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Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Nordic Union, the side project of Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins, has posted audio samples of four tracks from its self-titled debut album. The album will be released on January 29, 2016 via Frontiers Records. Ronnie teamed up with guitarist Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T. and drummer Magnus Ulfstedt for this project. The album also features guest guitarists playing guest solos on some of the tracks.
Musically and vocally, it doesn't sound too much different than Pretty Maids. It's got the big hooks, heavy, melodic, catchy and epic riffs, amazing vocals, bulldozer bass and pounding drums, which is what I love hearing, and just from the four samples, which can be heard below, it looks like these songs won't be leaving our heads for quite sometime.
Nordic Union self-titled debut album track listing:
01. The War Has Begun
03. Wide Awake
04. Every Heartbeat
05. When Death Is Calling
06. 21 Guns
08. The Other Side
09. Point Of No Return
10. True Love Awaits You
Ronnie Atkins - Lead & background vocals
Erik Martensson - Guitars, bass, keyboards & backing vocals
Magnus Ulfstedt - Drums
Guest guitar solos:
Thomas Larsson - Guitar solo on "Every Heartbeat" and "Wide Awake"
Fredrik Folkare - Guitar solo on "Point Of No Return" and "Hypocrisy"
Magnus Hendriksson - Guitar solo on "The War Has Begun"
Pretty Maids are in the process of writing new material for the follow-up to their recent album Louder Than Ever (2014), which was a collection of re-recorded tracks from the band's late 90s and early 2000s period, as well as four new songs written from scratch. Stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, check out the four Nordic Union samples to the left.