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Best of 2016 Awards Posted!

I just posted my Best of 2016 list, along with those from Mike, Pete, Jez, and Terry. 2016 was a great year for melodic and hard rock releases, so see if your favorites are on our lists and comment at the bottom of the page to leave your own top 5 lists!

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CD: Pride of Lions - Fearless
From: Eric3 Date: February 19, 2017 at 18:35
It's alright. Nothing unexpected from Peterik: some songs harken back to the golden days of Survivor (In Caricature, Rising Up, All I See Is You), others plod along with no real hooks or anything interesting (The Tell). Toby Hitchcock has one hell of a voice, there's no doubt about that, but I feel as if he's being held back and the songwriting doesn't suit his operatic singing. This album is OK and nothing bad from Pride of Lions, but I much prefer the recent Peterik/Scherer album.

CD: Andy Rock - This Time
From: CMGio Date: February 17, 2017 at 16:53
Great classic songwriting, awesome instrumentation -- excellent guitar tone to boot. The only downside to this one, for me, is the vocals. David Saylor is an adequate singer, but something about the way the vocals on this record are recording leaves me wanting more. That said, definitely worth picking up if you're into melodic rock / aor.

CD: Deep Purple - Slaves and Masters
From: 123charpenay Date: February 17, 2017 at 15:44
"slaves and masters" is my deep purple fav s record.the more melodic ,the more class with the exceptional joe lynn turner.it s a top class marvellous album.the second japan reissue is essential cause we have a fabulous bonus track "slow down sister".

CD: Gotthard - Silver
From: 123charpenay Date: February 17, 2017 at 15:38
the biggest difference between the steve lee era and the nic maeder era is the production and the quality of the songs not only the ballads.nic maeder have not the class and the charism of steve lee ok, but he is an excellent singer and a very nice guy who speak perfectly french.the day they will be find inspiration and the day they will take a real professional producter they will realise a top class record.like in the glory days.

CD: C.I.T.A. - Heat Of Emotion
From: 123charpenay Date: February 17, 2017 at 15:24
melodic metal?it s a joke.no this jewel is top class a o r.a marvellous record.

CD: Loud 'N' Nasty - Teaser Teaser
From: hair metal again Date: February 17, 2017 at 9:19
superb hard rock release for LOUD N NASTY with a monsterous guitar driven sound and riffs that will make you raise your fists and do the hair metal thing!if you like it raw like early CRUE,RATT,PRETTY BPY FLOYD,TWISTED SISTER then this gem is for ya!"hungry" and "if you wanna rock' are anthemic songs and i believe that Teaser Teaser is among the best of this millenium

CD: Status Quo - Never Too Late
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 17, 2017 at 8:55
Cool album by this legendary act...tracks 5,6,7 and 9 are very pleasant pieces of rock and roll music,catchy and happy ones.75 out of 100 is my rate.

CD: Gotthard - Silver
From: Swedish Rocker Date: February 16, 2017 at 12:41
Okay album. Does have some good rockers like Silver River, Tequila Symphony No. 5 and the bonus tracks. But too many generic and dull ballads drag the album down a bit. I think the biggest difference between the Steve Lee-era and Nic Maeder-era lies in the ballads. Gotthard have done some strong ballads in the past, but they haven't quite been able to do that with Nic Maeder, apart from the epic Thank You on the Bang-album. A shame they didn't skip two of them on this album and had the bonus tracks as ordinary tracks.

CD: Deep Purple - Slaves and Masters
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 16, 2017 at 6:59
Cool album with the fantastic Joe Lynn Turner in it...tracks 1,2,5,7 and 8 are the ones for me...80 out of 100 is my rate.

CD: Deep Purple - When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 16, 2017 at 6:58
Decent compilation but it could have been a better one IMHO...tracks 4,5 live version,7 classic,and 8 are my faves...80 out of 100 is my rate.

CD: Foghat - Foghat Live
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 16, 2017 at 6:54
Nice live Record of a nice great band...tracks 1,3,5 and 6 are my faves...80 out of 100 is my rate.

CD: Robin George - History
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 16, 2017 at 6:52
Decent album that i own on vynil since it came out back in 1983..."Go Down Fighting" is undoubtebly the outstanding cut in here then tracks 1 and 5 are also goodie ones...65 out of 100 is my rate.

CD: The Radio Sun - Wrong Things Right
From: hair metal again Date: February 16, 2017 at 3:17
pretty good debut for THE RADIO SUN with a fine radio friendly sound &approach ,blending elements from the oldschool and the nowdays !the band performs easily and in a high level ,the songs are ok ,but still something missing!"wrong things right" ,"world s crazy now" and "goodbye" are the best tunes!good band

CD: Mojo Rib - Mojo Rib
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 15, 2017 at 1:18
Mojo Rib are a little hard to classify. You could take the easy way out and lump them in with the likes of Buckcherry, L.A.-bred modern-retro rock. But these guys were more '70's than '80's. It's the sort of music that could be thrown in with the rootsy punk of Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, maybe even the Hangmen (but less downtrodden and filthy). I even hear a bit of the Four Horsemen. The vibe is uptempo and fun, and the singer has a rapid-fire, hyperactive delivery, lots of wordplay, lots of exuberant yipping and yowling. Production is purposely raw, in a just-plug-in-and-jam kind of way--it suits the music. Highlights include "Lowlife," "Kalifornia Kingsnake," "Too Much Money," "Snakebite" and the semi-acoustic story-song "Fat Lady With A Gun." Don't go hitchhiking in the desert, kids. You meet some straaaange people!

CD: Talor Made - Talor Made
From: Swazi Date: February 14, 2017 at 15:40
Ha ha ha ..., Delbert! Only read your comment now! How true!!

CD: Best of 2016 - Best of 2016
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 14, 2017 at 15:31
ENough with the also-rans, already! Yay, Dan listened toeach of the half-dozen Helix releases this past year--big whoop! My top-five are mostly in the BrutalMetal.com camp, but here they are anyway: Evergrey--The Storm Within; Testament--Brotherhood Of The Snake; Crowbar--The Serpent Only Lies; King Company--s/t; Spiritual Beggars--Sunrise To SUndown. Honorable mentions: Death-Angel--The Evil Divide; Pretty Maids--Kingmaker; Gojira--Magma; Also-rans: everything else.

CD: Rock Goddess - Young And Free
From: 123charpenay Date: February 14, 2017 at 13:24
i ve this record in the 2006 reissue "the rock goddesses".many fillers in this realise ,tracks 9.10.11.12.14.the other songs are great and have the traditional rock gossess s trademark but have nothing extraordinary.these songs have not the spark of class of their previous effort "hell hath no fury".this record is not catchy like i ve guess.not a bad album but only decent.i can add that this cd is a real raritie.

CD: Bonham - The Disregard of Timekeeping
From: hair metal again Date: February 14, 2017 at 5:36
superb debut for BONHAM back in 89 , with an excellent musicianship & production ,a smooth sound of the highest quality,sensational vocals and some great songs like "wait for you",'guilty","playing to win"!this one was into the hair metal movement that was on at the moment .but didnt have the cliches of that!def a grower ,it needs a lot of spins as it has many "hidden" hooks!unique release that shows the depth of that golden era

CD: Best of 2016 - Best of 2016
From: Doug Date: February 13, 2017 at 13:46
My Top 5: 1. The Pretty Reckless - Who You Selling For? (This album and their two previous, should be on the mighty HH). 2. SIXX: A.M. - Prayers For The Damned/Prayers For The Blessed 3. Whitford/ St. Holmes - Reunion 4. Alter Bridge - The Last Hero 5. Hardline - Human Nature

CD: L.A. Guns - A Fistful of Guns Anthology 1985-2012
From: CC Date: February 12, 2017 at 19:10
Although I think all the 87 songs were on the Hollywood Raw CD as well, but I have not checked if its all of them.

CD: L.A. Guns - A Fistful of Guns Anthology 1985-2012
From: CC Date: February 12, 2017 at 19:09
Disc one is obviously all re-records, and is mostly tracks from Black beauties & Cocked and re-loaded. But to make sure all early Phil era albums are covered, we also get a couple of live tracks and something from one of his solo albums (which means Vicious circle is covered). Even the later albums are covered, minimally. The second disc though is what is really interesting. The 1985 EP is on here, but was already released as a bonus disc with the Hollywood raw album, which is an interesting historic piece, but the real meat on this is the 1987 demos, especially the songs that did not make the album. Overall I probably would have preferred the demos on their own, but at least they are now available.

