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Wildness - 2017 Wildness


ARTIST: Wildness
ALBUM: Wildness
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Erik Modin - drums, production * Adam Holmstrom - guitars * Pontus Skold - guitars * Gabriel Lindmark - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 War Inside My Head * 02 Stranger * 03 Shadowland * 04 Alibi * 05 Collide * 06 Highlands * 07 Your Last Romance * 08 Down In The City * 09 Falling Down * 10 The Flame * 11 Welcome The Night * 12 Turning The Pages



Another of the new brigade of Swedish melodic rock acts to strike in 2017 are Wildness. Fresh on the heels of bands like Streamline and Code Red (both featured here recently at GDM), these guys have all the ingredients to make a dent in your listening schedule. They certainly did for me. New they might be to officially releasing a full length album, but their origins go back to 2013. They've gradually worked their way forward, and commenced work on their debut about a year ago. Some good things take time, like an aged scotch or bourbon; so too a Wildness album it would appear.

The Songs
There are just some killer tunes on here. Some of the choruses are millimetre perfect to these ears. Check out monster tunes like 'Collide' and the immense 'Your Last Romance', which could be one of my songs of the year. Yes, it's that good. But really, there are sugar bullets all through the album, and it's clear that this is a labour of love by all those concerned. The opening salvo of 'War Inside My Head' and 'Stranger' is the best intro to an AOR album I've heard this year, though the opening pairing on the Code Red album was superb too, except that album faded out by half time. No concerns about stamina with Wildness, as they rock out to the end, including the tough riffing of 'Welcome The Night' and another pealr in the shape of 'Down In The City'.

In Summary
Singer Lindmark also does double duty with the band Streamline, while bassist Marcus Sjosund has played bass at a couple of Wildness gigs, though there is no credit for either a bass player or keyboard player on this album. As for an end of the year surge into the Best of Year List, Wildness have come with a withering late run. They look likely to get across the finish place in a great position. Check them out for top-class Scandi action.

Wildness - 2017 Your Last Romance

Wildness - 2017 War Inside My Head

Wildness - 2017 Alibi

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#1 | george_the_jack on December 17 2017 12:12:27
This is a very promising group. They sound like a mix of Care of Night and Creye but IMO the vocals here are vastly better to those of the aforementioned bands. There's maybe a bit of Covered Call and The Magnificent in the mix as well. A winner.
#2 | gdazegod on December 17 2017 18:06:39
Erik Wigelius produced this, he also did Care of Night.
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