If you're in for some classic melodic rock with that lovely Scandinavian touch? Here's an old Swedish hero of the long lost NWOSHM wave (if there ever was a wave): vocalist EDDY MALM from the legendary band HEAVY LOAD has returned! With a bunch of solid musicians, his EDDY MALM BAND brings you exactly what you expect. His comrades are PER HESSELRUD (guitar), MICKE KERSLOW (drums) and TOMAS MALMFORS (bass), all of them adding backing vocals although Malmfors being the driving force.
The first thing that strikes me is the fresh 80's (and a hunch of the 90's) feeling, which is meant in a truly positive way. The sound and production is free from loops or other fake ingredients, and it all sounds real. This is a digital release with a wonderfully analog costume, if you get what I mean.
Stylewise they cover anything from quite energetically based melodic hard rock as the song "Heart of a warrior", to slightly blues oriented hard rock (for example "I had enough" which even has some British, light punky attitude). The fourth track “Turn it down” is worth mentioning, with its chewing rhythm guitar and intenseness – almost a CHEAP TRICK:ish vibe here. When “I had enough” kicks off there an AC/DC spice in it, too. If you still need a good comparison for this CD overall, I’d go for SAXON although this is a bit more melodic – and, it has some unexpected twists, too. My guess is that Hesselrud is responsible for some of the very cool arrangements that actually lift the songs even more. By the way, “Dark nights” is one of my fave tracks. It has a driving beat full of confidence, and I love the way the band skips a beat in the end of the chorus figure. By the way, the album has a very moodful ending where the title track “Northern Lights” fades off. Almost like… they want us to wonder: “Will there be more of this on further releases?”. Wouldn’t say no! The grading is a 3, yes, but quite close to a 4.