CRASHDIET

(SWEDEN)

AUTOMATON

(2022)
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MELODIC HARD ROCK

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"Powerful, melodic and varied, "Automaton" installs Crashdiet on the summits of a genre however crowded but which finds here one of its Masters."
LOLOCELTIC (09.09.2022)  
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It has always been very complicated to start the presentation of a new Crashdiet album without first mentioning a line-up change. Fortunately, Gabriel Keyes is still in place behind the microphone after a "Rust" that hit hard when it was released. Fourth singer in five albums, the frontman finally seems to stabilize a band that lacks less talent than balance. Unfortunately, while he recorded all the parts of this new opus, it's drummer Eric Young's turn to leave (temporarily?) the Swedish quartet in which he is replaced by Lacu (ex Hanoi Rocks). The now unavoidable change of personnel being realized, it is time to stop on another tradition of Crashdiet, that of the quality.

Indeed, it is impressive to notice how Martin Sweet's band manages to maintain a high level with each of its releases despite its instability of personnel. With "Automaton", the Scandinavians even seem to have raised the level of requirement with a flawless production, a renewed talent for unstoppable choruses, a Gabriel Keyes who shows a fabulous capacity to modulate his vocals to the service of each track, and a variety of stylistic approach never achieved at the expense of coherence. Crashdiet's hard-rock remains recognizable, whether it ventures on ultra-melodic lands ('Powerline', 'We Die Hard') or whether it sinks towards a powerful and uncompromising heavy metal ('Dead Crusade').

Whether they are belligerent ('Together Whatever'), sharp and melodic like H.E.A.T.'s compatriots ('No Man's Land'), endowed with big riffs worthy of the Skid Row of the beginnings ('Resurrection Of The Damned') or spiced up with a few indus touches ('Shell Shock'), all the tracks show at the same time power, melody, worked verses and choruses taking everything away on their way. It is the balance found between all these elements which makes the identity of the quartet and it reaches here a certain paroxysm which positions it clearly as one of the most serious candidates for the title of album of the year in the hard-melodic field.

If you are a fan of the genre and if "Burn" had shaken your joints, you should definitely check out "Automaton" which will provide the same sensations with even more intensity. Nothing seems to be able to stop Crashdiet's march towards the heights of a musical style that is nevertheless crowded. Now that it seems to have reached the highest altitudes, it will have to succeed in a new challenge, that of maintaining itself there. But let's bet that the Swedes have enough talent and determination to take up the challenge successfully.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Automaton - 0:39
02. Together Whatever - 3:50
03. Shine On - 3:39
04. No Man’s Land - 3:54
05. Darker Minds - 3:37
06. Dead Crusade - 4:39
07. Powerline (feat. Michael Starr) - 4:16
08. Resurrection Of The Damned - 3:27
09. We Die Hard - 4:22
10. Shell Shock - 3:52
11. Unbroken - 3:38
12. I Can’t Move On (without You) - 4:25

LINEUP:
Eric Young: Batterie
Gabriel Keyes: Chant
Martin Sweet : Guitares
Peter London: Basse
Michael Starr: Chant / Invité
   
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