Review by Shayne McGowan
WildHeart - "No Love"
Belgium’s own Wildheart have independently released their second full length album, No Love. If you’re a fan of sleazy 80’s hard rock in the vein of Motley Crüe, Ratt and the like,
this will be right up your alley.
Opening up with the mostly instrumental “The Mirror”, the band doesn’t grab my attention straight away. It goes nowhere, and doesn’t really effectively roll into the next song, “A Strangers Eyes”, but as this one comes to life, you get the sense that these boys are on to something.
With the right production, Wildheart could be a huge band, as all of the elements are in place already. Take a listen to the anthemic rock stylings of “Nothing But Trouble” or the massive choruses of “Dutch Courage” as perfect examples.
Musically Wildheart are solid as a rock. They know their strengths and they play to them, never over-complicating matters by over playing - in fact, they manage to get their huge sound across by doing the exact opposite. Check out “No Love” and listen to the stripped back nature of the bands playing in the verses. This is really well put together stuff, even if it is a very familiar formula.
“One Way Ticket To Paradise” is a classic hard rock number, while “Rumours” is a sure fire crowd pleaser. “Good To Be Bad” is possibly the heaviest moment here, driven by a riff that carries the song right the way through, and “The Winners Always Right” is energetic and a highlight for me.
“Valerie” has a funky groove to it, and proves to be another highlight within a strong record. To close out the album, Wildheart deliver the sort of track that could possibly become their signature tune in “Tonight We Rock”. This one will provide a great live set opener for years to come.
Wildheart have a very strong foundation, with great guitars, excellent vocals and a driving rhythm section.. The only thing wrong with this record is that it’s lacking the slick production values that could really help to skyrocket this band. The tunes are there, the melodies are fantastic, it just requires a little more polish.
Title: No Love
Genre: Hard Sleaze Rock
2. A Stranger’s Eyes
3. Nothing but Trouble
4. Dutch Courage
5. No Love
6. One Way Ticket to Paradise
8. Good to be Bad
9. The Winner’s Always Right
11. Tonight we Rock
Farty - Vocals
Foxx - Guitars
Juic e- Guitars
Among the many, maybe too many now, hard sleaze rock bands, every now and then you can glimpse something good and spontaneous, as in the case of WildHeart with the new album "No Love", in which the eleven tracks that compose it, are of excellent level.
Halfway between Crashdïet, Reckless Love and the sleaze glam wave of the eighties, WildHeart managed to capture my attention, with a typically catchy sound, like the opener "A Stranger's Eyes", preceded by "The Mirror" with its guitar and drum intro. "A Stranger's Eyes" is the classic rock'n'roll song with a splash of colour, melodious and with a not inconsiderable guitar, voice that manages to convey that sense of mood typically hard rock and good also the rhythmic section.
Then follows "Nothing But Trouble", one of my favourites on this album, a vintage sound interwoven with modern sounds, a bit like Ratt coming back now with a new work, to make the idea.
"Dutch Courage" has a very good groove and melodic in its way, with such a a good guitar vibes Excellent vocalization for the following "No Love", also this song markedly 80's, has a good rhythm, a bit 'Survivor style to tell the truth, but it is catchy and melodious and even if it is not an innovative song, it is still great both for the voice and for the musical structure itself.
With "One Way Ticket to Paradise" starts the glamorous sleaze that is in me, a touch of Poison, a bit of L.A. Guns, a pimp sound and damn catchy, absolutely another song that I prefer for its funny and easygoing mood.
With "Rumours" we are in a semiballad that starts with the intention of being an exclusively gritty song but that actually alternates with softer moments while "Good To Be Bad", besides having an excellent drums, is also a decisively harder rock track in American style, appreciated by me and that I'm sure can be as much for those who listen to this album.
If WildHeart had already won me over with the first track, with "The Winner's Always Right" they have my respect.
A piece so energetic and fresh, I hadn't heard it in a long time, great guitars and vocals, the rhythm itself and the right attitude both in the sound and in the performance itself, good guys!
Excellent also "Valerie", with tones oriented towards a blues rock, song in which excels the sound of bass, really interesting.
Excellent choice to close the album with a track like "Tonight We Rock" that manages to be the synthesis of this album, high spirit rock, glam veins and sleaze, a perfect interweaving with the addition of an energetic enhancement, not another song could closes this album.
If you're nostalgic, if you love the American style genre, but I remind you that WildHeart are Belgians, then "No Love" is the album for you and you shouldn't miss it because, as I said at the beginning, there are many bands that propose the genre, but only a few stand out, WildHeart do it for sure.