Debbie Ray - Slave To The System,
No, this isn’t a female-fronted band, or even a solo singer, but instead is a Swedish melodic hard rock trio that have been heavily influenced by the likes of Backyard Babies. Formed as long ago as 2005, the band did take a break for a couple of years, but have now returned and released this their debut album. There is nothing inherently bad with this album, just that there isn’t anything really very good with it either. When they turn up the energy then they become a band that I’d quite like to see at a festival (not going just to see them in their own right, you understand), but when they slow it down they become too much like Mötley Crüe, and I don’t mean the classic version.
Possibly it’s because I was lucky enough to see the likes of Skid Row and Guns ‘n’ Roses in their prime that I find it hard to get too excited over this style of music. It must be exceptional to make me sit up and take notice, and while this is certainly not a bad album in any shape or form, it’s not exceptional either.