Review: Creye – Straight To The Top (EP) – Self Released – Release: Out now.
Creye came to life during 2015 when guitarist Andreas Gullstrand wanted to make melodic rock music. He got vocal help from Alexander Strandell from Art Nation and with some other friends he recorded this EP. Bombastic keys and a catchy riff get things started on ‘Straight To The Top’. The vocals from Mr. Strandell are top notch of course. The overall sound takes us back to the golden eighties and the band let’s some modern sunrays shine through. To my delight, the keys are hugely present and together with the warm harmonies and backing vocals it smoothens up the sound. The guitars inject the song with the necessary sparks and fireworks.
‘Never Too Late’ follows more or less the same path but leans more to the pure AOR. It makes me very curious to hear what the band will put on their forthcoming debut album on the prestigious Frontiers Music label. Last but not least we get a cover from one of the most underrated AOR albums from the 80’s. ‘No Easy Way Out’ was featured on the Rocky IV soundtrack in 1985. The drum sound takes you back 30 years and the bass sure rules here! The song floats on layers of keys.
The band has a new line-up since the recording of this EP, but they are something to look forward to in the nearby future. Johan Nylén (a.k.a. Dr AOR) from Sharp Music Sweden has supported the band from the start and negotiated with Frontiers Music to get them a record deal.
Score: 4,25 out of 5
Text by: Rik Bauters