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CD: Van Halen - The Best Of Both Worlds
From: hair metal again Date: February 12, 2016 at 9:53
excellent best of collection with 3 new songs and 3 live ones !a perfect way for young ones to get into the VAN HALEN territory!a unique band,pioneers in the hard rock genre in terms of sound,musicianship ,songwriting!absolute hard rock perfection ,as expected by one of the greatest

CD: Nine 24 - 6-Pack
From: metalmastermusic Date: February 12, 2016 at 6:43
Not nearly as bad as any of the reviews suggest. There is nothing groundbreaking here but it is good in your face hard rock. The vocals do indeed have a Gary Cherone sound but I also hear a bit of Jesse James Dupree at times as well. If you Like Jackyl/Extreme this would be one to check out.

CD: Golden Earring - N.E.W.S.
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 11, 2016 at 16:25
Kinda of an early INXS sound in here..."When The Lady Smiles" is my all times fave cut ...some other fine moments are tracks 1,3 & 7.70/100

CD: Rush - A Farewell To Kings
From: Doug Date: February 11, 2016 at 13:51
"55 out of 100?" Wow, this a great album. '70's RUSH is simply fantastic stuff.

CD: Rainbow - Long Live Rock and Roll
From: Doug Date: February 11, 2016 at 13:48
I would put this album on the 'ol turntable almost every day back in my school daze. Phenomenal

CD: Poets and Pornstars - Poets and Pornstars
From: Doug Date: February 11, 2016 at 13:45
Just picked this up, definitely not a Sleaze Glam band. Pretty straight forward rock songs, IMO. First track is really good, the rest is decent.

CD: Pride - Pride
From: hair metal again Date: February 11, 2016 at 5:13
excellent recordings for PRIDE ,a band that def was overlooked by the crowds and the music industry!they are the closest thing i ve heard to TREAT and the important is that they re in the same level!superb balance between guitars and keys,many hooksand great songs are offered here in a way that seems so true and flawless!"movin on","you re the only one","playing with fire",and "valkyria" are great songs!highly recommended

CD: Eyes - Windows of the Soul
From: 123charpenay Date: February 10, 2016 at 13:57
totally agree with darkstone.sensational a o r record.one of the best realise with the master jeff scott soto.this album is an orgy of top class a o r songs!!!!!no bonus track on the japan import.

CD: Marchello - Destiny
From: 123charpenay Date: February 10, 2016 at 13:52
exceptional record.gene marchello is the self made man of this killer cd.he sings (beautiful high pitched voice very near to rick emmet from triumph),he plays guitar (he is a virtuoso) and he writes all the songs.congratulations mr marchello.fantastic job.track 3 "destiny" is a masterpiece,tracks 9 are excellent hard rock songs,tracks 4.7 and 10 are pure magic beautiful a o r songs.forget track 11 where gene masturbate is guitar.this instrumental have no interest.unfortunately no bonus track on the very rare japan import.

CD: Eyes - Windows of the Soul
From: Darkstone Date: February 10, 2016 at 5:30
More mellow and polished than the debut, but that's not a bad thing. It also has those three magic words "Jeff Scott Soto". This was one of my first "Jeff" albums. Little did i know the can of worms i was opening up trying to keep track of his releases. As for this album, it's near perfection. Epic ballads, soaring vocals and a really cool feel. Possibly one of Jeffs' best. Absolute must have for any JSS fan.

CD: Love.Might.Kill - Brace for Impact
From: Darkstone Date: February 10, 2016 at 5:02
I came across this by chance and i love it. Killer duel guitar work by Stefan Ellerhorst and Christian Stover from "Crossroads", a band whose first album i loved musically but hated the vocals. No such problems here as Jan Manenti's voice kills. There is a slight accent in the vocals, but only very slight. Nothing particularly profound in the lyrics, just pure ear candy with great production vocals and guitar. A ripper!

CD: Valentine - Valentine
From: Darkstone Date: February 10, 2016 at 4:38
An absolute pearler of a disc. First came across them when i saw "don't tell mom the babysitters dead". Purchased the soundtrack, but strangely enough "Runnin' on luck again", which was in the movie, was not on it. At least it contained "keep the faith" by Valentine and "perfect world" by Alias. Great memories and great album. IMO the best thing hugo's done and "runnin' on luck again" has to be one of the best hard rock anthems ever! The opening guitars get me everytime.

