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CD: Peterik/Scherer - Risk Everything
From: ako68 Date: April 18, 2015 at 16:15
Whenever you see the name of Jim Peterik on an Album, you know it stands for quality.Marc Scherer has a great voice, it could be the twin brother of toby hitchcock. 11 songs ,al great. Mike Aquino on guitar is as always fantastic.

CD: Conception - The Last Sunset
From: petermexico13 Date: April 18, 2015 at 16:05
Conception es un grupo compuesto por 4 excelentes y muy jóvenes músicos, que más tarde darían mucho de qué hablar en su misma banda y posteriores proyectos, liderados por el estupendo guitarrista Tore Otsby (después en ARK) y el cantante Roy Khan (después en Kamelot), combinando un estilo de metal europeo con tintes progresivos, canciones con cambios interesantes sobretodo donde Tore Otsby demuestra su calidad con la guitarra acústica destacando la estupend "War of Hate" y la impresionante "Among the Gods" .Con una escasa producción este disco es una obra interesante para los degustadores del metal europeo y de los que siguen a los grandes guitarristas que en este caso, es muy destacable la actuación de un muy joven Otsby. Recomendado

CD: FM - Heroes and Villains
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 18, 2015 at 14:09
This is a nice album,as usual,FM delivering good quality songs...for me this release has some kind of a retro sound ala "Takin' It To The Streets" era in certain songs as well mixed with some up to date kind of modern AOR feel...tracks 2,3 & 5(pleasant song) are my faves...some other interesting moments are tracks 6,7 & 10...long live FM!!!...87/100

CD: Waysted - Vices
From: 123charpenay Date: April 17, 2015 at 17:34
poor debut album.nothing interesting in this album.very classic and very very average hard rock.not more.

CD: Lee Aaron - Emotional Rain
From: 123charpenay Date: April 17, 2015 at 17:32
a smart record but very different from the last lee aaron s realise.not for fans of the first hour.they should be surprised and disapointed.

CD: Kelley's Heroes - Kelley's Heroes
From: 123charpenay Date: April 17, 2015 at 16:39
powerfull hard rock with a singer who have a big mouth.not fine but effective.decent but not really extraordinary.for fans of motley crue s second zone s clones.

CD: Scorpions - Love At First Sting
From: Carlitox Date: April 17, 2015 at 11:11
MASTERPIECE

CD: Kelley's Heroes - Kelley's Heroes
From: hair metal again Date: April 16, 2015 at 12:19
excellent release by Retrospect records from KELLEY S HEROES ,whose members are involved in many LA bands of the genre!this one is straight,heavy,well performed hard rock music with great riffs,vocals and a certain quality!i d love to see these guys live back in the day !

CD: Kurt Howell - Kurt Howell
From: hair metal again Date: April 15, 2015 at 8:51
pretty good debut by KURT HOWELL and some great musos involved in this one!light ,commercial sound with very polished production and some fine songs are offered !"let s run with it" could be a hit and overall a nice light addition with a certain quality

CD: Bombay Black - Walk of Shame
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 14, 2015 at 22:03
Erik Johnson dresses up his fairly bland vocals with some skillful harmonies and strong hooks, and the riffs just keep coming. The band's biggest weakness continues to be that they don't write very good ballads, but they keep trying, so we get the forgettble "Living On Mars" and "Sucker." My favorites: all of the first five songs, plus "I May As Well" and "Sunshine." This band should be fucking HUGE, as I think they can appeal just as much to younger people who listen to Halestorm and Pop Evil as they can play to the old geezers who're still eagerly waiting for "real rawk to come back and kick ass, maaaan." That Bombay Black somehow are NOT household names is a real shame.

CD: Bombay Black - Walk of Shame
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 14, 2015 at 21:54
This came out in the summer of 2014, but I didn't know it existed until almost Christmastime. Walk Of Shame is almost as good as Bullets And Booze from 2012 (which I absolutely loved). These guys, maybe more than any other, have found that oh-so-elusive sweet spot between old-school and modern. The music itself would appeal to fans of '80's metal, but the production is thoroughly up to date, and the band's approach to the songs is likewise post-millennial, singing about chicks, would-be rock stars and bad behavior with a self-deprecating, sarcastic humor, without sinking to any kind of Steel Panther-like novelty schtick. You almost wonder if the band might have relocated to L.A. from their native Little Rock, as several songs ("Haunting L.A.," "Superstardumb," "Pretty People") deal with very Hollywood topics, albeit with tongues planted firmly in cheeks. Former guitarist Devil Jim Perry was no slouch, but Justin Velte is a monster and has injected so much extra flair into this band.

