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Nordic Union: Nordic Union

Who or what is/are Nordic Union I hear you ask? Wellit is the new musical collaboration, built by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino (he very much enjoys these projects doesn't he?), between singer Ronnie Atkins of the Pretty Maids and the up-and-coming Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T. fame. Atkins says: "The music on the album has a focus on good melodies and there's some good guitar work as well. I had a good gut feeling ever since I heard the first songs from Erik Martensson, and I was right he's a very gifted and talented songwriter!" I can't imagine a collaboration between Atkins and Martensson would suck and this absolutely doesn't. Indeed the huge mega ballad "Every Heartbeat" is a wholly exceptional song in every way and the rest of the album isn't far behind.

It's arguable that the opening tune "The War Has Begun" is the weakest track on the album, coming across as it does, as a very-Eclipse like song (not surprising really) rather than a genuine collaboration between Atkins and Martensson. The great thing is that it is still a muscular piece of melodic rock it's just that the rest is much better especially "Hypocrisy" where a character called Caroline really gets it in the neck! The absolute belter is hidden right in the middle of the record "21 Guns" is what could well currently be described as peak Martensson huge, memorable chorus and supremely powerful melodic instrumentation it's destined to be one of my favourite songs of the year and the album is already a possibility for year end action.

Track Listing:
01. The War Has Begun
02. Hypocrisy
03. Wide Awake
04. Every Heartbeat
05. When Death Is Calling
06.21 Guns
07. Falling
08. The Other Side
09. Point Of No Return
10. True Love Awaits You
11. Go

Added: January 30th 2016
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Frontiers Records
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Language: english

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