Wig Wam
Never Say Die

Label: Frontiers Music
Three similar bands: The Poodles/H.E.A.T/Trixter

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. The Second Crusade (intro)
02. Never Say Die
03. Hypnotized
04. Shadow Of Eternity
05. Kilimanjaro
06. Where Does It Hurt
07. My Kaleidoscope Ark
08. Dirty Little Secret
09. Call of The Wild
10. Northbound (instrumental)
11. Hard Love
12. Silver Lining

Glam (Åge Sten Nilsen) – vocals
Teeny (Trond Holter) – guitars
Flash (Bernt Jansen) – bass
Sporty (Øystein Andersen) – drums

667.. The Neighbour of the Beast (2004)
Wig Wamania (2006)
Non Stop Rock'n Roll (2010)
Wall Street (2012)



Released 2021-01-22
Reviewed 2021-03-15


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Norwegian rockers Wig Wam are coming up with a new offering, their first album in nine years. We liked the previous album and that could be cause for optimism, though the graphics of this new album isn’t great, and I doubt they have thought long and hard about the title either. So, nine years since the last album and on the looks of it a new one that lacks imagination, how to interpret that? Perhaps they were focusing on the music instead, let’s have a look.

Some might describe them as glam metal, I think melodic hardrock or something akin to that is a good way to describe it. They build the songs around distinct and catchy choruses, and around strong melodies. They have a decent vocalist, a singer that fits the bill really well for this album. They offer a nice air of nostalgia combined with a fresh modern sound, and it is nicely balanced between the nostalgic and the modern – these guys seem to know how to reach a wide audience with their music. And they also keep the twelve tracks at a sensible playing time and decent variation, a quality production, and a bit fresher than much of the stuff at Frontiers label.

Wig Wam does really well here, this is a great album and probably well worth the wait for all those fans that were eager for a new album by their Norwegian heroes. In fact, I think that it is an album that will go down with the fans of the genre and perhaps with a pretty wide variety of music fans. Some reviewers have given it full marks, like 10/10, so according to them it is one of the best albums ever, I don’t think that it is that good, but it could be an outside contender for the top ten lists at the end of the year, but we will have to wait to summary time to know that. What I do know that is that it is an album that doesn’t have any particularly negative aspects, perhaps a bit of a lack of originality but that is less important when the songs are really good.

All the tracks are really good on this album but perhaps the fifth track Kilimanjaro and the ending track Silver Lining are the ones that are the finest. Still, there is a lot of hit potential on this album, and I like it. I think most music fans will find this agreeable with their good balancing between the fresh and the nostalgic, it appears that the long break did them good.