Sweden's Gemini Five is on the edge, the edge of breaking out of their Scandinavian neighborhood and becoming an international rock and roll sensation. Drawing deep from the roots of 80's rock and the manifold nuances of melodic hard rock, metal, glam and sleaze styles, Gemini five has the goods to deliver blistering rock music. They have a big sound sustained by raw vocals, a hard and heavy rhythm section, great riffs, and thrilling guitar solos. 'Sex Drugs Anarchy' keeps moving and thundering from the opening chords of welcoming intro 'Thunder & Lightning?' Sweden, Japan and most of Europe may easily wrap their arms around Gemini Five because they have a sense of history and love for this genre. As for America, well, you already know the answer to that. My beloved U.S. lives for the new and now.
What makes 'Sex Drugs Anarchy' a breakout album is the band's willingness to secure some help from some like minded influences. Guest musicians on the album include Crashdiet's Martin Sweet (lead guitar on three tracks and backing vocals), Peter London (backing vocals) and Eric Young (backing vocals); and Marcus Jidell of Danish/Swedish hard rockers Royal Hunt (not that Royal Hunt) on lead guitar on three tracks. Kory Clarke (Warrior Soul, Space Age Playboys) co-wrote the lyrics on four tracks. It's good to have a fraternity of similar fellows to inspire you. Gemini Five also recruited young guitar wiz Dany 'Dee Dee' Douglas to fill in the leads as they play on.
As I said earlier, 'Sex Drug Anarchy' is basically a non stop barrage of rock and roll that easily grooves between melodic hard rock, sleaze and metal. Even though there is an overwhelming homogeneity of style on this work, there is not a dull moment. Be careful to listen to the following superior tracks: 'I Am Hollow,' 'Scream 4 Me,' an awesome rocker, 'All Pistols,' hard driving rock, 'Something's Gotta Give,' and the raucous and band defining, 'We Do Not Come In Peace.' And the best song may come at the end: 'Stay With Me' delivers everything aforementioned with stamina and enthusiasm.
If you like your rock heavy, nasty, and rowdy, look no farther than Gemini Five and their latest release 'Sex Drug Anarchy.' You may find yourself remembering the heady days of LA, the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, and Motley Crue, Ratt and many others. Prepare to rock. Very recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
Sweden's Gemini Five brings their best work to date. 'Sex Drugs Anarchy' is filled with hard rock that brings the best edges of glam, sleaze and metal; and all this wrapped up in some catchy melodies. This could be and should be their breakout album.
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