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CD: Thunder - Wonder Days
From: CC Date: March 29, 2015 at 8:51
Easily the best album they have done in years. Yes the later albums were really good, but all of them followed a "lighter" path than the earlier releases. While not as bombastic or "classic" as their debut, this one sits somewhere between Judgement day and Closed doors sonically. While its become something of a joke in rock circles with Thunder retiring every couple of years, if they can come back with an album like this everytime, let them have their temporary retirements is what I say.

CD: Stabilizers - Tyranny
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: March 29, 2015 at 6:56
Great SynthPop/Hi-Tech AOR! Since 1992 I have this jewel in CD and really always enjoy with their Magic Style! very rare really and is like gold for a collector Tyranny, (If I) Found Rome, One Simple Thing & Underground 4 Mega Tracks 100% Pure Magic!!! Dave Christenson face reminds me to Jonathan Scott-Taylor they have another Great song in the OST If Looks Could Kill! 90/100.

CD: Lordi - The Monster Show
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 28, 2015 at 20:50
This is quite a boring album even though it has some catchy choruses in some songs...tracks 3,4,5,9,10 & 11 are cool ones but nothing to go crazy for...60/100

CD: Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 28, 2015 at 20:46
Not a very solid release from the "Prince Of Darkness"...a bit of a modern sound that does not fix in the voice of the main man ...tracks 1,2(the hit single),6,7,8(nice)& 9 are acceptable ones but just that...70/100

CD: White Widdow - Crossfire
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 28, 2015 at 11:04
A good album overall,basically all the songs are appealing and attractive ones as you might expect from a band that has the word "melodic" stuck in its tracks for me are 3,4,5( ),6,7 & 9(nice)...more or less in the same league as their previous 2 releases...89/100

CD: Don Dokken - Up From the Ashes
From: djimenezgarcia Date: March 28, 2015 at 10:47
Uno de los mejores discos de la Historia.Imprescindible de comienzo a fín,con Don Dokken y John Norum bordándolo .Obra mestra

CD: Buckcherry - Buckcherry
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 27, 2015 at 19:27
I don't know if you guys who don't live in America, like Rick or Charpenay, are familiar with the "white trash bash." Seems to be a uniquely American trend, where people will throw a party at whcih the theme is to pretend you're all ignorant, trailer-dwelling degenerate. You dress in your rattiest clothes, drink the cheapest beer you can find, and there's much debate about what the soundtrack for the evening's festivities should be. And these are people who would never wear these clothes, drink that beer or listen to this music under any other circumstances, except when they want to be "ironic" and pretend they're lowlife garbage that they actually look down on. In other words, the exact opposite of the kind of pale-ale-and-artichoke-dip parties they normally go to. Pretty lame, really. But, if you're going to host such an event, some Buckcherry MUST be on the playlist, absolutely.

CD: Y and T - Contagious
From: Doug Date: March 27, 2015 at 14:54
My favorite "Y & T" album.

CD: Pierce - II
From: zld Date: March 27, 2015 at 13:58
Divebomb records are working on (re?)releasing these two records on cd. Great news !!

CD: JAG - The Only World In Town
From: hair metal again Date: March 27, 2015 at 2:40
very very good release by JAG with a perfect polished production and a clear commercial approach!the musicianship ,the songwriting,the hooks are there in a very high quality and if you like more light&smooth releases then i highly recommend this one!

CD: Bailey - Long Way Down
From: Leykis101 Date: March 26, 2015 at 23:10
Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised tracking thru this, had no idea it would be such killer quality, production, songwriting, this is a killer by the book frontiers disc.

CD: Keven Jordan - No Sign Of Rain
From: bighooks Date: March 26, 2015 at 17:42
This is a superb AOR album. Just Another Day, She Lives, Traces Of You, True Believers and I could easily add the rest of the songs as standouts. It's not easy to find but if you find it, get it!

CD: A.K.A - Dangerous Addiction
From: bighooks Date: March 26, 2015 at 17:36
This is one of the best indies ever! Great songs and the production is also very good. Superb!

CD: Y and T - Contagious
From: bighooks Date: March 26, 2015 at 17:27
Another amazing album by Y&T. Fantastic!!!

CD: Soundtracks - Vision Quest
From: bighooks Date: March 26, 2015 at 16:47
Excellent soundtrack with variety. The standout tracks are the ones from Journey, John Waite, Sammy Hagar, Foreigner and Dio. But the rest are acceptable as well. Very nice!

CD: Toto - XIV
From: aTomiK Date: March 25, 2015 at 13:28
Amazing album from start to finish! Once again it´s Toto who shows the world how it must be done. Album full of great musicanship, soul and warmth. I know it´s only march but Chinatown most probably is THE song of 2015 together with Joseph Williams penned Fortune. I´m so glad that David Paich digged deep down to his Boz Scaggs days to find the Chinatown basic tracks. That track is a west coast wet dream. In Fortune, Williams once again shows us that he´s still one of the very best in the business. Long live Toto!

CD: Toto - XIV
From: MysticHealer Date: March 25, 2015 at 13:14
Those releases flow and cruise along and are infectious along the way, this one isn't, not to these ears it isn't. No doubt i will get slammed on here for this but i don't care to be honest as i feel disappointed BIG TIME, and i feel i need to say that i do. I like this band and the musicianship is second to none, absolutely first class but i just do not like thios album too much. Sorry folks but no more than a 5/10 from me.

CD: Toto - XIV
From: MysticHealer Date: March 25, 2015 at 13:09
Firstly, I have never been the greatest of Toto fans although i do own pretty much everything up to but not including Falling In Between, but don't get me wrong i really like a lot of what the band have done. Having read all the reviews and all the chat about this release i felt i had to get it so i did. Ohhhh dear. Once again i have fell right into the trap of a certain site raving and raving about this album being an absolute barnstorming classic and once again i feel totally bemused as to WHY. This is NOT a pile of crap but classic? absolutely no chance. A classic to these ears is an album where every single song from start to finish is totally and utterly incredible. I struggle to find one song on here that i must keep playing. People will no doubt say i am being too critical here but put this album against say Isolation, Hydra, IV, The Seventh One or even Kingdom Of Desire and it is just not up to the standard of ANY of those releases.

CD: Gary Hughes - Gary Hughes
From: hair metal again Date: March 25, 2015 at 4:15
excellent solo release by GARY HUGHES and as always he delivers commercial hard rock music with many hooks and some great songs!the only thing that needs improvement in every work he s done are the many lyrics that need to be reduced and make the songs more simple and memorable!good stuff

CD: Snakepit Rebels - Snakepit Rebels
From: CC Date: March 24, 2015 at 19:08
I picked this CD up years ago as it was cheap (how things change) and enjoyed it, but overall I would not say it was a great album, just good, but .. and this is a huge BUT .. You left me, that song is a fucking absolute killer ballad. I cant see myself ever selling this one anyway, but if I ever debated doing so, its that song that would save it from being sold (even though I have all my music digitally ripped).

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: 123charpenay Date: March 24, 2015 at 15:06
i love these dinosaurs.

CD: Stun Leer - Once
From: 123charpenay Date: March 24, 2015 at 15:03
i ve this record in my collection since 1997.this is an excellent realise from mtm.half of this album is aor the second half is more say hair metal all songs are very great, no fillers ,no average songs at the horison.very solid and very consistant cd.super production and very great singer.only catchy songs.the coktail is perfect.unfortunatelly no bonus track on the japan import.i recommand eyes closed this record.

