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Cruzh: Tropical Thunder
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Cruzh: Tropical Thunder

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

Five years is a long time in the music biz to go without releasing a new album. Formed in 2013, out of the ashes of Scandi glam band, Cruzh dropped their self-titled debut album in 2016 on the Frontiers Music label. Now with a new singer on board, Alex Waghorn, Cruzh unveils their second long-player Tropical Thunder.

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The album is something of another metamorphosis or, perhaps better, evolution for the quartet. Eight years ago Cruzh went from glam metal rock to more AOR melodic hard rock, emphasizing song melody and vocal harmony. But with Tropical Thunder Cruzh is hitting a bit harder. It's not that the songs lack catchy AOR accessibility. Rather, some song pack more punch: stronger riffs, heavier groove in the rhythm section, and a simply more forceful hard rock presentation. You'll hear this at the start with riff roaring, fast and heavy title cut, but also Turn Back Time or Are You Ready. The latter, even with its muted started rides hard and heavy with potent vocal scream to get things started. Alternatively, with All You Need, the heaviness is more subtle as its wrapped in Cruzh's typical vocal harmony. Then more AORish sounds comes with Line In The Sand, again riding upon guitar and vocal harmony over some stylish synths. Cruzh adds a piano-driven ballad with Cady which easily stirs up Eighties-era arena deja vu. All in all, with Tropical Thunder, Cruzh displays their command of classic melodic hard rock with AOR sensibility, yet perhaps with some harder edge in a few songs. Recommended.




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All in all, with Tropical Thunder, Cruzh displays their command of classic melodic hard rock with AOR sensibility, yet perhaps with some harder edge in a few songs. Recommended.

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