In today’s world there are so many ways of discovering new bands and metal without having to rely on the opinions of a major media outlet, i.e. MTV. Now with everything so interconnected with the internet and technology a person can seek out, and in my case, get lucky and stumble upon cool bands by pure accident while enjoying a cool new video game.
The band I speak of is Crazy Lixx. A glam/hard rock outfit coming out of Sweden that if a person didn’t know better, would think they were a band that literally came out of the 80’s since they re-create that Sunset Strip glam rock sound so well. The video game I speak of is the new Friday the 13th The Game which was recently released by Gun Media. Both Crazy Lixx and Gun Media paired up to make some music to be included in the game that can be heard when camp counselors turn on radios to distract or trick Jason, before they get their head chopped off. The main song the band contributed to the game is ‘XIII’ which is fantastic and really captures the feel for the game and the movies it was based on. In fact if you have seen Friday the 13th: Jason Lives and heard Alice Cooper’s ‘He’s Back, the Man Behind the Mask’ Then you will know kind of what to expect from this song. There are also two other songs included on Ruff Justice that are based around the F13 theme, these are ‘Killer’ and ‘Live Before I Die’. Both of which are excellent songs. ‘XIII’ and ‘Live Before I Die’ are more fast paced songs while ‘Killer’ is more slow tempo.
So, let’s talk about the rest of the album as well. Ruff Justice contains songs like ‘Wild Child’ which is a nice semi-hard opening and while it is not a horror themed song it still centers around a woman and her animalistic ways when she is after a man. ‘Hunter of the Heart’ is a Skid Row/Bullet Boys styled song and of course no glam band album would be complete without…A BALLAD and this ballad is ‘If it’s Love’. The album of course is filled with other songs which I will leave to you to discover.
Ruff Justice is a fantastic album from a young band coming out of Sweden who are both able to combine the fun of the late 80’s pop/glam metal sound while also keeping their songs from falling into parody and becoming a joke. In fact I would consider Crazy Lixx, despite being a band many would consider a joke since they would be considered a bit of a glam band, a very mature band in terms of songwriting. While they do write about the typical, finding love, losing love themes and so on, the band really shines when they write the more darker material like ‘XIII’ and ‘Killer’. To me, this shows the band is very diverse and talented in how they write and approach different subject matters.
Ruff Justice is a great album to own, especially if you are a fan of the late 80’s glam scene or hard rock. It contains a lot of fun tracks that will transport you back to a time of arena rockers and midnight movies at a drive-in. As long as we have bands like Crazy Lixx around making music, we can be assured music will stay both fun and entertaining.
Label: Frontiers Records