CD: Dare - Out of the Silence
From: hair metal again Date: February 12, 2017 at 14:56
superb debut for DARE back in 88 with a perfect sound & production!Darren s vocals are sensational ,Vinnie s solos outstanding and the keys just great!Many great songs here like"abandon","into the fire ",nothing is stronger than love" and "heartbreaker" !smooth all the way

CD: Beau Coup - Born and Raised on Rock and Roll
From: edwithmj Date: February 11, 2017 at 19:33
I was expecting a Chicago clone but got something a little better I think. The singer has a super voice and this album is chock full of goodies for him to show off on. Born & Raised (On Rock And Roll) is quite a powerful opener, considering, Somewhere Out In The Night has a very catchy bass line, Still My Heart is about as soft a ballad as you can get but I still like it a lot mainly because the vocals are so well done; Sweet Rachel is probably my favourite and is, again extremely catchy and melodic; my final pick is Never Stop, which sounds very Chicago-ish. The album has its lighter moments, for sure, and fans of keyboard drenching (like me) will love it, but it might not be hard enough for those who like a punch.

CD: Thunder - Rip It Up
From: CC Date: February 11, 2017 at 12:37
Thunder have never released a bad album, but After their original reformation, they never released a truly great album for me. Gone were the real anthems of the earlier albums, replaced with some really good songs but nothing that really blew me away. Then they released Wonder days in 2015, which while still not as big and bombastic as the first few albums, it was a real throwback to the earlier days. So when Rip it up was announced, I was hoping it would pick up where Wonder days left off, but sadly its back to a similar sound to previous albums. Oh, its not a bad album, but it just does not excite me like Wonder days did. The live discs are exactly what you expect, but there is no end to live albums, bonus discs and EPs etc from Thunder, so nothing really new there. Would have much rather have had a single bonus disc of previously unreleased songs or something like that. Do we really need anymore live Thunder albums?

CD: Jack Russell's Great White - He Saw It Comin'
From: nobycane74 Date: February 11, 2017 at 12:03
This is a very confusing release to absorb. Is this a Great White album? Is this a Jack Russell solo album? What is this exactly? Well, what this it NOT is a Great White album...so to stamp a GW moniker on this release is very misleading. Fans of GW expect a GW-sounding album that has elements of the bands recognizable sound and style. This fails miserably in that department. As a Jack Russell solo project/album, then this can be reasonably acceptable. If you listen to his other two solo records along with this album, and dismiss the notion of a GW name attached to it - then it is a good bluesy-bar band sounding album. Nothing spectacular in any fashion - but decent. What turned me off was the order of the songs, there is no flow, its mismatched all over the place with different sounding tracks - which is hard to re-listen over again. Whats missing here is "Bad Habit" ( single from a year ago), even though its mentioned in the linear notes. HIGHLIGHTS: #1,4,5,8,10,11 MY RATING: 71/100

CD: White Widdow - Silhouette
From: aTomiK Date: February 11, 2017 at 5:13
No problem, it´s a bit surprising choice from the band but i bet they do it justice. I was just listening JM Jarre album Electronica 2 before i saw your post so there was this definite french connection ; ) Greetings from cold and windy Finland!

CD: White Widdow - Silhouette
From: 123charpenay Date: February 11, 2017 at 3:44
yes atomik.it s a w a s p cover."wild child" is the opener track of the w a s p realise "the last command" in 1985.thanxxx friend and greetings from france!!!!!!!

CD: White Widdow - Silhouette
From: aTomiK Date: February 11, 2017 at 1:08
Must be a W.A.S.P. cover then...

CD: White Widdow - Silhouette
From: 123charpenay Date: February 10, 2017 at 16:09
white widdow continue their festival with their 4th record.one more time they deliver us an atomic bomb of hard fm.this australian band is really amazing.four records: more than 40 songs,never a filler,only killer songs.always the same recipe ,they plays a top class hard fm an absolute aor heaven.they have find the good label.totally agree with hair metal again this new realise is a little (at the end of the record)more oriented guitars ,the keyboards are a little in withdrawal.no problem these guys are very talented and have the talent for writing only super songs.like always the production is perfect.the japan import is essential cause the jap bonus track "wild child" is maybe the best song of this record.this song is a wet dream for all hard fm/aor lovers of this planet.this song is not writing by the millis brothers but by c holmes and b lawless.maybe it s a cover i don t know.if someone could light my lantern........

CD: Tobruk - Wild on the Run
From: hair metal again Date: February 10, 2017 at 3:51
very good debut for TOBRUK back in 84 with catchy songs always in the commercial hard rock sound!big keys and guitars,rough vocals and some great choruses are offered capturing the spirit of that era in the UK when NWOBHM bands tried to be more commercial!"falling",'wild on the run' and "poor girl' are great songs indeed!

CD: Krokus - Big Rocks
From: masmusic Date: February 9, 2017 at 20:47
This is the best covers album I have ever heard! Well done Krokus!

CD: Gotthard - Silver
From: masmusic Date: February 9, 2017 at 20:45
Gotthard died when Steve Lee did!

CD: Gotthard - Silver
From: 123charpenay Date: February 9, 2017 at 13:39
i m a very big fan of gotthard ,so i have the habit to buy their cd s closed eyes ,always in japan import.receive yesterday silver from cd japan.silver is the more bad album of all their discography.stay with me is a super song ,a hit.this song desserve to be played ten time by day at radio.tequila symphony is a very great song inspired by mr bethoven himself.the rest ?it s always the same ,the intro is excellent,very catchy,very exciting but after one minute you have a little doubt,after two minutes you say "what s this shit"?and when arrive the guitar solo it s a nightmare.hey leo ,wake up,stop drinking jack daniels.i can add that one more time the production is not very good.the guitars are a little drown with the others instruments.the three bonus tracks starts well but like for the others songs ,the songs are slaughterred by an horrible guitar solo.this record is the first very deception of 2017.nevertheless if they come back in lyon i ll run to their concert.

CD: Dennis DeYoung - The Ultimate Collection
From: dany69 Date: February 8, 2017 at 17:59
Pffffffffff Damn Big Head,,So happy than Gowan is The Singer Of STYX ,,,,That's A Real One,!!

CD: Survivor - Vital Signs
From: petermexico13 Date: February 7, 2017 at 20:53
AOR Perfection, Jim Jamison was the missing piece in Survivor, 33 years later these songs sound as good as the first time. Este es el disco que realmente puso a Survivor en su verdadero sitio, más allá de haber gozado de un Hit tan impresionante como Eye of the Tiger que es icónico, la única forma de superar ese éxito era un disco tan perfecto como este, una a una puedes recordar cada letra y cada melodía que son parte del soundtrack de nuestra vida quienes somos adictos a esta música y que tuvimos la fortuna de vivir los 80s, época memorable y sin igual que hizo de discos como éste obras para toda la vida una vez que estás enganchado.

CD: Ya Ya - Scarred
From: hair metal again Date: February 7, 2017 at 14:41
excellent & unique debut for YA YA ,which blends elements from hard rock,new wave,power pop and even disco music!Lea Hart is one of the most brilliant songwriters around and somehow his way is very easily recognized!"don t talk" ,'dead lovers" are sensational songs ,but the rest also are quite enjoyable!

CD: Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale
From: 123charpenay Date: February 7, 2017 at 13:38
the big deception of 2016.but not the lone i can add treat the defiants dan reed network erika q5 jaded heart paris soul seller lee aaron and ted poley.

CD: Southern Sons - Nothing But the Truth
From: Delbert Date: February 7, 2017 at 12:00
A total masterpiece of brilliant, smooth AOR that commands great respect in my CD player. They were formerly known as THE STATE and lead vocalist, Jack Jones, has one of the finest AOR voices I've heard. It is truly amazing......had this band come from anywhere other than Australia, they would have been huge. Their sound comes off in the vein of RICHARD MARX, RUSS IRWIN and RICK PRICE in my opinion.

