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XT - Taxfree 1993 / JAPAN VERSION

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01. Chaos.

02. The One.

03. Face To Face.

04. My First Morning.

05. Got Love.

06. The Silent Cry.

07. Carry On.

08. The False Prophet.

09. Sign Of The Time.

10. Walk In Shadows.

11. One Way To Heaven.

12. Paradise.

 

Musicians

Sonny Larsson – Lead Vocals

Bjorn Stigsson – Guitars & Keyboards

Niklas Johnsson - Keyboards

Johan Stark – Bass

Kjell Andersson – Drums

 

Guitarist Bjorn Stigsson has without a doubt been around the block. Getting his start in the early eighties when he joined forces with brothers Kjell (drums) and Hakan Andersson (lead vocals/bass) to form the Swedish metal outfit Leviticus, he contributed the songwriting to the bands 1984 hard rocking debut I Shall Conquer in addition to its 1985 sophomore effort The Strongest Power.

After Hakan departed the band following the release of TSP, Stigsson recruited bass guitarist virtuoso Ez Gomer and an equally talented vocalist by the name of Terry H. prior to recording the melodic metal of Leviticus’ finest album to date in Setting Fire To The Earth. When Ez and Terry H. left the group to form Jet Circus, lead vocalist Peo Pettersson was brought into the fold for the bands fourth and final outing Knights Of Heaven,

At 1989 melodic rock based effort that fell a bit short of the mark due to the overly polished feel to its production. Stigsson also released his first and only solo album the same year under the title Together With Friends, a moniker that proved more than fitting as a result of the number of artists that made guest appearances on it, including a talented vocalist by the name of Sonny Larsson (Motherlode). The partnership between Stigsson and Larsson in time led to the formation of an exciting new group called XT. While XT did not release its self-titled debut until 1992.

A More Pop Rock based effort that was heavily influenced by Knights Of Heaven – the band came into its own a year later when it recorded the catchy melodic hard rock of its sophomore album Taxfree / Finally, in 1995 XT put it all together when the band recorded its most guitar driven effort to date in Extended Empire. “Guitar driven”, nonetheless, are the two key words here in that it proves by far and away the heaviest project Stigsson has been associated with.

While straightforward heavy metal might be the correct term to describe the music here, the album reflects influences as diverse as melodic metal (“I Want Love”), power metal (“Five Minutes To Midnight”) and even some progressive tendencies as well (“On The Run”). Nothing less than an accomplished musician, Stigsson puts forth one of the finest showings of his career, laying down a monster rhythm guitar sound in addition to furnishing a plethora of skillfully done Lead Guitar Work.

Larsson, who got his start with the secular melodic hard rock outfit Motherlode on its 1986 debut The Sanctuary, puts forth a versatile performance with his high pitched vocal style but adds an element of grit and gravel to his vocal delivery on “Can’t Live Without You” and “On The Run”. Long term Leviticus drummer Kjell Andersson puts forth his trademark strong showing and rounds out the rhythm section with bassist Johan Stark. Niklas Johnsson adds just the right amount of touch on Keyboards.

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