Wildness – Wildness [2017]

“Wildness” is a Swedish melodic hard rock band on their first release. One has seen too many great melodic albums over the past months so I suppose it is becoming increasingly difficult to convince that this is once again a case of impressive work. But that’s exactly what it is. Wildness was more of a studio project and originally founded in the summer of 2013 by drummer and songwriter Erik Modin. With main focus on heavy guitars, wide keyboards, big drums, melodies and hooks the shape of something new and exciting began to emerge.

I guess what is important for “Wildness” is that they let their music do all the talking and it certainly does. After playing the album a dozen times, it becomes clear that “Wildness” themes are centered on the love/heartbreak subject yet the songs are put together in a way to stimulate primarily the listener’s suspense. So, at first glance, “Wildness” have plenty of advantages on their side subsequently making their debut album a rather high-profile release in the melodic rock world. Truthfully, “Stranger”, “Alibi”, “Collide”, “Turning the Pages” and “Your Last Romance” are class-A material impeccably arranged and performed, more than enough to satisfy any melodic rock fan.

Having said the above, one feels the need to insist that there is no fault with the album as a musical offering, it does feature solid songwriting, strong performances and top-notch production, as choice for the producer fell on the creative and productive mastermind Erik Wigelius (Wigelius, Care Of Night), therefore definitely worth the attention of melodic hard rock enthusiasts.

Band Members
Gabriel Linmark – Vocals
Pontus Skold – Guitar, Backing vocals, keybaords
Adam Holdstrom – Guitar, backing vocals
Erik Modin – Drums

Tracks
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

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