Wake The Nations - Sign of Heart

Wake The Nations Sign of Heart cover
Wake The Nations
Sign of Heart
Inverse Records
Wake The Nations is a brand new melodic rock/AOR band from Finland. Their music influences come from the 80s (mostly) era and from AOR, pop-rock and melodic rock acts from both Europe and the US. The production is somewhat soft and fine overall with a “sweet late 80s” feeling at times and that’s a plus in my opinion. The album was recorded at Sammy’s Studio & Risto’s HomeStudio, mixed by Kari Nieminen in Noisecamp Studios and mastered by Joona Lukala (Candlemass, Pentagram, Project Silence, Opium Warlords, Lord Vicar, etc.).
Apart from the band’s 4 members, Risto, Janne, Jori & Tuomas, there’s a bunch of guest musicians that participate in the album. In detail those are: Dado Topić on vocals, Estef Martinez (Insider) on vocals, Taage Laiho (Kilpi, Mad Hatter’s Den, Ghost Machinery) on vocals, Janne Hurme (Human Temple) on vocals, Nils Nordling (Dirge) on vocals, Krister Stenbom (Villa Sucka) on vocals, Timo Pelander (Finlanders) on guitar, Jari Pailamo (Ponies To Kill, No Man’s Land) on keys and Kalle Saarinen (Clayskin) on drums. The strongest part in this album is, without any doubt, its diversity. With so many guest appearances, the music variety should be considered a “must” and so it is. It can also be taken as a “compilation” album cuz the tracks may be in the same music genre with a certain sound but if you happen upon them on some web-radio, it would be very difficult to tell that this is the same band. I can’t tell what the guys have in mind, and if they will keep having so many participants in their next album, but this thing has worked quite well on “Sign of Heart”.
My favorite tracks are: “Fairytale Romance”, “The Touch of Your Hand” (a stunning melodic rocker), “Love Distracts the Senses”, “This Feeling”, “Love Leads the Way” & “Until the End of Time”. The other 4 tracks are also enjoyable. Overall, “Sign of Heart” is a well-crafted melodic rock/AOR album with 80s touches. It’s not retro but it ain’t modern at the same time. Those who are attached to the “old-style” European (Scandi) and US melodic rock/AOR music, will certainly revel in “Sign of Heart”…