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Velveteen Queen “Consequence of the City”

A promising debut album by glammy and sleazy Swedish rock band Velveteen Queen.

Velveteen Queen is a new Swedish band formed in Gothenburg in 2021. The band consists of Samuel Nilsson (vocals), Lukas Axx (guitar), Noah Mardh (guitar) and Isac Borg (drums). Two years ago they released their first single, “Trauma”, which is included on the album, and they have also released the EP “The Theater Sessions”. Now their debut full-length studio album “Consequence of the City” has arrived and the band will be doing a fair few live gigs during the rest of the year. The music is catchy, ballsy and perfect for getting a party started. This is a Swedish take on the glammy and sleazy rock music created in the US in the 1980s. These twentysomethings from Gothenburg weren’t even born during the era that gave us Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, Guns N’ Roses, Cinderella and Poison. However, they have been inspired by that scene and brought those influences to here and now, because this album does not sound dated. This is no retro act.

“Take Me Higher” is one of the standout tracks on the album. “Kenny’s Blues” is also great, as is “Bad Reputation”. “Stranger in the Mirror” differs from other tracks on the album. The song features guest appearances by Mats Levén (Vandenberg, Swedish Erotica, Candlemass, Treat, Yngwie Malmsteen), Peter Keys (George Clinton, Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash’s Snakepit). The track “Dreamer” is the album’s obligatory power ballad. It is as good as many of the MTV-era power ballads.

“Consequence of the City” is a promising debut album from a band full of energy, attitude and hope.

Velveteen Queen’s album “Consequence of the City” is out now.