(8/10) If you google 'Lynx band' you will find many many results. But it's just a small amount links that brings you to Lynx from Sweden. This has to do with the fact that the band existed in the 80's (pre-internet times) and released only one album. "Caught in the trap" came out in 1985 and was the only album from the five-piece band.
Lynx is Mats Eriksson (v), Per Larsson (g), Mats Hermasson (key), Kauno Vaattovaara (b) and Carl Moser (d) - all of them having a faible for good melodic metal that is based on Rainbow and the early Europe. But also Loverboy and TNT could be cross references for the sound of Lynx.
The result of their work is/was suprisingly good and nothing sounds like rip-offs from the before mentioned bands. Lynx has their own sound that combines melodies with a certain heaviness. The keyboards build a strong foundation for many songs ("Win or loose" or "Don't fool me") but the guitars riffs are never pushed too much into the back. Just listen to the excellent "Fingers crossed". Dokken have not written better songs even in their "Under lock and keys" days. "Fingers crossed" is a thrilling hardrock anthem that has an irresistable hookline and a power that puts a spell on you. For me the best tune on the album.
Another song that's worth to be mentioned is "Final race". The organ reminds to Deep Purple's releases in the eighties and the drums are merciless pushing this song. And also "Nightwaker" with its mystic touch has a lot of identity.
I could continue this way since there is no single filler on the album. It's great that No Remorse re-released this pearl of melodic metal. I wonder how I could miss this album in the 80's since it contains great music and will be loved by fans from the above mentioned bands. Melodic metal can't be played much better.
- My own way
- Win or loose
- Fingers crossed
- Man without a face
- Don't fool me
- Final race
- Nothing in return
- Master of evil
- In the night
- Race to hell
- Keep on giving me love porta (Bonus)
Label: No Remorse
Genre: Melodic Metal