220 Volt – “Walking In Starlight” (AOR Heaven)
Talk about coming back in style! Sweden’s 220 Volt was among the top hard rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80’s and went on to release five albums until 1988’s “Eye To Eye”, their most successful album but ironically their last. Despite a brief resurrection in 1997 with “Lethal Illusion”, the band was only semi active between 2002-2008 with members from an earlier line-up so this new studio release is a real treat for long time fans as well as anyone into 80s Scandi hard rock! Still with founder members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson on the guitars, they are now joined Anders Engberg (ex-Therion, ex-Lions Share) who really has stoked the embers to return some serious power to this classic band! Working again with legendary Max Norman (Ozzy/Megadeth/Y&T) who produced “Eye To Eye” and is now mixing this album, “Walking In Starlight” has not only the hallmarks of the band’s traditional sound, but moreover the whole feel of that era that will appeal to anyone still yearning for that style. Mixing power melodies and AOR harmonies with pure rock guitars chugging out power riffs along to Peter Hermansson’s piston packing drumming, 220 Volt bring back the days when power and melody were de rigueur! Engberg’s vocal, which are clean, powerful and soaring, add both passion and class to songs like ‘Burning Heart’, ‘Through The Wastelands’ and ‘Take A Good Look’ – it really doesn’t sound like he’s new given how smoothly he fits in especially around Drevin and Karlsson’s soloing, which themselves haven’t lost any of their old touch. It’s great to see the return of such a classic band and in such fine form too – one could almost imagine they have been walking amongst the heavens to make such a comeback!