Chicago’s D’Molls formed in the mid 80’s and secured a recording deal before many of the glam metal bands from the late 80’s early 90’s metal acts made a name for themselves.
Like many of the bands of the era, D’Molls never really caught on, except with the hard core sleaze/glam metal fans.
The music on Warped reminds me of a heavier edged Poison, with raspier vocals from Desi Rexx, and better back up vocals.
There are quite a few cool songs that I think hair metal fans would enjoy including “Real Love”, “Centerfold Girl”(which you can hear below)”, and “Passion” S.S. Priest’s guitar work on this disc is way above average on Warped. This CD made me want to find more stuff that he has played on.
The music may not be original, but it does rock. Their isn’t a bad song on this disc.
Warped, and the D’Molls self titled debut from 1988, are becoming increasingly harder to find, are selling for large sums on eBay. In fact, if you need a quick fix of D’Molls, you may be better served by their greatest hits CD, The Best of Everything, which is available through CDBaby. Happy Hunting!!
For more information on D’Molls, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. My Life
2. Down T’Nothin’
3. Backstage Bombers
4. This Time It’s Love
5. Real Love
6. On ‘N’ On
7. The Answer
8. Centerfold Girl
10. Father Time
Billy Dior – Drums
Desi Rexx- Vocals, Rhythm and Slide Guitar
S. S. Priest – Lead Guitar
Lizzy Valentine – Bass Guitar, Piano, and Percussion
I must admit that I only discovered The Poor recently, when I found out that they opened up for AC/DC on their Ballbreaker tour. I didn’t wee AC/DC on that tour, but I found I strange that I didn’t know about a band, that opened up for them. On the strength of their tune “More Wine Waiter Please”, The Poor also opened up for KISS, Van Halen, The Scorpions and more.
The Poor’s sound is definitely AC/DC inspired. I don’t know if I would call them an AC/DC clone, but I hear instances where they sound like Airbourne (or is it Airbourne that sounds like them) and Rhino Bucket, with a little bit of 80’s hair metal guitar for good measure. Interestingly enough, The Poor’s drummer, James Young is the nephew of Malcolm & Angus Young.
While the music on this disc is not very original, it is pretty good. This is one of those CD’s where I like every song. Some of my favorite cuts are “Dirty Money”, “Tell Someone Who Cares”, “More Wine Waiter Please”, and “Liar”.
For more information on The Poor, check out their myspace page, and tell someone who cares! You can find copies of this disc, at Amazon.com and on EBay. The band reunited for an opening slot with W.A.S.P. in 2008, so we have not seen the end of The Poor. Check them out!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Dirty Money
3. Man of War
4. Tell Someone Who Cares
5. More Wine Waiter Please
6. Ain’t on the Chain
8. Hair of the Dog
11. Only the Night
The Poor is:
Skenie – Vocals
Julian Rv Grynglas – Guitars
Matt Whitby – Bass
James Young – Drums
I must admit that when I found a copy of the Little Angels CD, Young Gods in my local rock shop recently, I didn’t know very much about them. I guessed by the cover art that they would be another average hair metal act that I had forgotten about. I decided to take a chance on the band, and purchased this disc.
I really didn’t expect Young Gods to be much. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised to find a disc full of good catchy tunes.
It sounds as if the band was trying to tap into the early 90’s glam metal scene with some of their songs. Take one look at the video for the song Boneyard (below) and you will see what I mean. Not all of the songs are in the style of late 80’s/early 90’s pop metal. This disc has a good mix of pop metal, AOR, and maybe a small dash of southern rock.
The musicianship of Little Angels appears to be a lot better than many of the bands that found success in the United States in the 90’s. Bruce John Dickinson is a pretty good guitar player. His guitar licks combined with the piano, and keyboards of his brother, Jimmy is a pretty stout combination in my book.
Toby Jepson, The voice of Little Angels, can go from a clean vocal to a Tom Keifer like scream. I like is style and I believe he is a very under rated vocalist.
Some of my favorite cuts are Back Door Man, The Wildside Of Life, and She’s A Little Angel. I don’t recall hearing any of these songs on the radio, or seeing any of the Little Angels’ videos on MTV back in the day. Apparently, the band was pretty popular in the UK, but never gained a foothold in the United States. It is a shame as Young Gods is an above average disc that I have been enjoying a great deal. If you can find a copy of this out of print disc, I recommend picking it up.
For more information on Little Angels, check out their myspace page at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
I Ain’t Gonna Cry
She’s A Little Angel
Radical Your Love
Product of the Working Class
1. Back Door Man
3. Young Gods (Stand Up, Stand Up)
4. I Ain’t Gonna Cry
5. The Wildside Of Life
6. Product Of The Working Class
7. That’s My Kind Of Life
8. Juvenile Offender
9. She’s A Little Angel
10. Sweet Love Sedation
11. Radical Your Lover
12. Natural Born Fighter
13. Feels Like The World Has Come Undone
Little Angels Are:
Toby Jepson – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Mark Plunkett – Bass & Backing Vocals
Bruce John Dickinson – Guitars, Banjo & Nylon Strung Acoustic
Jimmy Dickinson – Keyboards, Piano, Hammond CD & Backing Vocals
Michael Lee – Drums & Percussion
In 1990, Baltimore rockers, Child’s Play released their debut album on Chrysalis Records.
Strangely enough, I originally owned this on cassette tape when it first came out. I didn’t recall liking this album very much. I finally tracked down a copy of this CD, a few of months ago, and was pretty amazed with the tunes on Rat Race. It has been years since I have listened to this, and in 2008, I found this much more to my liking.
Child’s Play has a sound that I would say is a cross between Skid Row, L.A. Guns, and maybe a dash of Spread Eagle. This is very good sleaze metal with a good mix of late 80’s glam. The first four songs on Rat Race absolutely rip. This is the way to start off an album.
