January 11, 2021

Wig Wam is a glam/sleaze rock band that formed in 2001 in Halden, Norway and built up quite a reputation in their homeland and further afield with their high energy, hard hitting glam metal that was delivered with style, class and always with fun in mind. The band even built up something of a Eurovision reputation and actually managed to reach ninth position in 2005 with the song In My Dreams which was quite remarkable given the reputation that Norway used to have at the competition. The band released four albums with the last being Wall Street in 2012 which saw the band moving to a more hard rock/heavy metal style whilst still retaining something of a party rock demeanour which I felt at the time was more of a Kiss meets The Sweet style and it suited the band very well too.

Sadly, in 2014 the decision was taken to put the band on hold as the musicians pursued other musical interests with Åge Sten Nilsen having a successful solo career as well as fronting the glam metal band Ammunition and Trond Holter and Bernt Jansen being involved with the two most ambitious works put out under the Holter name in Dracula: Swing Of Death and Vlad The Impaler. Thankfully, the band reformed in 2019 with the aim to play a number of live gigs and this developed into a full comeback and now we have the appropriately titled Never Say Die to fully celebrate the bands return. They have also kept the same line-up with Glam (Åge Sten Nilsen) on vocals, Teeny (Trond Holter) on guitars, Flash (Bernt Jansen) on bass and Sporty (Øystein Andersen) on drums so the magic has been retained and it is almost as if the band never actually went away. The previous album to this, Wall Street, released in 2012 saw a toning down of the glam/sleaze as the band took a huge step into heavy metal territory and this journey continues with Never Say Die.

For sure, there is still a glam influence but what immediately hits you is the basic elemental power that the band has now introduced to the sound with the material having a definite and sharper edge to it. Åge Sten Nilsen has always been a quality rock singer but he seems to have brought a new passion and energy to these recordings and is every inch the metal god with a delivery in the David Coverdale range. The fun element remains and the whole vibe of the band is joy and to have a good time which they still do but this is a more rocking version of the band and the new, direct style definitely suits the band. Trond Holter is a guitarist with a great reputation and his playing on this album is exemplary with hard hitting riffs and searing solos all combined to make for heavy rock heaven. As usual, the songs are perfectly written and played with plenty of melody and great vocal harmonies. There is a most definite Aerosmith sound to the band and the new mixture of heavy rock combined with a commercial edge should see the band opening up to a whole new audience whilst retaining their original fanbase.

This is most definitely a band that knows how to draw you in and now they have applied the killer elements to make Never Say Die a truly exceptional hard rocking album and an absolutely stupendous return. The earlier albums were good but this new, fresh and vibrant Wig Wam has an agenda to bring its new and exciting rock and roll to the world and you are cordially invited to the party.

Never Say Die track list

  1. The Second Crusade (0:54)
  2. Never Say Die (4:02)
  3. Hypnotized (3:57)
  4. Shadows Of Eternity (3:35)
  5. Kilimanjaro (3:54)
  6. Where Does It Hurt (4:16)
  7. My Kaleidoscope Ark (4:34)
  8.  Dirty Little Secret (3:51)
  9. Call Of The Wild (4:44)
  10. Northbound (3:54)
  11. Hard Love (3:35)
  12. Silver Lining (6:16)