Crashdïet - The Savage Playground

Crashdïet - The Savage Playground

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(CD, Gain/Sony Music, 2013)

The band that was once hailed as the new rising force in the Hard/Sleaze Rock scene, the outfit that paved the way for what was shortly afterwards called the New Wave Of Scandinavian Sleaze Metal, has already released its fourth full-length CD. So, I guess we should not refer to hopefuls and biggest future names and stuff like this since we’re talking about a whole dozen of years that CRASHDÏET is now in the music business. Hence, the presentation of their brand new “The Savage Playground” disc connects to a band that has matured over the years via personal experiences and the natural influence of time and always evolving music industry, right?

It’s true CRASHDÏET has built a big fan base around Europe (mainly, but not only) and their Sleaze-meets-Metal-meets-Punk brand now serves the music community for some eight years since their highly influential “Rest In Sleaze” debut was originally out. Many fans and media representatives say this disc will not ever by surpassed since it was a matter – and conjunction – of good timing, nice songs and a charismatic singer (the late Dave Lepard) that placed CRASHDÏET in the hearts of thousands of fans across the globe. With their circle of heroes ranging from SKID ROW, MÖTLEY CRÜE and RATT to W.A.S.P., SCORPIONS and JUDAS PRIEST, these outlaws from Stockholm succeeded in becoming the new point of reference for the so called Sleaze Metal style, the band that the fan of today could match himself to, the group of musicians that amateur youngsters could now draw their own inspiration from. And that’s not something easy to be accomplished wit just a debut CD clocking to something more than 35 minutes...

Well, both “The Unattractive Revolution” (2007) and “Generation Wild” (2010) scored some good music but nothing even close to the 2005 debut’s mastery. The same – I think – goes for this new 2013 album. There are some certainly nice numbers in here, with again a recipe including speedy parts here, melodic refrains there, some punk-y vibes and a sleazy/metallic feeling all around. Simon Cruz does a good job over here and I gotta say his voice has now locked to the range and multi-dimensional style he draftly portrayed in the band’s previous studio release. At times the band gets too melodic in its refrains and do not get surprised if you feel you’re listening to something like e.g. a modern touch of GOTTHARD or some of the up-to-day approach of modern Rock bands, and I do not know how applicable this is for a band that has built a somehow different profile in the music world...

Well, I’m afraid CRASHDÏET is the kind of band whose unmatched debut album success shall be some short of blessing and curse at the same time for the rest of the Swedish band’s discography. “The Savage Playground” is not a let-down CD, no way, and it’s a good addition if you’re already a CRASHDÏET follower. However, for unfamiliar sleazy rockers the purchase of the “Rest In Sleaze” CD is more than a must-do action at first. In any way, I feel quite well this band is still around did not rely being some short of one hit wonder after the commercial triumph of “Riot In Everyone” (song and promo clip).





01. The World
02. Cocaine Cowboys
03. Anarchy
04. California
05. Lickin’ Dog
06. Circus
07. Sin City
08. Got A Reason
09. Drinkin’ Without You
10. Snakes In Paradise
11. Damaged Kid
12. Excited
13. Garden Of Babylon


Simon Cruz - Vocals, Guitar
Martin Sweet - Guitar
Peter London - Bass
Eric Young - Drums