Oxygen - 2012 - Final Warning
1- Janitor of Love
2- Anything for you
3- When tomorrow never comes
4- I remember
5- Gold from the future
6- We must fight
7- I wanna know for sure
8- Bring Back The Joy
9- Best days of our lives
Oxygen are from Sweden, a country that excels in high quality Melodic Rock with an 80’s edge.
Tony Niva, the band's lead vocalist, began his musical career 1987 with a metal act called Zanity that only recorded one demo-tape which was never released to the public . He also appeared on the single "Down Town" from fellow country men Swedish Erotica which saw the light of day somewhere around 1988. After the sessions in Gothenburg Tony was a member of several musical acts in and around his home region such as Malibu Band, Tracy Goes Crazy and Axia.
With his own band NIVA he put out “No Capitulation” in Japan in 1994. After this first NIVA release there was not much activity in terms of live performances, instead Tony composed more self written material that started moving away from the metal genre. He also made an appearance with the band Lion’s Share on their “Entrance” platter.
And now we have Tony's newest offering entitled "Final Warning" taking up residency in our CD player. The band now goes by the name of Oxygen and the chosen musical style is that of AOR mixed with melodic (hard) rock.
What this album is all about is highly infectious melodies and great songs.
Oxygen have a knack for crancking out fine tunes similar to the likes of Treat and other Swedish bands of the same ilk but they have also captured that great American / Canadian vibe of the early eighties. Vocally Tony sounds a little like Lou Nadeau of “Wrabit” so you can be sure they stand out from the crowd !
Most of the album is up-tempo, bouncy AOR with somewhat sugary choruses and more than once the name ABBA popped into my mind, especially during the ballad "I Remember".
The slightly heavier "Gold From The Future" on the other hand shows traces of TNT's lighter material.
'Anything For You', 'When Tomorrow Never Comes', 'Janitor Of Love' and 'I Wanna Know For Sure' are the album's top songs and I really hope to hear more tunes like this from Oxygen on future releases.
Final conclusion: Oxygen are like a breath of fresh air who really put a large amount of passion into their songs..."Final Warning" therefore s a solid start and a good foundation for more.
Tony Niva / Lead Vocals, backing vocals
Roger Ljunggren / All Guitars
Marcus Persson / keyboard, backing vocals
Bengan Andersson / Drums
Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 July 2012 16:19)