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Dizzy Mizz Lizzy is a Danish alternative rock band, led by Tim Christensen. They released two albums in the 90s. Their sound incorporates several elements from hard rock, and several of their tracks are both heavy and aggressive, which is why they are included in the MMA.
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DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY Dizzy Mizz Lizzy album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY Rotator album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Heavy Alternative Rock 1996
DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY Forward in Reverse album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Forward in Reverse
Heavy Alternative Rock 2016


DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY live albums

DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY One Guitar, One Bass And A Drummer, That's Really All It Takes. Live In Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Guitar, One Bass And A Drummer, That's Really All It Takes. Live In Japan
Heavy Alternative Rock 1997

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Best of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
Heavy Alternative Rock 2002
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Heavy Alternative Rock 2010

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Lost Inside a Dream: The Story of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
Heavy Alternative Rock 2010


DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY Forward in Reverse

Album · 2016 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Dizzified in Paradise...

Genre: alternative rock / hard rock

One of the biggest hard rock names in Denmark in the 1990s, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy broke up in 1998 after only two albums in the form of the critically acclaimed "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy" and "Rotator". While rich in talent, the band members were too young to handle the fame and pressure that came along with the success and, while main songwriter Tim Christensen continued in the music business as a solo artist, the drummer Søren Friis and the bassist Martin Nielsen went on to more mundane jobs. The band briefly reformed in 2010 to play a major string of shows. Fast forward four years, and the band is reformed yet again, but this time in a more permanent form: this time they were working on new material which amounted to a full-length album "Forward in Reverse" which was released earlier this year.

So, is it any good or is it just a rehash of their golden age albums?

Well, in a way it is a rehash in the sense that Dizzy Mizz Lizzy return to the style for which they were known in the 1990s - that is melodic hard rock that combines influences from the alternative rock/metal of the 1990s and from The Beatles. The album title 'Forward in Reverse' is likely to be a reference to the album's retrospective outlook. But is this looking back to the past a bad thing? Fuck no! This album is awesome! To be honest, I found Tim Christensen's solo output a tad too boring for my taste, so hearing new material from Dizzy Mizz Lizzy which has the same energy and finesse as the two albums they released in the 1990s is great. Also, in all fairness, which the style on the album is decidedly retrospective, the trio does bring new things to the table.

The opening track is an instrumental in the form of the considerably heavy 'Phlying Pharao' which, not surprisingly, has a slight Middle Eastern feel to it and which, in my opinion is a bona fide heavy metal track. This is followed by the title track, which is an uptempo yet melodic hard rocker that emanates hard rock energy wrapped in Dizzy-esque sophistication. The next track 'Terrified in Paradise' combines a heavy, almost punky verse with a groovy and catchy - and memorable - chorus and features a very Dizzy-esque bridge accompanied by a groovy short instrumental section. 'Brainless' stays in groovy territory, as it evolves around a heavy main riff (reportedly originally written as a parody on death metal before the trio softened it up considerably) and a very melodic chorus. A ballad more in the vein of Christensen's solo material, 'Something so Familiar' is a softie, but it's pretty good and makes for a nice breather between the heavy rockers 'Brainless' and 'Love at Second Sight'. As with the other tracks on the album, 'Love at Second Sight' features a catchy sing-along chorus. Combining a melodic verse with a heavier chorus, 'Made to Believe' is yet another track that zeroes right in on what made the two first Dizzy albums so great. 'Frey' is a mellow acoustic instrumental, which gives the listener a chance to rest before the boogie-inspired groove-fest that is 'Mindgasm' - antoher instrumental - kicks in. 'Mindgasm' is followed by another uptempo rocker in the form of 'Fly bove the Radar'. The penultimate track is 'I Would If I Could But I Can't' and, while it is characterized by the trio's trademark melodic sensibilities, it is perhaps the band's heaviest track, as it builds on a groovy 90s alternative metal-inspired riff. The album concludes with another fine ballad entitled 'Say It To Me Anyway'.

The songwriting and musicianship are both top notch and, while Tim Christensen has definitely matured as a songwriter, the songs on this album have the same youthful character to them as the songs on "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy" and "Rotator". Of interest to metalheads is the fact that legendary metal producer and mastermind behind Invocator, Jacob Hansen, has worked on the production of this album and has been very successful in capturing the same twangy sound and overall production value that characterized the band's two 90s albums.