CD: Magnum - The Very Best of Magnum - Chapter and Verse
From: Doug Date: February 9, 2016 at 17:52
I'm not a huge fan of Magnum either. I play this disc occasionally, but certainly worth the spin.

CD: Dokken - Broken Bones
From: Doug Date: February 9, 2016 at 17:49
Just pick this up, decent album. I like what "MetalllianStallion" said a few years ago. This album is definitely better than "Hell to Pay," IMO.

CD: Ramos-Hugo - The Dream
From: Eric3 Date: February 9, 2016 at 17:23
Very, very Journey-esque. It reminds me of "Arrival" in terms of overall pace. It starts off with one of my favorite AOR tracks ever, "You're Not Alone" and then...kind of trails off. The rest of the songs range from mid- to slow-tempo and aren't particularly memorable. The production is nice and Hugo delivers his typical mellow, heartfelt performance, but...where's the bite? One of those Frontiers projects that's nice for a few listens but doesn't really stick with you, except for the first track of course. Wish there were more of those on this album!

CD: Peo - Look What I've Started
From: hair metal again Date: February 9, 2016 at 5:24
excellent solo release by Peo Petersson with top notch songwriting and decent musicianship!the sound is extremely radio friendly and to be honest didnt expect the songs to be so good!"two strong arms","long time no see","endless waiting" and "could this be love" are really great hits!def recommended and a nice addition to every collection

CD: Reckless - Disorderly Conduct
From: MrMetal Date: February 8, 2016 at 17:48
the song "Voices In The Night" which originally appeared on the first album (likely re-recorded around 2007/08) although the lineup is unclear. RECKLESS also reformed to play "Rocklahoma" in 2008 although the lineup was unknown as well as their current status now. But this was a group with the ingredients to hang with the big boys, had they had the opportunity to do so.

CD: Reckless - Disorderly Conduct
From: MrMetal Date: February 8, 2016 at 17:46
"Disorderly Conduct" were actually Pre-Production Demo recordings (which sounded pretty good) for their unreleased 2nd LP that never saw the light of day. Founder Gary Kriss was the only returning member after the remaining "No Frills" lineup had moved on since their debut never got off the ground from Warner Bros. subsidiary label "Valentino" Records. The band was ready to release the album with "Geffen" Records when GUNS N' ROSES thwarted that plan by exploding with their debut album (the label would then concentrate most of their time with them). These songs were originally demoed around 1990 and saw the band take on a more direct Hair Metal approach when compared to "No Frills". Vocalist Lee Anderson (ex-HIGH RISK, ex-UNDER THE GUN) had elements of both very early Vince Neil & Peter "Wabitt" Allen (WITCH) in his voice with the music sharing tendencies of AC/DC, MOTLEY CRUE, KIX, WITCH, SALTY DOG, and HEAVEN (Aus). Also included was a serious kick-ass re-recording of...

CD: Blue Tears - Blue Tears
From: 123charpenay Date: February 8, 2016 at 13:49
exceptional record,with blue tears it s very simple :10 songs ,10 hits!!!!this sensational realise is a mix of bon jovi (tracks 1 and 6 could easely be present on the first bon jovi s records),with a touch of def leppard or danger danger .like says rick it s "happy hard rock" all songs will hooked you definitively cause they are irresistibles.i can ad that tracks 5 and 9 are two top class hard f m ballads.unfortunatelly no bonus tracks on the hyper rare japan import.a must have!!!

CD: Rainbow - Long Live Rock and Roll
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 8, 2016 at 10:33
Classic album with 3 killer tracks in it(1,4 & 5)...the rest is history.80/100

CD: Wild Dogs - Wild Dogs
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 8, 2016 at 10:31
Decent HM album,Hard Rock? where?..."Life Is Just a Game" & "The Tonight Show" are my all time faves of the release...tracks 4,7(with a killer guitar solo intro),8 & 9 are good cuts as well but nothing if compared with the ones i mentioned as faves...70/100

CD: Rush - A Farewell To Kings
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 8, 2016 at 10:26
Ummm...not my cup of tea at all ..."Closer To The Heart" is the best cut and one of the band's all time classics,a nice and moody song...tracks 4 & 6 are also good ones but nothing out of the extraordinaire IMHO.55/100

