When I first saw the old school metal logo for Malison Rogue, I immediately thought this would be another band with a late 80’s hard rock sound.
The talent pool in Sweden runs deep, and it seems there is no end to list of cool new bands that call Sweden their home. The music that has been coming from over there has been excellent as of late. Malison Rogue’s music is no exception.
What I didn’t expect about Malison Rogue’s was their sound. I figured they might be another glam or sleaze act, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This band was formerly known as Ashes, and changed their name to Malison Rogue when they signed with Inner Wound Recordings. To me their new moniker is much more memorable, as is their sound. They are a band with a sound that reminds me a lot of classic Queensryche, and Fates Warning. The bands that even remotely sound like either one of those acts in 2011 is a very short list. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed with the tight musicianship found on this disc.
On Malison Rogue’s self titled debut, you will find great vocals, well composed songs, and music that will appeal to many hard rock and metal fans!
After giving the song “Friend or Foe” a spin, I was immediately hooked on this band. This is a killer metal tune that will have you signing along in no time. The rest of the songs on this CD are packed with more traditionally styled metal tunes that make my ears happy. I am thankful that are some new bands out there that are keeping the killer 80’s metal sound alive. Malison Rogue joins a new list of bands like Enforcer, Steelwing, and Holy Grail that are trying to bring the classic metal back.
My only disappointment with this CD is, it is a little too short. With eight songs clocking in just shy of 40 minutes, I felt like this CD could have used another song or two. With that being said, this is a very solid debut, for Malison Rogue, and this disc left me wanting to hear more.
Lead Singer Zeb has the potential to become one of the great metal singers of the 21st century. His voice is that good! Don’t believe me, check out Malison Rogue on myspace, and find out for yourself! You will be glad you did!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Friend or Foe?
02. The Pain You Cause
03. The Griever
04. My Mistakes
05. This Lonely Road
07. We’re All Born Sinners
08. Everything Fades
Zeb – Vocals
Bjoerkborg – Guitar
Pete Fury – Bass Guitar
Doc – Drums