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Wildness: Resurrection
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Wildness: Resurrection

AOR Melodic Rock
4.5/5.0

Having signed a major record deal with Frontiers Music (and leaving AOR Heaven), Swedish band Wildness returns with their third studio album and a stable lineup. Resurrection is basically a DIY recording wherein band founder and principal songwriter Erik Modin produced, mixed, and mastered the entire album.

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Fans will be pleased with the new album because Wildness continues their foray into the classic genre of AOR-driven melodic hard rock. With songs developed by a drummer you can expect at least one excellent characteristic in each song: sold rock rhythm and groove. Which, in turn, makes for some toe-tapping, car stereo, and arena-ready rock. Of course, there's more including fine melodic lead vocals reinforced by gang vocal harmony; song melody and harmony with catchy refrains, and dastardly good guitar solos. Also, though uncredited, Wildness drops in some synths for depth and embellishment. Needless to say, Wildness knows their genre inside and out and crafts mighty fine tunes.



Many of those tunes strike the AOR anvil from the start like Best Of Me, Nightmare, The One And Only, or the anthemic ballad Love Resurrection (which also has some significant riffs). Lonely Girl finds Wildness mellow with a piano driven ballad moved by vocal harmony. Similar is the closing Eternity Will Never Fall which, again, turns on the vocals but also synth embellishment. But, Wildness can kick out the jams with ambitious rockers such as Release The Beast, The Final Fantasy, and perhaps Tragedy, which is also heavier AOR-like rock.

All in all, Wildness' Resurrection is spot-on and entertaining AOR melodic hard rock, perhaps even more tempered and mellow in several songs. All the same, easily recommended.


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The Take Away

All in all, Wildness' Resurrection is spot-on and entertaining AOR melodic hard rock, perhaps even more tempered and mellow in several songs. All the same, easily recommended.

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