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Wild Frontier - 2012

Wild Frontier - 2012

Label : Music Buy Mail | Archive under hardrock / aor

Release type: Full-length CD

Sjak : About five years ago, to be exact in April of 2007, in our monthly magazine attention was given to the fourth studio album 'Bite The Bullet' of the Germany based melodic rock outfit Wild Frontier. Colleague Guus concluded that this foursome had delivered a great album, which fitted in the same league as fellow countrymen Bonfire, Fair Warning and Jaded Heart. Now I certainly agree with Guus that Wild Frontier is a reasonable good rock act, but to put them at the same level as the already mentioned bands is a little bit too much credit in my opinion.

Also on the already fifth full-length Wild Frontier shows to be a solid rock band, because the thirteen melodic rock songs on offer here (among which the Abba-cover 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', which is performed in quite a nice way) are all easy listening tunes characterized by playful riffs, catchy hooklines and a crystal-clear production. Just listen to 'To The End Of The World', 'Another Lonely Day Without You', 'Favorite' or 'Long Gone', all prime examples of how decent melodic rock should sound like. Biggest drawback in the overall sound of Wild Frontier is the somewhat thin voice of singer Jens Walkenhorst, who fails to impress me and who just lacks power. Unfortunately within the melodic rock sector for me the most important component within a band's overall sound are the vocals and just that proves to be the weakest point of this German outfit. If you're not discouraged by this, then I would certainly advise you to give this a listen, since the song material on offer here is capable of making you quite happy, I'm pretty sure of that.

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