Written by Alex Stojanovic
Frequency Of Love
Before The Rise Of An Empire
One By One
When Dreams Are Not Enough
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Label: Frontiers Music srl
Ronnie Atkins - Vocals / Chris Laney - Rhythm guitars, keyboards & backing vocals
Allan Sorensen - Drums / Pontus Egberg - Bass
Ronnie decided that instead of just riding it out, he would carry on living and put together a solo album, and fulfill some other commitments while he can, which is the best attitude to have. For his solo album, One Shot, he enlisted the help of his Pretty Maids bandmate Chris Laney, and he gathered a bunch of friends to play on it, including some past Pretty Maids members like ex-drummer Allan Sorensen and ex-keyboardist Morten Sandager. Rounding out the main band is Chris Laney on rhythm guitars and keyboards, and Pontus Egberg on bass. Some of the guitarists handling solos on the album include Pontus Norgren of HammerFall, Kee Marcello, Olliver Hartmann and John Berg, and some of the additional backing vocals are handled by Linnea Vikstrom Egg, and Soilwork's Bjorn Strid.
Listening to One Shot gives me conflicting emotions because it's quality melodic hard rock, but it's also knowing that one of my favourite singers is battling incurable cancer. I'm sure Ronnie has more music left in him, and I'm sure that since it will be a while before playing live becomes a reality again, he will probably be doing a lot more writing while he can with Pretty Maids, Nordic Union and maybe another solo album. We wish Ronnie all the best during his brave battle.
Highs: "Real", "Frequency Of Love", "Picture Yourself" and "One By One".
Lows: This album can be classified as another Pretty Maids album.