|Frontback – ‘Heart Of A Lion’ (Dead End Exit Records)|
|Written by Marc Leach|
|Wednesday, 04 January 2017 00:40|
Who else agrees that there has been a sudden rise in female fronted bands? Naturally bands like Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless are two of the most popular of the modern rock generation, but by the end of 2016 I discovered bands such as Tequila Mockingbyrd and Sumo Cyco: bands who to be quite frank had bigger balls than any male leaders on the scene. Are female fronted, Swedish outfit Frontback on this same level? It’s time for us at Uber Rock to find out with their new album, ‘Heart Of A Lion.’
Kick starter tracks like ‘All The Way For Fame’ and ‘Honest’ proved that Frontback aren't messing around when it comes to producing some high octane rock ’n’ roll tracks, with lead vocalist Anlo Front’s ballsy vocals leading the way through this body of work. The chemistry between each member of the band throughout this album is just beautiful, especially between the rhythm section that consisted of bassist Jonas Persson and drummer Koffe Stridh. It’s not too often the rhythm section is mixed as amazing as the mix on this album.
It iss evident that Frontback keep their influences close to their heart for this album. From the sassy ‘Liar’, which is very Halestorm-esque to the AC/DC -tyle rock anthem, ‘Black Night City Light.’ To be quite frank, I almost had this track on constant repeat as it just made my New Year’s Day special. Ballads? Slow numbers? “Fuck that shit” is the impression Frontback give as they just keep the rock going through ‘Destiny’ and the more than six minute ‘Fender’, a track which features a wide collection of guitar solos from lead guitarist Axel Gransekog for more than two minutes.
I have to say, having never listened to Frontback before this reviewer will certainly be keeping an eye on them after this bloody outstanding piece of material. I’ve been excited for what 2017 has in store music wise and this album has now set the bar for “album of 2017”… There is one thing I do have to say about this album though: it needs to be played loud and proud - so loud that even your neighbouring town/city tells you to “turn that racket down”!