Released: 2010, Escape
Wildside have taken a pretty ambitious route in the sense that they have chosen to burden themselves early on with a completely unoriginal band name that has been used by many other bands before, including a few active ones! It is important not to judge a band on superficial, less important things like name, album cover, etc. but with a name like this and calling your album SPEED DEVIL, it’s a safe guess what you are going to get.
And what do you get with this Norwegian quartet sophomore effort? A ton of kick-ass, Melodic Metal! The band have some heavy-hitting help from Andy Larocque and Ronnie LeTekro early in their career to establish themselves.
This is a bit heavier than I expected, heavier in fact than Wig-Wam or Absolute Steel for example. Think Motley Crue at their heaviest. Another obvious comparison to the Crue are the vocals of Joachim Bernsten. He really has a delivery and style similar to Vince Neil. This is not a bad thing and normally I wouldn’t bother mentioning it but the sound is very close in this case.
The lead off cut (after a spooky intro) is the driving track ‘Live Forever’ with the catchy chorus ”I will live forever. I am immortal!” A nice dive-bomb solo is a center-piece to the catchy and fun song. Every song goes from highlight to highlight, driven by catchy drumming, the skin-pounder, Ronni Arntzen hammering on the ride cymbal like there is no tomorrow! Buried at the back of the album is the obligatory and well-done acoustic ballad, 'Love For You'. Not a ton of unique compositional skills on display with this batch of party-themed songs but man, do they rock like a hurricane. Great stuff. I’m so glad these kinds of bands exist and keep making fist-in-the-face rock music. Not afraid to have a good time, play solos, sing about girls, generally keeping the spirit alive. Crank it up.