CD: AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 8, 2016 at 10:22
A cool release being "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" & "Problem Child" the highlights...tracks 3,4,6,7 & 9 are also good cuts of raw Hard Rock/Rock & Roll with that particular style of the band...Bon Scott,we miss you bro .83/100

CD: Fortress/Eliot - On the Loose... You Can Rock
From: MrMetal Date: February 7, 2016 at 10:15
difficult determining which songs were recorded by which group (the ELIOT 4-track Demo was definitely songs 2,10,11, & 17) while I know that some of the FORTRESS songs were 1,3, & 5 thru 8 although I couldn't say for certain about the others. Influences ran rampant, as you could list numerous bands such as TESLA, TORA TORA, TUFF LUCK, ZEBRA, TNT, DOKKEN, VICTORY, SOUTHGANG, JUNKYARD, DANGER DANGER, & even LOVERBOY amongst others. But they were really a bit heavier overall than your typical Hair Metal act. More confusingly, there may have been a FORTRESS reunion as recent as 2013 as well as ELIOT in 2015 with their stomping grounds now being Las Vegas, Nevada but it's unclear which moniker they are going under now. You'll also find the band listed on most websites as FORTRESS/ELIOT (likely due to confusion about their biographical history) even though both acts released separate material under each moniker and were based in different locations (Wisconsin and California).

CD: Fortress/Eliot - On the Loose... You Can Rock
From: MrMetal Date: February 7, 2016 at 10:09
FORTRESS formed in the early 80's out of Milwaukee, WI. with the lineup above (Kenny as their drummer early on and then Jay once they relocated to CA.) and changed their name to ELIOT (after Chris Eliot). FORTRESS released a 9-track Demo titled, "On The Loose" around 1987 and Eliot also released a 4-track Demo named "You Can Rock" in 1988 (even though FORTRESS originally recorded that song). ELIOT recorded an additional amount of Demo tracks with this Compilation likely including everything from both bands (even though you can find some different songs played live on YouTube). They tried to cash in on the Hair Metal craze by relocating to CA. although were unsuccessful in doing so. There were also at least 3 other members in the band at one time or another although it's unclear in what capacity (Chris Eliot would go on with drummer Dave Hall to record material with the act THE CENTER OF X as well as Chris having a Solo career and possibly playing in some cover bands). But it was...

CD: David Foster - David Foster
From: aTomiK Date: February 7, 2016 at 9:31
Good disc indeed! Few nice intrumental tracks and the classic aor tune Who´s Gonna Love You Tonight which you can also hear in the film Listen to Me (1989). I wonder why he didn´t sing more because i like his voice very much.

CD: David Foster - David Foster
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 6, 2016 at 9:14
Sorry my real rate is 87/100

CD: David Foster - David Foster
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 6, 2016 at 9:13
This is a quite pleasant release...most of the songs are instrumental ones but pretty nice ones(1,2,4,6)and some others with vocals(5/beautiful female duet/,7/the best cut of the album for me/& 11)...enjoyable stuff...80/100

CD: Rush - Permanent Waves
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 6, 2016 at 9:06
Prog Power Pop Rock album in here ..."Spirit Of Radio" & "Freewill" were and still are when playing live the hit singles of this release...track 4 is also pretty nice.80/100

CD: Uriah Heep - Abominog
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 6, 2016 at 9:03
I dunno but this release strongly reminds me of Foreigner(musically and somehow vocally talking)...the best cuts are the ones inspired by the AOR sound of course(2,3,6 & 7)and add to those tracks 9 & 10...decent album...82/100

CD: Dreamhunter - Kingdom Come
From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2016 at 17:04
hum sorry i m not agree with others comments.not a bad record absoluty not ,a dynamic scandi hard f m realise but.. not more.this cd don t hooked me ,this cd have not the spark of class of ignition for example.if you are fan of dreamhunter listen to ignition .you will be scotched.ignition plays in champion s league.dreamhunter plays in league 2.

CD: The Works - From Out of Nowhere
From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2016 at 16:58
decent debut album.on the same songs some good parts and others ..hum not terrific.wall of silence is far far better.

CD: Da Vinci - Back in Business
From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2016 at 16:55
a legend of scandi a o r?it s a joke.this is a very average scandi realise.not bad ok but only decent ,not more.

