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Age Of Reflection - 2017 In The Heat Of The Night

ARTIST: Age Of Reflection
ALBUM: In The Heat Of The Night
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Lars Nygren - vocals * Carl Berglund - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals * Jonas Nordquist - guitar * Jan Skärming - bass, backing vocals * Michael Sjöö - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Borderline * 02 The Mirror Never Lies * 03 Every Time * 04 In The Heat Of The Night * 05 Always * 06 Evelyn * 07 Blame It On My Heart * 08 Now And Forever * 09 You Are My Light * 10 Dying For Your Love * 11 Every Time (Alt Version)



This band may have the right acronym (AOR), but it hasn't been an overnight journey for this Swedish quintet. The two mainstays of this new band Carl Berglund and Jan Skärming had played together in a metal band ONEbyONE, but a hankering desire to play songs in the hard rock/AOR style led to the formation and development of Age Of Reflection. Signed to AOR Heaven, The bands debut was produced by themselves and released earlier in the year, with Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, WET) undertaking the mixing and mastering job. The material on 'In The Heat Of The Night' hits the right spots and uses all the right ingredients. No issues there. It's quite a pleasant listen, with more of an emphasis on guitars rather than keyboards. In parts, the closest comparison I can make would be to fellow Swedes Elevener, who were on the scene about a decade ago. If I had an issue with this album, is that none of the songs has a hook that I can hold onto. The choruses are quite derivative, where on songs like this, they should be looking for the killer knock-out blow. Still, this a reasonable first effort with more than enough promise looking ahead.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on June 20 2017 03:37:49
I've kinda written parts of a review in my head for this one, thinking I might get to it if no one else did. I basically agree, although I'd rate it higher simply because it sounds really good. I do agree that it's missing the killer hooks, as I've had a hard time separating the songs in my head. But all the ingredients are there. The comparison to Elevener (the first album, at least - the second one wasn't nearly as good) is apt. And it reminds me of the only (so far) album by The Magnificent, one that George gave a perfect 10. This one will be a contender for my top 10 if it grows on me, as it could.

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