CD: Praying Mantis - Only the Children Cry
From: Delbert Date: February 7, 2017 at 11:55
One of my favorite bands, they play slick, polished melodic hard rock/metal. This CD is definitely for fans of EMERALD RAIN, CROWN OF THORNS, GUILD OF AGES and even TYGERS OF PAN TANG.

CD: Heartache City - Heartache City
From: Delbert Date: February 7, 2017 at 11:48
Fronted by Stephen Fontaine who was the vocalist on the JOSHUA "Hand Is Quicker Than The Eye" album and he has also fronted URIAH HEEP and other bands. HEARTACHE CITY is a powerful song-driven AOR/Melodic rock band comprised of outstanding musical talents. This Cd often reminds me of ROB MORATTI's "Self Titled" release.

CD: Goddo - In Goddo We Trust
From: Delbert Date: February 7, 2017 at 11:41
Hard rockin' Canadian rock god, Greg Godovitz' classic rock band from Toronto has been around for ages, making classic rock music for fans all over the world. This is their Dutch import 1991 release. As I recall, a track from this disc was on the Munich City Nights compilation from Germany almost two decades ago!!

CD: Grafite - Grafite
From: Delbert Date: February 7, 2017 at 11:38
Coming out of the Boston area, they play 80s melodic hard rock leaning heavily toward the sounds of bands like SILENT RAGE, AUTOGRAPH, BLACK N' BLUE, KEEL and SWEET LIPS. You know that sound........ loud guitars, huge hooks, anthemic choruses and gang backing vocals. This one has a good production production as well.

CD: Khymera - The Grand Design
From: the rocker Date: February 6, 2017 at 21:53
Agree Axe Slinger, love the album and it's their best no doubt.

CD: Best of 2002 - Best of 2002
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From: whiplash1972 Date: February 6, 2017 at 15:35
My top 5 for 2002 was: Dokken - Long Way Home, Def Leppard - X, AdrianGale - Reprogram, Vicious Mary - S/T, Westworld - Cyberdreams with honorable mentions going to: Bon Jovi - Bounce, Dio - Killing the Dragon, Iced Earth - Tribute To The Gods, Meniketti - S/T, Paul Shortino's The Cutt - Sacred Place, and Twenty 4 Seven - Destination Everywhere

CD: Ratt - Detonator
From: CC Date: February 6, 2017 at 15:02
My first introduction to a lot of the 80s bands would have usually been the albums they released between 89-91, as that was when I started to really try a lot of bands I had never heard before. So quite often, my favourite with a lot of bands is the ones I first heard by them, which ends up falling into this little 3 year era. Strangely though, for some reason the first Ratt album I ever bought was Invasion of your privacy, yet this is easily my favourite album by them. Ratt released some absolute stormers throughout their career, which is why there is not a bad song on Ratt n Roll 81-91, despite it having more tracks than your traditional best of. For me though, until this album, I had always found their albums to be hit or miss from track to track, with what felt like a lot of filler on most of them, but Detonator was the first album I loved from start to finish. Even listening to it right now, I find myself loving every track. Every song is a winner here.

CD: Best of 2016 - Best of 2016
From: 123charpenay Date: February 6, 2017 at 13:06
2016 has been a fantastic year for our music.this is the best year since 1989.it s an orgy of exceptional realises.so it s impossible for me to choose only 5 records.sorry.i propose you my top 15. 1 WIGELIUS tabula rasa" 2 DANGER ZONE closer to heaven 3 DRIVE SHE SAID pedal to the metal 4 HARDLINE human nature 5 KING COMPANY one for the road 6 SEVEN shattered 7 WILD ROSE four 8 AMBOAJE all about living 9 SUNSTORM edge of tomorrow 10 SHAKRA high noon 11 MAVERICK big red 12 RECKLESS LOVE invader 13 CRUZH same 14 PHANTOM 5 15 FIRST SIGNAL one step over the line.

CD: FM - Aphrodesiac
From: 123charpenay Date: February 6, 2017 at 12:46
i discover this jewel only today.better late than never.this is the best fm s record after of course the untouchable"tough it out".this is the more hard and the more oriented guitar realise of their discography.i m not fan of the two bluesy ballads track 4 and 12.but the others songs.....wow what pleasure to listen them.all these songs are very catchy and will hooked you immediatly.it s irresistible.i can add that the production is very great and steve overland sing like a god.the ice on the cake is that the japan import have three bonus tracks.one studio track 13"chinese whispers" excellent, and two live (with a good sound).track 14 is great and track 15 is a filler.this cd is essential for all fm s fans and essential in all serious melodic hard rock s collection.

CD: Dare - Sacred Ground
From: hair metal again Date: February 6, 2017 at 9:17
very good release for DARE doing what they want to do!of course i prefer their approach in first 2 releases but Darren thinks different !i must admit though that they do in their new sound very good,with the songs&lyrics creating a certain vibe and the whole result becomes much better with the guitar work of Vinnie who gives an interest in every moment!i believe that DARE achieve in what they ve trying and i m always pleased hearing from them!

CD: Best of 2016 - Best of 2016
From: Scandiman Date: February 5, 2017 at 11:53
It is so cool to see others' views of music. It shows we are all wired a bit differently but have enough overlap to appreciate it all (at least I do). Thank you all for putting the time and effort into posting these each year! My top 5 --> 1. Treat - Ghosts of Graceland 2. Pretty Maids - Kingmaker 3. Nordic Union - Nordic Union 4. Vega - Who We Are 5. Enbound - The Blackened Heart

CD: Best of 2016 - Best of 2016
From: backster Date: February 5, 2017 at 11:18
Interesting reading. Diverse lists.

CD: Southern Sons - Nothing But the Truth
From: hair metal again Date: February 3, 2017 at 4:41
superb release by SOUTHERN SONS back in 92 ...everything seems perfect from production to songwriting to musicianship ...the vocals and the guitars are sensational and the hooks are amazing!"nothing but the truth","i can t wait any longer","lead me to water" and "still love you so" are fantastic songs!get it fast

CD: Sweet Mary Jane - Winter in Paradise
From: masmusic Date: February 1, 2017 at 19:44
I totally agree with metalmastermusic, this was a very delightful surprise when I took this for a spin.

CD: Pride of Lions - Fearless
From: masmusic Date: February 1, 2017 at 16:40
Just got this! Sofar I like what I hear!

CD: Suicide Circus - World of Hate
From: hair metal again Date: February 1, 2017 at 9:16
ok release for SUICIDE CIRCUS with its sound being somewhere between PYN SIREN,SLEDGEHAMMER LEDGE& EVERY MOTHERS NIGHTMARE!their strong point are the vocals which remind me of GUNS N ROSES &EVERY MOTHER S NIGHTMARE s and the guitar riffs !def a remarkable release ,but not so catchy songs and nice production(especially the drums)!overall a usefull addition

CD: Asia - Asia
From: 707STAR Date: January 31, 2017 at 23:15
WE LOST A GREAT VOCALIST TODAY IN THE ROCK WORLD. JOHN WETTON WILL BE REMEMBERED AS AN AWESOME SINGER AND BASS PLAYER. THIS ALBUM WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST DEBUT ALBUMS OF ETERNITY. REST IN PEACE J.W.

CD: Lynch Mob - Rebel
From: nobycane74 Date: January 31, 2017 at 18:48
Somewhat disappointed in this release, I though the previous release "Sun Red Sun" was a lot better. This record lacks charisma and energy, it is dismal and boring. It has a very dark-blues laden groove to it which is alright every now and then with Lynch Mob tracks, but this really takes it too far being that the record is one dark-bluesy trip into unexciting realm of nothingness. It is a record that after one or two spins it gets filed and put up on the shelf and forgotten about. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #4, 5, 8, 11, 12 (bonus track) MY RATING: 65/100

CD: Hit The Ground Runnin' - Sudden Impact
From: masmusic Date: January 31, 2017 at 16:19
A copy just sold on eBay this Sunday for $1035.00 WHOW! I have a CDR of this that my buddy made me from his original a few years back, just dug it out and going to have a listen. Can't remember what it sounded like!