The band slows it down somewhat with the tune Wind, which is a mid-tempo, acoustic based rocker.
Evicted picks the pace back up, this time with drummer John Allen on vocals. Allen’s vocals sound quite a bit like L.A. Guns front man, Phil Lewis. The album rocks out all the way until the last song.
Rat Race is out of print, and is become increasingly harder to find. If you are a fan of the late 80’s and early 90’s hard rock sound, you need to find this disc. I am enjoying Rat Race, and I think you will too.
If you are curious to find out what the guys in Child’s Play have been up to, check out this website.
Rating:Out 0f 10
1. Good Ol’ Rock And Roll
2. Day After Night
3. My Bottle
4. Rat Race
7. Knock Me Out
8. Girl Like You
9. Capricorn/Bang Bang
10. Pay Your Dues
11. Damned If I Do
12. When Hell Freezes Over
Child’s Play is:
Brian Jack – Vocals
Nicky Kay – Guitar
Idzi – Bass
John Allen – Drums
Why some great releases go out of print, makes no sense to this listener. Metal Church’s fifth CD, The Human Factor, featuring ex-Heretic vocalist, Mike Howe is easily my favorite by the band.
Mike Howe sings with an angry passion that would make Dave Mustaine proud. The song writing on this disc is way above average. Even though guitarist, Kurt Vanderhoof didn’t play on the record, he left his mark as the chief songwriter. The songs tackle the political and social issues of the day, including music, poverty, activists, censorhip, child endangerment and more. One look at the lyric sheet, and you will be amazed at the writing on this disc.
Everything on this record works for me. Great vocals, kill guitar work, an excellent rhythm section and good songs. The music is heavy but it has a killer groove, that will appeal to a lot of metal fans.
The best cuts on this record are Human Factor, Date With Poverty, Final Word, and In Harm’s Way. Even though these songs are the stand out tracks, I like ever song on this disc. In fact, I love this album every bit as much as the day when I picked it back up in 1991.
Sadly, this album is out of print, but copies of it show up on Ebay and Amazon.com from time to time. If you can find a copy of the Human Factor, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information on Metal Church, check out their website.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Human Factor
2. Date With Poverty
3. Final Word
4. In Mourning
5. In Harm’s Way
6. In Due Time
7. Agent Green
8. Flee from Reality
10. Fight Song
Metal Church is:
Mike Howe – Vocals
Duke Erickson – Bass
John Marshall – Guitars
Craig Wells – Guitars
Kirk Arrington – Drums
One of the bands from the late ’80’s early 90’s glam metal scene, that has been long forgotten about by most is Hollywood, CA’s Funhouse.
The band released one CD, back in 1990, and pretty much vanished shortly thereafter. On Generation Generator, you get 5 studio tracks, and 3 live cuts. I though this was kind of odd mixture, especially for a new band starting out.
Funhouse’s sound falls somewhere between Motley Crue, Skid Row and maybe a dash of Ugly Kid Joe. They weren’t as good as any of those bands, but they do have a solid sound that I found enjoyable. This disc isn’t breaking any new ground musically, and it kind of short, with it clocking in just shy of 33 minutes. 80’s and 90’s Glam metal fans will probably love this disc. It is a fun disc of partying hair metal tunes, that is still worth a few spins in 2008 and beyond.
Generation Generator has been out of print for quite a while, but you can still snag some copies of this disc from Amazon.com for a reasonable price. If you like what you hear, grab a copy of this disc, before they are all gone.
In 2008, Chris, Marc and Joe E. are playing together in a band called Hazard Los Angeles. Funhouse did a reunion show in 2002. I doubt we have heard the last from this Hollywood band. For more information on Funhouse, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Y R S
3. One Funhouse
4. The Preacher
5. One More Time For Love
6. Rocks And Roses
7. Generation Generator
8. Christine In Chains
Chris Hazard – Vocals
Marc Vachon – Lead Guitar
Johnny Hill – Drums
Joe E. rhythm – Guitar
Cat – Bass
I must admit that I have not heard of the band, Bomb Child until only recently. Their debut, Nothing Lasts Forever was recently recommended to me, so I decided to check them out.
Man oh mercy, am I ever glad I did. Nothing Lasts Forever blasts out of your speakers at cannonball speed, and offers listeners a ferocious feast of killer hard rock.
Bomb Child has a style that reminds me of Buckcherry, but mixed with a more modern overtone that might better resemble A7X. Nonetheless, this disc rocks out and rocks hard. It is chock full of angry tunes about life, love and broken relationships.
Nothing Lasts Forever isn’t a terribly long listening experience. The ten songs on this disc clock in just shy of 34 minutes. There really isn’t a band song in the bunch.
My only disappointment is that I didn’t hear about these guys, when they were out promoting this album. I don’t think Bomb Child is together any longer, and it is a real shame, as they were a very talented three piece.
You can find copies of Bomb Child’s CD, Nothing Lasts Forever on Amazon.com for next to nothing. It is worth the small price of admission. Go get it at this link!
You can also hear a couple of the songs on the band’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. I Believe
2. Empty Hands
3. Make It Up To You
4. Say Goodbye
5. More I Think About It
6. How My Life Goes
7. Outta My Mind
8. Save You
9. Love The Way You Make Me Feel
10. The Story Of My Life
Bomb Child is:
TAKA – Vocals & Guitar
ARI – Bass
It has been 26 long years since Canadian musician, Aldo Nova, released his first album. His 1982 debut feature material put together almost entirely by himself, with a little bit of help with some studio musicians. On the strength of his hit single Fantasy, this album went all the way to # 8 on the Billboard charts. This album would eventually go multi platinum in the United States.
