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Nordic Union – Second Coming [2018]

The Danish/Swedish group Nordic Union return with a brand-new second album titled “Second Coming” which is simply overflowing with memorable fist pumping anthems, feature the collaboration between singer Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Danish hard rock group institution Pretty Maids and the up-and-coming Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of Eclipse, Ammunition and W.E.T. fame.

The band consist by Ronnie Atkins on vocals, Magnus Ulfstedt on drums who collaborate with Eclipse, Grand Design, Jimi Jamison and Toby Hitchcock, among with Erik Martensson who handles all the guitar duties, four and six string, as well as keyboards, backing vocals and production. “Second Coming” sounds huge and is mixed clearly with great performances from all band members which is all then raised to the stratosphere with awesome hook filled vocals and a tone of killer guitar solos.

The guitar riffs and solos by Erik Martensson also deserve special mention as they create an excellent layered sound that brings each song to life. Whilst the music is very strong, the main reason to be excited by Nordic Union is the passionate vocal deliver by Ronnie Atkins which really shines on each chorus and makes you feel like you’re in a huge arena. We are definitely looking at a great start to finish album with “Second Coming” which is exactly what a fan who enjoyed their debut would demand from the group. Each and every song is filled with incredible melodies and choruses, with harmonious keyboards, substantial melodic guitar lines and fulfilling rhythm section.

The album is a real joy to play over and over, thanks to the solid song-writing and straight-to-the-point performances. Highlights include the opening “My Fear & my Faith”, “Because of Us”, “Rock’s Still Rolling”, “The Best Thing I Never had” and “Outrun you”. The Japanese edition features an excellent acoustic remix of “Because of Us” which sounds amazing even without the huge production and lets Atkins’ vocal melodies cut through nicely.

“Second Coming” is a high quality hard rock album that is recommended to all fans of this style of music and will certainly rank as one of the best melodic rock albums this year.

Band Members
Ronnie Atkins – Vocals
Erik Martensson – Guitar, bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Magnus Ulfstedt – Drums

Tracks
01. My Fear & My Faith
02. Because Of Us
03. It Burns
04. Walk Me Through The Fire
05. New Life Begins
06. The Final War
07. Breathtaking
08. Rock’s Still Rolling
09. Die Together
10. The Best Thing I Never Had
11. Outrun You

 

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