NORDIC UNION is the name behind the new musical collaboration, built by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino between singer Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Danish Hard Rock institution PRETTY MAIDS and the up-and-coming Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of ECLIPSE and W.E.T. fame.
The partnership between the two fellow Scandinavians worked well and together they have created some musical magic, which will truly impress the fans of these highly regarded musicians. Atkins says: The music on the album has a focus on good melodies and theres some good guitar work as well. I had a good gut feeling ever since I heard the first songs from Erik Martensson, and I was right hes a very gifted and talented songwriter!
These songs are guaranteed not to leave your head for a long time. Just have a listen to the gorgeous anthemic opener The War Has Begun and some killer melodic gems like When Death Is Calling, 21 Guns and Hypocrisy with great hooks and epic guitar riffs. Wide Awake can be described as a combination between pop and melodic rock with a modern production. Theres really something for everyone here.
While Pretty Maids is still my first priority explains Ronnie, the production process and the work on this record went very smoothly. I think what came out is a killer Melodic Hard Rock album with a lot of good songs on it I could really feel the songs as mine and identify with those. So I hope the fans will be able to share my view and Its been some kind of a little fresh breath in between albums for me really.
Get ready to enjoy a great new album from a new sensational all Nordic musical alliance!
Ronnie Atkins – Lead & Background Vocals
Erik Martensson – Lead Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Background Vocals
Magnus Ulfstedt – Drums
Guest Guitar Solos
Thomas Larsson, guitar solo on “Every Heartbest” & “Wide Awake”
Fredrik Folkare, guitar solo on “Point Of No Return” & “Hypocrisy”
Magnus Henriksson, guitar solo on “The War Has Begun”
Produced by Erik Martensson