CD: Stala and So - Stala and So
From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2016 at 16:41
i m very surprised that this excellent finnish band have no fans on this site.maybe i m the lone.their two previous effort was the same.a mix of sensational scandi new wawe a o r songs (in majority) and some big fillers.this new record follow the same path.two fillers ,tracks 6 and 8.the rest ? excellent in the same vein,in the same tradionnals trademarks of this finnish band.track 1.2 and 7 are top class hard rock songs.tracks 4 and 9 are top class a o r songs.tracks 5 and 10 are two beautiful ballads (very class).track 3 a very great song typically from stala & so.for make short in you are fans (like me) of their two first cd s ,you can buy closed eyes this new realise.impossible to be disapointed.unfortunatelly this super cd never see the light of day in japan.

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2016 at 16:29
i add 9/(receive today)stala & so an excellent realise from the best hard rock country of the world :finland.

CD: Fate - Fate
From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2016 at 16:26
great songs ( rest is bad.i can add that the production is a nigthmare.i recommand to two and one with cruisin for a bruisin in 2001 on metal rendez vous label.on this cd you can select the good songs and the fillers.

CD: Enuff Z'Nuff - Dissonance
From: hair metal again Date: February 5, 2016 at 10:55
always great to hear from one of all time fav bands !ENUFF Z NUFF is a unique act that always delivered tunes of a certain quality and of a certain vibe!Donnie s vocs are one of a kind and you can always recognize that voice!along with Chip it seems so easy for them to write down a good song!Dissonance isnt their best but it will satisfy all EZN fans

CD: Hardcore Circus - Wake Up Call
From: metalmastermusic Date: February 4, 2016 at 6:57
I have to disagree with the reviews above. This is a nice slab of sleazy hard rock. Has some very catchy hooks. Their rockers are definitely better than the slower songs as this singers voice is built for the fast paced tunes. It is a very pleasant surprise from Demon Doll records. favorite songs are Queen of the Dirt and Who I am. If your a guitar first type of person you will like this album. I rank this album a high 70's certainly not the ranking other here have put.

CD: Saraya - Saraya
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 3, 2016 at 19:23
It's true: Saraya does sound something like a female-fronted Tesla,largely thanks to Sandi's voice. A lot of the songs sound very Mechanical Resonance-like as well. I could seriously hear a young Jeff Keith singing "Get U Ready," for example. But then the goddamn keyboards come in and gum up the works and add that "AOR in leather pants" lite hair-metal feel that reminds me of Danger Danger's debut. Harder than Vixen, not as hard as Phantom Blue.

CD: RTZ - Lost
From: hair metal again Date: February 3, 2016 at 8:30
pretty good 2nd step for RTZ and i believe that Dan s extensive thoughts are pretty accurate!there s a certain quality in everything here ,but not really any big moments and overall this is a nice piece of arena rock music without being essential

CD: Tangier - Stranded
From: 123charpenay Date: February 2, 2016 at 14:00
for me this record is at the same level than "four winds".high level.i ve no preference between this two excellent cd s.

CD: Tangier - Four Winds
From: 123charpenay Date: February 2, 2016 at 13:53
excellent hard u s realise ,with a subtle touch of blues and southern rock.i love this record cause it s very easy and nice to listen,in the vein of jagged edge (with a small difference of kind of hard rock)for example.great singer,super songs and great production even if i think that the sound is a little weak.congratulations to doghouse reilly for his brilliant,clear (for a french guy like me)and very complete comment.i m agree with him, this cd is a pleasure to listen.unfortunatelly ,no bonus track on the japan import.

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: Thiago Date: February 2, 2016 at 1:03
IMO 1.Find Me - Dark Angel , 2.Khymera - The Grand Design , 3.C.O.P - State Of Rock , 4.Degreed - Dead But Not Forgotten , 5.Art Nation - Revolution , 6.Care of Night - Connected , 7.7th Heaven - Next , 8.Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints , 9.Eclipse - Armageddonize , 10.Iconic Eye - Hidden In Plain Sight

CD: Tangier - Four Winds
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 1, 2016 at 16:29
For the record, and just to maybe illustrate my point in a different way, the week of August 12, 1989, the week "On The Line" peaked on the Mainstream Rock charts, it shared the top ten with Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Call, Bad English, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Warrant, Winger, The Who and Trevor Rabin.

