Notörious is a glam/sleaze rock band from Bergen in Norway and was formed in 2018 with their 2020 debut Glamorized being a celebration of the ’80s Sunset Strip themed rock of bands such as Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Poison rather than the homelier (and in my opinion much better) British ’70s version. I still have a great love of Bowie, Sweet, Roxy Music and Mott The Hoople as this was the soundtrack to my early youth whereas, paradoxically, the ’80s infectious beats that came out of the United States was, well – too glamorised – for my likening. The years have softened my opinions and the Crüe and similar are often on my playlists and bands like Notörious, Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx and Hardcore Superstar have most certainly enhanced the glam experience for me. Maybe, in my opinion, the Scandinavian version of glam also includes a touch of bands like the Sweet in their genetic make-up as well as the good-time, party rock swagger and bump ‘n’ grind craziness of the whole genre to make a hybrid that is the best of both worlds!
Glamorized was almost the perfect crazy glam album being perfectly polished and with a real party vibe but also with a killer steel edge showing a band that knew how to have a good time but with all the necessary musical skills to back it up including a great vocalist and killer guitarist.
Notörious has now returned with the often criticsal second album and the three-year gap has seen the band adopt a heavier and much harder delivery and, whilst retaining a glam underbelly, have seemingly become a more mainstream hard metal band with vocalist Chris Höudini again showing he is a singer with class and elan but has added a touch more rock and roll sneer to his delivery. Guitarist Nikki DiCato showed he could riff and solo with the best of them on Glamorized but Marching On sees him up his already impressive game with a truly exceptional metal gunslingers’ approach that has him coming across as a modern day Jimmy Page. Andy Sweet and Freddy Kixx on bass and drums again give their powerful backing allowing DiCato to strut his stuff big style and you cannot fail to be impressed by a band that may be a little glam/sleaze but in reality are totally hard rock and then some.
The music is upbeat and catchy but never frivolous and always, always rocking and they have also managed to get Mark Boals involved and if he has endorsed you then you are doing everything right!
- Intro (1:33)
- Manimal (3:31)
- All Night (4:46)
- Ain’t No Stoppin’ (feat Mark Boals) (4:16)
- Ten Minutes (2:48)
- Eternal Fire (4:27)
- Remember You (4:34)
- Venom (2:46)
- Marching On (feat Henrik Skar) (5:51)