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Nitrate – Real World [2018]

“Real World” is the debut album of the melodic rock/aor project Nitrate. Nitrate is the brainchild of Nick Hogg (guitars/keyboards) who after playing in a few bands in the early 00s decided after a long absence from the music scene to get back into songwriting again. Hogg joins forces with Rob Wylde (Tigertailz, TCC and Midnite City), Joss Mennen (Zinatra) and Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse, Blood Red Saints and Midnite City to name a few…).

From the opening track “Waiting for you” it becomes clear that “Real World” has every bit the potential of developing into such an AOR highlight as the members’ previous works. Any way you look at it Nitrate is melodic rock without compromise, the leading instrument -aside of the vocals- is the guitar which brings to front thick-yet harmonious-riffs, incredible melodic lines and blistering solos effectively stealing the show on most songs on “Real World”.

“Nitrate – Real World” bares a sweet musical controversy as it is labeled AOR, yet demonstrates such youthful attitude, fun-time and passion that denies any `Adult orientation’. In terms of favorite songs, I could not pick any particular favorites as all 11 songs are top of the top in their style.

It is true that we have seen a lengthy list of great works in 80’s oriented rock and “Nitrate – Real World” is definitely among them. The band has delivered an authentic AOR/melodic rock disc full of substance that peaks on both song-writing and performance. “Real World” turned out an unexpectedly positive surprise and I am looking forward to a follow up.

Band Members
Joss Mennen – Lead/backing vocals
Nick Hogg – Guitars,keyboards
Rob Wylde – Guitars,bass,backing vocals
Pete Newdeck – Drums,backing vocals

01. Waiting On You
02. Crazy Like You
03. Attraction
04. Insane
05. Hot Summer Nights
06. Crank Up The Weekend
07. Only You
08. Real World
09. Breathe
10. Dangerous
11. I’ll Be There

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Nitrate - Real World [2018], 8.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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