Year : 2019
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : Sweden
Audio : 320 kbps + scans
Size : 157 mb
In the end of 1991 Björn Stigsson who had been the guitar player and frontman in Leviticus.. for about ten years teamed up with ..Sonny Larsson lead singer of Motherlode Björn and Sonny have been friends since 1987, when Sonny did some of the vocals on Björn’s solo album. They now began to plan for another solo record from Björn but after a while they changed their plans and XT was formed. The name XT? It was Björn’s wife’s idea and it means “Christ”.Soon after that they got signed by Viva Records in Sweden and they also signed a distribution deal with Frontline Records in America. In October 1992 they realeased their first record with the same title as the band. XT didn’t have any permanent lineup at this time so on the first record they had three guest musicians. Michael Ulfsgärd.. from Jerusalem played the drums and on bass they had Håkan Anderson from the first Leviticus linup and P-O Larsson.The music style on the first cd was rock and hard rock with much keyboards. Björn said in HM issue53 “Our first album was a little thin in terms of production, but it still opened up a lot for us, especially in Japan.” XT also made a few live performance this year. For example they played on two festivals in Holland which the Dutch TV filmed. XT now decided to concentrate on doing good records instead of being an intensive touring band. And in the summer 1993 the band went into Björn’s own studio and started to record their next album. And in October 1993 they released their second cd Taxfree. This time they came up with a much heavier album with better production and less keyboards and more guitars. With Taxfree they reached a big selling success with over 10 000 albums sold only in Japan. In Sweden the biggest Newspaper Aftonbladet voted the song The Silent Cry as the most powerful song in 1993.On Taxfree XT sounded more as a band but they still haven’t any solid lineup. On this album Mick Nordström of Modest Attraction hit the Drums on keyboard they had Niklas Edberger and P-O Larsson played the bass on all off the tracks this time. After the succsess with Taxfree XT went in to the BTS studio again and started to record their third album.In march 1995 they finally released Extended Empire which took the band in to a new heavier direction. Björn’s guitar playing now sounded heavier than ever and Sonny used more variation in his song style. XT got many great reviews for Extended Empire in different music magazines all over the world. For the first time XT now had more or less permanent members with Björn on guitar, Sonny on vocals, Kjell Andersson (original Leviticus member) on drums, Niklas Edberger on keyboards and Johan Stark on Bass. And on the live shows they also had a second guitar player Andreas Lagerin.With this lineup they now bagan to play more live shows for example they played on Hard Rock cafe in Stockholm. They also played on a christian festival in Stockholm in the summer 1995 together with Bride and Veni Domine.They became better known in Japan than either Europe or the United States. Prior to forming XT, Sonny Larson had been involved in a few other Swedish metal bands as lead vocalist. While in Motherlode (1983–1987) he worked with Mark Stanway, who was later in the British melodic rock band Magnum. Motherlode released one album,Sanctuary, in 1986. Following Motherlode, he joined Charizma and stayed with them until 1988.
For those familiar with XT, this is not new material but new recordings of songs from their first 3 albums. The good news is that the new recordings are better than the old ones. Production is heftier due to modern recording technology, and the band just seems, well...revived. The question will be whether or not you like their sound and style to begin with.For those who are not familiar with XT, they are a Swedish Melodic Hard Rock, originally formed in 1991. Like many bands back then, they disbanded after a few years, and resurfaced in 2017 when they released their 4th album “Saved By The Blood." The band are comprised of well-known figures in the Swedish hard rock scene: Björn Stigsson (Leviticus, solo artist), Sonny Larsson (Motherl ode, Narnia, Snake Charmer, The Rise), Peter Carlsohn (Jerusalem, The Rise, Veni Domine), Danne Tibell (Jerusalem, Björn Stigsson), and Thomas Weinesjö (Saviour Machine, Veni Domine, Audiovision).XT has a distinct sound and style primarily due to the high, piercing vocals of Sonny Larsson, which to some will be an acquired taste. I would say they work well on some songs and not so much on others. Another thing about their style is that XT is less metal and more in the vein of hard pomp rock / AOR with some metal elements here and there. They rely heavily on synths in addition to guitars, bass, and drums to craft their music, which is melodic and catchy and sometimes a bit simple, but some songs are really good while others make me hit the skip button. I also found that to be the case on some of the band members' prior outings like the Motherlode albums and Björn Stigsson's solo album "Together With Friends."Lyrically, the band is very serious about their faith and their relationship to God, which will be of great interest to some and not so much to others. But for those who are interested, there are few bands that are as bold and uncompromising as XT. I can think of a few others like All For The King, Narnia, Leviticus, and a few more, but clearly those looking for a serious faith experience will find it here. My only issue is that some of the themes and lyrical content seems to get a bit repetitive. Still, there is plenty to enjoy here, and with at least 5-6 really well-done songs out of 12, that is enough to recommend the disc if you are into melodic, worshipful AOR / hard rock.
Sonny Larsson (Motherlode) - Vocals
Björn Stigsson (Leviticus) - Guitars/Keyboards/Moog Taurus
Peter Carlsohn (Jerusalem) - Bass/Moog Taurus Mick Nordström (Modest Attraction) - Drums
Danne Tibell (Jerusalem) - Hammond/Keyboards
Thomas Weinesjö – Drums
01. The Rock In My Life
02. Standing For Jesus Christ
03. The Silent Cry
04. Got Love
05. The Battle
06. Call Your Name
07. I Want Love
08. On The Run
09. Looking For Love
10. Face To Face
11. Cant Live Without You
12. One Way To Heaven
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