CD: Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
From: Doug Date: April 14, 2015 at 19:48
Completely agree with the Lizzyesque comment above. Warwick really has the inner Lynott vibe in him and BSR retains that patent Lizzy sound. All in all good things, IMO. This album takes a few listens to get into though.

CD: Aldo Nova - Twitch
From: MysticHealer Date: April 14, 2015 at 17:00
Needs the Rock Candy remaster treatment and no one else.

CD: Free Spirit - All The Shades Of Darkened Light
From: Pee Dee Date: April 13, 2015 at 4:43
I'm with Jez on this. It's an awesome album. I can't understand why it's not in the top 100. It's more traditional AOR than the first one, and in my opinion, surpasses it. "Pale Sister of Light" was a bit of a grower. This one is an instant grabber. "The Dew of the Rose" is probably the highlight. It's an epic AOR anthem with the mother of all choruses, but the rest of them are top notch too.

CD: Demon - The Plague
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 12, 2015 at 14:29
After 2 very strong and solid previous releases came this 3rd Record but shamely not a very enthusiastic one IMHO...the songs have some kind of Pomp passages here and there..."Blackheath(part 1)" & "A Step Too Far" are my faves..."The Plague" & "Nowhere To Run" could also be quite appealing to my tastes...i own this on vinyl...65/100

CD: Shooting Star - Hang On for Your Life
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 12, 2015 at 14:23
Not as great as the band's debut this one is but it has some good moments as well..."Hang On For Your Life" & "She's Got Money" are my faves...tracks 3,6,9 & 10(nice)are also good ones but far from being called classics...75/100

CD: Eden's Curse - The Second Coming
From: Stixx Date: April 12, 2015 at 12:46
(Michael) Eden's Curse rock hard on this release, which I find even better than the classic debut. I have listened tons to this CD, and it's wonderful. I totally love the mix as well, the drums are PERFECT. Many very good songs, too many to mention. Highly recommended.

CD: Eden's Curse - Trinity
From: Stixx Date: April 12, 2015 at 12:42
Personally I preferred Eden's Curse with Michael Eden behind the mic. I think he sings very well with a little bit of Billy Corgan's nasal coolness. Three killer albums before Mike left. Miss him in this band. He had/still has a better vocal range than many others out there. Not all Dennis Ward mixed CDs sound great, but these are damn perfect sounding.

CD: Helix - Bastard of the Blues
From: Stixx Date: April 12, 2015 at 12:23
Yes, this is a good album again by Helix. Around 60 yrs old, but still kickin' ass, very cool live act too. Three very good studio CDs in a row now, just like Scorpions

CD: Aldo Nova - Blood on the Bricks
From: Stixx Date: April 12, 2015 at 12:08
This one came out just a little too late, it should have been a big seller. Plenty of catchy tunes, as always with Aldo. Young love, Touch of madness and Hey Ronnie are perfect, excellent album with awesome sonic mix! Not only is Aldo in top form on this one, but he hired the best possible musicians to form his recording and touring band as well. Try to find Aldo Nova's soundboard recorded "LIVE in Cleveland 1991" CD, it's fantastic too.

CD: Aldo Nova - Twitch
From: Stixx Date: April 12, 2015 at 11:59
Cool, just listened to the interview, one of many cool ones there, thanks. ALDO: if you ever read this. Please consider to fully remix this wonderful set of songs, cause this is a killer record with many should-have-been hits. Label politics took away some of its joy, understandable, but the songs themselves and your talented performances are truly amazing. Great guitars, great vocals, no fillers at all. The bass guitar is way too low in the mix and the drums are perhaps a little too much Miami Vice/Top Gun-ish, plastic sounding (similar to Kiss' '87 AOR-ish release). A shame the label did not promote this fantastic album that much, since it is actually a KILLER AOR CD. If looks could kill and Heartless are two of many stellar choruses, love this album. Also read: http://melodic-hardrock.com/reviews/aldo-nova-1985/ This album REMIXED and remastered by Aldo himself would be a gift for his many fans.

CD: Aldo Nova - Twitch
From: $$ixx Date: April 12, 2015 at 10:29
Great interview: Ep. 17: Aldo Nova (Solo, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion) http://tun.in/tgOZBl

CD: Pride of Lions - The Destiny Stone
From: klaus_schenker Date: April 11, 2015 at 21:51
MASTERPIECE

CD: Led Zeppelin - Coda
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2015 at 21:26
1 + 1 makes a 2 my dear friend Doghouse Reilly!!!...cheers dude

CD: Led Zeppelin - Coda
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 11, 2015 at 21:17
Rick, you are my hero, sir! I too hold that most unpopular opinion. I own the Zep studio albums, for the handful of songs that I do like--mostly the shorter, harder songs. But "Kashmir," "All Of My Love," "D'yer Maker" and of course the dreaded "Stairway To Heaven?" I hate 'em all. Garbage. Fuck those songs. To paraphrase Fall Out Boy (don't start, people--I don't like them either), a little less "Foool In The Rain" and a little more "Immigrant Song," please!

