OUTLASTED – Waiting For Daybreak (2019)
“Waiting For Daybreak” is the just released second album by OUTLASTED, a band from Norway eager to bring back the classic AOR sound of ’80s. This sophomore album from the Scandinavian band is plenty of smooth melody and catchy arrangements all over the place. Now the songwriting is spread over most of the band which makes the record stylistically a bit more versatile – within the genre, of course.
Fans of ONE DESIRE, CREYE, STATE OF SALAZAR or CARE OF NIGHT can’t do wrong here.
Opener ‘All Because of You’ sounds surprisingly American to my ears, or better Canadian, but follower ‘Time Mends a Broken Heart’ is typical Scandi melodic rock, with its AOR synths, and classy refrains / chorus.
‘The radio ready ‘She’s the One’ has some STAGE DOLLS on it, more guitar based, and the ballad arrives with ‘Lighthouse’, in the vein of the last WORK OF ART album.
‘Owner of My Heart’ is another cut with a Scandinavian feeling and atmosphere, the AOR of ‘Chains of Destiny’ is a slightly modern and I like its pulse, while more reminiscent Norwegian sounds (DALTON) are all over the strong mid-tempo ‘Come Hell or High Water’.
These guys in OUTLASTED grew up listening to classic AOR / Melodic Rock albums, and “Waiting For Daybreak” is a proof of that. You can tell this is a Scandinavian band since the first note, however there’s influences from US, Canada and UK famous acts from the genre as well.
01. All Because of You
02. Time Mends a Broken Heart
03. She’s the One
05. Learning to Live Again
06. Owner of My Heart
07. Chains of Destiny
08. Come Hell or High Water
09. Jane’s Got a Lover
10. After All These Years
Glenn Wikran – Vocals
Terje Fløyli – Guitars
Odd-Børge Hansen – Piano, keyboards
Lasse Ingebrigtsen – Bass
Andreas Jentof – Drums