CD: Stun Leer - Once
From: hair metal again Date: March 22, 2015 at 16:07
excellent hair metal release by STUN LEER with their sound strongly of WINGER s 2nd release!the band has a fine balance between guitars and keys ,the songwriting is fantastic and the approach extremely commercial!all the songs are great and Once is essential by all means

CD: Astral Doors - Astralism
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2015 at 21:12
This band has in Nils Partik Johansson the clone of Ronnie James Dio...and that could be an issue even though the songs are quite effective but the voice immediately puts you to think.tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7 & 12 are my faves...not a 10 out of 10 that i wrote back for this release in 2006 but an 85/100 instead

CD: Girlschool - Screaming Blue Murder
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2015 at 21:07
Yes indeed this is a fine release by one of the most popular Heavy Metal/Hard Rock female acts in music history ..."Screaming Blue Murder" & "Flesh & Blood" are my faves..."You Got Me","When Your Blood Runs Cold","Hellrazor"(strongly reminds me of Motorhead,btw a band that has been a friend of Kim McAuliffe & Company for ages)& "Take It From Me" are also good ones...87/100

CD: Foreigner - Records
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2015 at 21:00
This was the first greatest hits album of the band and of course it included some of the songs that made the band famous back then(and still)..."Head Games","Waiting For A Girl Like You"(beautiful smoothie),"Feels Like The First Time","Dirty White Boy" & "Hot Blooded"(here in a live version)are timeless songs of a band that it has to be a reference to any self respected AOR/Melodic Rock fan outta there .87/100

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 21, 2015 at 20:09
I see this as an unnecessary release. Nothing on it terrible, aside from the embarrassing rockabilly-flavored "The Scratch," but nothing really stands out. THe band sounds great, as far as their playing, and Klaus's voice sounds fantastic for his age and for a guy who almost had to give up singing at one point due to vocal problems. But the songs ... man, they're just not that memorable, unless they remind you of older Scorps songs ("Rock 'n' Roll Band" made me think immediately of "Now!"). I have a lot of respect for this band and their legacy, but honestly, they sound like dinosaurs. The last Scorps album I was really stoked about was Unbreakable, eleven years ago. A fquarter-century on from their last great album, it's just tough to get excited about new Scorpions music.

CD: Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile
From: edwithmj Date: March 21, 2015 at 19:15
This album is a fan favourite as it has a lot of their most well-known hits such as the hard rockin' Not Fragile with its instantly recognisable bass line, the even harder Rock is My Life, Roll on Down the Highway with its timeless riff, the tremendously catchy and melodic You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet with its stuttering, jovial lyrics lyrics and the AC/DC-ish Sledgehammer. I must say, that the rest of the tracks aren't to be ignored either and the dualing solos of Randy and Blair Thornton on Second Hand and Free Wheelin' make very good listening too.

CD: Issa - Crossfire
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2015 at 12:46
This is my second album of this beauty!!!(bought her previous one and is a bomb as well)...well,this release is in the same league as the one before i should say ..."Crossfire","New Horizon" & "Ghost Inside My Heart" are my faves...tracks 3(nice song sang in duet with Steve Overland of FM fame),5(nice),6(nice),10(nice),11(nice)and the "nice" japanese B/T "Raintown" in its piano version are also good ones...recommended stuff...Pop/AOR/Melodic Rock well combined in here .90/100

CD: ZZ Top - Eliminator
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2015 at 11:35
A complete change in musical direction in here from the "3 cowboys"...mixing Southern Rock with a very melodic approach and the result was simply approved ..."Legs" is not only a classic song nowadays but is a must song at any concert of the band...tracks 1,3(another classic),5,10 & 11(rocks!) are other good ones...i have owned this on vinyl since it came out .90/100

CD: ZZ Top - Tejas
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2015 at 11:30
A cool kinda old style Southern Rock album..."Enjoy And Get It On" & "Ten Dollar Man" are my faves...tracks 1,2 & 8 are also good ones...83/100

CD: 38 Special - Tour De Force
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 21, 2015 at 11:25
This is simply a marvellous release!!! ..."One Of The Lonely Ones" is the ultimate track in here and far one of my all time faves of the band...tracks 1,2,3,5 & 6 are also awesome ones...just get this great piece of Southern Rock/AOR album a.s.a.p. and enjoy it with a cold beer in your hand ...92/100

CD: Scorpions - Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 20, 2015 at 22:28
A great set, sure enough. All the essential tracks are here, and enough deeper cuts (lesser singles, really) to make you feel like you're not buying one of those cheap-Charlie "Super Hits"/"20th Century Masters" compilations. Really, no complaints other than Savage Amusement being unworthy of five songs (over half the album) appearing here. The two new songs are absolutely nothing special, either.

CD: Scorpions - Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years
From: 123charpenay Date: March 20, 2015 at 17:53
killer class hard melodic rock.this record remind me my 1979 i was 19 and i was in germany (neustadt weinstrasse) in the french army.i had buying the tape of "lovedrive".all this year i had listen this tape many many many times.fantastic and nostalgic souvenir for me.

CD: Will and the Kill - Will and the Kill
From: hair metal again Date: March 20, 2015 at 2:55
very good debut by WILLAND THE KILL from Texas if i remember well!pretty fine rockin sound &attitude with some good songs that will satisfy you ,but nothing blowminding!the attitude is there ,but overall the hard edge is missing!"no sleep" is the best tune...good stuff

CD: Sacred Child - Sacred Child
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 19, 2015 at 19:15
Standard album,voice with some Lita Ford touches...musically talking the band sounded ok but the production on this didn't help at all...i own it on vinyl...didn't know David Reece sang with this act(probably with him on it this steadily this should have been a better project)..."Chariots Of Fire","Burn For You","Electric Thunder" & "Black Widow" are acceptable songs...65/100

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: 123charpenay Date: March 18, 2015 at 15:18
these two excellent tracks are the two japan bonus tracks.the japan deluxe edition is essential.we have 18 tracks and a superb digibook with a long special obi for this occasion.with this marvellous new record scorpions stay the best hard rock band of the s not a joke!!!!!!!!!!!that s true!!!!!!!!!

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: 123charpenay Date: March 18, 2015 at 15:13
"boring as hell"!!!!for the best hard rock band of the universe?it s a joke.the extraordinaty "sting in the tail" was preview to be the last record of their career.hopefully they change their advice and scorpions is coming back with a superb realise.this sensational cd is varied and very interesting.this album is catchy and hard(tracks, irresistible top class melodic rock (tracks 2 and 7).of course we have three exceptional ballads (track 4.10.12)and the ice on the cake track 1 a fabulous hard southern song .this song reminds me the last lynyrd skynyrd s records.i ve the feeling to hear ricky medlocke himself playing guitar.track 8 is a very great a o r which have a demo sound.a littla strange.track 11 is a filler a very average rock n roll song.the bonus tracks of the deluxe edition are not extraordinary except the excellent track 14.track 13 is a decent aor song .tracks 15 and 16 are two fillers.(very very average).tracks 17 one "and one is three" 18 "crazy ride" are super

CD: Gary Hughes - Veritas
From: hair metal again Date: March 18, 2015 at 10:53
very good release by GARY HUGHES once again ,lighter than the TEN ones but always keeping the songwriting in the same high level!Most of the fans will be satisfied and i recommend it ,if you like his way of singing and writing

CD: Mr. Big - Lean Into It
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 16, 2015 at 21:15
"Build up your confidence / You can be on top for once." Really? As a kid when this song was popular, I thought he was singing "Get up, you caught the bus, you can be on time for work." Which isn't really that much dumber.

CD: Joe Lynn Turner - Rescue You
From: ghettonation73 Date: March 16, 2015 at 19:53
Ah, yes, Joe Lynn Turner, the rent-a-vocalist.

CD: Mr. Big - Lean Into It
From: edwithmj Date: March 16, 2015 at 19:52
Just Take My Heart is a decent ballad but other bands have done so much better with the sub-genre. A Little Too Loose is some sort of southern-cum-country inspired bilge and I'd say it's easily the worst. To Be With You is supposed to be the band's big hit and one of their most well-known songs but I find the whole track to be tedious drivel. It's an acoustic song with a similar vibe to More Than Words by Extreme except the lyrics are far cheesier. This is the most listenable out of all the Mr. Big albums and after listening to Sheehan's and Gilbert's shred-happy roots, the last thing you'd expect is a weaker Night Ranger with weak guitars (no shredding!) and a Jeff Keith sound-alike for a vocalist. Mr. Big are one of this site's big disappointments - completely overhyped and average.

