Classic Rock album of the year arrives

Posted: May 10, 2014 in Classic Rock, Jämtland (County)

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Due out next week, The Summit´s “Higher Ground” (Monty Music) will surprise a lot of people. It is a staggering album, not a bad second on it. The Summit then, is four friends originating from Östersund (Jämtland county, Sweden) – all quite busy with their own careers – that wanted to have a quick blast together just for the hell of it. The resulting album might be the best thing any of them is likely to be on for some time. This really ought to be a full time band and not a project.

Guitarist Mats Karlsson (220 Volt) is a huge talent and his stamp is all over this record. He plays like a demon on this album and musically this really represents his entire life in music (except for the pure Metal of 220 Volt´s “Mind Over Muscle” period). The early influences of Deep Purple (that the entire band shares) is evident in “W.O.W” (short for “Walking On Water”) but the canvas is huge. Great riffs, melodies to kill for.

It is a happy album, but there are a couple of epic tracks that sends me to heaven, “The Calling” and “Not My Country”. The latter could, in my opinion, be a massive hit in Classic Rock circles.

10 tracks in all, the album takes you back to the days of real music, played and performed by real musicians and artists. Drummer Björn Höglund (Hoven Droven) and bass player Lars Ericsson are a superb team (both were present on last years “The Abduction Of Big Papa Mojo” album with Michael Mojo Nilsson). Höglund has been the driving force behind this project and deserves a medal for his work. Singer Michael Klemmé is doing his first high profile work in the Classic Rock field (that I know of) here and it is about time that he is heard. I am so proud of these guys.

This will be THE Classic Rock album of 2014. It deserves a follow up.

(Image from the old 220 Volt archives)

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