March 18, 2022

C.K.O. is a Swedish hard rock band and it is not a name I know nor does there appear to be a great detail of information about them out there so apologies for the lack of any real insight or historical comments.

They line up with the tight and hard hitting Johan Widerberg on vocals, Claes Karlsson and Anders Pålsson on guitar, Gustav Bromelius on bass and Rikki Dahl on drums. Being a Swedish band then it should come as no real surprise that C.K.O. is a very professional and tight rock band, high on quality and skill with Widerberg supplying absolutely perfect English vocals. Again, they are another of those thoroughly professional acts having that usual trans-Atlantic sound that so many Scandinavian bands seem to have and which broadens their appeal exponentially.

They have a style and delivery very much influenced by bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest and Guns N’ Roses with huge crashing and crushing riffs and lots of in your face blistering solos with classic 70’s Bon Scott/Brian Johnson throaty vocals to add real menace to their sound. All are veterans of the Swedish rock scene and all look like they were born in a seedy bikers bar with a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand and a guitar in the other with the twin ambitions of drinking and playing hard, fast old school metal. Of course, being Swedish, then being hard drinkers is par for the course and they all can play thunderous metal to great effect so ambitions met!

Are You With Me is a great album for those days when you need a heavy dose of retro hard rock played at maximum volume, great fun from a most talented band.

Are You With Me

  1. Rock It (3:39)
  2. Sicario (3:54)
  3. Hold On (3:55)
  4. Goin’ Crazy (4:02)
  5. Fast Line (4:33)
  6. Borderline (4:45)
  7. Go Down (3:50)
  8. Save Me (5:42)
  9. Tomorrowland (4:56)
  10. Locked Inside (3:33)
  11. Take A Chance (4:56)