Nordic Union is the collaboration between Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T.) and Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Pretty Maids. Together they released a great debut album back in 2016. Nowadays, the time has come for a brand new record with the name "Second Coming" through Frontiers Music s.r.l.
For me Nordic Union's debut was, and still is, a damn perfect album that combines perfectly the sound of these two main bands. Pretty Maids and Eclipse; a killer combination with killer songs, breathtaking performances and an overall strong sound that left me hungry for more.
"Second Coming" comes like a thunder to give us another excellent sample of pure Euro melodic hard rock/metal stuff at its highest order.
The first couple of tracks, "My Fear And My Faith" & "Because Of Us", are just stunning! Both tracks are fast-paced, melodic enough to wet your pants and, in one word, fantastic! "It Burns" is a darker, heavier and epic. This song just grows in you with each listening. In "New Life Begins", we have the first ballad of the new record. For sure, this song will be a favorite among the fans of both bands, Eclipse & Pretty Maids. Next in "The Final War", we have the heaviest song, so far, of the new album. More in a Pretty Maids' 'paths' this is just killer. I really like the heavy guitars here among with a more moodier vibe makes "The Final War" one of the album's highlights. Totally love it!!
"Breathtaking" is a nice mid-tempo rocker and with "Rock's Still Rolling" Nordic Union delivers yet another catchy and solid rock song. "Die Together" sounds like a leftover from Eclipse's latest effort but doesn't bother me at all 'cause this one is just excellent melodic rock stuff at its best. It includes a superb melody in it, Atkins' soulful performances and a breathtaking guitar soloing that makes "Die Together" a highlight!!! The songs that closes "Second Coming", 'The Best Thing I Ever Had' and 'Outrun You', are both great.
If you love the first Nordic Union album, then you'll love equally this one too. The one thing that you can expect from musicians such as Erik Martensson and Ronnie Atkins is quality, melody and killer songs!! That's all folks!
Rating : 9,5/10