AOR Heaven www.alientheband.com [Released 28.04.14]
Alien date way back to the mid-80’s and became one of the key Swedish melodic rock bands until they quit in the mid-90’s, bar a brief reunion in 2005. That looked to be it until 2010 when they reformed and played a storming set at Firefest in 2011.
The band’s standout aside from the songs, is vocalist Jim Jidhed who has kept his vocals intact sounding as good as ever. The good thing is he can recreate the magic from the studio on the stage. Mind you, not to be outdone guitarist Tony Borg whips up some epic solos on songs like ‘Love Will Lead Me Home’.
AOR/melodic rock fans will be spoilt for choice on here from the Journey refrains of ‘Unbroken’ through to ‘In Love We Trust’, a lesson to other bands how AOR should be done. Of course there have to be ballads and ‘I Believe’ would have Richard Marx all in a lather if he had penned it.
Alien stick to what they are good at and have produced an album that will delight their fans and feature on many a ‘best of’ list at the end of this year. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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