CD: Tangier - Four Winds
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 1, 2016 at 16:24
Tangier played bluesy hard rock, and played it very professionally, but without much flash or fireworks. The singer has a strong, deeper voice (he's not a metal shrieker by any stretch), and the musicianship is undeniable. But the whole affair just has a very safe, vanilla approach. It sounds like what you'd expect from guys named Bill and Doug--it sounds aimed at an older audience than, say, Skid Row. It's telling that "On The Line" went to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in the summer of '89 while only receiving light MTV play: MTV was for teenagers and young adults, and AOR radio was for people in their 30's and 40's. In a way, they're like Little Caesar minus the histrionic singer and the biker image. This isn't music to guzzle whiskey, grab titties and drive fast to. It's more of a soundtrack to sipping light beer after cutting the grass on Saturday afternoon. Nothing WRONG with it, but it's very bland.

CD: The Cast - Heat And Serve
From: hair metal again Date: February 1, 2016 at 13:33
sensational debut for THE CAST and one of the best out of the canadian scene!the hooks are everywhere,backing vocals and great choruses are on and the guitar work is remarkable!"do you feel","look out" ,"eve" and 'on without you" are great songs indeed!essential for hard rockers

CD: House of Lords - Precious Metal
From: Eric3 Date: January 31, 2016 at 21:51
I don't get the hate for this one. Yeah, they went in a slightly different direction...it's probably the heaviest House of Lords album (well, until 2015's Indestructible), but I think they pull it off quite well. In fact, the first half is pretty flawless to my ears. Still classic House of Lords arrangements and vocal melodies, just with a little less pomp and more "oomph." It trails off a bit at the end, but this is still a great album for fans of the heavier side of AOR.

CD: James Christian - Lay It All on Me
From: Eric3 Date: January 31, 2016 at 21:49
Is it House of Lords? Not really, but it doesn't need to me. This album is more accessible than James' main band, and the melodies are very strong throughout. The weak point IMO is the production...it's not terrible, but something about how his vocals come through here doesn't sound right to me. Still a good AOR album, probably more "AOR" than most House of Lords releases and whose songs can stand up with those of the newer era of HOL.

CD: Kiske / Somerville - City of Heroes
From: Axe Slinger Date: January 31, 2016 at 20:21
Eric, not sick of them at all since these musicians wouldn't be releasing all of this great music if not for Frontiers projects. As a musician myself, I understand a lot is starting to sound the same but there is only so much you can do with limited time and budgets. To me, when the music is the style that I want to hear, it never gets old. JMHO, of course. Kiske / Somerville COH is darn good too. 85 / 100.

CD: State Of Mind - Memory Lane
From: Japangea Date: January 31, 2016 at 4:09
Just grabbed "Dream Those Dreams" mini CD at the local 2nd hands.Did not know this was the promo only stuff and just wonder how many copies the band got pressed.Any idea?

CD: Nordic Union - Nordic Union
From: Eric3 Date: January 31, 2016 at 0:05
It's...an Eclipse album with Ronnie Atkins on vocals. That's it. The similarities between the first track and "Brothers in Arms" by W.E.T. are inescapable. I mean, I get why people like this...it's punchy and well-produced with lots of sing-along moments, but it just feels like we've heard these songs a dozen times before. Good for a few listens, but I'm thinking I'll go back to Bleed & Scream for the long run.

CD: Kiske / Somerville - City of Heroes
From: Eric3 Date: January 30, 2016 at 23:56
It's decent. Pretty typical Frontiers "project" album here: two hotshot vocalists, a big production from a familiar hired gun, lyrics about breaking chains, tearing down walls, etc (am I the only one who's getting sick of those?) There are some uplifting songs here, and lots of catchy choruses, although Kiske isn't featured nearly as prominently as I'd like...but I guess that's what Place Vendome is for, right?

CD: Find Me - Dark Angel
From: juan carlos Date: January 30, 2016 at 21:47
"BLEED IN THE RAIN" The best track together with "THE ONE"(Praying Mantis) from 2015 in my book!! Great Melodic Rock/AOR album indeed! Go & buy at any cost! Highly Recommended! 90/100

CD: Contagious - Reverse
From: Delbert Date: January 30, 2016 at 14:33
This is a very good CD from this band coming from Lexington, Kentucky. To me, their sound reminds me of bands like JILLSON, HEAVEN'S WISH and a few hints of FRICTION and RIDDLER. They definitely have a good time sound on this album and it is my favorite of all their releases.

