Released: 2004, Frontiers Records/Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Kee started out at the beginning of the ‘80-s in the glam/sleaze rock’n’roll band Easy Action (who started out 10 years before glam/sleaze had a break) together with a lot of several famous Swedish stars. They did two albums “EASY ACTION” and “THAT MAKES ONE” along with a lot of touring. In 1986 Kee was recruited to one of the biggest hardrock band ever from Sweden – Europe where he replaced the demon guitarist and original guitar player John Norum. Kee made three world tours and two albums with Europe “OUT OF THIS WORLD” from –88 and the last album with Europé “PRISONERS IN PARADISE”. Now has Europé re-united with both John and Kee on guitar.
In –93 he and his old friend Freddie Von Gerber, the drummer in Easy Action, released an album with the project Red Fun. In –95 he released a solo debut “SHINE ON” and after that he has worked a lot with producing other Swedish acts. This album is the first album he’s producing in his own studio and it was recorded in his own studio that he built by himself, GEM – Studio in Gothenburg Sweden.
Mr. Marcello does most of the things by himself on the album. He plays keyboard, guitar and lead vocals. On drums he has engaged Snowy Shaw (ex – King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Notre Dame, Dream Evil etc) and on bass he has a guy named Klaata.
Even though Kee isn’t one of the greatest singers in the world he does a good job behind the mic, and as most of the times he impresses on guitar. Kee has produced this album and I think he’s also written the music and lyrics.
“MELON DEMON DIVINE” consists of 13 tracks and the sound picture sounds really nice and is not over produced. A lot of the sound picture circles around Kee’s guitar play.
How sound this album then, Well if you think that there are similarities with Europe you’re on the wrong track. In my opinion this sounds more like 70-s retro hardrock influenced by regular heavy rock. The main focus lies on the guitar play and the lead vocals. Partly there are some really melodic songs and it seems like Mr. Marcello has put some really hard work into this. Personally I would draw parallels to what John Norum has done on his solo albums but that is just similarities and that’s just what I think. On the promo copy I have there’s a bonus track called “RAPTOR” which is featured two times, one in a regular version and one in an instrumental version. That song is on the soundtrack to the US motion picture “Blood shoot”.
I don’t have any favorite tracks, the standard are quite even between the songs. At the end of May K2 is going to be on stage in London England for the first time. Their first show they did on Swedish ground was at Metaltown in Gothenburg Sweden and more shows are going to be add on to the schedule in the future I think.