CD: Tradia - Trade Winds
From: hair metal again Date: January 31, 2017 at 4:19
very good debut for TRADIA that could be better if it had harder edge!the songwriting is remarkable ,the musicianship very good and overall a solid album!best song is the excellent "look away" with some great hooks here and there!not the best around but def a keeper

CD: Jack Russell's Great White - He Saw It Comin'
From: 123charpenay Date: January 30, 2017 at 14:08
i m a very big fan of great white.i ve their six first records in my collection.great white "same" to "pshyco motel".i m under the charm of their exceptional hard rock tainted bluesy sometimes, with always a fantastic and clear like water production.for me this new realise is a big deception.all the songs are very average and jack russell have loose his beautiful voice.the first time i ve listen this cd ,i think wow it s not jack russell who is singing it s an other guy?no it s jack with the ravages of time.

CD: House of Lords - Indestructible
From: the rocker Date: January 29, 2017 at 16:24
What is the bonus track?

CD: Def Leppard - Def Leppard
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 29, 2017 at 13:46
I love that we can all share our opinions here, and for the most part be cool about it. And I realize a lot of our friends are not native English speakers. But man, sometimes I just gotta shake my head. "Far from being perfect, but really close?" What does that mean, exactly? It can't be both things at the same time.

CD: Station - Station
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 13:08
This band has been around for awhile with an independent 4-track EP release a few years back. Finally recording some additional material to make a full-length album (15 tracks). A huge album release which IMO overdoes it a bit with so many tracks - the album is overwhelming and takes away from being a true debut. Take out about 2-3 tracks and this would be a better release. Missing here from the original EP "I'd Understand" & "Don't Take Heaven Away From Me". The songs are true to the classic 80's stadium rock/AOR vibe. Easily could have been released somewhere in '88-92 and would have been successful. HIGHLIGHTS: #2,3,4,8,9,12,15. MY RATING: 89/100.

CD: Soto - Inside The Vertigo
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 13:00
Being fan of JSS and some of the other projects he is involved in, his new solo band is very diverse and dark metal oriented. Being the 1st album here, there are a lot moments that he really takes the metal notion a little to far incorporating nu-metal or modern rock to his sound and songs. Which is hard to muster through if you are a fan of JSS. This new sound and band is a bad attempt and combination of Black Label Society/Nickelback/Salvia all wrapped into one. Just didn't fair to well with me personally... HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2,4,8,12. MY RATING: 40/100.

CD: Sweet and Lynch - Only To Rise
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 12:51
I really struggled with this release for many reasons. Sweet is so distinctive (STRYPER and Solo) and LYNCH ...well, he's LYNCH. The issue with this team-up record is that I cannot tell who I am listening too because it doesn't diverse itself or set out to separate itself from their moniker namesakes. Am I listening to STRYPER? DOKKEN? LYNCH solo album? Don't know? While I won't take away from the songs themselves - because the album is good for what it is, but sonically this is all over the place ...STRYPER/KMX/LYNCH...but most of the time I feel like this is a STRYPER feat. George Lynch on guitar. Which overall doesn't mesh that well IMO. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2,4,5,8,10,11. MY RATING: 70/100.

CD: Ugly Kid Joe - Uglier Than They Used Ta Be
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 12:38
UKJ will always hold dear to many people of the 1990's, because they took chances and did not care what anyone thought or cared...which resulted in their success and demise too (1996 Motel California). Upon UKJ initial return in 2012 with EP (Stairway to Hell), saw the band comeback at the return of demand from fans. Is it the UKJ of the 90's? No ... is it UKJ at all? Yes...just more modern/mature. Some good tracs worth listening too, but the alternative stylistic nature of Whitford Crane is much different than it was 25 yesars ago too. Cannot hurt either with their tribute to Lemmy & Motorhead! HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9. MY RATING: 77/100

CD: Trixter - Human Era
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 12:30
TRIXTER always seems to deliver a good ol fashioned rock album, keeping in the vein of their 1990 "S/T" and 1992 "Hear!", this record surpasses their previous release "New Audio Machine" (which was a great return). The production is better and the songs stay true to the classic oriented good-time TRIXTER mentality. It pays off with their finally recorded live classic "Rockin' to the Edge of the Night" which debuts for the first time on a record in 25+ years. The album does dabbles a bit into a more mature modern rock style tracks, without straying too far off from the overall theme of the album. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,3,5,6,7,8,10. MY RATING: 92/100

CD: Stryper - Fallen
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 12:22
Can STRYPER be a true metal-rock band they set out to be initially back in 1984? Yes - without a doubt. Off the heels of "No More Hell To Pay" their return to metal-rock roots, they one up themselves to write and deliver a damn-near perfect sounding hard rock/metal album. Away from their commercialized sounding of the classic Mtv era STRYPER, the band hits their true essence right on the nose and makes the bold statement that "STRYPER can rock just as hard as anyone else and stays true to who they are!" A multiple spinner this is, and literally blows "No More Hell To Pay" away! HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12. MY RATING: 97/100.

CD: Mark Slaughter - Reflections in a Rear View Mirror
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 12:14
The voice of SLAUGHTER, releases his first solo effort. What is difficult for any fan of SLAUGHTER, is that one has a predisposed notion that the solo efforts are going to be his band's music just a lite version. I had difficulty with this release because Mark has such a distinct and recognizable voice (like Tom Keifer/Cinderella, et al) that how is he going to diverse himself away from SLAUGHTER? Well, there is no question about it - this is diverse alright. There are some SLAUGHTER like tracks here, and other songs that are out in left field too. However, what bothers me about this collection of material (which Mark claims has been around for a decade or two), is the quality of production on each track is so inconsistent which makes it hard to listen through over and over...you can tell it was recorded at different times and places. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 2, 5, 8, 11. MY RATING: 75/100.

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 12:07
Ok the Scorpions releases a huge collection of tracks that a lot of them were from the vaults, reworked demos and a couple newer tracks. If you are going to seek out this album - go all out and pick up the ultimate version with 19 tracks total...because there are many great tracks on this record. coming off the heels of 2010's "Sting in the Tail" (huge album), and the dismal covers albums "Comeblack", this certainly attempts to take fans down memory lane with the style, vibe and sonic feel of classic 80's Scorpions that dominated the airwaves and MTV. Some great tracks in this collection and does what it was set out to do...Rock with the Scorpions of yesteryear. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2,3,4,5,7,9,14,15,17. MY RATING: 87/100.

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 11:56
Alessandro Del Vecchio and his band of merry-men (Blades, Aldrich & Castronovo) produces and delivers a huge album here in the vein of classic AOR/Melodic Rock for any fan of Journey. This could be (well many tracks) very well labeled a Journey album and fans would embrace this whole heatedly. A little heavy on the ballads, but the rocking tracks make up for it. Despite all the controversy with Castronovo, this album could have been easily deemed a classic for all times...but the controversy with Castronovo has created an album that might be lost in history for future listeners. Too bad this band/project could have easily continued on with much love and anticipation for a long time. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,2,3,5,9,10,11. MY RATING: 90/100.

CD: Queensryche - Condition Human
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 11:20
How do we categorize this release? Is this Queensryche's 15th official studio release OR is it their sophomore release with new vocalist Todd LaTorre? If we take the latter, then the sophomore release of this new revitalized lineup surely makes a statement that Queensryche is back, and without a doubt doesn't beg the question of; "who is Queensryche?". Because both albums now have answered that question and fans have now forgotten and moved on from dealing with Tate and his ordeal. Fans can rejoice and move forward, and this new Queensryche is doing what they can to play damage control of the last decade or so. A solid release, some oddities within here, but doesn't take away of the classic energy of who the band used to be. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,2,3,5,7,10,12, & 13,14,15 (bonus tracks). MY RATING: 89/100.

CD: House of Lords - Indestructible
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 11:08
One thing for sure is that HoL has been cranking out some really good albums here lately. This release is just one great track after another... and really decided to embark on the notion that heavier and harder HoL is definitely thier mind-set. Harmonies, huge vocals, guitar riffs and banging drums keeps this release from being boring nor simple. I think they have found their right formula here in the last several releases, its paying off...just hope it doesn't become to predictable in their next release slated in March 2017. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,3,4,7,8,11 & 12(bonus track). MY RATING: 91/100.