CD: Aerosmith - Big Ones
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2015 at 20:54
Pretty decent compilation...we all know the rest...90/100

CD: Led Zeppelin - Coda
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2015 at 20:52
I've never been a fan of LZ to be honest with you,i have some albums,some t-shirts and so on but more for a memorabilia thing rather than for being a fan myself..."We're Gonna Groove" is my fave track in here...some other good shots are tracks 2,7 & 8...80/100

CD: Crystal Ball - Secrets
From: djimenezgarcia Date: April 11, 2015 at 15:21
Se nota la sensacional mano de Michael Bormann,sin duda,el mejor trabajo de esta formidable suiza.

CD: Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
From: Ydol eM Date: April 11, 2015 at 14:30
They stopped with this album closely under their composition peak (IMO), anyway here are also top samples of arena hard rock. "Livin' on a prayer" might be in my top ten of rock songs ever (the credit also to Desmond Child - amazing sense for a song's gradation). I won't compare this album to anything because I regard this as the original. 90/100.

CD: Talon - Fourplay
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2015 at 12:47
Whatta great release!!!...pure and catchy Hard Rock songs all over!!!...highly recommended stuff...my faves are tracks 1,2,5(mid tempo),6,9,10(nice AORish),11 & 12...the other ones are really good songs indeed as well,so in general lines the whole album smokes awesomely...92/100

CD: Over the Edge - Over the Edge
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2015 at 11:46
This is really a pleasant album!!!...it combines good semi rocking/pop tunes with AOR feel ones as well and with the great and talented Mickey Thomas of Starship fame leading the ship...tracks 1,2(nice AOR)3,4,7,8,9( ) & 10 are directly in my book...the whole album is pretty worth the buy...87/100

CD: ZZ Top - El Loco
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2015 at 0:00
An album that has an AORish Southern Blues Rock feel even though the songs are more into the early sound of the band but for me this was like the pre warning of what the band was going to do next in its music direction on its following 80's releases...tracks 1,2,3,4(nice) & 5 are my faves...84/100

CD: Whitesnake - Slip Of The Tongue
From: Ydol eM Date: April 9, 2015 at 18:27
Yeah, 1987 part 2, but in spite of this my most favourite Whitesnake. A bit more polished (in the good sense of a word) hard rock but very precisely played, the cooperation between Vai and Coverdale is perfect and the rhythm section alike. I regard this album almost thorough in its work (except for too professional,IMO). For those who like House Of Lords or Blue Murder required listening. 90/100.

CD: Skid Row - Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two
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From: whiplash1972 Date: April 9, 2015 at 14:03
An article over on Classic Rock's FB page says they will be releasing Chapter 3 later this year.

CD: Kirka - The Spell
From: desiodom75 Date: April 9, 2015 at 2:34
Forgettable??Essential and classic European hard rock with driven guitars and pleasant keys to define a complete work of classic hard rock;one of the most sought,rare,precious and beautiful cds I've heard in my lifetime!Respect for Kirka.

CD: Skid Row - Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two
From: Doug Date: April 8, 2015 at 18:40
Tony Harnell from TNT is now the guy. Hmmm?

CD: Two-Bit Thief - Gangster Rebel Bop
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2015 at 16:49
Not as aggressive or metallic as Another Sad Story. Instead, at least half of the disc is made up of sloppy and only semi-serious attempts at "roots rock." Songs like "On Parole," "White Trash A Go Go" and the Junkyard-esque "One Of The Boys" could have been on the first album, but others, like "Bible And A Cigarette," and "Preacher's Son" are almost parodies of country music, or what a bunch of punks from the Bay Area think country and rockabilly must sound like without ctually listening to any. Almost every song begins with a dumb, and sometimes long, soundbite--church services, gangster movies, fake radio DJ's. I guess they're going for something "different," trying to create a vibe, but overall, this disc kinda sucks.

CD: Phil Vincent - Secrets
From: hair metal again Date: April 8, 2015 at 2:23
Ok release by PHIL VINCENT but nothing really special!everything here looks good but there aint any real hooks or a musicianship that will rise the interest!just ok,harmless!

