Classic Rock - - Reviews -

a ‘new wave’ of any mu­si­cal style will in­evitably be su­per­seded by some­thing that feels even more fresh and vi­tal. The last few years have seen the melodic hard rock scene gal­vanised by a tidal wave of ex­cit­ing, mainly scan­di­na­vian new­com­ers in­tent on mod­ernising a genre, or at the very least re­vi­tal­is­ing its pro­duc­tion val­ues. You prob­a­bly know their names – H.e.a.t, De­greed, eclipse, art na­tion… and most re­cently, Per­fect Plan.

led by guitarist an­dreas gull­strand, malmö-based six-piece cr­eye have ex­isted for more than three years, and on this self-ti­tled de­but were helped by of a crack team of es­tab­lished song­writ­ers. By rights its mix of 1980s aor and pul­sat­ing pop sounds should daz­zle. in re­al­ity, it flat­ters to de­ceive. erik Wiss’s crys­tal-clear pro­duc­tion places us right in the stu­dio with the group, but un­for­tu­nately the ma­te­rial lacks the spark to make it truly spe­cial. Hold­ing on,

noth­ing To lose and mir­a­cle re­mind us why the band were feted as the next big thing, but ap­proach­ing the half­way mark you re­alise that cr­eye have be­gun to plod.

Cr­eye: flat­ter­ingto de­ceive.

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