SCANDAL CIRCUS is another Swedish band that plays a brilliant combination of 80s hard rock and classic heavy metal. A typical formula that many European bands played, but this time, they focus more on the straight-forward heavy riffs and rhythm rather than sleazy and naughty hooks or highly melodic arrangement. The title track, 'In The Name of Rock N Roll' is a colossal start, blitzed with a carnaging riffs and a sing-along chorus, it's no wonder this track became my most fave, together with another similar track called 'The Race'.
'In Your Mind' and 'Big Bad Clown' are also magnificent. Up to the fifth track, 'Rock Spirit', looks like SCANDAL CIRCUS keep unleashing their best till I stumbled on the acoustical ballad of 'Dreams' which I think is a bit too average. 'Leaving Town' is the weakest track though, but 'Losing All Control' which has that POISON's 'Talk Dirty To Me' feel is nice and easy, and luckily the last two tracks are also brilliant. 'Society of Evil' is dark, heavy, and loaded with some monstrous rhythm. 'Freakshow' also makes a very nice closer!
The production is great and that's applauding, especially for an indie release. I notice a small flaw on the vocal, maybe because of the accent, but the technique is quite okay. The guitar parts are awesome, Pelle Eliasson should be proud of delivering such magical performance. Overall, a promising band, a good start, and if you dig Scandinavian hard rock, this won't disappoint at all!