CD: Maxx Explosion - Dirty Angels
From: the rocker Date: April 7, 2015 at 20:37
Very good album, I like it more than the debut. Plenty of great rockers( Dr. Saturday, Fast Enough,Over The Line,) and the ballads are pretty good(Over You,All For You). I also don't mind the cover of Dream Weaver, good for what it is. I recommend!

CD: Skid Row - Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two
From: CC Date: April 7, 2015 at 5:39
With Sollinger gone, who knows if they will continue with these EPs

CD: Toto - Toto
From: hair metal again Date: April 7, 2015 at 2:06
TOTO s debut is a milestone in the history of rock and a very special and unique one!everything in it is hilarious and flawless and if you dont own it go & grab it asap

CD: Zeno - Zeno
From: playhogan Date: April 6, 2015 at 22:13
I must be hearing something completely different than everyone else. The singer is really bad and the production does not help. Just my two pennys.

CD: Jones Street - Dancin' With the Devil
From: JONBONPIGO Date: April 6, 2015 at 21:03
This is Late 80's/Early 90's Hair Metal at its Best..With accompanying Videos this disc could've gone Platinum..

CD: Stream - Take It Or Leave It
From: hair metal again Date: April 6, 2015 at 5:11
very good debut by STREAM back in 95!bought that when it was released and i d say it s a blend of BANGALORE CHOIRE with a bit VAN HALEN or TALAS!interesting release as its commercial all the way but a bit rough also!the band members are all experienced hard rockers and i d say that its a fine indie

CD: Excalibur - One Strange Night
From: Leykis101 Date: April 5, 2015 at 23:13
Seem to pull this disc out frequently, was in a serious debate the last 3 days, over rather or not I should go ahead and just fuck with the songs a tiny bit, get the volume levels up to snuff, and see if I can't fill in that bottom end bass sound a tiny bit, that is the one and only thing that is wrong with this release, it's almost a mystery to sit back and think about what the mastering engineer was really doing while he was supposed to be mastering this album, it's levels could definately be raised, and it would make this disc go from ultimate to legendary, thats how bad the volume is on it, it gets a pass so much cause of what historic songs it has, but even historic songs can only be heard at what they are for so long, before they are questioned about what you know they can be, if the band aint gonna get on it, guess i gotta do it for myself!! oh, BTW, if you never heard this disc, your a fucking retard, and you needa walk into on coming traffic!!

CD: Jeff Cosco / Don Mancuso - Stuff From Beers Ago
From: Marcel Torres Date: April 5, 2015 at 22:03
By Call of The Eagle - pure AOR inspiration - we think this is a Lite AOR CD, but we hear the others one and find out it's not. What we have here is very rare and good (Melodic) Hard Rock album. A little poor production, but with some nice songs. In terms of Hard Rock, I liked more Princess of Darkness and (maybe) Mary, Merry-Go-Round (nice guitars). The others one are some good and some average. So now definetly the highlight is the mentioned before Call Of The Eagle. How atmospheric song! Completly nostalgic for those who miss the 80's AOR feeling, just like me. Recomended. More for the rarity for collectors of the 80's Rock than any other thing. And of course, also for treasure track that opens this album.

CD: Blind Side - Lips, Lust And Handcuffs
From: crimsonsattic Date: April 5, 2015 at 1:02
Anyone that would like to hear some of the tracks from this album check em out here https://www.reverbnation.com/blindside5

CD: The Form - Informal
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 3, 2015 at 21:37
This band has a sound that is an hybrid of Icehouse and The Adventures...best tracks for me are "Save Me" & "Far Away"...tracks 10 is a live one and track 4 has an AORish feel...basically the whole album is quite attractive...85/100

CD: Cinderella - Still Climbing
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 2, 2015 at 19:58
Probably a good idea, Ghettonation, not holding your breath. Twenty years is too long to expect even diehards to wait. It would never live up to expectations, assuming one still cared enough to have any. At one point back there, the band sounded like they were waiting for a big label to sign them, because as one of them said, they weere stilll playing amphitheaters. Utterly ridiculous at the time, and completely out of the question now. Frontiers would probably sign 'em, but you know, it's 2015. I think the vast majority of us have found new bands to be excited about, or have given up entirely and just listen to our old cassettes and still hold a festering grudge against Kurt Cobain.

CD: Cinderella - Still Climbing
From: ghettonation73 Date: April 1, 2015 at 21:13
Doghouse Reilly I totally agree with you. They're turning into another Poison. Countless greatest hits and live albums, just packaged differently. I'd like to hear some new material, but I doubt it will ever happen now. Like you said the die-hards are the only ones who would care about it. They must be really lucky to make a living off of four studio albums. I wish that they would put out some new material, but I won't hold my breath.

