It was only five years ago that I discovered Swedish Melodic Rock act Degreed. I had known of them for years as they already had two albums out by then – Life, Love, Loss (2010) and We Don’t Belong (2013) – but I hadn’t got around to check them out. Their then brand new album Dead But Not Forgotten and its single, the amazing “Better Safe Than Sorry”, changed all that. The album completely floored me and so did the eponymous follow-up – and that was when I decided I had to check their previous albums out. Good albums, both of them but none of them in the class of the two follow-ups, I must say. As a somewhat new fan of the band, it’s of course of big interest when they release a new record. The three years that has gone by since the last release feels much shorter and my love-affair with the last two albums lingers still and since the word on the street was that Degreed had updated their sound somewhat with the new album, both anticipation and big expectations are following its release – and I must admit, a small chunk fear of them going too far south as well.