CD: Mr. Big - Lean Into It
From: edwithmj Date: March 16, 2015 at 19:47
Slightly, ever so slightly better than their painfully average debut, Lean Into It offers a little less filler but still fails to be worthy of Gilbert's previous band, Racer X. Daddy is actually a half decent opener with a decent rhythm, Alive and Kickin' is also fairly listenable but I feel that it could turn into something better every time I listen to it. Green-Tinted Sixties Mind is a soft nostalgic song bizarrely written by Gilbert and I'd say it's my favourite; Lucky This Time is filler as is Voodoo Kiss.

CD: Eclipse - Armageddonize
From: Doug Date: March 16, 2015 at 19:18
Just picked this up. Not quite as good as "Bleed and Scream," IMO but still a solid album. Guessing it will (should) be on HH's best of for 2015 list. One thing is for sure, Eric Martensson is one busy dude!

CD: REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
From: hair metal again Date: March 16, 2015 at 10:53
ok release by REO SPEEDWAGON containing the 2 mega hits "keep on loving you" and "take it on the run" that gave them the success they were seeking!overall a nice selection of mid tempo semi acoustic songs with just a few rockers around!good stuff

CD: Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 15, 2015 at 20:28
A good album overall...maybe not that exceptional but fulfilling that is at the end what us the listeners want ...tracks 5,8,9 & 11 are my faves...scream for me Bruce!!!...85/100

CD: Jamilya - Over the Edge
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 15, 2015 at 15:08
Wow!!!...i'm really surprised with this album...did this act recorded a second one?...what a shame if they didn't because they really smoke ...from tracks 1 to 4(being this last one a really nice song) are my faves but then tracks 5(rocks in an epic way!),8,9 & 10(rocks!)are pretty close to achieve the same'll find great melodies and solid vocals in here for sure my friends!!!...91/100

CD: Rondinelli - Our Cross - Our Sins
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 15, 2015 at 14:12
This second release with Tony Martin of Black Sabbath fame gave it a sound leading to the former band of the aforementioned vocalist...great tracks such as 1,2,3,4(rocks!),5,7(rocks!),8(rocks!)& 9 are into my book for sure...basically the whole album is pretty worth...89/100

CD: Rondinelli - Wardance
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 15, 2015 at 13:12
The studio tracks in here are pretty worth songs("Wardance","Black Sheep","Rock & Roll and "The One That Got Away",this last one reminds me of Kiss' Crazy Nights,Hot In The Shade and Revenge era,especially on the choruses)...Ray Gillen,vocally talking,reminds me at times of Jon Deverill of Tygers Of Pan Tang fame...about the live tracks "Kiss And Say Goodbye" & "Wardance" are ok but the poor sound kills them somehow...86/100

CD: Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
From: Ydol eM Date: March 15, 2015 at 11:13
This album doesn't make any compromise at all. Either it kicks your ass with its aggressive hard n'heavy songs with street attitude or disarms you by absolute top-class ballads. This is the original so if I had to compare to something I might crossbreed Danger Danger with Judas Priest and add a few Steelheart's genes (IMO). On the other side, for me a bit aggressive with one filler (#11), but still high enough above the others, even better and more mature than the debut. 90/100.

CD: The Rods - The Rods
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 14, 2015 at 23:04
I love The Rods!!!...this debut album rocks as many above said...tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7 & 10 are absolutely my faves...88/100

CD: Foreigner - Foreigner
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 14, 2015 at 22:58
This was the beginning of a journey...Foreigner is one of the most emblematic AOR bands in history,actually Melodic Rock/AOR i'd say...this album opened the windows of success for the band with such classics as "Feels Like The First Time","Cold As Ice" & "Fool For You Anyway"(nice)...some other fine moments are tracks 4,6 & 7(another nice shot)...nothing else to say but recommended...88/100

CD: Xanadu - Just An Illusion
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 14, 2015 at 13:15
Indie AOR band that just released this only album...the songs are ok,just that,they offer something despite of the poor production,the songs sound "boxed"...musically talking the band probably wanted to break through in the AOR territory of late 80's but there were so many acts around music wise in the genre so they went just to be "another wanna be act" and failed,the vocals are sometimes out of tune and lowered the songs a lot..."Home Sweet Home" is my fave,another decent ones are 1,2,3(nice softy),7(instrumental)& i said,the songs are just ok...60/100

CD: Street Legal - Thunderdome
From: hair metal again Date: March 14, 2015 at 1:58
superb debut by STREET LEGAL and one of the best hard rock releases in the new millenium!if you like WHITESNAKE,BLUE MURDER &THIN LIZZY this gonna blow your mind ,as it s almost in the same quality!all the songs are great ,rockers&ballads,and Thunderdome is a must have!outstanding

CD: Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 14, 2015 at 0:51
This was the album that put the band in a good status...musically talking the sound of the band is like a funkier version of Faster Pussycat with the Sleaze thing in it fave ones are tracks 1,2,4,7(catchy),9(catchy)& 10...86/100...btw Kyle Kyle is the top notch musician on this Record...

CD: Edge - Lady in Blue
From: desiodom75 Date: March 13, 2015 at 20:20
One of the best works ever in MHR/AOR indie circuit,no doubt about!!Only 5 songs but dynamic and various approach,original,great musicianship;Absolutely essential but really tough to find nowadays. 92/100.

CD: The Creek - The Creek/ Storm The Gate
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 13, 2015 at 17:39
A very pleasant double package release...i own both albums on vynil but i have just commented the second one as it was the only one posted at HH...the self titled is a bit better than the second but actually both are pretty worth..."Six Days To Sunday"(nice catchy chorus),"Love Will Stay","Love Found Me(Ain't That Enough)" & "Arthur Whiteside" are my excellent release full of AOR...90/100(for the self titled one) & 88/100(for the second one)....

CD: Signal - Signal Live
From: edwithmj Date: March 13, 2015 at 10:29
Oh this could have been so good. Signal's debut is one of my favourite albums and a lot of the best songs (except the divine Run Into The Night unfortunately) are played here. The only problem here is the sound quality: it sounds like it's been recorded with an old camcorder from the late 80s. I hope for a better live release some day.

CD: Michael Sweet - I'm Not Your Suicide
From: blackkblade5 Date: March 13, 2015 at 10:07
stryper frontman michael sweet is a talented musician,songwriter,producer...and well it's a pleasure to listen to this album,classy work with a very mixed songs style,we got a bluesy/country more comercial side,with some harder-edge rock sound,lots of invited stars such has tony harnel"tnt,riot"eletra mustaine yes daughter of the almighty dave mustaine singing heart of gold a cover of neil young,its a smooth piece with a soulfull singing,dont expect a angela gossow or a otep shamaya range just because her father is a trash legend,no she's got a southern mooddy sweet voice like kelly clarkson or hilary duff..well also this features actual whitesnake guitar player joel hoekstra with 2 solos on this song...great stuff,finaly former whitesnake lead man doug aldrich cranks an amazing solo on track 11..conclusion,get it while is available

CD: Pretty Maids - Louder Than Ever
From: underworld king Date: March 13, 2015 at 8:38
Not bad. Some new songs and the rest are reworked older songs. Not bad but I would have liked to have heard a new lp full of new songs. Like MettalllianStallion posted above the four new tracks are decent. Pretty Maids should have a new album out this year and I hope it keeps up with the foundation they have laid over the years.

CD: Pretty Maids - Motherland
From: underworld king Date: March 13, 2015 at 8:33
Another awesome album by Pretty Maids! Keeping in the same style as their previous releases this album doesn't disappoint. Too me, this is a slight step up over Pandemonium albeit, just slightly. I for one, am happy to see this band finally getting some recognition in the current age though I thought they rated it back in the day.

CD: Toto - Kingdom Of Desire
From: hair metal again Date: March 13, 2015 at 4:39
superb release by TOTO and probably the best Lukather work ever listened to!flawless ,unique with strong vibe, TOTO prove that they can explore anything they want without losing their identity!essential

CD: Escape - Running in the Night
From: desiodom75 Date: March 12, 2015 at 20:03
Awesome and pretty rare and unknown melodic hard rock effort,from these valid and unlucky musicians;Rock anthems,power ballads and musicianship,make it this work essential in each respectful collection. 90/100 totally deserved!

