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  • Audio CD (12 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Aor Heaven
  • ASIN: B00ITN5RE4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Firefest favourites Alien were formed in Gothenburg, Sweden during the fall of 1986 by guitarist Tony Borg. Later the same year the band recorded two songs, "Headstrong" and "I'll Survive" (at Studio Bohus), and so taken by them were they, that Virgin Scandinavia then signed the band and released both tracks (as singles), whilst going on to offer the band a worldwide deal...Late 1987 would see the Swedes cut three songs with producer Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Def Leppard) at Abba's Polar Studios. And one, "Only One Woman" (a cover version of the classic Graham Bonnet song) later went on to top the charts at home, with the B-side "Somewhere Out There", also going to No.1 in the instrumental chart. Buoyed by this great response, the group relocated to Sound City Studios, Los Angeles with producer Chris Minto (Pat Benatar, Kiss), to record the debut Alien (1988). And two songs ("Feel My Love", and "Brave New Love") went on later to feature in the 1988 remake of classic 50's Sci-Fi movie "The Blob". The band was still a huge hit at Virgin. Whilst in London, Alien would shoot photos with Simon Fowler, be featured by Derek Oliver (in Kerrang!), and sign with Steve Barnett at Hard To Handle Management, who handled Gary Moore. But Virgin America had a new album cover done and remixes by Duane Baron and John Purdell included, whilst the international release would see some songs changed due to the introduction of new singer Pete Sandberg (who replaced Jim in late 1988), the first single "The Air That I Breathe in particular being included. New promo and cover shots were then shot in LA, as well as a video for "Tears Don't Put Out The Fire" directed by Dough Freel, who was chosen mainly for his work on the Def Leppard's Hysteria videos. Tears......." was then chosen as the international single release, whilst the band once again broke all box-office records. Tony and Pete continued recording and released Shiftin' Gear in 1990, ending the Virgin era, but it was a tough time. A Stockholm based Alien, featuring Borg, pressed on, but after the release of Crash (1994) and having toured extensively, Tony called it quits and Alien was no more. In 2005 Tony and Jim got in touch once again boosted by an offer from Frontiers to record once more. But living far apart, recording was difficult, and although Dark Eyes was released (in 2005), Alien was put to rest once again; Jim and Tony realizing that it would take the original line-up to make it truly sound like Alien. In 2010, rejuvenated, the original line-up reunited and a handful of festivals were chosen to launch the reunion. A new single Ready To Fly was cut and this went down so well with the crowds, especially those that made their first Firefest performance (in 2011) so special, that the band seriously began to think of a new record. Alien truly are one of the bands that broke the mould in the European AOR scene, and their continued presence in it seems now assured as Eternity pushes all the right buttons and strikes all the perfect shapes..... Welcome back.

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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
God I hate labels and genres but for once this album provides a textbook example of what is termed AOR or melodic rock. Plenty of upfront keyboard and synth, chunky rhythms, guitars that range from power chords to super twiddly solos, a singer who can really sing and best of all proper songs. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this album which on first listen I would have likened to Asia but subsequently would have to say errs more towards Journey and Foreigner. So there is nothing "new" here but what there is, is very well done. I have to admit to not being a fan of the power ballads "I believe" and "In truth" - no cliche left unturned - but the more up tempo tracks such as " Unbroken" and "Wildheart" redress the balance, although the lyrics remain just a tad cheesy. But I like this sort of stuff, cheese and all, and have been listening to this album for a couple of weeks now on a streaming service so don't know why it is only just released on Amazon. If you like AOR there is a lot to like here.
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By R. Muir TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Since their formation in 1986 Swedish outfit Alien have been through various musical phases that included melodic pop, rock and metal influenced material – but Alien have also been through a fair old number of musicians, especially in the early to mid-90’s.

It’s no coincidence that period of instability led to a reduction in the band’s fan base; it also led to a loss of musical identity and eventual disbandment.

With Eternity however, identity has been established – make that re-established – with the original line-up of ever present Tony Borg (guitars), vocalist Jim Jidhed (who returned to the fold in 2005 when Borg reformed the band), Ken Sandin (bass), Jimmy Wandroph (keyboards) and Toby Tarrach (drums).

The original quintet reunited and toured in 2010 but Eternity marks the first time this line-up has been together in the studio since the band’s eponymous debut album.
A quarter of a century on from that first record comes Alien album number seven, but Eternity carries a sound that will be anything but Alien to fans of the debut and aficionados of AOR/ melodic rock.

While the big sound, keyboard layers and guitar melodies of Eternity aren't exactly reinventing the melodic rock wheel, neither is the album a case of heard-it-all-before.
And that’s a neat trick in what has become a somewhat formulaic and sometimes cookie cutter genre.

The soft rock keyboard and rhythmic drumming intro of opener 'In Love We Trust' certainly hints at a return to 80’s melodic cliché’s, but there is just the subtlest hint of a rawer edge to the number as it hits its stride, which wouldn't have been the case three decades ago.
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Format: Audio CD
At last! All members of the original line-up are back!

With their 1988 self-titled debut being hailed as an AOR gem.
Featuring the superb songs Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire, Brave New Love, Go Easy and the hit ballad Only One Woman. Which reached Number 1 on the Swedish Charts and remained there for over 6 weeks.

Later that year saw the departure of vocalist Jim Jidhed and throughout the 1990s the remaining members released a couple of albums with a different vocalist.

Their 2014 release Eternity sees the band on top form all vocals blazing, Jim certainly has maintained his range and power encapsulating the AOR melodies and style from their debut combined with high-tech touches and a top-notch production.

Eternity possibly even outshines their debut.

Overall, a polished high-tech classy album with an outstanding production.
This is modern European AOR of the highest caliber.
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