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Mr. Quinn “Walking Through The Fire” (Self Released) Sweden | 2019

mrQuinnMr. Quinn is a Swedish hard rock band from the Västerbotten region (up north).” Walking Through The Fire” is the band’s third album, and just like on the predecessors, the group has its feet firmly tucked down in the classic hard rock soil. The band members grew up with bands like Rainbow, Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep. Also some elements, in “My Recall” with its almost theatrical touch of pomp rock and a pinch of AOR. Also, “Nothing Last Forever” has a dramatic feel and an excellent chorus. The band has a new drummer since last time. Former Moon Safari man Tobias Lundgren prog drum playing fits perfectly. Mr. Quinn is quite close to the musical vein of today’s Europe, but they have managed to find a slightly more melodically accessible thread. However, sometimes they are even a bit too poppy, like in the somewhat bland AOR song “No Tomorrow,” and where ballad “My Love” is also passing by entirely unnoticed. Unfortunately album closer “Don’t Hold Back” is a slight anti-climax, after the highly pleasant “It’s Up To You.” For the most part, an excellent album, which despite a couple of low points, is recommendable.

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By Janne Stark

I'm a Swedish guitarist, writer, and record collector. I've recorded a bunch of albums/C.D.s with bands like OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, BALLS, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, ZELLO, PLANET ALLIANCE, plus made guest appearances on stuff by NARNIA, AUDIOVISION, CHRIS CATENA, FAITH, BLINDED COLONY, THALAMUS, M.O.B., TOWER OF STONE, VII GATES, etc. I'm currently involved in the following bands/projects: GRAND DESIGN, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, OVERDRIVE, ZOOM CLUB, and CONSTANCIA. I've been writing for magazines like FUZZ, Backstage, Kool Kat News, Hard Roxx, Sweden Rock Magazine, etc. I still write for metalcentral.net, BallBusterMusic.com and metalcovenant.com, plus I'm the author of the three volumes of "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal"! I have a lovely wife, two crazy cats and two beautiful daughters.