Cruzh - Cruzh

Cruzh cover
Frontiers Music Srl
Cruzh were born from the ashes of TrashQueen, in which both Anton Joensson (guitar) and Dennis Butabi Borg (bass) used to play. Right after, the vocalist Tony Andersson, who has also worked as a studio musician on the never released TrashQueen record, came. The band is officially a trio although the drums were recorded by Louisian Boltner. Moreover, a bunch of musicians participate in the album such as: Erik Wiss (Grand Slam, Creye, Malin Andersson, etc.), who plays the piano on tracks 1 & 4, Mattias Silfver on backing vocals on all tracks, Martin Johansson on backing vocals on track 4 and Patrik Noren on backing vocals on track 3.
Musically, Cruzh is a melodic rock/AOR band that obviously likes this kind of music but also delivers the goods by the book. OK, it ain’t easy to play this kind of music without following a certain songwriting style but then again, there are a few things that a band can do so as to distinct itself from the tons of other bands around. Cruzh delivers some nice melodies here and there and Tony’s vocals will remind of Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) at times – thing that ain’t bad at all, on the contrary. The guys have added a few hard rock elements to their music as well, which has proven a very smart move to make. The production is superb too.
Certainly, the music here is a bit too poppy at times for some reason and there’s a good possibility for Cruzh to be added on the huge roster of melodic rock/AOR genre as just another OK act, if they do not make any changes at all. The album is fine; however, I can’t help but notice that I’ve heard this stuff too many times before – sometimes better and other times worse…