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Wild Rose – ‘Half Past Midnight’

posted 9 Apr 2018, 11:23 by Paul Woodward

(Lions Pride)

Review By Woody

I loved ‘Half Past Midnight’ when it was originally released by Greek melodic rockers Wild Rose back in 2011, I still do, if you didn’t manage to buy it first time round now is your opportunity to buy an amazing traditional melodic rock album. What you waiting for? Go buy! Crank it up and enjoy!

This was the debut album from Wild Rose and is arguably their overall strongest to date, although the band have changed singers a few times their original frontman George Bitzios who features on ‘Half Past Midnight’ is back on lead vocals in the here and now. The album isn’t that old and it still has the impact it did and it still excites me now.

Wild Rose weren’t pushing the envelope with their song writing, they crafted a wonderful bunch of traditional melodic rock, which while on one hand may have been more suited to the eighties it still excited those of us craving old school melodic rock. The band still continue to do that to this day.

‘Half Past Midnight’ is chock full of melodic rock anthems and addictive sing along rockers. The hook filled melodic guitar riffs, infectious keyboard licks and powerful vocals make these songs stand out and are sure to make the average melodic rocker sit up, take notice and wipe the drool from their lip.

‘It’s All About Love’ is without doubt one of my favourite songs ever, it’s chorus is simply sublime and it’s not alone, so many songs have an instant impact and get stuck in your head like lead track ‘That Girl’. For every track I mention though a killer track gets missed out, this is an album which really befits the ‘All Killer No Filler’ tag, that gets dolled out far too frequently. ‘Fire in The Night’ was a staple of my listening habits back in 2011, but I played the album as whole frequently too, and it wasn’t unusual for me to have repeat listens of songs like ‘Hold Me’, ballad ‘Goodbye’ and the unforgettable sing along ‘Want You Back’.

‘Half Past Midnight’ is an essential purchase for fans of traditional melodic rock. Any genre fan who doesn’t own this is missing out on some killer anthems and sing along beauties! If you are craving something the emulates all the great things about eighties rock in a traditional sound than you need this album in your life!

Track Listing: 00:30 / That Girl / Hold Me / Too Late / Goodbye / Come Back / Fire In The Night / Want You Back / Another Shot / It’s All About Love / Edge Of Your Dreams

Album Rating: 9/10

Woody’s Essential Track: It’s All About Love