CD: Kelly Keeling - Mind Radio
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 10:59
I was excited about Keeling releasing another album, always been a fan of his (esp. Baton Rouge), and that this was released on Frontiers' was another hopeful aspect...and again Alessandro Del Vecchio was attached to this (like most other Frontiers albums). I enjoyed this release overall...even though you can tell that Alessandro Del Vecchio's signature lyric/music is all over this release. NOTE: there are three reworked old BATON ROUGE tracks (#5, 10, 12) that never made it to an album...which makes this release extra special IMO. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12. MY RATING: 80/100

CD: Europe - War of Kings
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 10:50
This is certainly a more diverse and laid back release for Europe. I have tried to revisit this release over and over again, and have really struggled to embrace this record. This record seems like a forced effort on the bands part and doesn't provide any outlet and stands by itself among their last several releases... I was able to connect to four tracks on here (even with the bonus tracks), the rest is too diverse, dark and dismal for Europe and its fans. Hopefully their next record takes them back on the right track! HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2,7,8,11. MY RATING: 40/100.

CD: Def Leppard - Def Leppard
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 10:43
Def Leppard has returned in almost perfect form with this release. Sure there is a filler here or there...far from being perfect, but really close. Leppards last studio release had elements of being a great album - but fell short. This album really gives fans a lot of what they have been wanting but hasn't fully received in the last 3 studio albums. A collection of songs that covers their whole career musically without straying off the beaten path. Filler tracks that just doesn't work: #5 & 14...not to mention that "Wings of an Angel" (#13) should have been the closing track...monster song! Plus, "Let's Go" (#1) seems like it too slow, speeding it up by 10% makes it sound more energetic and better. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2,3,4,8,9,10,12,13. MY RATING: 95/100

CD: Bon Jovi - Burning Bridges
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 10:34
I am not sure really what the whole point of this album is/was, besides proving a point to fans and the world that there are leftover tracks sitting around that did not make the last 3 albums which were terrible anyways), and can see why these did not make the cut in the first place. Being that Sambora did not have any input in the recordings and his guitar work/tracks were replaced by John Shanks and Phil-X...doesn't make this album anymore special or needed. Its a collector's item...well that is stretching it IMO, and to say it was an introduction into their next album too? Not quite either...still terrible. Track #3 is decent - even though it is blatant ripoff of a Nickleback track, and these songs have WAY TOO MANY "Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo's!" - which is annoying and unoriginal. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #3, 9, 11. MY RATING: 30/100

CD: Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
From: nobycane74 Date: January 29, 2017 at 10:27
The 2nd release from the Thin Lizzy-reincarnated band (under a new moniker). This is a great release, a little more diverse in song writing and music, however it is not a diversion from making a worth while listen. This 2nd release basically picks up right after their debut...more focused songs and lyrics. Thin Lizzy has always been Phil Lynott, but Black Star Riders is the Thin Lizzy of the 21st century...and stays true to the Lizzy sound and energy without stepping on the history of Lynotts legacy. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12 MY RATING: 91/100

CD: Whitford/St. Holmes - Reunion
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 18:31
The original Whitford/Holmes album is a classic - and to have them reunite for another shot is risky considering they only had one album release back in 1981...luckily this new "Reunion" album includes a remaster version of their 1981 release as a bonus disc (which is awesome sounding!). I liked the original and this "Reunion" album captures a lot of those same elements of the '81 record without attempting to recreate the exact same record. Classic style and vocals - with a mature style to it. A lot of great songs on here...and enjoyable listen. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. MY RATING: 89/100

CD: Tyketto - Reach
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 18:24
This release was a bit of a shocker...after their previous effort "Dig in Deep", they must have been a little more energized because it shows it here in "Reach". This is a new band with 2/4 original members, and a newer ensemble to round out the band. I was skeptical initially because being on Frontiers's label I thought for sure that Alessandro Del Vecchio would have his paws attached to the writing and production - thank god he didn't! Because it proves that Frontiers doesn't need Alessandro Del Vecchio attached to every release! TYKETTO sure thunder has a wonderful release - there are a lot of recognizable elements of classic TYKETTO here and newer mature band as well - which makes this record a superb release. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12. MY RATING: 92/100.

CD: Tesla - Mechanical Resonance Live
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 18:16
LIVE albums are gamble in today's market...some perceive them as essential experiences to listen to as the years go on...and some feel they are cash grabs unless they offer something special and/or unique. TESLA's live release is a bit mixed bag here. Mechanical Resonance has always been a staple in TESLA's career as being one of the classic albums of the 80's. This live album is an attempt to remind fans of how this album originally is what TESLA is made of...however, it falls a bit short IMO. Tesla have always prided themselves in being a live band in and out of the studio... Though, Jeff's voice is a bit strained - but that comes with age I suppose. Its good - but he struggles in a few places (songs). It does offer "Save That Goodness" a new 2016 Studio Track - which is a great song by Leppard's Phil Collen...which brings back the true TESLA we know and love - 2 drawbacks:Tommy Skeoch gtr is missed & I wished it had the DVD show with it! HIGHLIGHT TRACK: #13. MY RATING: 79/100

CD: Michael Sweet - One Sided War
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 18:03
After STRYPER'S last two releases (No More Hell to Pay & Fallen), which were extremely well received and generated a new appreciation for the band as they geared their sound to more rock-metal, Michael Sweet promised to continue this trend into his next effort which happened to be his next solo album. I have never been into his solo albums because they are extremely diverse (which some enjoy)...however, this album is great and takes it to another level, and could be "Fallen 0.5". I see a lot of these songs could have easily been on the follow up to "Fallen". With Sweet's distinct voice and harmonies, this can be perceived as another Stryper album (which many have claimed to be). HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11. MY RATING: 93/100.

CD: Soto - Divak
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 17:02
I am a Jeff Scott Soto fan, I have always enjoyed his releases in the past, but I have seriously struggled with his solo-band efforts here lately. "Inside the Vertigo" was a heavy-modern-metal album, which I tried to embrace - but just couldn't. So i gave "Divak" a chance as well, and its another seriously dark-groove metal-laden and an industrial vibe to it album. Someone seriously needs to be depressed as hell and in a dark mental place to enjoy this album...this is darker than some of the more darker metal albums of Priest, Maiden and Sabbath. Which is turn off IMO. But for what it is - its a decent album. Soto is recording a 3rd release which I suspect will be the same formula as these two previous releases. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #4, 7, 10. MY RATING: 45/100.

CD: Ted Poley - Beyond The Fade
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 16:46
Ted Poley is Ted Poley...and all his solo albums are unique in their own way, they all are great albums at various levels and types which flow in and out of the AOR/Melodic Rock/Rock genre. They all seem to intertwine in some fashion or another...however Ted ensures that his melodies are there in some aspect or another to produce a quality album for fans to enjoy. With that being said, is "Beyond the Fade" perfect? No. Is terrible? Far from it. But I will say it is a quality record...just not the perfect one we hope that Ted will give us. Its not D2 - which is a good thing because he has always tried to break that D2 mold he is known for. With Alessandro Del Vecchio (Frontiers fame) at the helm in writing and production and on Frontiers label here, this album suffers the curse of being an Alessandro Del Vecchio/Frontiers record: Mix and production = inconsistent, and heavily ballad influenced by Alessandro Del Vecchio. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #3, 6, 7, 9, 10. MY RATING: 80/100

CD: Punky Meadows - Fallen Angel
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 16:35
Being someone who has a new appreciation for ANGEL, I was very excited to obtain this release which I ordered from Punky Meadows website and received the album signed and a gtr pick as well - which was a nice touch. Anyways, this album is classic Punky Meadows style guitar work and song writing. Not that I got the impression that Punky is reinventing ANGEL here, but is keeping true to his musicianship and elements that are recognizable to ANGEL fanbase. This a nice 70's throwback album with a modern influence to it...which I really enjoyed here. I can only imagine had Frank DiMino been the vocalist on the whole album this would have been the ANGEL reunion that would make fans rejoice! HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12. MY RATING: 83/100

