Done! :)
  • robmckenzie : Hi Bernie, urgent change please. In the Moonkings concert review - please replace "the original John Syke's one" with "obviously his sublime '1987' album version"
  • Berny : Anyway, we posted 90+ album & live reviews in February. Please enjoy & share!
  • Rocktopia Te : Don't trigger CEB, you know what will happen ....
  • Berny : None that I am aware of ... BRUCE??? :D ;)
  • Hysteria : @ Berny: So no adult toys in the Rocktopis shop?? :D
  • Berny : Apologies for the "Shout Here" spammers. We'll take care of this issue asap.
  • Hysteria : Very cool video Berny!!
  • Berny : Check out our brand new lyric video for Royal Hunt's 'A Million Ways To Die'. \m/
  • Berny : We posted 242 reviews (225 albums & 17 live reviews) in January. Enjoy :)
  • Rocktopia Te : TENGGER CAVALRY UK music video premiere on Rocktopia! Check out the news section!
  • Berny : @impellitteri: Can you please contact me at «email» ? MAny thanks in advance!
  • impellitteri : Why?
  • impellitteri : I'm triyng to buy in the shop but I can't, a message say "user registration is disabled, it must be enabled in order to proceed"
  • Berny : @GuyManning: I forwarded your mail to our reviews editor who will get in touch with you shortly. :)
  • GuyManning : Hi any chance of seeing the DAMANEK review?
  • Rocktopia Te : We wish you a Merry Christmas! : - )
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #81 is out now!
  • Rocktopia Te : DELAIN! MARILLION! AMARANTHE! LYNCH MOB! METALLICA! Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • SeaDog57 : Berny can't seem to find the download link for the free music of Fireworks #80
  • Rocktopia Te : AMBERIAN DAWN premiere their new music video for 'I'm The One' on Rocktopia!
  • Johns Band : Boulevard "Luminescence" is superb album, and Accept "The Rise Of Chaos" you can find review in Fireworks issue 80 . Same with Black Country Communion "BCCIV." All with Band interview & album review in issue 80
  • Rocktopia Te : Rocktopia interview JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE and premiere THE UNGUIDED's new video!
  • Berny : You can now pre - order Fireworks Magazine #80! Please follow this «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : Great interview with JON STEVENS (INXS, Noiseworks) is now online! Check out the review of his latest album, too.
  • Berny : Rocktopia EXCLUSIVE music video premiere: H.E.A.T - 'Redefined'!
  • Rocktopia Te : Discover new music with Rocktopia: Today we posted 20 new album reviews! More to come ...

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us