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An album as good as this cannot be ignored.

Third album in and all the accolades, quite rightly, thrown at them from all quarters, mean that the pressure is on to deliver a stonkingly good follow-up to 2011s 'Out From The Cold' release. Having blasted the scene wide open with their debut 'Infinite Stargaze' back in 2009 the Swedes knew that all ears would be on them to see if they could keep that rich vein of superlative song writing going.

Well, to put it simply, they have managed to do it yet again. Whatever they put in the water over there it works as this is a maelstrom of crunching riffs, pounding rhythms, fluid guitar solos and melody drenched choruses topped up by Niklas Swedentorp's rough around the edges slight Joey Tempest-like soulful vocals.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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A big crashing guitar intro welcomes you to the straight-at-'em opener 'Paradise' and when the smooth vocals cut in you're treated to heavy rhythms and strong melodic riffs with a melodic chorus a la Treat – a great opening song. Founding guitarist Michael Larsson has an arsenal of great riffs and crunching heaviness much like a modern day Skid Row but with plenty of melodic sensibility thrown in. Just witness him on 'Alive' where Anders' bass intro preludes the heavy bombastic riffs that cut in and drummer Perra Johanson and bassist Anders 'Kebbe' Lindmark give it that driving rhythm as Niklas sings a passionate melodic vocal atop the riffage – it's a headbanging monster of a song! 'Goin All The Way' with its heavy groove and similar passionate vocal with the rhythm driving it along and 'Soldiers' with its solid pounding rhythms, heavy riffing and catchy chorus are both powerful songs and that pretty much can be said for most of this album. 'Life Has Just Begun' for example is a terrific song with the great production helping the melancholic intro, heavy guitar burst, measured drumming and throbbing bass to all stand out as Niklas sings with a lot of emotion.

Keyboardist Matti Eklund also gets in on the act particularly on 'Life To Live' with a surprising atmospheric intro before adding colour to proceedings as the melodic chorus helps to lift the song another level. Ending with 'Legacy' that has an Eastern flavour to the guitars and a wonderful melodic bridge it's only a matter of time before Coldspell hit the big league. An album as good as this cannot be ignored!

Carl Buxton

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