01. Background Noises
02. Stormy Night
03. Big Word
04. Crying Out For Freedom
05. A Mountain Left To Climb
06. Brand New Man
07. Rebellion
08. The Last Frontier
09. Stay Away From Me
10. There Must Be More

Roberto Tiranti – Vocals/Bass
Ken Ingwersen – Guitars/Backing vocals
Tom Arne Fossheim – Drums/Backing vocals

Wonderworld (2014)
II (2016)

Alessandro Del Vecchio - hammond and keyboards

Recorded in Lionheart studio in Oslo, Norway with engineer Øyvind Larsen
Produced and mixed by Ken Ingwersen
Mastered by Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room, Stockholm

Released 2018-06-19
Reviewed 2018-10-13


sliptrick records

Album three for the trio who calls themselves Wonderworld, it is a band of Norwegians and an Italian guy who sings and plays the bass guitar. And they have aptly named this third album III as they named the previous album II and going by that I can guess that their fourth album will be released in 2020 and be called IV. This number three has a nice artwork with an interesting and telling feel to it as the music is about as innovative as the gramophone on the artwork and less exciting than the bird.

Musically there are no great excitements; it is classic rock/AOR or hardrock, something like that, think of classic bands like the three mentioned, Rainbow, and many more. There are no surprises. Good and modern production but not really that special, the same can be said about the vocalist who is pretty good but not really that special. The album has the usual assortment of songs, and did I mention that it doesn’t offer much in terms of fresh thinking? Now I did. And it is also a long album with a fifty minute playing time, which is way too long for an album that isn’t offering much in terms of variation or depth.

Pretty good stuff, most of it can be somewhat discarded as background noises, except for the track that is called Background Noises. That opening track is good and sets a positive tone for the album, a tone that keeps going until the album ends a very long time later. So, I think the album works, it works well both as background noise as something to listen to for a while before forgetting all about it. And I think that it will most likely work quite well for those who enjoy rock music that doesn’t really offer anything other than what has been done for the last four decades, like most rock fans do.

The conclusion has to be that this is a pretty good album with pretty good songs, the target audience will find it most appealing while the ones looking for fresher and a more novel approach should be happier looking elsewhere. I think it is a really solid album, not fantastic or amazing but not poor or too boring either. And it probably works good both as background noises and as something to listen to for a while.





Label: Sliptrick records
Three similar bands: Led Zeppelin/Deep Purple/Rush
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Review: Daniel Källmalm

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