CD: Last In Line - Heavy Crown
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 16:25
LAST IN LINE is a complicated release that has taken me almost a whole year to absorb and digest. Being that the band was 4/5 of the original DIO band - my expectations were faulty because I duped myself in thinking I was going to hear a faithful set of return of those 3 classic DIO albums, just without RJD. I had to cleanse my expectations when re-listening to this release...it is a solid album for what it is, just the hype prior to its release is what killed it for me. However, their sophomore release should be something more than what we hear here...because there is a lot of monotonous sounding tracks. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 3, 6, 7, 9. MY RATING: 81/100

CD: Jackyl - ROWYCO
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 15:57
JACKYL certainly has their faithful fanbase because they keep releasing albums. IMO, they have really changed since their debut, "Cut the Crap" and "Relentless" albums - but I keep supporting them and buying their albums...much like AC/DC fans do with their releases. This isn't nothing new nor different...not the best, certainly not the worst they have released. Cannot say that this a memorable album by any means, because they keep finding ways to make the weirdest rock albums...but its Jackyl right? HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2, 4, 5, 6, 10. MY RATING: 70/100

CD: Hardline - Human Nature
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 15:44
Hardline...they seem to release albums that are highly anticipated and for the most part end up falling bit short in what fans really desire from the band. Can't say I blame them considering "Double Eclipse" is a classic and was a 1-off until "II" and continued forward with a revolving lineup since. Now comes "Human Nature"...the return of Josh Ramos on guitar and Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards/producer. Now I must admit I was nervous about this album expecting the same as "Danger Zone" - but I was wrong, there are so many throwbacks to that classic 1992 album on here that make this release standout...a few fillers but Recommended! HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11. MY RATING: 84/100

CD: Gene The Werewolf - The Loner
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 15:25
Gene the Werewolf is an acquired taste for many, but for some reasons I just dig his music..maybe its because its no-frills good ol guitar rock with a touch of rock-country and honkey-tonk vibe with modern type of vocals. His last release (which was on Frontiers in 2012) just rocked hard IMO. This is good ol fashioned home grown local band rock n roll...that has gotten bigger and bigger overtime. Why this released isn't on Frontiers is beyond me, they don't know what they missed. Definitely recommended. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10. MY RATING: 85/100

CD: The Defiants - The Defiants
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 15:15
OK, lets get to the point with this album...The Defiants are D2 with Laine reincarnated!:-) This album is what Paul Laines D2 have wanted since that line up broke up, and especially since Poley's D2 isn't planning anything anytime soon. I just cannot believe that this album is that good, not only does it provide great hooks, riffs, grooves but helluva great melodies and choruses. The production is real good too, which Frontiers has been criticized here lately of lacking or too canned. But this is almost spot on perfect. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 MY RATING: 90/100

CD: Cruzh - Cruzh
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 15:07
Having sitting on their original independent release with a lot of the same tracks here, Frontiers picked these guys up and had them re-record the album with added tracks in a more professional Frontiers studio fashion. Now the songs are a little more polished and sound more larger than life...though some tracks I personally prefer the originals to but, still that is a personal preference. Over all the album is wonderful, a throwback on the classic 80's AOR/Stadium guitar rock with hooks and melodies that make a huge impression...memorable songs, and riffs will bring one back for additional spins. While a solid release, I am eager to see what their sophomore release will give us. Highlights: tracks # 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 MY RATING: 85/100

CD: Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 14:56
After the release of the last several Bon Jovi albums, which have been about the same regurgitated stuff, this album doesn't surprise me in how it turned out. Promised a guitar rock oriented album return from Jon himself...which in part it is, but the songs are just boring and unoriginal. With only 3 original members left in the band (Jon, Tico, David), this is FAR FROM Bon Jovi...and the rest of the band being more or less hired guns, and the same producer John Shanks helping write and produce another dreary album...the band is not a band per se anymore. This is a glorifed Jon Bon Jovi solo effort...which basically the last 3 albums have been. Nothing new or exciting here...same ol same old. This ship is definitely almost sank. MY RATING: 20/100

CD: Autograph - Louder
From: nobycane74 Date: January 28, 2017 at 14:50
A return of the band with a 50/50 split of original and newer members. Some the songs are good and some are decent, can't say too much because 4/5 tracks are new original and 1 live recording of a classic. 1. You Are Us, We Are You - a track with a classic guitar sound of what we know from Autograph, the song is a but additive IMO, the chorus and lyrics get you hooked. reminds me of a end of credits movie song. 2. I Lost My Mind in America - my least favorite track, the song just doesn't groove with the rest of the flow of the songs on the EP. 3. Every Generation - nice little groove and lyric swing, has elements of classic Autograph, with a modern AOR vibe. 4. Watch It Now - starts off with classic Autograph riff, recognizable, the chorus is redundant and a bit annoying.

CD: Dare - Blood From Stone
From: hair metal again Date: January 27, 2017 at 2:33
an absolute hard rock masterpiece and def DARE s finest hour!Keith Olsen creates a massive sound and everything is big!the choruses,the backing vocals ,the guitars,the songs,everything is as it should and i really enjoy after so many years revisiting that monster of an album!

CD: Kingdom Come - Outlier
From: hair metal again Date: January 26, 2017 at 4:39
very good release once again by Lenny ,a great artist with that unique voice and also a capable songwriter!the last years he has chosen a more modern approach and he managed to create something new but of the highest quality!i really enjoy his moves and totally agre with Wardy in his description!another fine release by KINGDOM COME of the new era

CD: Best of 2003 - Best of 2003
Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: whiplash1972 Date: January 25, 2017 at 11:06
My top 5 for 2003 was: Y&T - Unearthed Vol. 1, Damn Cheetah - Primal, McQueen St - 2, No More Johnny - Slam!, and Wild Horses - Dead Ahead. Honorable mentions to: The Darkness - Permission to Land, Funny Money - Skin to Skin, Monkeyhead - S/T, Scream Clan - S/T, Seven Ten - Love And War, Skid Row - Thickskin, Snakeryder - D.O.A., XYZ - Letter to God

CD: Crash Kelly - Electric Satisfaction
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 24, 2017 at 13:35
I didn't care for this CD at all when I had it as a promo back around the time of its release. Just way too power-poppy. Too many chirpy keys and handclaps, and Sean Kelly's voice annoyed the hell out of me. "Ride The Wire" and "She Put The Shock In My Rock 'n' Roll" were all right but by no means outstanding. Otherwise, songs like "33 On The Charts" and "Two-Year Turnaround," I couldn't skip 'em fast enough. Kelly is an ace guitarist (see his Christmas Guitar CD for ample proof) but he shows little of it here.

CD: Sweet Mary Jane - Winter in Paradise
From: metalmastermusic Date: January 24, 2017 at 10:23
This is a really good melodic rock album! It has every element that you look for in a melodic rock release with smooth vocals and great keyboard work ala Journey/Survivor with great guitar elements mixed in.

CD: Angry Tears - Angry Tears
From: hair metal again Date: January 24, 2017 at 6:31
ok release for Jack Ponti s ANGRY TEARS ,that could be better with another singer!the guitar work is pretty good and there are some great riffs &solos ,but the songs overall dont have big hooks or choruses!not bad ,but certainly nothing special

CD: Crash Kelly - One More Heart Attack
From: hair metal again Date: January 23, 2017 at 9:45
3rd release for CRASH KELLY and i believe that this one s the weakest!the sound &the approach is the same ,but the songs arent so strong ,the hooks are less and the production not so warm!on the other hand Sean is a very talented hard rocker and always delivers some great 70 s ,80 s hard rockin tunes!"right girl,wrong time " is the highlight!

