WINDING ROAD – Winding Road (2021)

Sweden gives us another wonderful pearl of Melodic Hard Rock: the self-titled debut of WINDING ROAD is an almost perfect album for the genre; catchy, plenty of infectious melodies and very well produced with a crisp sound.
The songs all have an incredible punch, with captivating refrains and wonderful melodies that bring back to life the spirit of the ’80s Arena Rock and the unforgettable atmospheres from bands like Journey, Europe, Def Leppard and Foreigner, and they do that absolutely far from nostalgia or as a simple ‘revival’ but rather in a fresh and updated way.
The sound is traditional Melodic Rock / AOR circa 1985 with no attempt to emulate the more modern sounds of the Scandinavian contemporaries, and that’s part of the “Winding Road” charm. Magnus’ production is refreshingly clear with the instruments clearly separated.
Fans of the very ‘traditional’ sound & style of the genre rejoice. This is pure Gold.