Acacia Avenue is a new project from Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Section A, Fatal Force), and features vocals from Tony Mills (TNT, Shy), Geir Ronning (Radioactive, Prisoner) and Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) with drums by Thomas Heintzelmann (Section A, Decoy) and bass from Carsten Neumann (Savage Affair). Enevoldsen aims for traditional melodic hard rock, with a heavily guitar driven slant, and succeeds.
Frankly, I'm not sure what takes more precedence here: Enevoldsen's virtuoso guitar work or the guest vocalist's contributions. There's no doubting Enevoldsen's skills, every song showcases his exceptional talent. And, though I'm not as familiar with Ronning or Lysholm as I would like, who can say no to Tony Mills. Additionally, the sound across Acacia Avenue is huge, with a grand arena rock depth. For European melodic rock, overall, it's heavier and more guitar intensive.
Sounds like I'm leading up to some negatives. Possibly so. As sturdy as this disc is, without the exceptional vocals and fiery fret work, the songs are simply on par, with Don't Call Me Tonight, An Illusion, and Just Wanna Be With You being several of the better ones. Others, like Hold On and the dismal Jamie's in Love are yawners, only saved, again, by the representative vocals and guitar solos. Ultimately, I can't say that there is anything terribly overwhelming here that would cause me to spin this disc again and again. Nevertheless, if you dig strong guitar driven melodic hard rock with excellent vocal performances and a bit heavier edge, then Torben Enevoldsen's Acacia Avenue will not disappoint in the least.
If you dig strong guitar driven melodic hard rock with excellent vocal performances and a bit heavier edge, then Torben Enevoldsen's Acacia Avenue will not disappoint in the least.