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Frontiers Records
Release Date: 29th November 2013

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

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Angelica Rylin is no stranger to showcasing her vocal dexterity. The Swedish femme fatale is the voice for The Murder of My Sweet who at the time of this review, have two studio albums worthy of checking out.

Thanks to the inspiration of artists like Robin Beck, Ann Wilson of Heart and Leigh Matty of UK-based Melodic Rockers Romeo's Daughter, she has always wanted to record an album melodic in nature, complete with choruses that hook themselves in the mind and a slick production value to boot.

So here we are, exposed to the polished and pop-flavoured debut solo album called 'Thrive'.

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Assisted by fellow The Murder of My Sweet band-mate Daniel Flores in the production chair, 'Thrive' contains 12 tracks which explore similar terrains as the three studio albums released by Issa since 2010.

The formula is to find a female talent that is easy on the eye and has a distinctively powerful voice, then add some external songwriters to create suitable material in a melodic vein. Woohoo! You then have the bare bones of a project that should satisfy the melodic adoring masses. If only it was that easy eh?

As it happens, once you wrap your ears around such golden nuggets as 'Breaking My Heart', 'Can't Stop Love' and 'Nothing Else You Can Break', you realise that these songs just wash over you with weapons of mass seduction. Perfect for a summer day with the top down on your automobile of choice as you head out on the highway, songwriting talents such as Anders Wigelius, Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Daniel Flores and others have shaped some fine material for Rylin to do justice to.

There are weaker moments like 'Losers In Paradise' which drags a little, and 'Take Me To Your Heart' which tries to compress as many sections of melody into the five minutes or so of the song until you're a little unsure of what is the actual chorus. But overall, these are minor quibbles when the benchmark for such expectations is high.

The well-balanced good stuff arrives in the form of 'I Am Strong' and 'Rain On My Parade' which both coordinate their pop values with some light-weight Rock with success. This whole project isn't merely assembled spontaneously and hurriedly rushed through for release, it is a precise and calculated affair that offers the listener something which should mostly satisfy. Listen to 'Riding Out The Storm' as testimony to such a claim.

Initially bringing out a prominent guitar before settling into a smooth satisfying cheese-fest, this track incorporates some subtle backing vocals in the chorus and nestles in a musical landscape which is light to the touch during the verses.

If this album was a woman, it would be Barbie. Sculptured out of suitable materials to please a target audience and deliver on all accounts; making fantasy a reality within the confines of its parameters.

1. Breaking My Heart
2. I Am Strong
3. To Your Rescue
4. Can't Stop Love
5. Nothing Else You Can Break
6. Riding Out The Storm
7. Rain On My Parade
8. Losers In Paradise
9. You Will Never Win
10. This Kiss Is Just For You
11. I'm Not Waiting
12. Take Me To Your Heart

Lead vocals: Angelica Rylin
Guitars: Per Bergquist
Drums and Keyboards: Daniel Flores
Bass: Johan Niemann
Soloists: Matt Guillory (12), Jesper Stromblad (2), Magnus Karlsson (1), Mats Lindfors (4, 5) Per Bergquist (3)
Backing Vocals: Anders Wigelius, Angelica Rylin, Daniel Flores





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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