Oxygen – Final Warning [2012]

OXYGEN_FWCountry Sweden          Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members
Bengan Andersson – Drums, Marcus Persson – Keyboards,Backing Vocals, Roger Ljunggren – All Guitars, Tony Niva – Lead & Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Janitor Of Love, 02. Anything For You, 03. When Tomorrow Never Comes, 04. I Remember, 05. Gold From The Future, 06. We Must Fight, 07. I Wanna Know For Sure, 08. Bring Back The Joy, 09. Best Days Of Our Lives, 10. You

Profile “Final Warning” is the debut album by Swedish melodic hard rock/AOR group “Oxygen”. “Oxygen” is the brain child of singer Tony Niva who joins forces with guitarist Roger Ljunggren, drummer Bengan Andersson, keyboardist Marcus Persson who also produces the album.

Any way you look at it “Oxygen” is melodic hard rock without compromise; the leading instrument -aside of the vocals- is the guitar which brings to front thick-yet harmonious-riffs, incredible melodic lines and blistering solos effectively stealing the show on most songs on “Final Warning”. Niva seems attached to the top of his vocal range, delivering most songs on pretty high notes which is not typical for AOR yet for the listener who enjoys such melodic rock singers as Tony Mills and Tony Harnell that should prove no issue at all.

The album opens on the classic-sounding “Janitor of Love” followed by the melodic “Anything for you”, the playful “When Tomorrow never comes”, the balladic “I remember” and the sweet harmonies of “We Must Fight”. One has to mention that “Final Warning” features two songs that touch upon melodic/power metal, being none other than the title track and “Gold From the Future”.

Overall “Final Warning” should prove a great buy for anyone enjoying the heavier side of melodic rock and any fan of `80s hard rock overall. If you enjoyed the latest “Hardline” studio album then “Oxygen” should provide more of the same great guitar driven melodic music.

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Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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