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Winter Parade - 2002 Midnight In Paradise

ARTIST: Winter Parade
ALBUM: Midnight In Paradise
SERIAL: 0681-51
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Bjorn Kjetil Westum - vocals * Dice Jacobsen - guitars * Per Bjornar Riise - bass * Mr Howe - keyboards * Terje Follien - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Meteor Rain (intro) * 02 Save Me Tonight * 03 Days Of Our Lives * 04 Midnight In Paradise * 05 This Game Of Life * 06 It's Just Another Day * 07 Symbol Of Love * 08 Valentines Day * 09 Don't Let It Rain On My Parade * 10 Steamin'


Norway finally has something to help melt away the winter snows. That is: the aural assault of Tynset's finest - Winter Parade. If you're a regular to GDAZE you would already know about the band from our past ramblings, our October 2001 interview, and of course that association with mysterious L.A outfit White Diamond. Now powered under their own steam, the band underwent a bidding war with European labels before finally settling with MTM Music. Many in the industry have known about these guys for a wee while, and it doesn't seem long ago now that the band were dabbling over on MP3.COM and of course singer Bjorn Westum's prowess being heard elsewhere. Why we haven't seen the band strike the good oil earlier on in their career is a mystery to many. Thankfully time has not passed them by, and we are all the more fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to them in their prime. More recently, they've added a dedicated keyboard player, and settled on the songs that would eventually grace their impressive debut album 'Midnight In Paradise'.

The Songs
If you've heard the MP3's forget it. The full-blown tracks are a treat to be heard on this CD. A glorious mix of melodic AOR, fuelled by the TNT like guitar-runs from Dice, the solid underbelly provided by P.B and Terry, and notwithstanding the powerful vocals from Bjorn. Hey not bad for a farm-boy! Some tracks have been heard previously, while others will be new to you. 'Meteor Rain' is a short musical burst of utter OTT heaviness, which leads us into the sonic blitz of 'Save Me Tonight'. A highlight for me is the sensational 'Days Of Our Lives'. It has everything in here an unabashed AOR fan could ever want.. all in the space of 4 minutes. Believe me the guitarwork is on another level. Not far behind is the watertight effort of 'Steamin' or the riffarama of 'Symbol Of Love'. Some familiar tracks include the memorable 'It's Just Another Day' and 'This Game Of Life'. New material includes the organ driven romp of 'Rain On My Parade' plus a couple of mid-tempo ballads. Obviously a band of this calibre will have ballads to kill, and they don't disappoint. The title track 'Midnight In Paradise' and 'Valentines Day' deliver with pre-requisite rich choruses and killer hooks!

In Summary
I have no hesitation in recommending this CD to anyone who enjoys quality melodic rock/AOR. It's right up there with the Harem Scarem and Harlan Cage platters, perhaps surpassing them (?). Whatever the case, Winter Parade look set to join the ranks of AOR heroes for the 21st Century a la Urban Tale, and in the process, reminding us all that we should be focusing on the new breed instead of breathing life into 'old-timers' like Journey and Styx. Unforutnately the band decided to call it a day not long after. A pity really, because musically this lot could've gone on to bigger and better things.

Related Articles
Winter Parade - 2001 Interview with Per Riise (Oct 2001)
Winter Parade - 2002 Midnight In Paradise
Winter Parade - 2008 Two

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 08 2008 15:51:50
Looking forward for the review of their new 2008 release!
#2 | englandashes on February 03 2009 20:19:16
Just played this again this evening, excellent CD!

One of the best that appeared on the MTM label.
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