CD: Nordic Union - Nordic Union
From: Axe Slinger Date: January 30, 2016 at 13:37
Big fan of Ronnie and Eric and most all of their music in other bands. Very happy to say that this project doesn't disappoint at all. Nothing ground breaking but what you would expect to hear from both of these two musicians vocally and musically. Very enjoyable with a lot of repeat appeal. 90 / 100

CD: Find Me - Dark Angel
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 30, 2016 at 13:02
Second release and going stronger!!!...great album with plenty of solid AOR cuts in it...tracks 2,3(nice),4,5,7,8,9( ),10(nice),11( ),12(interesting cover indeed) & 13("Forever" in an acoustic version included only in the Japanese Edition) are my faves...highly recommended suff in here...90/100

CD: KISS - Ace Frehley
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 30, 2016 at 12:57
Am i wrong if i say that this one is the most solid release from the "solo" albums?...tracks 4,6(ala Alice Cooper "Flush The Fashion" era jejeje)7 & 8 are my faves...recommended release from the underrated one...86/100

CD: The Allman Brothers Band - Reach For the Sky
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 30, 2016 at 12:51
Decent album being "So Long" the one i liked the most...tracks 4,5 & 6 are good rocking tunes...65/100

CD: Badlands - Badlands
From: playhogan Date: January 30, 2016 at 11:14
The Tangier releases make this look really bad. They were a great band!

CD: Sister Whiskey - Liquor and Poker
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 29, 2016 at 18:29
Agreed. Except for a few standout tracks 9tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 11 and 12), this is middle-of-the-pack southern-by-way-of-Hollywood rock. Beverly Hillbillies metal, if you will. Definitely better than the utterly bland Tangier and the yodeling, bandwagon-jumping Tattoo Rodeo, but not as good as Little Caesar, and certainly not Junkyard or the Four Horsemen (my two favorites in this style).

CD: Sister Whiskey - Liquor and Poker
From: 123charpenay Date: January 29, 2016 at 17:21
very average realise.this record is a mix of hard u s ,blues and southern rock.not a bad record absoluty not.but nothing extraordinary.you want a killer hard rock n roll record ?listen the first little caesar this masterpiece is far far better than the poor sister whiskey.i can add the two tangier s records.you want some top class southern rock records?listen to the doc holliday s discography ,all their cd s breathe class start to finish ,nothing in common with the poor sister whiskey.they have not the chance to have a leader like a monster like bruce brookshire.bruce brookshire is a genius.

CD: Jim - Jim
From: hair metal again Date: January 29, 2016 at 9:19
excellent solo release for JIM JIDHED with a fantastic production and musicianship by the many musos (Swedish the most) involved!def a grower ,this one is very true to itself and to what Jim really still is musically speaking!"these are the good times","dangerous",'heart to heart" and "all i want is you " are great songs!great stuff here

CD: Sister Whiskey - Liquor and Poker
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2016 at 23:26
Interesting trivia I've just learned and am surprised nobody's mentioned already. "I'd Lie To You For Your Love" and "Excuse Me" are both covers of someone named Danny Spanos, who also did "Hot Cherie" in 1983, which was later done by Hardline as we all know. Also, "I'd Lie To You" was later covered by the Bellamy Brothers of all things. You can YouTube all this; Doghouse don't lie.

CD: Machinegun Kelly - White Line Offside
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2016 at 22:35
... it, because he's super-rough on just that one song. Overall, there's nothing bad on this disc, but there's no getting around these being a bunch of Swedish meatballs pretending to be L.A. gutter trash.

CD: Machinegun Kelly - White Line Offside
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2016 at 22:32
I've gotten to the bottom of this deal. This is indeed the Swedish band. There's another band, written as Machine Gun Kelly, three words, who were from St. Louis. The EP of theirs that I have is called Styrchnine, from 2001, and is more of a modern-metal sound, like industrialized, down-tuned heavy hair-metal. As for the Swedish Machinegun Kelly ... It's good uptempo sleazy, somewhat punky metal, like if Spread Eagle did a whole album of "Back On The Bitch" for example. The thing that puts me off though is their very Swedish-ness. It's got that whole "funny accent, awkward lyrics" thing going on, and the singer tries hard to be gritty and aggressive, but his voice just seems too smooth, like he's just waiting to break into some Crazy Lixx style harmonies (which ishmercifully doesn't). These guys were doing Crashdiet a decade before Rest In Sleeze. It just has a contrived feel to it, guys making music from another time and place. Of note, the title track must have a different singer on

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: Axe Slinger Date: January 28, 2016 at 20:01
....forgot Voodoo Circle - Whiskey Fingers. It's in there somewhere high up.