CD: Level 10 - Chapter 1
From: MetalllianStallion Date: March 12, 2015 at 2:32
Russell Allen, frontman of the progressive metal band Symphony X finds the melodic-metal sweet-spot on "Chapter 1" and steals the show with his powerful vocals. Allen really shines on the ballad "All Hope Is Gone" with a excellent acoustic version on the import disc. This album is produced by bass player Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR/SINNER) with beefy/booming production and nice instrumental/orchestra touches, along with guest vocals by Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker), Carsten “lizard” Schulz and female voice Amanda Somerville (AVANTASIA). I hope there is a Chapter II coming with this line up in the future. Level 10 - All Hope Is Gone (ACOUSTIC VERSION) - YouTube

CD: Compilations - Rock n Roll Rebels and the Sunset Strip Vol. 1
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 11, 2015 at 22:14
If you thought the Hollywoood Rocks! box set was too mainstream, you'll dig this four-disc set. Seventy-somme tracks of Sunset Strip never-weres (that's one rung a couple rungs below has-beens, for our non-American friends). If you like to hear demos by bands who mostly paid to play (but were passable enough to make that work), but who weren't good enough to ever make a real record--I mean, if you can sit through four hours of this shit, this is absolutely for you. Some semi-well-known cats came from a few of these bands (Dizzy Reed from The Wild, and Byte The Bullet changed their name to Southgang), but these aren't B- or C-list bands. More like W, X, Y and Z-listers. Interesting for its historical and novelty value, the absolute obscurity of this stuff. But I doubt it's something anyone would actually listen to often after the initial exploration.

CD: In Faith - There's a Storm Coming
From: 123charpenay Date: March 11, 2015 at 15:24
hum,nothing new under the sun.decent a o r/hard f m,easy to listen.the problem when i listen this cd ,i feel nothing their a o r is very forseable in the vein of double cross for example.this band is a good band but they have not the spark of class of the "big band" or the big "records".i think to walk the wire for example who scotched me literally the first time i ve listening their album.there is one thousand a o r band in the world better than in faith.their songs are decent but boring for me.

CD: Accept - Accept
From: hair metal again Date: March 11, 2015 at 10:37
ok debut by ACCEPT back in 79 , with their sound being somewhere between early SCORPIONS and the nwobhm one!the guitar work is excellent and the whole result pretty alive and warm!very good band from the start ,young &naive!

CD: In Faith - There's a Storm Coming
From: MetalllianStallion Date: March 11, 2015 at 2:48
Only 3 reviews for this gem? Where are the HH minions, on the Hinder Facebook page? Pete hits a bulls eye by putting this one on his best of 2014 while the rest of the critics gave it their nose up?. This is the album "Harem Scarem 13" should have been returning back to form. Pete's "Winger" reference is spot-on, I also hear Pete Godfrey (vox) summoning the Kip Winger gods, especially in the 2 harder MHR tracks "Radio" and "Bitter end". Surprised these middle age rockers never struck gold back in the day (80's), as they have been in a handful of bands. Tony Marshall, from bands PRIDE and VAUGHN, Pete Newdeck, of EDEN’S CURSE and TAINTED NATION. The band is pretty versatile in bouncing back and forth between MHR to AOR territory, in fact that's my only complaint is I would have liked to hear a few more harder edge tracks, and trim down the ballads. Minor complaint as this release is hooks & harmonies R US with that 80's “wall of sound” that kept me coming back for repeated listens.

CD: Talon - Vicious Game
From: MetalllianStallion Date: March 11, 2015 at 2:02
"Vicious Game" (1987) and the band's previous release "Never Look Back" (1985) are pretty rare and tough to find. There's combo CD of both these albums by Steamhammer floating around on ebay occasionally in the $100 range. These Germans's definitely work the sleaze factor with Peter Hader(vox) doing his best Vince Neil meets the gravely growl of Udo (Accept). The opening title track has some pretty good riffage and catchy chorus lines with the stand out being the opening track. “Kings Or Fools”, is cut from the Judas Priest cloth. Decent production and worth a listen IMO, as I just happen to have a rip of both albums.

CD: H.E.A.T. - Live in London
From: MetalllianStallion Date: March 11, 2015 at 1:26
Listening to this live album as I type, personally I think the lead vocalist Gronwall sounds like a pop singer trying do rock. Makes sense as I think he's a ex Sweden Idol contestant). He has range,but he missing some depth (balls) and doesn't know how to work a crowd live IMO. HEAT was in the states a few months ago in Chicago for MRF4 and he looked like he was having a epileptic seizure behind the mic in his RED fruit boots. I don't care how many F-bombs,shits, or dick heads he works into his live lyrics, I just don't buy the manufactured " I'm a rocker now" bad-i-tude. According to a review by "This band is shit hot" That's very close to the rolling stone 2 word review of Spinal Tap's album "Shark Sandwich" (SHIT SANDWICH). The rest of the band are competent players live, maybe it's just me as I like a handful of tunes but I'm not crazy about the singer. EXHIBIT A: MRF4 H.E.A.T - Point Of No Return

CD: Knock Out Kaine - Rise Of The Electric Jester
From: Doug Date: March 10, 2015 at 17:44
Thanks CC!

CD: Red Dawn - Never Say Surrender
From: hair metal again Date: March 10, 2015 at 8:53
superb release by RED DAWN and a much overrated one !their sound is very similar to HOUSE OF LORDS and overall i d say that they re in the same level!what s missin are the videos,the promotion and the legacy out of them!all the songs are pretty fine and especially "dangerous child","take these chains","she s on fire" and "never say surrender"!essential

CD: Europe - War of Kings
From: CC Date: March 10, 2015 at 8:40
I think in this day and age you have to know what to expect from a new Europe album. It is going to be the darker heavier sound, not the pomp and big keyboards of yesteryear, so every time I see someone complain about their new albums I roll my eyes. If you dont like modern Europe there is a very simple thing to do, dont buy their newest releases. This one is much the same as their last few albums, a good mix between the Start from dark modern take, mixed with some classic melodies. Norum riffs it up like a maniac on some tracks, which is always welcome. While this album has yet to sink in fully for me, Hole in my pocket stood out straight away, and is a fantastic addition to their catalogue. Loving the modern day Europe.

CD: Saints and Sinners - Saints and Sinners
From: edwithmj Date: March 9, 2015 at 7:09
This is a super album with a couple of filler songs but the rest more than makes up for it. Shake and Rip it Up are quite forgettable but Walk That Walk is perfect hard rock and the solo at the end is the icing on the cake. Takin' My Chances is a great semi-ballad; Kiss The Bastards is another hard rocker with pounding rhythms; Lesson of Love has catchy vocals; We Belong is another semi-ballad with wonderful acoustics and vocals while the final track Slippin' Into Darkness always reminds me of 18 and Life by Skid Row both lyrically and musically - it's a great track full stop. Frankenstein does go on a bit but I wouldn't class it as filler at all - just a decent, heavy metal song which obviously is a nod to Hughes' former band, Sword.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: giantsun Date: March 8, 2015 at 20:41
Angels or kings - kings of nowhere, by far the best 2014 stuff! Keep Calm an listen this pretty soon classic

CD: Europe - War of Kings
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 8, 2015 at 11:16
You can listen from miles away the UFO,Rainbow or even Deep Purple sound influence in here...a more rocking album than anything else with a touch of Blues as well(the last instrumental B/T says it all) fave ones are "Children Of The Mind" & "Light It Up"...tracks 2,3,6,7 & 9 also are good ones...recommended stuff...a very mature band is what Europe has become...88/100

CD: Devil's Slingshot - Clinophobia
From: edwithmj Date: March 7, 2015 at 19:21
This is EXACTLY what I expected this to be: progressive, not very melodic and modern-sounding. The three virtuosos shine on here with MacAlpine and Sheehan shredding and Donati hammering away but the tracks are largely hookless affairs and lack any real passion. Still, if you like your instrumental shredding a bit progressive, there are plenty of solos on this to keep you satisfied; it's just not for me.

