KRALJEVSKI APARTMAN is
one of the most popular bands in Serbia, former Yugoslavia, but
outside the country not many people are aware of this great band.
They have released 3 CDs and musically it is pure 80s melodic
hard/heavy rock/metal like a mix between URIAH HEEP, RAINBOW and
some MOTORHEAD. The first CD is titled Long live
rocknroll, and like the title predicts, the album is
named after the famous RAINBOW song. That cover also opens the
CD, but is actually the least interesting song, because what
really interests us are the other 7 tracks and the bonus video
clip of Misterija. Highlights on the debut CD are
Ne verujem u lazne andele (great very strong
semi-melodic rockballad), Gradski ratnici (very good
faster catchy uptempo melodic metal), Oprosti mi
(semi melodic rockballad), Demonske oci (strong
uptempo classy 70s/80s Hardrock) and the midtempo melodic heavy
rocker Misterija. Without a doubt, this is a very
strong album and although the lyrics are in Serbian, the music of
KRALJEVSKI APARTMAN is a must for anyone into classic
Hardrock/Metal. Some might say it sounds very dated, because if
you listen to the CDs its like youre back in 1986 or
something, but I must say it sounds very impressive.
The following album was called Izgubljen u vremenu, which continues the same direction created on the debut CD, so again a mix of classy 80s Metal and Melodic Hardrock. Although the album starts with the MOTORHEAD orientated Izgbljen u vremenu, the rest of the CD has nothing to do with LEMMY and co. Among the best songs we can count Nikad se ne predajem (excellent fast uptempo melodic metal), Ne trazi davola (good uptempo melodic hardrock), Posle oluje (lovely faster uptempo melodic metal), Mracan grad (uptempo melodic HR) and the lovely semi-ballad Ne verujem u lazne andele. Some of the songs also appeared on their debut CD of the band, but with 12 tracks this CD is probably the best CD of KRALJEVSKI APARTMAN.
The third CD of the band was released in 2002 and continues the same hardrock/metal style as before, although Rocker also contains some weaker songs, such as Ranjena zver, Znam da zivot kratko traje and Niemandsland. Happily we can also hear some great melodic heavy rock/metal such as Ne trazi milost, Dama iz Kraljevskog Apartmana, Rocker, Za ljubav ne treba da molis and Crni konjanici.
The band is very popular in their homecountry of Serbia, and I think (after seeing some live performances of the band) they belong to the better bands from (Ex-) Yugoslavia, and are almost as good as similar bands like SOUTHERN STORM, KERBER and DIVLJE JAGODE.
ROCKER 2002/ROCK EXPRESS RECORDS 8.0
IZGUBLJEN U VREMENU 2000/ROCK EXPRESS RECORDS 8.5
LONG LIVE ROCKNROLL 1997/ROCK EXPRESS RECORDS 8.0
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