Rogues En Vogue
12/11/2005 - Review by: Stygian SteelRunning Wild - Rogues En Vogue - 2005 - Gun Records
What immediately struck me about this album was the production/mix. Very vocal and drum heavy with a bit of reverb in the sound. Took me a bit to get used to, but now that I've become accustomed to it, the sound gives the album a sort of raw energy that benefits it. The songs here are typical of later Running Wild, as I said, with a mid-paced approach (with the one notable exception of "Angel Of Mercy") and a larger than life quality that only comes from the pirate's sea songs. This album seems to be more consistently epic and powerful though and is probably the strongest thing they've done since "The Rivalry". That would be the closest sound comparison to any of their former albums I believe. Definetly more consistent than "The Brotherhood" which has some strong highlights, but some boring tracks as well.
In conclusion, I don't think Running Wild will ever make another "Black Hand Inn", but if you're one of the fans still sticking with the now mid-paced Running Wild then you should enjoy this album.
Highlights: Angel Of Mercy, Draw The Line, Dead Man's Road
Rating - 3.0/5.0
--Stygian Steel 12.05.05
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