Nubian Rose – “Mental Revolution” (2014)

Label: Livewire/Cargo Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Wow! To say that the Swedish powerhouse metal band Nubian Rose has released their best album would be an understatement. Granted this is only their second record but it is miles ahead of their 2012 debut “Mountain” in terms of production, writing and presentation. I thought “Mountain” was a good enough debut but with their new album “Mental Revolution” the band has really turned it up a notch (or several).

“Mental Revolution” is a high energy, power packed sophomore record with a guitar sound that is just freakin’ massive. When the monstrous riff that accompanies the opener “War” kicks in it’s time to buckle in and enjoy the ride. Sofia Lilja’s vocals are huge throughout the record and soars with the music. “Time Again” begins with a rumbling guitar riff and is accompanied by a thundering bass line as the song settles into a nice, deliberate mid-tempo groove. The barrage of riffs keeps coming on songs like “Illuminated Within”, “The Eye” and “Break Out”.

With “Mental Revolution” it appears that Nubian Rose have really hit their stride. While their first album was merely good, this record is great. “Mental Revolution” is like a runaway train that can’t be stopped.

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

  1. War
  2. Time Again
  3. Illuminated Within
  4. The Eye
  5. Tough Guys Don’t Dance
  6. Break Out
  7. Higher
  8. You Will Never Walk Alone
  9. (Taking This) Further
  10. All Of Your Love

 

Line Up

  • Sofia Lilja – Vocals
  • Katarina Kammarkör – Choir (Guest)
  • Mats Levén – Backing Vocals  (Guest)
  • Christer Åkerlund – Lead Guitars
  • Torbjörn Weijnesjö – Rythm Guitar
  • Henric Uhrbom – Bass
  • Joakim Ahlund – Keyboards  (Guest)
  • Tomas Weijnesjö – Drums

 

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