The band formed in 2002 by vocalist Danny Rexon and guitarist Vic Zino with the desire to bring back an 80’s hard-rock style to the music scene. It wasn’t until 2007 when they would release their first album Loud Minority through Swedish Metal Records. The album spawned instant sing-along anthems such as ‘Heroes Are Forever’ and ‘Want It’. As a result of the demands of their touring schedule Zino would leave the band to join Hardcore Superstar, and 2009 would see Crazy Lixx sign to Frontiers Records, releasing their second album New Religion. Their third album Riot Avenue following soon after in 2012.
The self-titled four album, released in November 2014, offers arguably the best work the band have done to date and sees them step things up a gear. Kicking things off is ‘Hell Raising Woman’ which is also the first single. Fast guitars, heavy drum kick and catchy choruses are all the normal ingredients to a Crazy Lixx hit and it’s the perfect way to start things off. This could well be the next anthem in Rock Clubs up and down the country.
The fast pace continues with ‘Sound of the Loud Minority’ which has a Def Leppard vibe all over it. ‘Outlaw’ is a little bit slower, but don’t be fooled into thinking the pace is dropping off that much; this song builds and builds. Danny Rexon gets an opportunity to really show off his vocal talents on this track.
I’m always a sucker for a dirty, sexy rock song and ‘Girls of the 80s’ is definately one of them. A very Whitesnake-guitar sound on this song. Brilliantly cheesy but great fun this song boasts the superb line, “I love it when you’re moving, like the girls of the 80s.”
‘I Missed The Mark’ and ‘All Looks, No Hooks’ are up next. The latter picks up the pace of the album again with the opening guitar very much influenced by Steve Stevens of Billy Idol fame; just wait for the solo! Yet again this song owns another catchy big chorus which had me singing along on my first listen. The band keep showcasing their influences, this time on ‘Ain’t No Rest in Rock n’ Roll’ which is so AC/DC-influenced, Airbourne would be proud.
Up next is ‘Call To Action’ which sounds like a cross between Guns ‘N Roses and Hysteria-era Def Leppard. For me this is up there for best song of the album with beautiful sounding guitars, bouncing drums and great vocals. The closest comparison I can think to Rexon’s vocals are in fact Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot. This is no light accolade.
The next song is a re-reordering of a track from their debut album Loud Minority. ‘Heroes Are Forever’ is one of the biggest anthems the band have written and the new version sounds much more fast paced than the original version. I challenge you to listen to this song and not tap your foot or be singing it in your mind for days after.
The final songs on the album are ‘Psycho City’ and ‘Wrecking Ball Crew’. Whilst both are fast paced and show there really is no let up in this album, they also show an almost-mature sound from the band. Maybe a glimpse into the future for a band who show no sign yet of slowing down?
As a fan of the band I am going to speak highly of them. This album is a big step up, and in my view the best they have recorded. Fans of Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Guns N’ Roses or Buckcherry will love this.
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