The sound of this record is pretty common for the early 80’s. It is a keyboard laded pop metal, that reminds me a lot of the early sound of Bon Jovi. Aldo Nova proves to be a very good guitar player. When you hear him cut loose on the guitar, you will wonder where he has been hiding, and why you haven’t heard more about him over the years.
For this listener, Fantasy is the hardest song on this album, and one of the few songs I still enjoy. The rest of the material is more in the line of AOR than hard rock.
Yes, there are some heavy guitar riffs here and there, but I have heard a lot of better material than this over the years. If you are looking for a copy of the tune Fantasy, this is place to get it. While this release may have been somewhat influential to the hair metal scene, It is only slightly above average to my ears.
This CD has been out of print for a while, but was recently remastered and reissued in April 2008. AOR and melodic rock fans may want to check this disc out.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Hot Love
3. It’s Too Late
4. Ball And Chain
5. Heart To Heart
6. Foolin’ Yourself
7. Under The Gun
8. You’re My Love
9. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
10. See The Light
Aldo Nova is:
Aldo Nova – Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards
Michel Pelo – Bass Guitar
Michel Lachapelle – Drums
One of the craziest releases of the late 80’s, was O.F.R. by Nitro. Everything about this four piece band was so completely over the top, it wasn’t even funny. The only thing higher than Jim Gillette’s hair was the octave of his glass breaking screams.
Michael Angelo Batio’s guitar playing was nearly as high pitched as Gillette’s voice.
Former Vinnie Vincent Invasion drummer, Bobby Rock did a pretty good job maintaining the pace of this high speed, high octave hair metal. Nitro only proved to be one of the many sub par bands that he would be a member of.
I wish I could tell you that Nitro’s music was awesome, but quite honestly, Freight Train, is probably the best song on the album, and that isn’t saying much.
Most of the songs are focused around Gillette’s high pitched wails and screams. Although Nitro’s music is above average, Gillette’s vocals can grate on your nerves, and if anything else are some what ridiculous to listen to. When Gillette isn’t breaking glass with his voice, Batio is usually guitar noodling at notes nearly as high as Gillette’s voice. This too can grate on your nerves.
If they band managed to do anything, it was to get themselves noticed with their insane sonic attack.
Aside from Freight Train, the song Long Way From Home, is probably the closest thing resembling a hit on this album. O.F.R is exactly what you would expect it to be, out-fucking-rageous, it just isn’t very good. Migraine sufferers might not want to play this album during an attack.
After listening to this album again for the first time in years, I honestly believe the best thing Gillette did was marry Lita Ford.
This album is long out of print, and I doubt too many of you would want to pay the top dollars it will take to track this one down. That is unless you need some of your old glassware broken.
If you are dying to hear some songs by this band, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Freight Train
2. Double Trouble
3. Machine Gunn Eddie
4. Long Way From Home
5. Bring it Down
6. Nasty Reputation
7. Fighting Mad
8. Shot Heard ‘Round the World
Jim Gillette – vocals
Michael Angelo – guitars
T.J. Racer – bass
Bobby Rock – drums
In 1985, Leatherwolf unleashed their three axe attack with their self titled debut.
If you are a metal fan that loves to hear a lot of heavy guitar work, you are going to love Leatherwolf.
This record starts off with the heavy tune Spiter, that immediately shows the prowess of their three pronged metal music. Michael Olivieri is quite a good metal singer, and he proves to be quite a solid axeman as well. Carey Howe, Matt Hurich and Michael Olivieri’s musicianship is ultra tight, and their guitar work plays off of each other well.
Leatherwolf is a hard band to compare to other acts from the era, but Iron Maiden would likely be the closes act they resemble, although their style is somewhat different. This is hard driving metal that simply kicks ass from beginning to end.
This disc has been out of print for quite some time and recently reissued by the band in 2007. The re-released version has a bonus track, Alone In the Night, which was originally recorded for the movie, Return of the Living Dead Part II. It is a nice addition to this cool disc.
Leatherwolf is still going strong with their 2007 release New World Asylum, you should definitely check out this record, as well as their latest work. If you are a heavy metal fan, buy this, you wont be disappointed. This album rocks!
For more information on Leatherwolf, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Endangered Species
3. Tonight’s the Night
4. The Hook
5. Season Of the Witch
6. Off The Track
7. Kill And Kill Again
10. Alone In The Night* (Bonus Track)
Mike Olivieri – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Carey Howe – Lead Guitar and backing vocals
Matt Hurich – Lead Guitar and backing vocals
Geoff Gayer – Bass Guitar and backing vocals
Quite a few bands have mentioned Watch Tower as one of their influences. Watch Tower’s impact on progressive rock and metal can be heard on their debut record, Energetic Disassembly.
This CD is a fairly short listen, clocking in at under forty minutes, but it is definitely worth the time spent.
Not only did Energetic Disassembly launch the careers of Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Broken Teeth) and Billy White., it also influenced the sound of many future progressive metal acts, including Dream Theater.
This Texas quartet’s music is best described as technical thrash. Think early Metallica style thrash with a bunch of progressive style time changes. Those of you who are familiar with Jason McMaster’s work in Dangerous Toys, have never heard him sing like this. Most of his vocals are sung at a higher, ear splitting register. His vocal approach was a lot more common by the speed metal acts of the 80’s.
The musicianship is nothing short of stellar on this disc. Not only does Billy White’s guitar work shine on this disc, but Doug Keyser’s bass work really stands out. Watch Tower’s sound may be a little on the experimental side, but fans of early 80’s thrash, will most certainly like this. If there are any downfalls with this disc, it would be with the production. The production quality is a little on the thin side, but this doesn’t hurt your listening experience.
