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Copious amounts of attitude and a series of cogent hooks that result in a memorable recording.

Adopting the same "Shock Rock" antics spearheaded by Alice Cooper and later evangelized by W.A.S.P and King Diamond, Sweden's ToxicRose is demanding attention.
Although each member is decorated with spikes, bondage gear and Gothic styled makeup, their diabolic image in no way infers the accessible and melodic nature of 'Total Tranquility'. Acknowledged by first name only, the band is comprised of Andy (vocals), Goran (bass), Michael (drums) and Tom (guitars) with '...Tranquility' representing the quartet's first complete effort since their eponymously titled, five track EP in 2012. As highlighted on tracks 'Reckless Society' and 'Clarity', their maturity is substantial both in song-writing and production.

Keyboards make frequent and worthwhile appearances in the songs, but those contributions go uncredited. Tom delivers a wealth of well-crafted guitar solos that have a similar melodic focus to Warren DeMartini's work in Ratt. Fans of the late Steve Lee (Gotthard) will firmly appreciate the raspy tenor of Andy's vocal delivery. Clocking in at over eight minutes, the title track closes the album and represents the band's finest moment. It illustrates that they are far more musically astute than their image would otherwise suggest.

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The video for 'World Of Confusion' depicts Andy drinking blood from a skull. As to how that pertains to the message of the song is anyone's guess, but ignoring that act of twisted visual debauchery shows a song that is a suitable choice for both the single and the album's opener. 'Killing The Romance' is also another highlight which balances a ballad against some heavy riffing.

Taking a page out of the Swedish Sleaze Rock scene set in motion by bands Crazy Lixx and Crashdiet, ToxicRose continues the trend with copious amounts of attitude and a series of cogent hooks that result in a memorable recording. Fans of those aforementioned bands will find much to enjoy on 'Total Tranquility' and should take notice.

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