The New Roses – “Nothing But Wild” (Napalm Records)
In less than a decade this hard rocking band have skyrocketed their way to the top, touring with Accept, Saxon, ZZ Top, Y&T, Black Stone Cherry, The Dead Daisies, Joe Bonamassa and Molly Hatchet – even playing at the UEFA Champions-League-Final at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin and not forgetting the 2 shows at Camp Marmal, Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan for the multinational troops of operation “Resolute Support”! With one of their tracks being included on the “Sons Of Anarchy” TV series soundtrack and a string of European festival performances including Summer Breeze and Rock Harz Open Air, needless to say, their previous albums have all been charting successes in their native Germany. Now comes album no 4 in “Nothing But Wild”, and buddy, it’s nothing short of a world class winner – I mean, how many hit songs could you have on one album?! While I don’t think there’s anything particularly technical, atmospheric, conceptual or actually heavy for that matter about The New Roses, their material is unbelievably uplifting with deep hooks and even more moving melodies. In fact, I can’t count the number of positive vibes on the 13 riveting tracks here! Graced by the heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen and just the right hint of melodic punk, the no frills rock on the likes of ‘Down By The River’ with its massive crooning harmonies and knockout chorus of ‘it was back in the day…with a six pack and a radio..’ prove immediately addictive and ultimately irresistible! Then there’s ‘Nothing But Wild’ with its unmistakable 80s sound mixing rock n roll with Dizzy Presley’s wailing guitar threatening orgasmic overload to match the intensity of Timmy Rough singing his own heart out – amazing. Giving The Darkness and Offspring a hefty shove outta the way on ‘Unknown Territory’, the punchy punk rock riffs grab your balls as the tender vocals reach into your heart to send you off on yet another incredible journey into the heavens! Swaggering in on ‘Give Take’ with its massive grooves, the huge singalong chorus harmonies are what actually delivers the knock out blows although Presley’s crooning solo is nothing short of magic in itself as the hits just keep rolling on this truly fantastic album….Ending with the Bon Jovi country rock of ‘Glory Road’ with the cowpoke croons and wails simply overloading to be etched into your memory, The New Roses prove once again why “Nothing But Wild” is deserved of every single one of its 5 stars awarded!