CD: Toss 'N' Turn - Freestyle
From: 123charpenay Date: April 1, 2015 at 14:02
i can add that the production is from mickael sadler (saga) and we have bodo schopf on drums (m s g).yes i confirm jacqueline (french name) cipriano have a very similar voice to alannah myles and lorainne lewis (femme fatale).

CD: Hotwire - ....And Never Surrender!
From: hair metal again Date: April 1, 2015 at 8:15
pretty good release by HOTWIRE ,especially the one with the original singer!they ve always been a fine act that delivered commercial hard rock music the European way!"lost in your eyes " is a great song!

CD: Triumph - Never Surrender
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 31, 2015 at 21:20
Some people claim that this is one of the best Triumph albums but for me it is only a good one,just that(a matter of tastes i believe)...tracks 1,2,5 & 9 are my faves...80/100

CD: Hardcore Superstar - Split Your Lip
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 31, 2015 at 15:00
I've heard of this band for years and years, ever since "Something Special" got airplay on some online station I used to listen, circa 2001? Even at the time, they were hailed as saviors of rock 'n' roll, so I guess that makes them the granddaddies of the whole Swedish sleaze "movement." But I didn't really care fo rthe song, and never checked out an album until Beg For It, which I thought was great. Split Your Lip is even better, just total energy and attitude, shades of heavy Skid Row (or maybe bands that imitate Skid Row, like Pyn Siren), and raw L.A. Guns. In a way, some songs ("Last Call For Alcohol," "Guestlist") remind me of Crank County Daredevils, but with tighter songwriting and vocals that aren't quite as raspy. The lyrics don't always make that much sense, as is often the case with European bands, especially these Swedish-sleaze ats--you hear it on a song like "Here Comes That Sick Bitch," but with this type of music, lyrics aren't really the point. Great disc all the way!

CD: Hotwire - Middle of Nowhere
From: hair metal again Date: March 31, 2015 at 14:25
very good release once again by HOTWIRE in their usual commercial hard rock way!i own the double one with altered singers and this is quite strange,but double HOTWIRE is a better deal anyday!"lost in your eyes" is a great song

CD: 17 - 17
From: Alexxtcatz Date: March 31, 2015 at 11:26
great slice of sleaze rock & roll from sweden. influenced of nasty idols and shotgun messiah.

CD: Savannah - Savannah
From: hair metal again Date: March 31, 2015 at 2:11
very good debut by SAVANNAH that reminds me strongly of DANGER DANGER s debut and sometimes of TYKETTO s!of course not so good ,but you ll find many hooks and some fine songs without ever reaching the highest level!recommended for hard rockers

CD: Jettblack - Get Your Hands Dirty
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 30, 2015 at 20:30
Man, where was I when this came out? I remember seening their name, but somehow never checked them out until recently. Missing out, I was! So many of these retro bands try too hardm and come off sounding goofy and dumb. Jettblack gets it right, with top-class, old-school, melodic hard rock that actually IS both melodic and hard. I would compare them with fellow British new-schoolers The Treatment, although Jettblack are a bit heavier and guitar-flashier. The songs would have been right at home in the late '80's, but since the band doesn't try to replicate that outdated production from 25 years ago, they still manage to sound fairly fresh. One of the few new-millennium retro-hair bands who truly could have stood a chance in the '80's. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

CD: Alice Cooper - Trash
From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 30, 2015 at 20:18
This is Alice's Glam/Hard Rock album per excellence!!!..."Poison","House Of Fire","Bed Of Nails" & "I'm Your Gun"( ) are the hit singles of it and the best cuts as well...tracks 4,7 & 8 are also good ones...enjoyable stuff...88/100

CD: Stabilizers - Tyranny
From: Doug Date: March 30, 2015 at 15:51
"One Simple Thing" is such a cool tune, but man these guys sure went away fast. Weird band name, perhaps?

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 soul...best 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 hard.like 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 compilation.top class hard melodic rock.this record remind me my youth.in 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 world.it 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 3.5.6.7.9), 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 status...you'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)& 8...as 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 ...my 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 faves...an 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyYs5QO_BYo

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. http://www73.zippyshare.com/v/49598633/file.html

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 MelodicRock.com "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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUMsvD-TdMA

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)...my 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 well...best 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 say...best 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 records........it a real nighmare.this record is a disaster.no 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 this.it 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 end.how 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 collection.so 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

 

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