Here's another interesting collaboration on the Frontiers label. Crash the System is a project put together by Tears of Anger/Mind Key drummer Daniel Flores and guitarist Soren Kronqvist. Vocals on the band's debut album The Crowning are provided by some of the melodic rock genre's best singers: Goran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Mats Leven (Therion), Thomas Vikstrom (ex-Candlemass) and Bjorn Jansson (Tears of Anger).
The Crowning is an impressive melodic rock album, and is about what you'd expect from a Swedish band of this caliber. If you're used to hearing these guys in a more metal setting, the AOR direction Crash the System takes may come as a bit of a shock. They do it well, though, serving up melodic rockers and moving ballads with real style and finesse. The Crowning actually reminds me a lot of some of Brazen Abbot's more mellow moments, but that may just be the presence of Brazen Abbot veterans Vikstrom and Edman, both of whom give standout performances here.
If you're a fan of AOR and melodic rock, particularly bands like Street Talk, Work of Art and Hugo, you really can't go wrong with The Crowning. Hopefully this won't be the last we hear from Crash the System.