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'Riot Avenue'
(Frontiers Records)
Release Date: Europe 20th April, North America 24th April

Tina Saul

tina saul

crazy lixx riot avenue

Hairspray? Check. Thick black eye liner? Check. Customised and ripped clothing? Check. Time machine back to the 80s? Check. Perfect, you're all set to put Crazy Lixx's third album 'Riot Avenue' on your sound system of choice.

But don't worry, they may be part of the New Wave Of Swedish Sleaze Metal scene, but as long as you like your rock hard, you don't need to be a purely glam Metal fan to enjoy what this album has to offer.

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The first track 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' kicks off with an opening not too dissimilar to Guns N' Roses' 'It's So Easy' and quickly moves on to a sound reminiscent of this style of music and that oh-so familiar 80s arena feel.

But what's different about this album, their third full length in their seven year career, is that there is an added depth to the band with the addition of second guitarist, Edd Liam. For anyone who's heard any of their material before, it's the first thing you'll notice about the whole album, and is a very welcome addition as they have lost the slightly tinny sound of previous releases.

Title track 'Riot Avenue' has that summer anthem feel that if you close your eyes you can almost picture yourself standing in a festival field pumping your fist in the air, as does 'Church Of Rock'. And of course there's the obligatory ballad 'Only The Dead Know' which is left until the end and closes the album off nicely, without interrupting the rest of the flow.

The album is well produced, has some great tunes to make any sleaze Metal fan smile and is out this Friday 20th April in Europe, while those in North America will have to wait a couple of days extra until 24th April to get their copy.

If you've not heard of Crazy Lixx before and you're a fan of other Swedish hard rockers Crashdiet and Hardcore Superstar, then this is sure to be a welcome addition to your CD collection.



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