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Miss Behaviour - 2006 Heart Of Midwinter

ARTIST: Miss Behaviour
ALBUM: Heart Of Midwinter
LABEL: Sunset Fox Records
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Erik Heikne - guitars * Henrik Sproge - keyboards * Mattias Wetterhall - vocals * Sebastian Gustafsson - bass * Hampus Landin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Shine * 02 Precious Times * 03 Dreams Are Cursed * 04 Midwinter Sleeps * 05 Circles * 06 Make It Your Own Way * 07 Runaway Man * 08 One Heart In Divide * 09 New Horizon



This fine release was released in 2006, but only came to my attention in 2008, released on the excellent sounding 'Sunset Fox' label. Miss Behaviour were formed in 2003 by Erik Heikne and Henrik Sproge. These are certainly new names for me and the good news being that they are already in the process of recording a follow up. The only pedigree this release has is the involvement of Sebastian Roos, if you remember one of the mainstays of another great band of recent years being Shineth. More of his great contribution later. In essence, Erik and Henrik with the aid of three other talented musicians have put together a well crafted collection of pomp classics mixed with unforgettable scandi melodies, meaty vocals played in a backdrop of Royal Hunt esque backing vocals.

The Songs
Off we go with 'The Shine' and Miss Behaviour intentions are clear, not since the 80's have I heard these mountains of parping keyboards, which reach new peaks once occupied by Alien. The velocity of this song makes it essential for lots of flicking perms, pouted lips and the synchronized swinging of electric guitars. This is pomp heaven, it is just the haircuts and pouted lips that has changed. Just as the song nears its conclusion and you are putting those 'air' keyboards away, we get another swirling inferno of ferocious keyboards. 'Precious Time' is up next and opens with a piano melody, than head first into a wash of killer vocals and a melody drenched in dry ice. 'Dreams Are Cursed' is a more hard rock melodic tune, with At Vance influences but with less over the top guitaring. This is a very snappy song which is over too soon and maybe too short to form a really defined opinion on the tune, but long enough to establish it being more Eclipse than Treat, and more Midnight Sun than Alien. 'Midwinter Sleeps' has another splendid piano introduction, very melodic with excellent vocals which are embedded by keyboards, pushing higher to reach similar tones as reached by the maestro Tobias Sammet of Edguy and Avantasia, it is that good! Just before the 2 minute mark your ears get a pummelling, then back to an essential melodic chorus and some quality high pitched vocals, you know you like it! Special mention goes to the standard of backing vocals, arranged by the band and Sebastian Roos, these are excellent arrangements and are the core element of taking this song and the album to a higher standard. 'Circles' has a Spanish sounding introduction and is the first ballad to appear, while once again professionally put together it just doesn't have that memorable hook, but top marks for trying. 'Make It Your Own Way' enters next and here the vocals by Mattias Wetterhall has a real Geoff Tate edge to them, notably from the 'Rage For Order' era. The song itself has all the elements of Rescue, Crystal Blue and Talk Of The Town rolled into one. 'Runaway Man' has again a strong taste of Royal Hunt backing vocals which are used to great effect in the pre-chorus, in fact they take up the main premise of much of the song, which I found really appealing. Along with yet another soaring melodic guitar solo coupled with a battering of keyboards creates a menu for success, especially after repeated plays. 'One Heart In Divide' opens with a Rainbow inspired introduction and becomes a straight forward rock song and again with more keyboard saturation. When was the last time you purchased a recent released CD where the keyboard player had such a big impact? The CD finishes off with 'New Horizon' being the second ballad and this time is does contain that memorable hook.

In Summary
A breathtaking release. An enjoyable and exciting ride, using the full range of all 88 keys. What is so appealing is that it jolts your memory banks to why you enjoy this genre so much and what made it so awe-inspiring. Scandi rock has always stood firm in providing a backbone of essential rock symphonies. Miss Behaviour mix the more harmonious aspects of classic Royal Hunt with the songwriting prowess of Alien with the power of Avantasia. Well executed tunes, many of which have a hint of neo-classical which just goes to enhance Miss Behaviour's AOR intentions. Miss Behaviour? More like a missed opportunity for music lovers if it has passed you by, so, grab it, listen to it, play air-keyboards to it, rejoice in it!

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#1 | swazi on November 12 2012 19:28:31
One I still need to grab, if it's still available. I love "Last Woman standing"!
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