Those wanting to hear one of the early pioneers of thrash metal music need to seek out Energetic Disassembly. This disc was out of print for quite some time, and was recently reissued by Rockadrome. It can be purchased from CD Baby.com. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Violent Change
3. Tyrants in distress
4. Social Fears
5. Energetic Disassembly
6. Argonne Forest
7. Cimmerian Shadows
Jason McMaster / vocals
Billy White / guitar
Doug Keyser / bass
Rick Colaluca / drums
Sometimes it is a mystery to me how some talented bands remain obscure, while bands of lesser talent went on to be the next big thing.
In the case of New York City’s Spread Eagle, they were not short on talent, but seemed doomed to fail the day they signed with MCA. I wonder if things would have been different if this band received a little more support. Their debut came out a little late in the game. Had this record hit two years earlier, Spread Eagle would surely be a household name amongst hard rock fans.
Spread Eagle is an excellent sleaze metal band that has a sound that I would call a cross between Skid Row and Guns ‘N Roses. The music may be a little derivative of those two bands, but it still kicks ass. Their debut album is filled with killer tunes like Broken City, Switchblade Serenade, Dead of Winter, and Scratch Like a Cat. Ray West has a gritty, abrasive voice that works perfectly for this type of metal. Paul Dibartolo plays his ass of on this disc.
Spread Eagle is highly under rated, and this CD is still worth seeking out. This CD was out of print for a while, but it was reissued by Lovember Records in late 2006. Grab a copy of this disc if you can find it!
For more information on Spread Eagle, check out their myspace page.
In 2008, Rob DeLuca carries on in a new band called Of Earth, while Ray West continues on in Hostel Inc. Who knows…..we may not have seen the last of Spread Eagle yet!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Broken City
2. Back On The Bitch
3. Switchblade Serenade
4. Hot Sex
5. Suzy Suicide
6. Dead Of Winter
7. Scratch Like A Cat
8. Thru These Eyes
9. Spread Eagle
10. 42nd Street
11. Shotgun Kisses
Spread Eagle is:
Ray West – Vocals
Paul Dibartolo – Guitars
Rob DeLuca – Bass
Tommi Gallo – Drums
What happens when former Jefferson Starship members set off on their own, to make their own music? More boring AOR? No, not at all.
In fact, the four members of Big Bad Wolf have crafted a CD that hair metal fans will want to get on their hands as soon as possible.
Big Bad Wolf has a sound that I would describe as Firehouse with Def Leppard style backup vocals. If you are a fan of either of these bands, you will probably enjoy the music on this CD.
Big Bad Wolf had toured with Sammy Hagar, and had some label interest, but their sound was already nearly 10 years past its prime. Guitarist Craig Chaquico hit the solo trail, and spelled the bands’ impending doom.
The band only recorded one album, but it is a might fine piece of hair metal that is worth seeking out. You can find this one on Amazon.com and Ebay. Happy Hunting!
You can preview a couple of the songs below. Enjoy!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Midnight Angel
3. I Can’t Get Over You
4. Walk Don’t Run
6. Shot Down by Love
7. Cutting Edge
8. Three Chords of Steel
9. Light on for You
10. Blame It on Rock
11. Don’t Say Good Bye
Big Bad Wolf is:
Rolf Hartley – Vocals, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar
Brett Bloomfield – Bass, Vocals
Craig Chaquico – Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Kenny Stavropoulos – Drums, Vocals
After coming off of the Ozzy Osbourne, Ultimate Sin tour, Jake E. Lee, formed Badlands with singer Ray Gillen.
If you were a fan of Jake E. Lee’s awesome metal guitar licks on Ozzy disc, The Ultimate Sin, then you may have found his work on Badlands a surprise, as on this disc, he moved in a more bluesy, hard rock direction.
As much as I enjoyed Lee’s work with Ozzy, it wasn’t until his work with Badlands where he truly shined. Jake E. Lee’s awesome guitar licks, combined with Ray Gillen’s incredible voice is one potent combination, and it shows on the brilliant debut record from Badlands.
This record didn’t chart as high as some of other hair metal acts at the time, but Badlands sound nothing like the majority of the acts from the 80’s. If anything their music was ahead of its time. It is excellent, bluesy hard rock that still sounds incredible to this day. I still consider this one of my top ten records of all time.
Sadly, this record is out of print, and prices for it are starting to soar on the internet. Hopefully, this record will get reissued, as music this good needs to be heard by rock fans who would like to check it out. Grab this if you can find it! Happy Hunting!
Rating: Out 0f 10
1. High Wire
2. Dreams In The Dark
3. Jade’s Song
4. Winter’s Call
5. Dancing On The Edge
6. Streets Cry Freedom
7. Hard Driver
8. Rumblin’ Train
9. Devil’s Stomp
11. Ball & Chain
Ray Gillen – Vocals
Jake E. Lee – Guitars
Eric Singer – Drums
Greg Chaisson – Bass
In 1993, Takara released their debut album through the now defunct, Now and Then Records.
This release was largely not know in the U.S. as this disc was primarily released in Europe and Japan. I may not have found this disc myself, but saw that this was one of the earlier works by Jeff Scott Soto, and I was on a mission to find it.
Those of you not familiar with Soto’s work would be surprised at how many acts and bands he has been involved with over the years, including most recently, Journey. I have always been a fan of his vocals and he was the main draw for me to pick up Takara’s Eternal Faith.
On Eternal Faith, Soto works as both producer and singer, and he does a pretty good job in both roles. He wasn’t supposed to sing on this record, but Takara’s original singer flaked out in the studio and Soto took over.
Soto has a keen ear for great melodic rock, and Takara’s Eternal Faith is a fine example of this. This record is filled with ten upbeat keyboard laden tunes, that melodic rock fans will truly enjoy.
