STYLE: Melodic Hard Rock

PROFILE: Casablanca are a Swedish/American five-piece, chock full of seasoned musicians. If you are familiar with the name Ryan Roxie, then you probably fall into one of two categories.  Category one, you are familiar with his involvement as a guitarist with the likes of Slash’s Snakepit, or more prominently, spending a decade between the years 1996 and 2006 and now once again in 2012  as guitarist with Alice Cooper.  Category two, which is the one I fall into, is that you worship at the altar Roxie’s knack for delivering some kick ass glam infused rock, dating right back to the late 80’s with Electric Angels, the cheekily titled Dad’s Porno Mag  in the 90’s, through to the 2000’s with his own Roxie 77, and now you can add Casablanca to the list.  Relocating himself to Stockholm, Sweden, the last bunch of years, it was obviously inevitable that Roxie would find himself involved in a band such as Casablanca and what an intriguing band at, which is made up of Josephine Forsman (Sahara Hotnights), bass player Mats Rubarth (Swedish national team football star), guitarist Erik Stenemo (Melody Club) and front man Anders Ljung (Space Age Baby Jane) on vocals.

Apocalyptic Youth is a fun, energetic, lighthearted album. Not lighthearted in a poppy way—this isn’t Miley Cyrus—but in its overall vibe and approach. Summertime rock, if you will. Despite an album title that sounds better suited to a Norwegian black metal band, there is nothing dark or dangerous about this release. The sonic characteristics are wide open, the guitars and drums given ample room to breathe and allow the melodies to dominate rather than focus on overt aggression. Casablanca want to rock you, but they don’t feel the need to rock your face off.

Apocalyptic Youth [2012]

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