Review: White Widdow – Victory

AOR Heaven (October 19th 2018)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

White Widdow return with a new album ‘Victory‘ out on the AOR Heaven label and the follow up to 2016’s ‘Silhouette‘, the Aussie melodic rockers are becoming more prolific as the years pass and that’s no bad thing. Brothers Xavier and Jules are once again heading affairs alongside the excellent Enzo who’s guitar work all over this album is up to the usual exemplary standard. With the now super solid backdrop of Ben (bass) and Gavin (drums) we get a unit that works so smoothly together, it’s great to see and hear.

The musical style here is very much AOR/Melodic Rock, and they are damn good at crafting quality classic rock songs, always full of melodies and hooks, and as you’d expect really strong soaring guitar solos and at times really punchy keyboards, just take a listen to ‘America‘ pops right up and attempts to raise your arms in the air.

Having listened to the album a lot over the last few weeks some of my first impressions now seem quite wide of the mark, and that’s something that worries me in the modern age, how many albums get passed on if a song doesn’t immediately bowl you over, living with music in your head and heart for a while is always a good idea, and this is another one worth allowing to sink in.

Of the ten here the highlights are undoubtedly the single ‘Second Hand Heart‘ which is just a cracking song, the title track ‘Victory‘ that opens affairs is another and  magic of ‘Danced In The Moonlight‘ which for me has a bit of a Rick Springfield into, as everywhere else Xavier’s keyboards are such an integral part of the music, and it’s the same with all of the instruments here, everything gets warmly wrapped around each other, and all for the greater good of the sound, this song is just beautiful five minutes and forty seconds of pure class.

Perhaps initially I thought more fast paced tracks in the mix here somewhere would add a little something, but no, the mix is great and this is another really good album from White Widdow, the band are as solid as ever, Jules is sounding great and the songs once again are very well written and put together, there is a maturity covering this one and it should go down well in all corners.  Another one to get stuck into in what seems to be a strong end to a strong year for Melodic Rock.

White Widdow have released a promotional video  for the song ‘Second Hand Heart‘ – taken from the album ‘Victory‘. ‘Victory‘ is going to be released on October 19th, 2018 via AOR Heaven.

You can order Victory: Here

Tracklist:

1.Victory

2. Fight For Love

3. Second Hand Heart

4. Late Night Liason

5. Danced In The Moonlight

6. Love And Hate

7. Reach Up

8. Anything

9. America

10. Run And Hide

Line Up:

Lead Vocals – Jules Millis

Keyboards & Vocals – Xavier Millis

Guitars – Enzo Almanzi

Bass – Ben Webster

Drums – Gavin Hill

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2018 has seen White Widdow re-enter the studio, celebrating ten years since the band began and an album cover that throws back to the style of their debut. ‘Victory‘ incorporates a strong Pomp element in the songs along with White Widdow‘s traditional classic 80’s AOR sound, the band allowing their influence of bands like Giuffria and White Sister to really come through. Featuring over the top pompus keyboards, stacked harmony vocals from the Millis brothers and Enzo Almanzi’s tasty solos throughout. White Widdow are set to perform at Rockingham in the UK in support of the new album, followed by a tour through Spain, Greece and their native Australia.

Soundfiles in advance:

Fight For Love (Edit)

Second Hand Heart (Edit)

Victory (Edit)

Line up:

Lead Vocals – Jules Millis

Keyboards & Vocals – Xavier Millis

Guitars – Enzo Almanzi

Bass – Ben Webster

Drums – Gavin Hill

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Victory

Yesterrock are returning on August 1st, 2014 with the re-release of the following German Hard Rock classic: Victory – Don’t Get Mad…Get Even

Victory was formed in 1984 from the remnants of the band Fargo. Bassist Peter Knorn, the two guitarists Tommy Newton and John Lockton and drummer Bernie Van der Graaf had all previously worked together in that band. After originally working with singer Pedro Schemm, and later Thunderhead frontman Ted Pullit, former Gary Moore- and Ted Nugent-singer Charlie Huhn became the band’s singer.

After the release of the self-titled debut album in 1985, the line-up changed again when drummer Fritz Randow replaced Van der Graaf and Herman Frank replaced John Lockton. The band’s second release ‘Don’t Get Mad…Get Even’ was released in 1986 and repeated the great success of their debut release. The single ‘Check’s In The Mail’ became a big radio hit in the USA. Today, ‘Don’t Get Mad…Get Even” is a rare, long-time out of print collector’s item which now was re-mastered for a re-issue CD release on Yesterrock by the kind courtesy of Universal Music Germany.

Line-up:

Charlie Huhn (Vocals), Tommy Newton (Guitar), Herman Frank (Guitar), Fritz Randow (Drums), Peter Knorn (Bass)

Tracks:

1. The Check’s In The Mail

2. Are You Ready

3. Not Me

4. Arsonist Of The Heart

5. Hit And Run

6. She’s Back

7. Turn It Up

8. Seven Days Without You Makes One Weak

9. Sneaking Out

10. Running Wild

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The next shiny edition of the show will consist of the following artists –

David Lee Roth on account of his birthday, the three play consists of new music from  Scream Arena followed by Grimmstine & Angel Heart. And squeezing in

a ‘second’ three play starting with British blues band Moneymaker, then Sgt Roxx & Victory.

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