Thursday, September 24, 2020
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Artist: M. W. Wild (@)
Title: The Third Decade
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Rated: *****
Unless you're really familiar with the German Gothic rock scene you probably never heard of singer M. W. Wild, and his previous band, The Cascades. They released four albums between 2001-2006 and although they received some acclaim in Europe I don't think they made much of a dent Stateside. As a prelude to this review I listened to a few of their songs and wasn't really impressed by them. Wild's 'The Third decade' is an entirely different matter though. Better recording, production, better musicianship, better songwriting, better all the way around. I tell you though, if you didn't know what you were listening to, you'd swear this was the new Sisters of Mercy album. The thing is, there is no new Sisters of Mercy album, and according to Andy Eldritch, there probably won't be one anyway because he's just not motivated to put another one out. IF the Sisters did put one out though, I bet it would sound a lot like this. Mr. Wild's baritone vocal style is uncannily close to Andrew's, and the songwriting, phrasing and overall performance is a dead-on match for the sisters. There are no "killers" akin to "Temple of Love," "Vision Thing" or "This Corrosion." There are however, some damn fine songs. "Red Carpet," "Marionettes," "Nobody," "Fly With Angels," and "Russian Roulette" are easily the best out of the thirteen tracks on 'The Third Decade.' The only downer is the overwrought ballad, "Turning Leaf," which isn't a bad track record, all things considered. I suppose beside the Sisters comparisons could be drawn to bands such as Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Merry Thoughts and 69 Eyes, but it sort of seems superfluous to me. MW Wild could have included a female vocalist on the order of Patricia Morrison to enhance the sound but maybe that would have just been to darn close. (Hey, I would have liked it though :-) So if you're hungering for some classic goth-rock ala Sisters, this ought to do the trick. Nicely done!


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