While Eternal Faith isn’t the best disc I have ever heard, fans of Jeff Scott Soto will certainly want to pick this up. The best tracks are Spotlight, Two Hearts Together, I Don’t Believe, and Fallen Angel.
Rating:Out of 10
Jeff Scott Soto – lead vocals, keyboards
Gary Schutt – bass
Neal Grusky – guitar
Robert Duda – drums
2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Alcatrazz debut album, No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll.
This disc features the vocal talents of former Rainbow and MSG singer, Graham Bonnet, and none other than Yngwie Malmsteen on Guitar.
Alcatrazz had a fair amount of success in Japan, and even with a solid amount of airplay on MTV, with their video for Island In the Sun, the band did not much success in the United States.
Malmsteen’s neo classical style of guitar playing is present on this record, but not as overbearing as it is on his solo releases. I am guessing that the music on No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll is influenced by Bonnet’s early work in Rainbow, as there are a few similar elements, especially with the 70’s style keyboards of former New Englander Jimmy Waldo.
Yngwie Malmsteen’s awesome guitar playing is takes this record to the next level. Without his guitar work, I doubt that I would have cared much about the songs on this record, but his amazing fret work is always something that I enjoy hearing, especially with his varied styles from song to song this disc.
Sadly, this disc has been out of print in the United States for a long time now. You can still find import copies, but the high prices on those will scare away most hard rock fans. No Parole For Rock ‘N’ Roll is definitely a must own disc for Malmsteen fans everywhere.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Island In The Sun
2. General Hospital
3. Jet To Jet
4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
5. Kree Nakoorie
7. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
8. Big Foot
9. Starcarr Lane
10. Suffer Me
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen – Guitars
Gary Shea – Bass
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Jan Uvena – Drums
Back in my high school days, I was exposed to the powerful voice that belongs to Doro Pesch. My first experience was with the band Warlock and their release True as Steel. I discovered this band through the magic of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, and was an instant fan. I wore out the cassette of True as Steel years ago, and the high import prices kept me away, as True as Steel has been out of print in the United States for years. Recently, a used copy turned up in the local Rock Shop, and I could not pass it up.
If you haven’t ever heard Warlock before, their brand of metal music is on the harder side of Dokken, and the Scorpions. This is heavy guitar oriented music, that is loaded with
guitar solos and most importanly, excellent musicianship. Make no mistake about it, few female metal singers can hold a candle to Doro Pesch. Her vocals is what makes this disc
stand out. Her potent metal screams on True as Steel made me a fan of hers for life.
This album has plenty of good metal to crank up. Some of the stand out tunes on this record are Mr. Gold, Fight For Rock, Vorwarts, All Right and the title track, True as Steel.
Warlock is a very under rated band, and it is a shame that this group is not around today. Doro Pesch still tours as a solo act, and performs several tunes from Warlock library. You can find more information on Doro at Doro Pesch.com.
True as Steel is one of the better Metal albums of 1986. It is definitely worth picking up if you can find a copy of it.
Rating:Out of 10
- Fight For Rock
- Speed of Sound
- Midnite in China
- Vorwarts, All Right
- True As Steel
- Lady In A Rock ‘n’ Roll Hell
- Love Song
- Igloo on the Moon (Reckless)
Doro Pesch – Vocals
Peter Szigeti – Guitar
Niko Arvanitis – Guitar
Frank Rittel – Bass
Michael Eurich – Drums
After ODIN slit up in the late 80’s, singer Randy O was able to secure another record deal with Atlantic Records, for his band, Lostboys. Lostboys also included former ODIN guitar player, Jeff Duncan.
Lostboys played a fairly typical brand of hair metal, that was quite common for 1990. At times Randy O sounds quite a bit like, Drew Hannah from the band Wildside. Some of the songs on Lost and Found are hit and miss, but there are a few good tracks including Crying Out, Right on Track and the title track, Lost and Found.
Lostboys sound certainly doesn’t set them apart from so many of the bands of the early 90’s, and are one of the more obscure bands of the era. The guitar work by Jeff Duncan is very good, but Randy O’s vocals can often go from cool to annoying very quickly. With that being said, I am not crazy about this CD. If you like the CD, Under the Influence from Wildside, you might find a few songs that you enjoy here. Some songs are decent, and others are quite bad.
The cost of admission makes this one that might be worth exploring for you. You can find copies of this disc on Amazon.com for less than a dollar. Tread at your own risk!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Cryin’ Out
2. Right on Track
3. Lonely Man
4. Cool Me Down
5. Seaside Lover
6. Lost and Found
7. Flying Free
9. In the Middle
10. Shot Song
Randy O – Vocals
Jeff Duncan – Guitars
Patrick Gainor – Rhythm Guitar
James Tavis – Bass
Dorian Matson – Drums
Panram’s sophomore release, RATS is certainly one of the more rare discs in my collection.
This German metal band sounds like a mixture of Queensryche, Crimson Glory and a little bit of Metal Church all rolled into one band.
Guitarist Ricci Tessalla plays like a madman on this record. His excellent guitar work is a reason to pick up this record all by itself. The instrumental track Break One makes me wonder why I haven’t heard this guitar virtuoso before.
Singer Jack Steen has very good vocal range, but not even a great singer can save average sounding songs, and the song writing on Rats is definitely lacking. When playing through this disc, I keep waiting for a stand out song, and the best moment I can find is the instrumental, Break One. Pack Bites the Last would have to be second. Sadly enough, after spinning this one a couple of times, the band comes across as a second hand Queensryche.