CD: Princess Pang - Princess Pang
From: 123charpenay Date: March 7, 2015 at 14:23
hum i respect of course, but i m very surprise about the different coments about this record.for me it s a very very average female fronted hard rock band.not a bad record but really absoluty nothing extraordinary.this band play is a poor hard rock n roll affair.when i listen this cd i feel nothing.the singer have a great voice ok but nothing spectacular.she is far far away from goddess like ann wilson for example.not for me.mediocre stuff.

CD: Knock Out Kaine - Rise Of The Electric Jester
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2015 at 14:09
Not a bad album,actually this is quite a good one IMHO...Sleaze Glam & Hard Rock in here with an 80's feeling but adding some modern touches as tracks for me are 1,2,4,5,8(with a bit of an AOR feel),9(nice) & 10(with a hidden track included,a pretty good song,perhaps both could be my fave of the album)...88/100...recommended...88/100

CD: China Sky - II
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2015 at 12:01
I'm not that dissapointed at all but obviously this "II" release is far away from the bombastic sound of the band's debut(1988)...this is not so much into AOR and is more into a rocking sound i would tracks for me are 3, 4,6,7,8(nice),9,11 & 12(sounds like Molly Hatchet )...almost the whole album has something to offer,at least...86/100

CD: Princess Pang - Princess Pang
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2015 at 11:29
Many persons back in the day were really enthusiastic about this act and album...for me is a little bit more than a decent one(there a better women front bands out there with better releases than this one IMHO)..."Trouble In Paradise" was the hit single of the album but is not my cup of tea so i rather go for these ones:"South St Kids","No Reason To Cry","Scream And Shout","China Doll","Too Much Too Soon"(with a completely The Black Crowes feel in it),"Any Way You Want It" & "I'm Not Payin'"(Did somebody call Guns & Roses???)...83/100

CD: Kamikaze - Kamikaze 3
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 7, 2015 at 11:21
Listening to this Argentinian band again...this release is as "themartin" said a Dokken sound alike but adding a bit of an edgy Bon Jovi in it as well(especially the second BJ album)..."Buscando El Cielo","Rompiendo Las Barreras","Cuando Estas Vos",Tu Voz Mi Voz" & "Pajaros De Acero" are my faves...i own this on vinyl so i don't have the B/T's...nice stuff from South America...83/100

CD: Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
From: edwithmj Date: March 7, 2015 at 9:36
Hit and miss this one. I've never been a huge fan of Vai, not least because he's horrendously overrated and lauded as some sort of guitar-God when he's slightly above average at best. The decent tracks here are excellent while the filler is terrible. Liberty is a decent opener and quite melodic too, Erotic Nightmares is filler garbage. The Animal is quite decent and has a hard edge too. Answers is probably my favourite as it's very melodic. The Riddle is hoorendous and has too much spoken vocals in it which are a pain to listen to. Ballerina is completely unnecessary and skippable. For the Love of God is OK but never leads to anything exciting and just fizzles out I feel. Audience is terrible while I would Love To is another winner and probbaly my second favourite. The rest of the album is too boring for me to remember. Average instrumental rock with a progressive edge.

CD: Saxon - Power And The Glory
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2015 at 21:57
A good release but far from reaching that top position in Saxon's albums IMHO..."Power & The Glory" is the highlight in here and almost a must at any live show of the band..."This Town Rocks" & "Watching The Sky" are other 2 faves of mine...84/100

CD: Harlequin - One False Move
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 6, 2015 at 21:52
This band came exactly on this year(1982)to my country Venezuela along with Wrabit(also from Canada) & The Joe Perry Project(the 3 acts played together in the same concert)and back then the 3 of them were a sensation...this release is a nice AOR/Melodic Rock/Hi Tech AOR one..."Say Goodnight" & "Superstitious Feeling" are my faves..."I Did It For Love" was the "hit single" of the album and is a cool one as well...tracks 2,5 & 7(catchy) are fine moments too...enjoyable album...86/100

CD: Knock Out Kaine - Rise Of The Electric Jester
From: CC Date: March 6, 2015 at 18:34
Doug, Set the night on fire is on the debut album. The only single from this one so far is 16 Grams, but that has not been released as a video. I love this album. Bit more mixed style wise than the debut, but some brilliant songs on this one. Catchy as hell.

CD: Europe - War of Kings
From: 123charpenay Date: March 6, 2015 at 16:53
hum i ve heard the samples on n e h a real nighmare.this record is a melodies nothing catch me.a shame how a band of this quality with a so brilliant career can offer to us a big shit like s a slaughter.november 30 2015 they will play in my town lyon in guest of scorpions for a very exciting concert.hope they forget their new carnage and they will play their classic songs.

CD: Rox Diamond - Rox Diamond
From: 123charpenay Date: March 6, 2015 at 16:37
this extraordinary record breathe the class start to the a so fantastic band have only one record in his basket.?all is perfect,the sound ,the production ,the singer.all songs are very catchy and irresistibles.only killer songs absoluty no fillers at the horizon.this band plays a dream s hard f m.i recommand the reissue of z records.cause we have an exceptional bonus track live "rock bottom".My english vocabulary is not enough to say to you what is my feeling about this jewel.i can say to you i you don t know this masterpiece ,don t hesitate ,buy ,buy,buy.impossible to be disapointed!!!!!!

CD: Innocent - Innocent
From: 123charpenay Date: March 6, 2015 at 16:25
to be very honest i can add that the production could be better and that the backing vocals are weak.they sound amateur.the songs are great and the singer jesse bradman is excellent.the very very rare japan import have two bonus tracks.this cd is great but not essential.

CD: Saints and Sinners - Saints and Sinners
From: 123charpenay Date: March 6, 2015 at 16:19
better late than never,discover this record only now in 2015.i was very impress by the comments on this site.after several spins i can say honestly that i don t understand the extraordinary enthousiam about this album.yes this record is excellent and i will keep this cd in my collection.but we have three big fillers.track 3 a very very average song.track 9 an instrumental "frankestein" have absoluty no interest.track 10 (more than 7 minutes) the suite of frankestein is only the result of the delirium of the musicians.track 6 and 7 are top class hard u s songs.a real dream for all hard rock lovers of this planet.tracks 1.2 and 5 are real very great hard u s song songs with very catchy choruses.track 8 and 11 are deliciously a o r influenced.8 excellent tracks on 11 are ok for me to add this excellent realise in my i ve the pleasure to find again jesse bradman the excellent singer of innocent (escape records in the middle of the nineties).

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: Swedish Rocker Date: March 6, 2015 at 12:37
Boring as hell. They should have quit after Sting In the Tail

CD: Skid Row - Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two
From: Deadboy Date: March 6, 2015 at 8:16
When is the 3rd chapter gonna be released??!??!

CD: Europe - War of Kings
From: Wardy Date: March 6, 2015 at 6:55
With War Of Kings Europe steps slightly away from the OTT blues of previous outing/s & instead pay homage to their own 70's influences. Production sounds a little retro at times too kinda vintage with effects adding to the old-school vibe. And clever buggers they are too because perhaps more-so than ever since reforming we hear those big Europe melodies of old sneaking back into the fold, giving the DeepPurple &co influences the Europe twist. Getting past the usual epic title track opener, also high on rotation is the dark Children Of The Mind while slower it reminds a little of the likes of Seventh Sign & the Wings material, the rocking walk through music history Days Of Rock N' Roll, nasty Nothin' To Ya & the moody yet sunny California 405 to name just a few. Joey is back to his best & Europe have delivered what is to these ears their finest record since Secret Society, a record that should please fans of both the new and old Europe. Get the Digi with bonus instrumental - Rating 8.5

CD: Streets - 1st
From: hair metal again Date: March 5, 2015 at 1:42
pretty good debut by STREETS back in 83 and surely one of the best productions of that year ,as Neil Kernon achieves along with Mike Slamner a perfect commercial sound that i really love!i d expect more of the songs though which are ok but nothing blowmindin!"everything is changing","if love should go" are the highlights !good stuff!

