Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx (Frontiers)

God-given rocken roll treatz... HELL YES!
Release Date: 
7 Nov 2014 (All day)

Swedish glamsters Crazy Lixx return with a fourth album that is – and this is hard to believe given the sublime quality of their recorded output thus far – without doubt their best album yet. Are you ready to come HOT ROCKIN’ wit’ me? C’mon, let’s go!

In the very simplest of terms, Crazy Lixx are the QUINTESSENTIAL twenty first century glam metal act. They realise that, unlike many of their – and our – heroes, what the fan of this kinda schtick wants isn’t ‘progress’ or some old man’s idea of same. No, what we want is to relive the glory dayz of glam metal, that period between 1986-1991 when Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Europe et al ruled tha roost and the airwaves. And so, with the aid of some very smart songwritin’ skillz they’ve set out to recreate those halcyon days, hittin’ the bullseye every time with this eleven song set of solid gold class. There’s no grunge misery on offer, no pop punk for sale… just pure rock and fuckin’ roll!

Have a listen to the Kiss-crazy Psycho City, with it’s off-tha-chain Hide Your Heart flavas and a simply stunnin’ bit of Tesla-style harmonizin’ from Axe GODZ Andy Zeta and Edd Lim and tell me you weren’t transported back in time with all that who-ohing on the chorus… can’t be done! And when the band gets to the nub of the point on the gonzoid tribute to leather, lace and Aquanet Girls of the 80’s well… suffice to say that track made this old glamster a tres happy man!

That Crazy Lixx are a retro treat is beyond doubt, but, at the end of the day if they didn’t gotst some superior chops goin’ on then all they’d be would be bunch o'pub tribute band doofus hacks – and Crazy Lixx is full of superior chops, please believe. Closing track Wrecking Ball Crew somehow manages to mix Guns n’Roses, Kix and Iron Maiden without sounding  forced (or, worse still, ‘ironic’) whilst the re-imagined Heroes Are Forever (which first surfaced on the band’s debut elpee) is even more GARGANTUAN than the first time around – it really does sound like the inimitable pawz of Mr Paul Stanley are all over this track, and I for one can’t think of higher praize than that! Is CR vocalist Danny Rexon the legitimate heir to the Starchild’s crown? I think he might be!

So, there ya have it. Pure, solid GOLD hard rock heaven. Good timez guaranteed – you need this album in your life!