The bottom line is Panram may be one of the more obscure acts of the 90’s and Rats won’t do anything to change that. If you are interested, you can find cheap copies of this disc on Ebay. I have included the song Pack Bites the Last below so you can experience Panram for yourself.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Slip My Skin
3. Rule of the Fun
5. Break One
6. Love Line
7. Hit Bottom
8. Blue Sky
9. Pack Bites the Last
Pan Ram is:
Jack Steen – Vocals
Ricci Tessala – Guitars
Franky Matthes – Drums
Holly Hollander – Bass
What happens when you take three former members of Saxon, and put them together with Thunderhead singer Ted Bullet? Well, it sounds like a pretty good idea on paper at least, but I honestly did not hear a single note before I picked this disc up.
With that being said, this CD exceeds all of my expectations.
Victim You is like two CD’s in one. The band sounds very much like Saxon on a few songs, and then have a sound more reminiscent of late 80’s pop metal. Bottomline, hair metal fans will LOVE this disc! After giving this disc a couple more complete listens, I would compare the band’s sound as a cross between Dokken and a little bit of Krokus.
This style of metal was about as popular in 1996, as peanut butter and tofu sandwiches, but former Saxonites Peter Gill, Steve Dawson, and Graham Oliver forged ahead anyway. Sadly, this disc went largely unnoticed when it was released. It took 12 years for me to discover it, but I find it to be a great undiscovered piece of music.
Ted Bullet has a vocal style that falls somewhere between Paul Stanley from KISS, and Biff Byford from Saxon. His voice is melodic yet raspy enough to give these tunes here a harder edge. The superb guitar work of Haydn Conway and Graham Oliver is a pleasure to hear. Lots of George Lynch like solos are all over this record!
There isn’t one song on this disc that I do not enjoy. Copies of this disc can be found for less than $10.00 and it is worth every penny. Check it out!
Rating:Out of 10
- Bitch of A Place To Be
- Drivin’ Sideways
- Past the Point
- No-One’s Gettin’ Over
- Treacherous Times
- Love Your Misery
- I Still Care
- Old School
- More For Me
- Evil Sweet Evil
- Victim You
Son Of A Bitch is:
Haydn Conway – Guitar
Peter Gill – Drums
Steve Dawson – Bass Guitar
Ted Bullet – Vocals
Graham Oliver – Guitar
One of the more surprising yet lesser known CD’s in my collection is Zero Day, by Nevada Beach.
Nevada Beach has a sound that I would call a cross between Dirty Looks, Britny Fox and Great White. Singer Hank Decken reminds me of Henrik Ostergaard from Dirty Looks, but while that band has a style similar to AC/DC, Nevada Beach’s sound is more of a hard rock/pop metal sound.
Nevada Beach had a hit with their song, Waiting For An Angel, on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball, but never really achieved the level of success that so many of the bands from the early 90’s did. It is a shame, as Zero Day is a very good CD, and one that will appeal to most hair metal fans. Zero Day is on Metal Blade Records, and this isn’t the type of artist that this particular label is known for.
With Nevada Beach being one of the lesser known bands of the era, you can still find copies of their CD, and sometimes Vinyl, on Ebay and Amazon.com for less than 10 bucks. If you are a fan of music from the hair metal era, you will most certainly enjoy this record. I recommend grabbing a copy before these all disappear!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Rough House
2. Waiting For An Angel
3. On Zero Day
4. Action Reaction
5. Only The Fool
6. Back For Blood
7. Walking Dead
9. Big Zero
10. Gagged And Bound
Nevada Beach is:
Hank Decken: Lead Vocals & Lead Guitars
John Murphy: Drums & Vocals
Tony Rivers: Bass & Vocals
Geoff Safford: Guitars & Vocals
Back in 1988, Kevin Dubrow got fired from Quiet Riot. Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali carried on with former Rough Cutt singer Paul Shortino.
If Quiet Riot had any momentum left in the 80’s, this CD probably killed it. Paul Shortino’s singing style was a radical departure from the metal screams of Dubrow. Shortino is more of a bluesy style of singer. His vocals on this self titled album are actually pretty good, as they were on the Rough Cutt records.
This disc is certainly heavier than the previous album with Dubrow, QRIII. This album is less keyboard centric, and more of a guitar rock album.
Some of my favorite cuts are Stay With Me Tonight, King of the Hill, and The Joker.
In 2008, this album is solid enough to stand on its own. It will never be my favorite Quiet Riot album, but I am still able to play this one, and get a little enjoyment out of it. If you can get over the fact that this is a Quiet Riot album, you might actually like this.
This disc is out of print, but you can still find copies on Amazon.com and Ebay.
Rating:Out 0f 10
1. Stay With Me Tonight
2. Callin’ The Shots
3. Run To You
4. I’m Fallin
5. King Of The Hill
6. The Joker
7. Lunar Obsession
8. Don’t Wanna Be Your Fool
9. Coppin’ A Feel
10. In A Rush
11. Empty Promises
Quiet Riot is:
Paul Shortino – Vocals
Sean McNabb – Bass
Carlos Cavazo – Guitar
Frankie Banali – Drums
Jimmy Waldo (Keyboards)
Jimmy Johnson (Bass)
A four piece sleaze metal band, Erotic Suicide from Oklahoma released their debut CD in 1994. Sleaze Metal
was already dealt its crushing blow from the release of grunge music. Rock music of the glam/sleaze genre released after 1993 is largely unknown by most hard rock fans.
Sadly, Abusement Park is one of the CD’s that was released way too late in the game. If this CD, was released 5 years earlier, this band could have easily been a household name in the hair metal scene.
Erotic Suicide has a sound that I describe as Faster Pussycat meets Poison. It is a sound that was quite common in the late 80’s, and early 90’s. Although the band’s sound is nothing original, it is a disc that I still enjoy from time to time.
This CD is one of the more rare ones in my collection. Finding this one is virtually impossible
withough paying high dollars on EBay. Is it worth the hunt? If you like this style of music, it most certainly is. My favorite cuts on this disc are Can’t Remember, Goin Down and Sweet Summer Nights.