CD: Thin Lizzy - Chinatown
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 23, 2017 at 6:25
I own this on vinyl ...how would be the world if our beloved Phil were alive?...tracks 1,4,5 & 6 are in my book of music.80/100

CD: Ugly Kid Joe - The Very Best of Ugly Kid Joe - As Ugly As It Gets
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 23, 2017 at 6:22
Listening to this gorgeous compilation once more and it's quite a cool one indeed ...tracks 1,2,3,4,6,8,11,13 & 14 are the ones for me no matter what.84/100

CD: Tonto Tonto - Mirror For The Blame
From: hair metal again Date: January 21, 2017 at 5:36
very good debut for TONTO TONTO and a quite unique one ,as they slide from electric tunes to semi acoustics in a smooth way!the musicianship is excellent and the vocals very very good!some songs are fine like "miles away' 'all the love of the world "," mirror" and overall a nice 90 s hard rock indie for experienced listeners!recommended

CD: Dirty Looks - Live In San Diego ...and Some More
From: Evil Rick Date: January 19, 2017 at 21:30
Very disappointed in this release from fna records. This concert has been available as a boot for many years, so when I heard it was getting a proper release I was pretty excited. Unfortunately the label went the loser route and released this as a cheaply made cd-r with the 2 "bonus tracks" being of such poor quality that one can barely stand to listen to either one. fna did a fine job with the other Dirty Looks albums they released, it's a shame they had to do such an awful job with this one. If you already have this concert in mp3 format stick with that, because that's basically what you are getting here

CD: Loverboy - Wildside
From: Locoaor Date: January 19, 2017 at 21:26
Don't Keep Me In The Dark sin duda la mejor del disco, tremenda balada la que se sacaron con este disco.

CD: Europe - Prisoners in Paradise
From: edwithmj Date: January 19, 2017 at 13:38
One of the blandest and most disappointing albums on here. The only songs I can take away from this one are Halfway to Heaven (a pity the whole album isn't as good and memorable as this one song) and Prisoners in Paradise. The rest of the album is completely forgettable: I've actually tried to get into this several times as I was sure I was missing something but now I'm positive it's not me. The beginning of the end for Europe.

CD: OffRoad - Make It Through
From: ICA-Hernan Date: January 19, 2017 at 11:18
Gran sonido y brutal. My fav song "Tell Them Getta Away", "Nobody Loves You More Than I Do", "Playing With The Strings Of My Soul" un disco a tener en cuenta.

CD: Endfield - Right to the Top
From: ICA-Hernan Date: January 19, 2017 at 10:45
Un buen disco para mi un 90/100 buenos temas y muy parejos como "Girl in Flame", "Not Alone", "Angel", "Right To the top" Sin duad alguna un buen lanzamiento para este 2017 obligado a tenerlo..

CD: Johnny Van Zant - Brickyard Road
From: hair metal again Date: January 19, 2017 at 6:13
excellent release for JOHNNY VAN ZANT ,more on the hard rock side of things, as most of the albums back in 90!all the songs are pretty good,the sound is rockin and there s a certain feelgood vibe!of course you can find some great mid tempos like "love can be so cruel" and ballads like "love is not enough"!probably his best ever work

CD: Any Day Now - Millennium
From: hair metal again Date: January 17, 2017 at 5:24
very good release for ANY DAY NOW ,a project of some great musos and especially Stuart Zaltz who always delivers some great hooks!the musicianship is ok ,the production could be better,but the rest is excellent and especially some great hooks in songs like "where you ever there","james" and "camouflaged"!recommended if you dig some more mature material

CD: Climb - Take a Chance
From: DazBuFF Date: January 17, 2017 at 0:43
yea!!! they just re released this with the bonus song an instrumental version of a girl like you. just ordered it

CD: Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder
From: 123charpenay Date: January 16, 2017 at 13:31
saxon had finished their carreer in 1992 with the excellent"forever free".in 1985 "innocence is no excuse" was one of the best hard rock record ever.in 1986 "destiny" had a beautiful f m touch and in 1991 "solid ball of rock" was an atomic hard rock bomb.after 1992 all their cd s are a long and boring suite of heavy metal without melodies and without emotions.this best of is essential to all the hard rockers of this planet cause in the eighties saxon was the more hard,the more exciting and the more catchy band of the hard rock scene.their riffs was some masterpieces and are unforgetable.i ve the version with on the second record live at bloodstock 2014.it s a super concert with a great sound and only hopeffully three metal songs.it s the first cd that i ve buying in 2017.this year starts well.

CD: Shooting Gallery - Shooting Gallery
From: hair metal again Date: January 12, 2017 at 10:31
pretty good release for SHOOTING GALLERY back in 92 ,def on the HANOI ROCKS mode and i guess that it will satisfy all fans!bought it when it was released ,spinned it and gave me a bit of groove ,but couldnt compete the many gems that were released the same year!good stuff though with great lyrics,attitude &looks

CD: Wigelius - Tabula Rasa
From: 123charpenay Date: January 11, 2017 at 13:41
the best record of 2016.

CD: Vera Cruz - Hot Games
From: dany69 Date: January 10, 2017 at 19:39
All the comments here are so true,,,,Very Very great band and so melodic,,just can't believe that i found this in a miserable shop for 6$ and the first Aurophon Label,,,i wasn't sure at first but for the price,,,,thanks god,!!!

CD: Richie Kotzen - The Essential Richie Kotzen
From: Doug Date: January 10, 2017 at 19:09
Just got this, Kotzen is so talented. Nice to see him getting rightful recognition with the Winery Dogs.

CD: The Dead Daisies - Make Some Noise
From: masmusic Date: January 10, 2017 at 18:14
It's surprising that an album this good from another so-called "supergroup" can fly so far below the radar. Maybe its because the album doesn't fall squarely into any specific category. It is clearly rock and roll and leans towards hard rock but is also clearly not heavy metal. It has elements of jazz, funk and even mo-town mixed in ... but the bottom line is that this is a superbly written, produced and performed rock and roll album. I shouldn't have to accidentally stumble on an album like this but I guess that's how the music industry is these days. 30 years ago this album would have been HUGE. Today it is just an afterthought. In any case, this is a group of very talented musicians at the top of their game. The music is catchy as hell and you can just tell the band is having fun, their enthusiasm shines through. John Corabi sounds fantastic and Richard Fortus is a very under-rated guitar player. Highly recommended!

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: 123charpenay Date: January 10, 2017 at 14:07
hello the rocker yes "zoo" is the name of the song.you can hear 45 seconds on cd japan.greetings from france.

CD: Crash Kelly - Electric Satisfaction
From: hair metal again Date: January 10, 2017 at 10:00
excellent release again for CRASH KELLY ,a band that blends the 70 s hard rock scene in a great way ,but also sounding updated!if you love bands like ALICE COOPER,CHEAP TRICK,KISS,TREX,THIN LIZZY ,TED NUGENT then go ahead and buy this great release !there s a certain quality in everything in it and you will be extremely rocked with songs like "love me electric","she put the shock(in my rock and roll),"you dont know" and "11 cigarettes"!great stuff

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: the rocker Date: January 9, 2017 at 19:09
I need to find that song! Zoo is the name of the song?

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: 123charpenay Date: January 9, 2017 at 13:42
best bonus track of the year 2016 "zoo" track 12 (japan bonus track).

CD: Cats In Space - Too Many Gods
From: masmusic Date: January 8, 2017 at 13:33
Very mixed on this one! Some really good tracks and a couple of silly non essential songs that have no place on this record. Only In Vegas and Man In The Moon, Take them away and the record has a much better flow to it! 75/100

CD: Roth Brock Project - Roth Brock Project
From: dudemetal Date: January 6, 2017 at 13:32
Fantastic release! Musically sounds a lot like the last couple WINGER releases.... Great songs and playing.

CD: Lynch/Pilson - Wicked Underground
From: Doug Date: January 6, 2017 at 12:39
For me, this album reminds me of Dokken's "Dysfunctional" and "Shadowlife" albums, which for some are love/hate. This LP album is okay for me, not great but also not bad.

CD: Drive She Said - Pedal To The Metal
From: 123charpenay Date: January 5, 2017 at 13:47
best song of 2016.track 10 " i m the nyte".this song is a real hit,an atomic bomb.

CD: Ocean - Je Suis Mort De Rire
From: 123charpenay Date: January 5, 2017 at 13:43
hello rick happy new year 2017.only happiness for you and your family.ocean is a very very very little cult band.i ve never heard anything about this band.totally unknow for me.

CD: Three Lions - Three Lions
From: Doug Date: January 5, 2017 at 12:21
Got this the other day. I first I thought it was a bit formulaic, but it's growing on me.

