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Yet another sensational debut album from our Scandinavian brethren.

Those reading the band name and album title might be forgiven for believing this is a release from the wastelands of West Yorkshire, but actually it's those pesky Swedes again!

The founder and cornerstone of this Melodic Hard Rock outfit is Rikard Quist (guitarist, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, song-writer and producer); the rest of the band is made up of vocalist Lars Boden, drummer Niklas Österlund, along with lyricist and Englishman Jon Wilde. After writing for, and playing with other bands like Gypsy Rose, Don Patrol, Last Autumn's Dream, White Wolf and Bangalore Choir, Quist decided to record some of his own original music and I, for one, am pleased that he did. Here, Featherstone have produced an album of ten original, quality Melodic Hard Rock songs with a Classic Hard Rock sound of bands like Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, mixed with the archetypal melody that is a pre-requisite with all Scandinavian artists.

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'I Need Myself The Most' sets the ball rolling, and it never loses momentum throughout the ten classy tracks on offer. Several guest musicians make an appearance, including Paulo Mendonca, who provides the guitar solo on the melodic 'Freedom Call'. The heavy 'Leave Me Be' is similar to Black Star Riders, whilst 'Look Into My Eyes' picks up the pace even further and is bordering on Metal, and intelligently juxtaposed to the incredible blues-fuelled ballad 'Hole In The Heart' featuring solos from Peter Hallin, who also appears on the commercial 'Silhouettes On The Shade'; the latter is reminiscent of Irish Rock band No Sweat.

I really like Boden's Bluesy raspy vocals, which are really highlighted on 'Hold On To Love', and they bring to mind underrated British band Kiss Of The Gypsy. Anders Börjesson provides the guitar solo on the mid-paced 'Scandinavian Rose'. 'Fear Me, Save Me' has a cracking foot-tapping riff and is the most European sounding of the songs. This just leaves the brilliant AOR of 'Part Of Me' to conclude yet another sensational debut album from our Scandinavian brethren (with the assistance of an Englishman).

Mark Donnelly

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