CD: Lynch Mob - Sun Red Sun
From: Metal T Date: March 4, 2015 at 21:24
'Believers Of The Day' is a great tune...

CD: Don Dokken - Solitary
From: Metal T Date: March 4, 2015 at 21:17
Rare.Trying to find a copy of this one (let alone at a decent price) is like trying to find someone at Pro-Obama rally with an above 80 iq--Ain't.gonna.happen

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: 123charpenay Date: March 4, 2015 at 13:22
hats off to mr del vecchio who is the brain of this project.he also play keyboards,produce the album and write the majority of the songs.allessandro is a workaholic and a genius.members of journey,bad english ,hardline night ranger , damn yankees in the same project?it s a dream for all a o r lovers of this planet.deen castronovo is a master behind his drums ,but here he is so the singer.what beautiful voice ,he have,closed to steve s amazing.this record is brilliant ,very solid,very consistant.only killer songs on this cd,all with a delicious journey s influence.absoluty no fillers.track 5 "way to the sun" is my fave.this song will be certainly the best song of 2015.the songs are varied and are all top class a o r.the japan import is a shm cd(japanese technology ),and have 4 bonus tracks.the same than on deluxe edition and more an acoustic version of "don t walk away".2015 start well i ve adding in my collection maverick,white widdow,moonland,issa and.....revolution saints.

CD: Knock Out Kaine - Rise Of The Electric Jester
From: Doug Date: March 3, 2015 at 13:26
How come "Set the Night on Fire" is not listed on this album? Good tune. Check out the video on YouTube, with a guest cameo from a certain Maiden.

CD: Knock Out Kaine - Rise Of The Electric Jester
From: juan carlos Date: March 3, 2015 at 11:39

CD: Babylon A.D. - Live In Your Face
From: hair metal again Date: March 3, 2015 at 8:21
one of my all time fav bands and one of the best hair metal acts are offering some great live performances of the golden era of hard rock music!ESSENTIAL

CD: Hinder - Take It to the Limit
From: Doug Date: March 2, 2015 at 15:23
Hinder is not a band that I seek out, but this album rocks!

CD: Issa - Crossfire
From: 123charpenay Date: March 2, 2015 at 13:52
the norvegian queen of a o r is back,with (like always) a superb album.her first cd (my fave) was an atomic bomb ,the second a very brilliant follow up ,the third an exceptional cover record of classic s songs of a o r.crossfire is like her others realises :a must have of female a o this beautiful and dynamic record is more oriented keyboards.this is the influence of her husband james martin from vega.issa have a very good habit ,in her records never an average song ,never a bad song,never a strange song only killer songs with catchy music and catchy melodies.with issa it s a security it s impossible to be we can buy her cd closed eyes cause with her we are in a o r heaven.the duet with steve overland from f m is splendid.the result is a beautiful ballad .the japan import have one bonus track ,an acoustic version of this duet.not essential at my taste.i think that a bonus track live could be a better idea.i can add that the production is perfect.

CD: Giuntini Project - III
From: hair metal again Date: March 2, 2015 at 10:59
pretty good release by Giuntini and Tony Martin !heavy hard music ,with great riffs &solos and warm vocs by Tony who always knows how to give life to a song!All the songs are remarkable and especially "mourning star","trouble just keeps coming" and "que es la vida"!nice addition

CD: China Sky - II
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:50
Initial spins and I am left a little disappointed. I wasn't expecting the heady heights of the debut, but this comes nowhere near if i'm honest in all departments. 'One Life' is still an excellent song for me and kicks off the album really well, but it is the best one on show and the album doesn't really get going after that. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not a bad album and has some goodish songs on show, but it doesn't exactly excite me that much either.

CD: Issa - Crossfire
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:48
She's gone and done it. Finally released an album I am very very pleased to listen too all the way through. Lots of tasty tunes on here from the Martin Bros. and some of this is very Vega like musically. I do really think her vocal performances on here are pretty good overall, 'Fight Fire With Rain' especially I thought she sounded really good. The Martin Bros. input is excellent, especially on some of the arranging and I love the subtle keyboard parts throughout, which are very very impressive indeed. Nice smooth yet punchy production too. Her best album by a mile

CD: Thunder - Wonder Days
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:47
Pretty much what you'd expect from a Thunder album, so absolutely no surprises whatsoever. Saying that, it's solid, well written and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Especially good are 'The Thing I Want' which fairly romps along and 'When The Music Played', both top top tunes. Special note for Danny Bowes who still sounds awesome too. The Live bonus album from the Wacken Festival is also a nice little addition to the deluxe edition, showing that the band can still cut it live as they always have. A Good package

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:44
This is a standard Scorpions album with some good tracks. Once again the ballads shine, 'Gypsy Life' particularly is excellent, although this time around, there is a fair amount of filler in the middle. It's in no way as good as 'Sting In The Tail' but it's pretty good in general

CD: Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:42
A good, solid album that betters the debut I think. It improves with each listen and has some good tracks 'Blindsided' and 'You Little Liar' are my initial picks, but no real bad ones. Still very Lizzyesque in sound, which is a good thing, so old school classic rock fans should like this one

CD: The 69 Eyes - Angels
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 28, 2015 at 23:17
This release is a bit of a step down than the band's previous effort but even though of that it still has some good shots in the shape of tracks 1,2( ),4,8,10 & 11...84/100

CD: Ted Nugent - Intensities In 10 Cities
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 28, 2015 at 23:13
Scott's comment said it all...these songs played here were some that saw the light of day only in very few occacions..."The Flying Lip Lock" & "Land Of A Thousand Dances" are my faves...tracks 1,5 & 6 are also good ones...not a killer live release by The Nuge but for fans of the mad axeman it could be more than a decent record...83/100

CD: Sacred Season - Sacred Season
From: Delbert Date: February 28, 2015 at 15:13
This band plays excellent melodic keyboard driven melodic hard rock/AOR. HUGE keys, HUGE production and top musicianship make this a must for the collection. They sound like a mix of VICE, CHINA, CZAKAN, BEYOND THE BLUE and classic TOTO. One of the better melodic hard rock/AOR releases from Germany

CD: Joanna Dean - Misbehavin'
From: hair metal again Date: February 28, 2015 at 8:08
ok release by JOANNA DEAN ,but nothing blowminding!definitely tryin to catch the sound of that era although it sobvious that she s not into the hard rock scene !nice production & sound and 1 really good song "once is enough" will make this a harmless addition to your collection

CD: Soundtracks - Youngblood
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 27, 2015 at 22:53
Quite a pleasant soundtrack with some good AOR fave one is "Something Real" by Mr Mister...the ones recorded by Mickey Thomas,Starship,Nick Gilder & Autograph are also of my entire satisfaction...85/100

CD: Issa - Can't Stop
From: 123charpenay Date: February 27, 2015 at 16:23
exceptional cover record.a must have.

