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A solid and mostly very pleasant melodic rock album.

Although perhaps not a name with which many folks over here in Blighty are too familiar, ‘2012’ is actually the fifth studio album from German melodic rockers Wild Frontier.

Formed more than two decades ago (and as an aside apparently named after the seminal Gary Moore album), Wild Frontier actually debuted as far back as 1994 with their ‘One Way To Heaven’ set. Back then grunge was king so it’s hardly surprising that the name barely registered anywhere in the collective mainstream consciousness, but to their credit they’ve stuck with it and are still doggedly determined to bring their band of muscle and melody to an ever more appreciative audience.

Like many hard rock hopefuls they’ve had their fair share of line up changes over the years, but the driving force of the band (vocalist/guitarist Jens Walkenhorst and bassist Mario Erdmann) has with the exception of a period of enforced downtime through illness, remained fairly constant pretty much from day one. After a lengthy absence (hard to believe that their last studio album was 2007’s ‘Bite The Bullet’ effort) a rejuvenated Wild Frontier bounce right back with the playful exuberance of ‘2012’.

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Built around the smoky yet warm vocal style of Walkenhorst and the punchy guitar/keyboard rapport he’s built up in recent years with Thomas Ellenberger, the Wild Frontier sound could best be described as a mixture of Bonfire and Bon Jovi, with the odd passing nod to industry giants such as Scorpions, Def Leppard, and the late, great Gary Moore himself. They do occasionally have a fondness for unnecessary cheese that I could actually well do without – the otherwise bouncy ‘Favourite’ for example has a naff chorus not helped by the kiddies’ choir section in the middle (a bit of a problem in a couple more tracks in truth) – but on the whole, the melodies are strong and the hooks big enough to catch the passing ear of most 80’s MHR fans.

The short intro piece ‘2012’ soon gives way to the vibrant ‘To The End Of The World’ (very Bonfire circa ‘Hard On Me’ with a bit of a Celtic twist thrown in) and they’re away. Much of the album delivers the same mid tempo shot of angst and adrenaline, but from time to time they change things up a little as on the spiky, almost punk infused ‘Long Gone’ or the moody ‘Why Don’t You Save Me’ (with its cool Scandie leading edge).

Not an epoch defining classic by any stretch of the imagination, but a solid and it has to be said mostly very pleasant melodic rock album from a band that has more than paid its dues!

Dave Cockett

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