Released: 2005, MTM Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Just as the name says, this band comes from Sweden and had their peak during the end of the 80’s with their self-titled debut album in 1989. Some of the members have been the ex-TNT singer Dag Ingebrektsen, ex-Madison guitar player Dan Stromberg, Anders Allhage (now more commonly known as Andy LaRocque), ex-Madison singer Göran Edman, ex-Alien bass player Ken Sandin, Talisman drummer Jamie Borger and Mats Levén from Treat and Yngwie Malmsteen. A contributing factor to the cancelled release of the second album was that the singer got a huge hit in Sweden with his other band Black Ingvars, and the band was, as I understand it, put on ice in 1995.
Now ten years later MTM Music is releasing TOO DAZE GONE in a golden MTM 10-year anniversary edition. The album has 8 tracks and 8 bonus demo tracks. Like the band name implies, the band play an early form of dirty glam/sleaze rock’n’roll and nothing else. All of the songs have really catchy choruses and the production’s main focus lies on the lead vocals and double twin guitar play.
The album contains a few potential radio hits like “Fire With Fire” which is a mix between a ballad and an uptempo ballad. “Terri” is a pure ballad with an extremely catchy chorus. “Show A Little Lace” is a dirty, mid-tempo rock’n’roll song and with a nice video I’m sure that it could be played on any music channel.
The production is amazing and I can’t hear any difference between the demo recordings and the “original” songs. The only minor error production-wise is that Mats is sometimes so high up that it just sounds like he is screaming; he has a brilliant voice but should stick within his vocal capacity. He’s also a man that can sing almost everything and its quite fun to hear him singing glam/sleaze. He is sure one of the better vocalists in Sweden today. Magnus/Morgan (Morgan is the founder of the band) create a very hard but yet varied guitar play though the backbone of the band is the rhythm section where we find B.C on bass and Johnny on drums.
If you’re looking for a great glam/sleaze rock’n’roll album you have got it right here. I can only thank MTM for releasing such a diamond in their collection. This album turns both to the hardcore glam/sleaze fans as well as the more mainstream crowd so I’m sure that everyone can find their own personal favorite track on TOO DAZE GONE. I really hope that the label also could remaster and re-release the first album by Swedish Erotica because that album is also one of my favorites.
Killer tracks “Skin On Skin”, “Fire With Fire”, “Show A Little Lace”, “Roll Away The Stone”, “Too Daze Gone”.
Also available from Atenzia Records at: http://www.atenzia.com