Check out the video below for Can’t Remember and decide for yourself! Happy Hunting!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Can’t Remember
3. Goin’ Down
4. Comes Around Goes Around
5. Mean Sex Machine
6. You’re So Cool
7. Ties Me Up
8. You Get What You Pay For
9. Wait a Minute
10. Sweet Summer Nights
Erotic Suicide is:
Rachal Rose – Vocals
Kyle St. Clair – Guitar
Leslie Kane Blak – Bass
DD Rose – Drums
Does the name Stick It seem unfamiliar to you? This isn’t a new Great White Album. Stick It is a reissue of the band’s debut album from 1984, with 5 additional Bonus Tracks, by Axe Killer Records in 1999.
Great White’s debut CD is just about impossible to find, so this is the one to grab if you want to at least hear the original tracks from the first release.
This CD showcases a heavier sounding Great White. Long time members, Michael Lardie, Audie Desbrow, and Tony Montana had not yet joined the band. Great White was a four piece unit, and leaned more to the heavy metal side, than the pop metal of their later releases.
Out of the Night and Stick It are two of the heavier songs on the disc. They open the disc up in a big way.
Great White’s cover of the Who song, Substitute has been on a few compilations, and is an old favorite of mine. It is a solid, but heavier version of the original song.
Bad Boys, On Your Knees, and Streetkiller are all above average heavy numbers.
No Better Than Hell kind of reminds me of pre-Pyromania Def Leppard. It is o.k. track, but nothing that will set your world ablaze. Nightmares is a semi-average song.
Dead End is a a very solid tune. Mark Kendall really rips it up on this song. This would have been a very good closer for the original album.
The Bonus Tracks on Stick It Are: Down At The Doctor, Train To Nowhere, The Hunter, Red House, and Rock’N’Roll.
Down at The Doctor is an old Mickey Jupp cover that sounds nothing like the other songs on Stick It. This song is more hard rock than metal. It is a very upbeat tune, with some killer saxaphone by Clarence Clemons.
Train To Nowhere is an old Savoy Brown Blues cover. This is mostly an acoustic guitar piece with some blues harp, and saxaphone. Once again….it sounds nothing like the other songs on Stick It.
Rock ‘N’ Roll is a pretty solid cover of the Led Zeppelin tune. This song feels more at place on this record than the other covers present here.
The Hunter is an old Blues song originally recorded by Albert King. I don’t the original tune, but Great White’s version is pretty cool.
Red House is a seriously long tune. Clocking in at almost 9 minutes in length. This tune is a cover of an old Jimi Hendrix tune. Great White does a pretty good job with it.
If you are a Great White fan, this is a must own disc in the bands’s discography. Even though the bonus tracks don’t really line up well with the rest of the songs on Stick It, I am happy that I have them in my collection. This disc has only been available as an import, but I found mine through Amazon.com. Don’t miss this!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Out Of The Night
2. Stick It
4. Bad Boys
5. On Your Knees
7. No Better Than Hell
8. Hold On
10. Dead End
11. Down At The Doctor
12. Train To Nowhere
13. The Hunter
14. Red House
Great White is:
Jack Russell: Lead Vocals
Mark Kendall: Guitar
Lorne Black: Bass
Gary Holland: Drums
It seems that every few years another new band releases a disc full of AC/DC inspired rock.
The debut release by Rhino Bucket is one of the better ones.
Singer Georg Dolivo sounds just like a Bon Scott clone. Greg Fields has the Angus Young style of playing down pat on this record.
One Night Stand is one of the biggest hits by Rhino Bucket, and this tune is worth the price of admission by itself. This is album exemplifies what a hard rock record should be. You wont find any sappy ballads on this record. It rocks all the way through from beginning to end.
The band lineup has changed but Rhino Bucket is still rocking hard in 2008. Sadly, the record that spawned one of their band’s biggest hits is out of print. You can still find copies of this disc online on EBay and Amazon.com. Hopefully, another record label will reissue this excellent slab of hard rock. Don’t miss out on one of 1990’s better hard rock records.
For more information on Rhino Bucket, check out their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. One Night Stand
2. Beg for Your Love
3. Train Ride
4. Going Down Tonight
5. Even the Sun Goes Down
6. Blood on the Cross
7. Shot Down
8. I’d Rather Go Insane
10. Ride the Rhino
Rhino Bucket is:
Georg Dolivo – Vocals
Reeve Downes – Bass
Greg Fields – Guitar
Liam Jason – Drums
In 1992, Southgang released their sophomore effort, Group Therapy. This disc was released towards the end of late 80’s and early 90’s glam metal scene. The introduction of grunge killed any chance of Southgang maintaining any level of success.
It is a real shame too, as Group Therapy is a definite step up from the band’s debut CD, Tainted Angel. The songs on this record have a harder edge, and less of that pop metal sound found on the first album.
These Georgia boys went out in style, as Group Therapy is one great, hard rocking affair. Butch Walker added a bluesier style of guitar to the songs on this record, giving the band a better, more relevant hard rock sound.
The production value on Group Therapy is quite high. This disc was produced by Howard Bensen, who also produced Pretty Boy Floyd’s Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz, and Bang Tango’s Psycho Cafe, and years later Chris Daughtry’s multi-platinum debut.
There truly isn’t a bad song on this record. It rocks from
beginning to end! Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are Water Under the Bridge, Tug of War, and Culture Clash City.
Sadly, this is the band’s last record, and a I am guessing that a reunion is highly unlikely.
Mitch McLee, Jayce Fincher and Butch Walker went on to form the Marvelous 3 after the break up of Southgang, but are no longer together.