CD: Ocean - Je Suis Mort De Rire
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 12:01
A cult band in France ..."Je Suis Mort De Rire","Ou et Quand Tu Veux" & "Joue" are the ones for me.70/100

CD: John Waite - Rover's Return
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2017 at 11:57
Nice album with catchy AOR tunes in it ..."Act of Love", "Don't Lose any Sleep" & "She's the One" are my faves.82/100

CD: Cruzh - Cruzh
From: ICA-Hernan Date: January 5, 2017 at 7:50
Espectacular disco de AOR con un inicio demoledor y con temas muy parejos como "Aim For The Head", "Survivor","Before I Walk Alone" este mas vistoso y alegre y mi favorita "In n' Out Of Love" un disco muy bueno que sin duda alguna lo tienes que tener.

CD: Jean Beauvoir - Jacknifed
From: hair metal again Date: January 5, 2017 at 3:25
pretty good pop album for JEAN BEAUVOIR doing his thing !the vocals are excellent and if you re into the pop culture you ll find it interesting !of course some good guitar solos here and there and a fine mid tempo like "searching for a light" is offered by Jean in this one!def one of his worst overall though,i prefer his Bare To The Bones later on

CD: Tygers Of Pan Tang - Live In The Roar
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 4, 2017 at 18:55
Decent and pretty cool live recording of a band that has persisted in time ..."Hellbound" is my fave cut in here,some other good shots are #2,5,7,8,9,10,13 & 16(fine cover of Ted Nugent's classic song).80/100...btw Richie Wicks is a good singer and has shown it on this live set.

CD: 21 Guns - Nothing's Real
From: MelodicMetal4Ever Date: January 4, 2017 at 11:41
hey thanks BD: I really appreciate it

CD: 21 Guns - Nothing's Real
From: MelodicMetal4Ever Date: January 4, 2017 at 11:24
can someone tell me the lyrics to "Come On In"? I have lost my case with lyrics.

CD: David A Saylor - Ship To Nowhere
From: MysticHealer Date: January 4, 2017 at 7:39
R.I.P My friend. Eternally greatful for the friendship and the music.

CD: New Soul Cowboys - New Soul Cowboys
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 4, 2017 at 0:09
His lyrics are pretty hackneyed and cheesy as well, with songs about motorcycles and whiskey and girls with blue ribbons in their hair (named after southern states, of course). To be sure, this is a pleasant listen, but really doesn't rise above average no matter how hard Gomes sings or how many instruments he brings out to dress up his bland songs. Worth a listen if you're way into southern rock, but don't expect to be blown away.

CD: New Soul Cowboys - New Soul Cowboys
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 4, 2017 at 0:02
New Soul Cowboys, if I recall, were kind of a "project" meant to spotlight Anthony GOmes, who I believe was an up-and-coming guitar-slinger at one point. That said, Gomes's playing is impeccable throughout )on guitar and on the various other stringed instruments that make appearances), but his playing here isn't as flashy as the "pick-up band around a shredder" stigma would lead you to believe. This is more hard southern rock in anything else, and reminds me of bands like Moon Dog Mane, Tattoo Rodeo, Georgia Satellites and maybe a whiff or two of Blackberry Smoke. It's southern rock that won't scare off the '80's-rock crowd, in other words, and would probably appeal to people who are into the loud modern country, particlarly the ones who used to listen to rock before they got old. The trouble is, Gomes is a better guitarist than he is a singer, and a lot of his songwriting is fairly plain when you get past the instrumental talent.

CD: Sweet and Lynch - Only To Rise
From: Doug Date: January 3, 2017 at 17:31
I just picked this up and would have to agree with Metal T. It's not a bad album, Sweet is such a polished singer and Lynch has his moments (with Tichy and Lomenzo filling out the rest), but it sort of falls flat, IMO. The opening track gets you going, and then it just sort of plateaus...

CD: Wild Rose - 4
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2017 at 13:36
Sorry guys but IMHO this release is a step down compared with the band's previous efforts...i mean the album is fine but not impressive...cuts 3,4,5,7(nice),8(nice)& 9 are with me though...80/100

CD: Tora Tora - Wild America
From: hair metal again Date: January 3, 2017 at 10:04
excellent hair metal release for TORA TORA ,a band that really rocks the place!guitar driven hard rock music that reminds me of AEROSMITH & TESLA and that will satisfy with its solid sound,great riffs and fantastic vocal work!the songs are great but no big hits included!bought it back in the day ,spinned it a lot and revisiting it brings back great memos!

CD: Kix - Cool Kids
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 2, 2017 at 16:05
I've been listening to this again lately. The band disowns it and most fans hate it (and I myself have said the same at times. You listen to "Loco Emotion" and just shake your head, even as you try to get the scatting doo-doo-doo-ahh-ahh-ah part unstuck from your ears. But then songs like "Love Pollution, ""Nice On Ice," "Get Your Monkeys Out" and "Restless Blood" have the hooks and that trademark Kix bounce and sass to them; it's the execution that makes them seem less than stellar. And of course, there's "For Shame," a real lightning-in-a-bottle moment that has always amazed me for having NOT been an enormous hit. I upgraded my old rating because, being honest, even in spite of its obvious concessions to new-wave and cheesy 1983 pop, I have always enjoyed much of this record. It just gets off to a bad start, with the two worst songs going 1-2, but finishes strong.

CD: Mark Sweeney - All In
From: 707STAR Date: December 31, 2016 at 20:51
THIS IS MUSIC TO FALL ASLEEP TO. BORING AS BORING CAN BE. DON,T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS RELEASE. HE SHOULD HAVE STAYED WITH CRYSTAL BALL WHERE HE WAS STELLAR. 2 SONGS WORTH LISTENING TO AND THAT,S IT.

CD: Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom
From: Doug Date: December 30, 2016 at 16:13
I had this on cassette too. Just picked up the CD the other day in a bargain bin. Really good album.

CD: Status Quo - 1982
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 30, 2016 at 12:35
Cool album...simple and straight Rock & Roll with Pop moments but yet effective ..."She Don't Fool Me" & "Young Pretender" are my faves...tracks 6,7 & 10 are also nice ones...80/100

CD: Dio - Holy Diver
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 30, 2016 at 12:30
First album of the mighty Dio as a solo artist and what a blast it was!..."Stand Up & Shout" is my fave piece of music in here...tracks 4,6 & 8 also are in my book of HM...87/100

CD: It Bites - Once Around The World
From: metalmastermusic Date: December 30, 2016 at 8:44
This is really a AOR album to me. I don't see the prog references. Solid release.

CD: Soundtracks - Wayne's World
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 29, 2016 at 19:30
That was Bill and Ted's band, Doug ... Agreed though, this was a decent soundtrack mixing some classic-rock staples and some ... well other stuff. The Rhino Bucket song is my favorite, just because I'm a big fan of theirs anyway.

CD: Circus Maximus - Nine
From: djimenezgarcia Date: December 29, 2016 at 13:35
Pure magic with anthems all around...

CD: Saga - Worlds Apart
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 29, 2016 at 11:44
Saga is a legendary band and this album contains in tracks "On The Loose","Wind Him Up" & the nice one "No Regrets (Chapter 5)" 3 of the most representative cuts of them...tracks 3 & 6 are also good ones.85/100

CD: Mick Jones - Mick Jones
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 29, 2016 at 11:37
Listening to this album again and giving my verdict about it,well at the end is quite a decent one,obviously as stated above,his vocal skills are pretty limited..."Save Me Tonight" is,as i said in 2006,the best track of the Record...another fine moments are 1( ),5,7,8(nice) & 9(nice)...my rating goes to an 83/100.

CD: Monro - Monro
From: 707STAR Date: December 28, 2016 at 23:03
SOLID MELODIC AOR ROCK ALBUM. THIS BAND SHOULD HAVE MADE IT BIG TIME.FANTASTIC VOCALS,SOUND AND EVERYTHING THAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK FOR MORE. ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS. GREAT JOB GUYS.GREAT BRITAIN BAND. BETTER GET THIS ONE.

CD: Lizzy Borden - Visual Lies
From: dany69 Date: December 28, 2016 at 16:55
in my huge cd collection,,this is in my top 10 albums,,,just a pure Amazing CD,,,,Lizzy Rulezzzzzzzzzzzz

 

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