CD: Lost Weekend - Evermore
From: AOR1 Date: February 26, 2015 at 16:57
Have to agree with the above comment. Fantastic uk melodic rock. Excellent vocals, lots of keys (that´s what I like), remarkable songs. To be honest, I won´t call no song on this disc a filler. 93/100

CD: Night Ranger - Big Life
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 20:22
I dunno what it is, but you see it with so many bands. They come out at the right time, have one big hit and a respectable handful of small- to medium-size hits. And suddenly, it's five years later, and they sound like yesterday's news. So in 1987, Night Ranger return, but they still sound like 1983. Metal had grown in popularity in the two years since 7 Wishes, and the attitude and style were definitely more brash and wild than the comparatively sedate Night Ranger. At the same timee, the old AOR bands that ruled radio in the early '80's couldn't buy a hit in '87, with a bare few exceptions. Big Life still went gold in America, but still sold significantl lless than the previous two albums. I think people just got bored with Night Ranger. Didn't help that this isn't the band's sharpest collection of tunes either. They don't do anything on Big Life--orever again--that they didn't do better on the first three albums. Compared to what was then cutting-edge hard rock and metal, Night Rang

CD: Night Ranger - 7 Wishes
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 20:10
In hindsight, '85 was kind of a weird year. Metal was having a bad time in the press, with the PMRC shenanigans, and MTV's decision to cut back on hard-rock videos. The genre stilll hadn't attained the level of popularity it would in a couple more years (aided by Bon Jovi, Poison, Def Leppard, etc.), so yeah--1985, kind of weak. So here's Night Range, high on the success of "Sister Christian," offering up a third album of more of the same. By now, it's not just in your mindd, 7 Wishes reallly is a bit mellower, seeming a bit closser to the AOR of the last decade (or what its practitioners were currently up to). There just doesn't seem to be as much guitar bite here. Whether the band was getting softer, or the rest of the world was getting harder, Night Ranger sound pretty tame here. The AOR lovers seem to be more in love with this disc than the headbangers, more so than the previous two. But you know, Night Ranger are total pros and by now what you might calll "commercial craftsmen"--t

CD: Night Ranger - Midnight Madness
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 19:48
Night Ranger keep on doing their thing, mixingg the late '70's AOR sounds of, say, Boston, with an updated guitar tone and style. You could burn this onto the same CD with Dawn Patrol and it would be tough to tell where one album begins and the next starts. Midnight madness, despite its title, does seem just slightly less hard, or maybe that because it's dmoninated by the over-the-top melodrama of "Sister Christian," an early example of the peculiarly '80's strain of power ballad that would come to dominate the airwaves. Definitely heavier than Journey or Foreigner, but also perceptibly lighter rising stars like Dokken, Motley Crue or Ratt. Also lending to a feeling of safeness is the band's adherence to fairly vanilla subject matter for their lyrics rather than wallowing in decadence like the L.A. bands were doing. AOR stations didn't have to wait until 7:00 P.M. to play Night Ranger... They weere smooth enough to get daytime airplay, but still sounded pretty good blasting at high vol

CD: Night Ranger - Dawn Patrol
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 19:31
Just look at the year of release, and you get a fair idea what Night Ranger have to offer. 1982--still a year shy of the explosion of so-called hair metal, and still with late-'70's style AOR going strong. Sure enough, Night Ranger's debut is a mix of those two genres. They have the energy and guitar firepower of commercial metal, but also the plentiful keyboards and smooth vocal harmonies of a '70's arena-rock band. Jack Blades sings with melody always, but manages not to come off like a wimp. The band doesn't emphasize sleazy attitude like the bands who came just after them, which, along with the prominent keys, led many to consider them too lightweight, but the reality is, they were as good as most early hair bands, but retained enough of a pop sheen to get them on the radio. Dawn Patrol doesn't sound like anything other than an earlly-'80's hard rock record, but it's a damn good one.

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: blackkblade5 Date: February 24, 2015 at 2:42
like i was saying all wrapped ia a melodic reverbed package..just amazing,please guys come to portugal

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: blackkblade5 Date: February 24, 2015 at 2:36
wow,this one is a really classic,amazing line up, with journey members arnel pineda,neal schon featured on some songs and the powerhouse trio doug aldrich,jack blades,and deen castronovo..--well so what can people expect from this project??well first a great solid melodic hard rock album with a really early 90's feel,great songs very journey-whitesnake-house of lords flavour,deen is an amazing singer,doug is a wild fast vibratto freak just like a younger jonh sykes..not calling you a old man john,love your playing!! well also featured jack blade mister damn yankes,night ranger a very skilled and talented musician,again i'm 40 years old and i love music,i grew up listening to all these bands and seeing they still do amazing music just makes me feel very check track 5 way to the sun with 2 versions,diferent solo guitar,neal comes with a classy sustained ,fast ,melodic solo,his signature the other by doug have a wild solo with his natural speed and wild picking all wrapped in a

CD: Strike Twice - Strike Twice
From: hair metal again Date: February 24, 2015 at 1:47
sensational hair metal release by STRIKE TWICE and one of the best indies i ve ever heard!in fact this is so good that i dont consider it an indie!bombastic guitar driven hair metal music with big riffs,choruses,solos and exceptional ballads are offered all over!ESSENTIAL

CD: Steelhouse Lane - Slaves of the New World
From: Ydol eM Date: February 23, 2015 at 17:25
This is a really outstanding record of that year. For me, perhaps the best one. I can find almost everything I love about rock music. From melodic aor (Foreigner alike) to arena heavy rock (Warrant alike). And between I can meet Nelson, Europe, Harem Scarem... influences. Strong melodies, perfect harmonies... really well-built songs, eg everytime I can hear "Son of a loaded gun" I have gooseflesh and that's for me one of important marks of quality. 90/100.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: 123charpenay Date: February 23, 2015 at 13:41
i add in n° 9 the excellent MOONLAND "same".

CD: Flyte - Flyte
From: 123charpenay Date: February 23, 2015 at 13:33
to be very honest i can add that there is some fillers in between tracks 3.4.9.but the other songs are really excellent.the sound is clear like water from stone (french expression "claire comme de l eau de roche") ,the production and the mixing class atmospheric catchy hard f m.

CD: The 69 Eyes - Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 22, 2015 at 20:00
I would say that these guys have a Glam feel disguised in a Goth appereance and adding a touch of it in their music..."Too Much To Lose","Skanky Man","Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" & "Hellcity 1999" are in my book...84/100

CD: Russell - Wall Of Love
From: Locoaor Date: February 21, 2015 at 22:05
Que tal disquillo de estos suecos, realmente desconocidos pero se han hecho de una rareza increible, con cierto tufillo a eddie money en las voces, temas muy buenos sobre todo el primer tema que da nombre al disco que entra a la primera con grandes coros y melodias, sin duda un excelente trabajo y no olvidar de la balada Bessie super acojonante! 90/100.

CD: Nouveaux - Beginnings
From: Locoaor Date: February 21, 2015 at 21:59
Excelente album y uno de los mejores dentro del hard rock melodico cristiano, todos los temas sobresalen, un album sencillo con grandes composiciones, muy recomendado!

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 17:59
No I don't speak French, that's just a phrase that's filtered into English and it has its uses. I agree Stay is a great song but it's not on the same level as the stuff from their first disc. The better Giant follow up was Giant III for me.

CD: Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 17:54
Malmsteen's debut solo venture is an album I will always come back to. I enjoy the intrumentals Black Star, Far Beyond The Sun and Little Savage with their groundbreaking shredding while I also like Soto's vocals on Now Your Ships Are Burned (super song with a great riff) and As Above, So Below.

CD: Thin Lizzy - One Night Only
From: 123charpenay Date: February 21, 2015 at 16:20
you want great hard rock n roll? search on you tube"one night only video 4 lyon marché gare".you will see my friends of one night only in guest ot "the treatment".my very close friend ,alain "toon s" bartin is the guitarist(also in chain reaction) in black shirt who open the song "cold sweat"

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: 123charpenay Date: February 21, 2015 at 15:28
sorry i m agree with you this album have a little "je sais quoi de moins que leur premier fantastique effort".nevertheless i m fan of this band and this second realise.even it s impossible to have the same level than their first extraordinary record."stay" is the perfect example a super song a hit but there is a little"je ne sais quoi" to prevent that this super song was an international hit.this rule is the same for all this excellent (but not at the same level than the debut) bonus track on the japan import.nevertheless this record is essential in all serious a o r collection.the great and the logic follow up to their exceptionnal and extraordinary first record..

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: 123charpenay Date: February 21, 2015 at 15:16
hi edwithmj you speak french "je ne sais quoi" congratulations.i m

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 13:00
...average rockers with Without You being OK and Save Me TOnight being horribly average. It's as though Giant got complacent and cocky after their first album and just thought they could repeat the magic of the first album weasily but they seemed to fail horribly. Average, medicocre and standard hard rock.