Group Therapy has been out of print for years. Used copies turn up from time to time at Amazon.com and Ebay, and well worth picking up. If you don’t own any records by Southgang, this is the one worth searching for.
Rating:Out of 10
1. White Trash With Cash
2. Water Under the Bridge
3. Tug of War
4. Fire in Your Body
5. Final Resting Place
6. Legend of C.C. Road
7. Culture Clash City
10. My Best Friend’s Girl
11. Ode to Peggy’s
12. Blue Bird Has Landed [The Uncut Trail Mix]
Jesse Harte – Vocals
Mitch McLee – Drums
Jayce Fincher – Bass
Butch Walker – Guitars
4-3-2-1…Zeros is the band’s debut release on Restless Records. By the time this disc came out, the glam metal scene was on life support, and the Zeros chances of making it to the top were shot.
On 4-3-2-1…Zeros, I hear a lot of 70’s glam, mixed with some 80’s punk rock. This isn’t your typical hair metal band for this time period. Their influences shine through much more than some of their Los Angeles predecessors.
As far as 80’s pop metal goes, I can hear parts of Cheap Trick, a little bit of Motley Crue, and maybe a dash of Poison. The music is light hearted fun, and some of the songs here are tongue in cheek kind of stuff. Some of the tunes have a hard edge, while some tread the pop rock side of the fence. My favorite tunes on this disc are Love’s Not Fair, Sticky Sweet Girls and Too Young.
4-3-2-1….Zeros has been out of print for quite a while. You can still score a copy of this CD through Amazon.com and Ebay. It is worth picking up if you can find a reasonably priced copy. For more information on The Zeros, check out their website at this location.
2. Oh Yeah
3. Love’s Not Fair
4. Sticky Sweet Girls
5. Zero to Mom
6. Death Rock Girl (Did You See?)
7. Rich Chicks
8. Nobody Cares
9. Too Young
11. Wish I Knew
12. Do You Want Some More?
13. Raging Rock & Roll
The Zeros are:
Sammy Serious – Vocals
Joe Normal – Guitars
Danny Dangerous – Bass
Mr. Insane – Drums
Their self titled disc disappeared about as fast as it arrived. The band had a little bit of success, as a music video was released for the song Cowgirl. The band managed to sell 150,000 copies of the CD, but disappeared before long.
Unlike many of the hair metal CD’s of the early 90’s, this one actually has a little more substance. Great vocals, and a funky upbeat vibe drive these tunes. While Cowgirl is the obvious hit, there isn’t a bad song on this disc.
I once owned a copy of this on cassette tape, but never replaced it until last year. I was shocked to find a used copy of this disc in 2007. A quick internet search, and I found that you can still grab this disc for under 10 bucks (for a used copy) through Amazon.com, and occasionally on EBay. It is way out of print, but well worth the price of admission.
Rating:Out of 10
Sons of Angels are:
Solli – vocals
Torstein – bass, backing vocals
Lars K. – keyboards
Stafan William-Olsson – guitar
Geir Digernes – drums
The band was forced to change their name, using the spelling that it is today. The Kelly Hansen led, Hurricane, must have had rights to all things related to the name back in the 90’s.
I always thought the name change and spelling was kind of stupid. Funny enough, when I pop the CD in my player, the name comes up as Herricane Alice. Even Atlantic Records couldn’t get their name right. The name of the album, “Tear the House Down” also seemed to be a poor choice as well. Several bands in the 80’s and early 90’s had a song with the same name. It is a very cliched title.
Luckily, the music here is better than the name. Singer Bruce Nauman has a vocal style that falls somewhere between KISS’ Paul Stanley and Marq Torien from the Bulletboys. The music wasn’t breaking any new ground. It is fairly typical 80’s pop metal, but it is still very solid.
Tear the House Down is one of the many overlooked records of the 90’s pop metal era. Some of my favorite cuts, are Wild Young and Crazy, Dream Girl and Need a Lover.
There is good news for those of you seeking out a copy of the Hericane Alice CD from 1990. The folks at Wounded Bird Records are putting out a reissue of this CD in February. If you didn’t grab a copy of the original disc from Atlantic Records. You will soon be able to pick a copy of this disc without paying extortion rates on Ebay.
All of you new hair metal fans who never had the opportunity to get this disc, out to pick this up when it comes out.
You can preview some of the songs below at the Hericane Alice myspace page. This band has resurfaced at The Alice in 2007. We may not have seen the last of this group yet.
Rating: Out of 10
Hericane Alice is:
Bruce Naumann – vocals
Ian Mayo – bass guitar
Danny Gill – guitars
Jackie Ramos – drums
CBS tabbed Beau Nasty as their act. This band seemed to be doomed for failure as quickly as they began.
They had a big name producer for their debut with Beau Hill (RATT, Winger).
Dirty, But Well Dressed has solid tunes, and a cool cover of the Lieber and Stoller track Love Potion # 9. The problem was, nothing really made Beau Nasty stand out amongst the crowd of new bands that the labels were signing. This has to be one of the reasons that led to the band’s quick demise.
Beau Nasty member, George Bernhardt is now playing with Rick Springfield, and Mike Terrana is bashing the skins for Masterplan.
The CD Dirty, But Well Dressed will appeal to hair metal fans, but very few others. I thought it was a fun disc, and is one that I return to from time to time, even if it is only to go back and check out a few of the more obsure bands in my collection. This disc has been out of print for a while, and is becoming more rare than hens teeth. If you want a copy of it, I would recommend grabbing one off of Ebay, as the prices have been getting out of control on this one.
You can hear more of the tunes at a fan made Beau Nasty, myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
Beau Nasty is:
Mark Anthony Fretz – vocals
Brian Young – guitar
George Bernhardt – guitar
Doug Baker – bass
Mike Terrana – drums