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Wild Ride – Tension And Desire [1993]

Country USA         

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 93/100

Band Members Fred Pieters – Vocals, Toine Van Der Linden – Bass, Backing Vocals, Jan Hartman – Drums, Yuri Florentinus – Guitar, Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians Okkie Huysdens – Backing Vocals, Val Roberts – Keyboards, Don Van Spall – 12 String Guitar, Backing Vocals, Jan Koster – Tambourine, Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. If You Don’t Want My Love, 02. Where Do We Go, 03. Steal My Heart, 04. Love Will Find Its Way, 05. Fool Fool, 06. This Time, 07. Too Late To Stop, 08. Out Of My Dreams, 09. Tell No Lies, 10. Don’t Save Your Love, 11. Stop The Fighting

Profile Year 1993 was a bad year for classic rock as grunge swept off many bands from the board but WILD RIDE was among the survivors of melodic hard rock and I’m glad they made ‘Tension and Desire’, which even though not many remember or know this band, this little historical piece has special place in many fans heart.

The opening tune, ‘If You Don’t Want My Love’ is beautiful yet heavy and definitely among the best track here. Together with ‘This Time’ which is a flawless and the greatest song they ever made and also the awesome closing power ballad, ‘Stop The Fighting’, made this album worth the purchase. Another brilliant songs they crafted here are ‘Steal My Heart’, what a splendid chorus!, the anthemic and another hard-hitting song, ‘Too Late To Stop’, and also the uptempo tune, ‘Don’t Save Your Life’, with an excellent riffs.

The production skills of Okkie Huysdens (The President, Diesel), ensures this band gets the attention of those with a liking for heavy guitar/keyboard based melodic rock. A couple of Wild Ride’s personnel came from fellow Dutch band Hot Legs (Pieters and Van Deer Linden), the latter was also part of another Dutch outfit Vangouw, who it seems will be having their material released by AOR-FM Records during 2009! For the most part, this album literally smokes! The intensity is there all the way with no slacking off the accelerator..

For fans of 1st Avenue, Terra Nova and Zinatra, these guys might appear to be copy-cats, but I think their guitar power is more significant, courtesy of six-string bender Yuri Florentinus. The melodic attack surges forth with the pairing of ‘Fool Fool’ and ‘This Time’. ‘Out Of My Dreams’ is a mid paced chant-a-minute effort, where a band like Great White meets Def Leppard. Classy stuff.

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Wild Ride - Tension And Desire [1993], 8.2 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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