NORDIC UNION is the successful collaboration, built by Frontiers Records SLR 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 Scandinavians came about sometime in 2015, when Atkins was sent a bunch of demos put together for him by Martensson. The enthusiastic reaction from Atkins sparked a brand new musical alliance that culminated in Nordic Union’s self-titled debut album, which was released in January 2016. Musically, the duo presented a hybrid of the more melodic aspects of Pretty Maids’ sound mixed with elements of Eclipse, Talisman, and W.E.T., while still possessing their own identity. Heavy riffs, soaring vocals, thumping beats, and a grand ballad… this album has it all and flows perfectly with songs that are memorable, rocking, and of course, melodic.
Following requests from fans for a follow up to the debut, the two musicians decided to give Nordic Union another shot, so after a few months production, “Second Coming” was released on November 9th. Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf sat down with Ronnie Atkins to discuss the new Nordic Union album, as well as the current and future plans for the Pretty Maids. Check out their conversation in the audio player below, and remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on daily basis.