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 12:58
Time to expand... Giant definitely lost something from their debut. The original offered something different and was, dare I say it, slightly progressive with their songs especially in the likes of Innocent Days and It Takes Two. In this album we get a mostly standard hard rock affair. Thunder and Lightning is a hookless wonder that drags on, ditto for Chained but it's slightly better; Lay It On The Line defines average for me and has no hooks whatsoever. The album kicks off with the melodic Stay, which while being very decent still lacks the je ne sais quoi from the first album. Lost in Paradise: what a boring, dull ballad; compare it to the two brilliant ballads from the first album and you'll understand why. I hoped Smoulder would be a Huff shred-fest but is a dull little acoustic instrumental. Time To Burn is a decent rocker like Stay and then we have my favourite which is I'll Be There When It's Over; this track sounds the most like the first album I think. The rest of them are...

CD: Miss Behaviour - Double Agent
From: giantsun Date: February 21, 2015 at 7:36
Their best effort! There are authentic gems inside this work. 89/100

CD: Eclipse - Armageddonize
From: 123charpenay Date: February 20, 2015 at 11:32
i love eclipse when they are the "E" of W.E.T but not when they plays their own material.

CD: Eclipse - Armageddonize
From: 123charpenay Date: February 20, 2015 at 11:30
receive this cd yesterday directly from japan.after several spins i can say that this young swedish band is full of promises.they reminds me heat(last record) and the poodles.great singer great production great songs but...this band is absoluty not mature.too much agressive,too much speed ,too much metal.sometimes the singer forget to sing ,he scream.the backing vocals "ho ho ho ho" are very simple and very limited.we are far away from def leppard or grand design.the guitar s solo are short and not melodic,the drummer is very exicted.they can make better cause we guess that they have some possibilities.for making good hard rock it s not an obligation to howl like a wolf and knock like a savage on your drums.calm guys calm.the best example is the japan bonus s an acoustic version of track 3 "the storm".this song is beautiful with an exceptional melodic vibe,but they ruins the song cause they plays it too speed.they have a real hit in their hands but they do a big shit.

CD: Moonland - Moonland
From: 123charpenay Date: February 19, 2015 at 13:20
sorry one bonus track on the japan import.a beautiful acoustic version of track 7 the beautiful ballad "live and let go".this record is without any doubt for fans of issa .you will not disapointed.

CD: Moonland - Moonland
From: 123charpenay Date: February 19, 2015 at 13:17
hum i ve listen very seriously this record today,cause my wife,since several days, says to me "you re wrong moonland is a super project at the same level than issa".honestly she is right.maybe the first time i ve listen this record i was tired not very lucid.after several spins this cd come inside me and hooked me first comment was not exactly right.yes moonland invent nothing,yes this project looks like really to issa.but i have to admit that allessandro del vecchio realise an excellent job.he write all the songs,produce the record and play keyboards.hats off to allessandro even if the originality is not the main quality of this s a very brilliant ,solid and consistant aor female realise.absoluty no fillers all is great in this cd.this record sound deliciously more hard than vanilla ninja even if the trademark of vanilla ninja is present on several bonus tr

CD: Toto - The Seventh One
From: hair metal again Date: February 19, 2015 at 9:59
superb release by TOTO once again in their own unique way ,combining elemens of many music genres!Joseph sounds awesome and the band is in great form!the production is very polished and commercial and the songwriting of the highest level!"pamela","anna","home of the brave" and "these chains " are the highlights of The Seventh One which is one of my TOTO favs

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: the rocker Date: February 18, 2015 at 20:40
Pre ordered awhile ago along with the new Eclipse, can't wait!

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: Doug Date: February 18, 2015 at 19:37
It's on my want list too!

CD: Gotthard - Dial Hard
From: petermexico13 Date: February 18, 2015 at 17:00
Gotthards Second work, nice album. Segundo trabajo de esta banda Suiza, de lo más heavy de su repertorio, en la línea de su primer trabajo con ese estilo a lo Krokus característico debido a su productor. Hard Rock de buena manufactura de una banda que poco a poco fué consolidándose como uno de los grupos más exitosos de Europa.

CD: Gotthard - Gotthard
From: petermexico13 Date: February 18, 2015 at 15:47
Gotthard is the best hard rock band emerged in the 90's, this album is fantastic, love this band!! Steve Lee rules, the first 3 albums are great,pure hard rock, after de Open album they change their sound to a more polished aor style. Always great. Every Steve Lee album is excellent!! Since then, Gotthard is one of my favourite bands. Sin duda Gotthard es una de esas bandas que desde la primera vez que la escuchas, si eres fan al hard rock, llega para quedarse. Siempre bien trabajadas sus canciones, músicos dedicados sin duda. No dudé en conseguir toda su discografía a pesar de que los escuché por primera vez en 2003. Una banda con agallas al haber comenzado su exitosa carrera en 1992. Bienvenido Nick Maeder, aunque siempre existirá el recuerdo del estupendo y carismático Steve Lee, una leyenda hoy en día para todos los que amamos esta música.

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: 123charpenay Date: February 18, 2015 at 13:55
hi rick.i ve ordered this cd yesterday at cd japan.

CD: Magnum - Chase The Dragon
From: hair metal again Date: February 18, 2015 at 8:31
excellent release for MAGNUM in the early 80s and a classic for them with a massive heavy pomp sound ,strong production and many good songs!the musicianship is fantastic and the band seems to have many ways to deliver!all the songs are remarkable and i believe that this is an album that defined MAGNUM and pushed things further for them!

CD: Reckless Love - Animal Attraction
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 17, 2015 at 21:59
The first two tracks are great, but then the disc sinks into a long stretch of boring big harmonies and forgettable mid-paced tracks. Along with Crazy Lixx, these guys seem to think you can prop up a subpar chorus with extra vocal layers and make it memorable that way. Doesn't work, sorry. Despite some cool riffs, the band just lacks any sense of menace or danger. Hearing songs like "Fantasy" or "Dirty Dreams," you would never feel compelled to step aside if you encountered the band members on a narrow sidewalk. Like a lot of these young Scandinavian bands trying to make '80's style pop-metal, they can't seem to separate the good and bad aspects of their dads' record collection.

CD: Reckless Love - Reckless Love
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 17, 2015 at 21:49
This is easily the best of the bandd's three releases, and worth it for "Badass" alone, even with its totally clich`e "walk the wire/play with fire" lyrics. The thing is, as much as people like to talk about the new wave of Scandinavian sleaze-rock, "sleazy," "edgy," "gritty," or "dangerous" aren't the word that comes to mind listening to Reckless Love--or Crazy Lixx, Crashdiet or any of the rest, for that matter. In fact, hearing the singer whooping and giggling like a kid playing in the pool on "So Yeah/1" the word that comes to mind is "goofy." A mostly solid disc all around though, although it's too bad neither of the other two are as consistent.

CD: High Voltage - Written In Stone
From: MrMetal Date: February 17, 2015 at 18:01
...It's also unclear if they were actually a Xian act or not, as I've seen them labeled as such as well as reading some information stressing that they were not. Both original pressings of their EPs fetch anywhere from $80-$100+ dollars with the out of print "Retrospect" reissue also fetching around $50+ dollars nowadays. I think these guys were a little bit better than they may have been given credit for though.

CD: High Voltage - Written In Stone
From: MrMetal Date: February 17, 2015 at 17:59
These guys originally formed out of the Pittsburgh area around 1986 with a lineup featuring Josh Holmes (v), Nick Catanese (g),Mike Mizia (b), & Wayne Walnoha (d). It's unclear if the 199 4-track recording was a Demo or an official EP as well as the members participating, although the above lineup was together until at least 1988. Wayne would then be replaced somewhere along the line by John Karbowski on drums as well as John Fuechslin being added as a keyboardist (Josh Holmes originally handled these duties with lead vocals). The new lineup would release "Written In Stone" which was a slight improvement over the earlier material and grows on the listener with some shimmering keys that brought some AOR elements into their Melodic Rock style. I would compare them musically to the New Jersey-based ZIAD although some more upbeat material could've benefitted them. There would be another EP in 1994 ("Edge of The World") although I'm not sure who contributed aside from Nick on guitars.....


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