Crazy Lixx – ‘Riot Avenue'
Danny Rexon - Vocals
Andy Dawson - Guitars
Edd Liam – Guitars
Loke Rivano - Bass
Joél Cirera - Drums
1.)“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” –The intro to this track opens with Andy & Edd playing a very simple riff over the top a tom-tom pattern. As this portion of the intro progresses one of the guitar rhythms switches to more of a lead riff. At the end of each measure there is a cymbal crash. There is a small snare fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. There is a backing harmony in between each lyric line of the lyrical verse. Joél switched the hi-hat rhythm for the musical pre-chorus. In doing this Joél was able to change the dynamics of not only the lyrical arrangement however the song itself. The backing harmonies that are laced in between the lyric lines of the verse and choruses give the song a huge eighties hair metal sound. The second verse, pre-chorus & chorus is a repeat of the first one. Underneath the opening lyric line of each verse there are a couple harmonic lead guitar notes. Because of the location of these lead licks they almost go unnoticed. The lead guitar solo begins underneath the third chorus, As the solo progresses it gets more intense. For the outro section Joél switched his single bass drum rhythm yp a double bass drum rhythm.
2.) “Young Blood” – This intro opened with four sets consisting of three power chords each. There are small tom-tom fills connecting the power cords together. After the fourth power chord there is a guitar rhythm arrangement change. The way the guys arrangenged the lyric arrangements of the muical verse and chorus was very reminiscent to early L.A. Guns. There is a lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. There is a backing harmony underneath the lead vocal lines of the second verse. After the second chorus there is a short breakdown that leads to a minor lead guitar solo. The writing on this song is just about as basic as you can get.
3.) “Riot Avenue” –This track opens with a very simple intro arrangement. For the third and fourth measure of the intro the band speeded the beats per minute up. The intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. Danny’s lyric lines of the verse consisted of a small echo. If there was a rhythm change for the musical chorus it was such a slight one that it went unnoticed. Every other lyric line of the verse had a small echo attached to it. The backing harmonies of this track by far are what makes the song! Sometimes the simplest of songs make the best songs.
4.) “Fire it Up” –This is classic hard rock songwriting 101!!!!
5.) “Downtown” – This intro opens with two separate rhythm guitar arrangements over the top of a hi-hat pattern. Instead of changing the rhythm arrangement for the musical verse Joél started playing a bass drum kick. There is a rhythm change for the first verse it is also at this point when the song kicks-in. There is a short twin lead guitar solo after the second choruses.
6.) “In The Night” - The short intro that opened this track had a early AC/DC feel to it. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The lyric lines were arranged very similar to the way Bon Scott & Angus Young use to arrange early AC/DC lyric lines. Though there is a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus the way they arranged the song placed the chorus right up against the verse. This made the chorus feel pushed. After the second chorus there is a short breakdown section that leads to the lead guitar solo. After the lead guitar solo there is a second breakdown section.
7.) “Church of Rock” – The rhythm guitar of this intro was heavily reminiscent t to George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob). The way the band arranged the verse consisted the first & second lyric line over the top of a bass drum rhythm with a rhythm guitar riff connecting the second and third lyric line. The actual rhythm guitar does not kick in until after the fourth lyric line. There s a small rhythm guitar change for this simple chorus arrangement.
8.) “Heatseeker” – There is a backing harmony over the top of this short intro section. The musical intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. The band used the same main rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the main rhythm riff for the intro. There is a small echo attached to Danny’s vocal lines. Underneath the second lyric line there are several lead guitar licks. For me the heavy bass sound made this song!!! The lead guitar solo section was a little on the short side.
9.) “Sweet, Bad & Beautiful” – There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro section. The minor solo leads right into the musical verse. Underneath the majority of the lyric lines of the verse consisted of a drum & bass line with the rhythm guitar riffs laced in between the lyric lines. The way the lyrics were arranged gave the verse an early Ratt feel. After the second chorus there is a small tom-tom rhythm that leads to the lead guitar solo over the top of the outro.
10.) “Be Gone” – Instead of opening with an intro arrangement this track opens with a lead vocal line and musical verse. The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar riffs. The musical verse had a very simple feel to it. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there was a drastic musical change. This musical change turned the song into an almost ballad.
11.) “Only the Dead Know” –This ballad blew me away! This could very well be the best song on the release!!!!
‘Riot Avenue’ is the third release from Sweden’s very own Crazy Lixx. Though the band is getting better with each release they really should be further along considering this is they are over the sophomore hump. This is the only down-side to the release. If you into band such as Ratt or AC/DC then this release is for you and an absolute must have!!!.