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Wilder – Violent Passion [1989]

WILDER_VPCountry USA          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Carmen Wilder – Vocals,Keyboards, Bill Bruce – Lead Guitar, Kent Unruh – Rhythm Guitar, Brent Frazier – Guitars, Kelly Lemon – Bass Guitar, Mick Meyers – Percussion

Tracks 01. Her Side Of Town (3:44), 02. Two Dimensional Lover (4:52), 03. The Ghost In My Heart (3:58), 04. Violent Passions (4:01), 05. Whispering Winds (4:37), 06. Hunger In Her Hert (3:45), 07. New Love (4:21), 08. No Love (3:27), 09. Deja Voodoo (3:51), 10. Mercenaries Theme (1:33)

Profile  WILDER is a hard rock band out of the midwestern US founded by frontman Carmen Wilder. Though predominantly a singer and bassist, he has been known to play drums, guitars, and keyboards on the records as well. Bandmembers often shift from album to album, sometimes featuring guest players. Seminal members are Bill Bruce (guitar), Brent Frazier (guitar), and James Lee Dillard (percussion).

Wilder’s style is best described as melodic with radio-friendly hooks, but virtuosic playing and complex arrangements often landed their music in the AOR bin. Carmen Wilder’s distinct voice and high range gave the music a unique sound that stood apart from many of their contemporaries, and was the common denominator in the exploratory writing that evolved as members were interchanged from project to project. Guitarist Bill Bruce (formerly of Hellion and Shotgun Messiah) trained with the best at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, learning licks from the likes of Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai. 

Wilder’s unfortunate career arc found them releasing their first album at the same time the Seattle sound challenged Metal’s dominance of MTV and radio. Most metal acts lost their contracts as audiences looked for a grungier look and sound, just as Wilder acquired their record deal with New Renaissance Records. Two years into the contract, the indie lable folded leaving the band high and dry just as the second album under that label was released. Many in the music media said that if WILDER had released their first international release “Violent Passions” four years earlier than they did, they could have made a much more significant impact in the music scene.  This was the turning point for WILDER, an international release supported by a music video for the title track. It was also the first effort combining the talents of guitarist Bill Bruce with those of CW.


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