Title: ShanghaiedLabel: AOR Heaven
Norwegian Glam Rockers Wig Wam called it a day after some
thirteen years in the first quarter of 2014, the world of
rock lost one of the pioneers of modern Glam Rock. But now
in 2015 we see Age Sten Nilsen return with a new band to
fill the gap left behind by Wig Wam, that band is Ammunition.
Nilsen on this new venture are some of Scandinavians finest
musicians around today, as long time writing partner Erik Mårtensson
(of Eclipse / W.E.T fame), reunites with Nilsen, along with
Hal Patino - Bass (King Diamond / Pretty Maids), Robban Bäck
- Drums (Sabaton / Eclipse), Lasse Finbråthen - Keyboards
(Wigwam / Circus Maximus) and Jon Pettersen - Guitars (Bad
Habits / Wild Willy’s Gang) and together they bring in
2015 with a great big slab of no holds barred Hard Rock
album opens up with the excellent ‘Silverback’ a great
rockin’ opener that has touches of Wig Wam about it but
with the glitter is washed of and a more edgy sound grinds
out courtesy of Mårtensson’s and Pettersen’s guitars.
The hard rocking continues with the same vibe with the storming ‘Give Me A Sign’, again edgy Hard Rock with a real modern edge. If you love the new rock coming out of Scandinavia like Eclipse, Wet and the like, then this one will be right up your street!
title track ‘Shanghaied’ is pure Hard Rock gold. I
think Nilsen has never sounded so gritty and on top of his
game, and that is continued on with the storming 'Tie Me Down', which
starts with an almost 'Welcome To The Jungle' riff to get it
underway. A real sleazy rocker that will have your foot-tapping from the off.
band takes a time to reflect with the ballad ‘Road To
Babylon’ this give Nilsen time to really shine vocally,
then things get a little funky as the tempo is brought back
up with the excellent ‘Take Out The Enemy’, a great
little fun filled rocker that will have then dancing in the
no nonsense Hard Rock is brought back to the mix with the
‘Hit Me (With Your Bombs)', that reminds me of very much of
one of favourite bands Bang Tango. It has the funk o' rock
feel about it. Next up it's straight shooting hard rock with ‘Do
You Like It’, which is just pure Scandi rock at its very best.
feel of a raw Wig Wam sound returns with ‘Wild Kard’,
before the meaty Hard Rock comes screaming back with
‘Another Piece of Me’. A real ballsy rocker.
tempo is brought down a touch with the anthemic ‘Hearts Not In It’, before this
excellent album closes on a high with another no holds
barred slice of hard edged rock in ‘Strung Out’.
With this new album Nilsen has taken the bull by its horns and come out with a stunning album. If you're going to make a return then this is the way to do it. This is one way to show you’ve got a lot more in your arsenal.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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