While there are metal elements on the album, "Forward in Reverse" is not a metal album. It is a bona fide hard rock album, though, that homes right in on the unique style of rock music with which Dizzy Mizz Lizzy laid Denmark, Japan, and parts of Germany to waste in the 1990s. To be honest, listening to this album, it's hard to believe that there's a 20-year gap between it and 1996's "Rotator". Fans of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy's first two albums are bound to enjoy this one, and - if you are into melodic hard rock generally - you should definitely give this album a listen.


Album · 1996 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Genre: alternative rock / hard rock

Not as big a hit as the band's eponymous debut, which really swept the band's native country, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy's second and last full length release "Rotator" nevertheless is revered as one of the central releases of the Danish rock scene of the 1990s - a time otherwise characterized by awful plastic pop Eurotechno like Aqua, Toybox and Infernal.... eech!

Stylistically, it very much takes off where the debut album stopped - which means that "Rotator" delivers sophisticated, almost progressive, yet catchy and tangible power rock tunes which are primarily guitar-driven but also very much so engendered through Tim Christensen's instantly recognizable unique voice as well as Søren Friis' funky and syncopated drumming.

While the guitar sound has very much the same twangy distortion as on the debut album, "Rotator" has a slightly harder edge to it, and tracks like "Thorn in my Pride" and the title track actually come across as having a certain aggressiveness to them, but without losing the characteristic Dizzy Mizz Lizzy melodic feel. Tracks like "Break", "Back-Bone-Beat", "Riff Sang", "Run", "When the River Runs Dry", and "When the River Runs Dry" are all characterized by syncopated and complex rhythmic patterns and twists and turns as well as Beatles-esque harmonies, yet without ever becoming abstract or susbtanceless, if you wish; these are prime quality catchy, broadly appealing, but yet innovative and challenging rock tunes - and that is something that I have always appreciated about both "Rotator" and "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy". Ballad-lovers will be pleased to learn that there are also some heartbreaing softies to be found on this album, like "11:07 PM" and "Rise and Fall".

Just like "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy", "Rotator" deserves its status as a classic within Danish rock, reflecting both high musicianship and talent for solid and innovative songwriting. Recommended to any fan of 90s rock, and rock music in general.

(review originally posted at spirit-of-rock.com)


Album · 1994 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Genre: alternative rock / hard rock

The alternative hard rock band, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, was one of the central names of the Danish rock scene in the 1990s, and, despite only ever releasing 2 albums before breaking up in 1998 because of internal tension, they had an incredibly big impact on the national scene. The band reunited in 2009, played a number of very successful shows and released a live album in 2010.

In 1994, they released the album that started it all - namely, their eponymous debut album, which introduced the world to Tim Christensen's talent for writing sophisticated, yet catchy and guitar-driven power rock - and to his unique voice. Most of the tracks are quite uplifting and highly melodic such as "Waterline", "Barbedwired Babys Dream", "Glory", "67 Seas in Your Eyes", "Mother Nature's Recipe", "...And So Did I", "Wishing Well", "Love Me A Little", "For God's Sake", and "Too Close to Stab" all of which are characterized by a straightforward drive, but still contain twists and turns in the form of atypical chords and harmonies, changes in tempo and the occasional odd time signature. There are also several Beatles-esque elements to be found on this album, which should be no surprise, given that Dizzy Mizz Lizzy are huge Beatles-fans. The often funky drumming also adds an interesting layer to these songs (the drumming in general is phenomenal). In addition to these hard-rocking songs, the album contains the successful ballad "Love Is A Loser's Game" and the massive power ballad "Silverflame".

I genuinely think that this is one of the best Danish rock releases of the 1990s, as each and every song is a well crafted solid piece of rock music. This album deserves its status as a definitive milestone in Danish rock music. And, I would recommend this album to any fan of rock music who are interested in the Danish rock scene of the 1990s - a time otherwise haunted by ghastly Aqua-esque bubble gum Eurodance plastic pop.

(review originally posted at spirit-of-rock.com)


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