Released: 2007, Escape Music/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This Swedish/German act works really fast, as they are about to follow-up last year’s WINTER IN PARADISE, making SATURN SKYLINE the band’s fourth album so far. Most things are the same as last time in Last Autumn’s Dream; the line-up hasn’t changed and the music is still the same melodic hardrock. However, guitarist Malecek plays a little heavier and edgier guitar parts and singer Erlandsson shows a more versatile and stronger side of his voice. The main difference seems to be that the tempo has increased and they have narrowed down the amount of ballads, which is definitely positive in my opinion.
Lyric-wise, the band wrote about the same tired subject as always: love; but they have also written about other things as well, which is a big accomplishment if you ask me. There are 11 songs on the album, which is pretty decent, and most of the material is pretty great.
My personal favorite songs are “For the Young and the Wild”, “After Tomorrow’s Gone”, “Pages”, “Critical”, “American Girl”, and “Domino”. Those tracks are the more guitar-based heavier songs with the focus on lead vocals and guitar. “I Know A Lot About Love” and “Rock ’n’ Roll Is Saving My Soul” are two up-tempo ballads which don’t add anything special to the album and could have just as easily been left out, along with the ballads “Frozen Hearts” and “Still on the Run”.
But besides the ballads, SATURN SKYLINE is full of great melodic hard rock music that lasts for a good while, and hopefully more people are going to notice the band with this great album.