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: Axe Slinger Date: January 28, 2016 at 19:59
1. Find Me - Dark Angel 2. Khymera - The Grand Design 3. FM - Heroes and Villains 5. Stryper - Fallen 6. Royal Hunt - Devil's Dozen 7. Blood Red Saints - Speedway 7. Revolution Saints 8. House of Lords - Indestructible 9. Room Experience 10. The Poodles - Devil in the Details.............Most Excited for 2016, TREAT!!!

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: Doug Date: January 27, 2016 at 14:50
On my earlier post, had forgotten about Tremonti's latest, yeah that is a good one. I also liked Ugly Kid Joe's release. Good to see them back in the mix. Some really cool entries mentioned above.

CD: Zappacosta - Over 60 Minutes With...
From: crisview Date: January 27, 2016 at 14:34
this is the one and only cd i have by him and i love it!!!!!!!! :-D

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: metalmastermusic Date: January 27, 2016 at 10:53
8.Stryper – Fallen It’s no secret I am a Stryper fan and this album was very enjoyable with the heaviest sound they have produced yet. Michael’s voice is spot on as usual. 9.Tonk – Ruby Voodoo I was not quite sure what to think of this band when I first got the disc because, who names their band Tonk? Once I popped it in the player I was sold. This album flat out rocks! Great guitar work abounds and I like the in your face vocals. 10.Borealis – Purgatory This is another late listen I’ve had and after listening to this it moved right up my list. Another album that has some killer guitarwork on it. It’s more along the line of powerrock meets prog rock. My favorite tune from this album is Past The Veil.

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: metalmastermusic Date: January 27, 2016 at 10:52
compliment the guitar work. 4.Suicide Bombers – The Sex Tapes In your face rock n roll! If not for the Glam Rock City group I would have missed out on these guys. With a sound between glam rock with a touch of punk rock. 5.Tremonti – Cauterize I’m not usually a big mainstream music listener but this album has some outstanding riffage on it. Yes it’s a modern sound as you would expect from Tremonti but it has energy to it that is not found on many of today’s albums. I’d say this type of music is usually outside my style of listening as I like more melodic sounding music but it resonated and grew on me. 6.Constancia – Final Curtain Another great Swedish band! I see a theme developing here. Janne Stark and company have a great melodic release on their hands here. 7.Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall - Kingdom of Rock This probably would have moved up the list for me but having multiple singers watered it down for me a bit.

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: metalmastermusic Date: January 27, 2016 at 10:49
1.Station – ST I came across this album at RNS15 and haven’t been able to ply it out of my player since. A perfectly crafted indie release this embodies everything that is 80’s rock with big choruses and great gang vocals to compliment the high vocals. It’s the feel good album that the melodic rock genre needs in a day when much music is dark and brooding. Had this been released on a big label like Frontiers or AFM this band would have the publicity it deserves. 2.Eclipse – Armageddonize I expected another big album from these guys after Bleed and Scream and this album did not disappoint. I’ve enjoyed nearly everything that Erik Martensson has released and this is another fantastic slab of melodic rock. 3.Art Nation - Revolution This was a latecomer to me which I just listened to recently and after listening through it I was very impressed. In the vein of H.E.A.T/Work of Art this is another great release from Sweden. Great melodic choruses and just the right amount of keyboards to comp

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: juan carlos Date: January 27, 2016 at 8:35
1.- Care of night "Connected". 2.- ISSA "Crossfire". 3.- Blood Red Saints "Speedway". 4.- Khymera "The Grand Design". 5.- Find Me "Dark Angel". 6.- Praying Mantis "Legacy". 7.- CWF "Champlin/Williams/Friestedt". 8.- Art Nation "Revolution". 9.- C.O.P. "State of Rock". 10.- A.O.R. "Return to L.A.". Special mentions: Cats in Space "Too Many Gods", Radioactive "Four", Constancia "Final Curtain", Crossrock "Common Baby", Zaneta "Tales from the Sun", Power Play "All Those Years".

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 26, 2016 at 21:37
My picks for 2015 are all over the place. Swallow the The Sun: Songs From The North; Clutch: Psychic Warfare; Kataklysm: Of Ghosts And Gods; Symphony X: underworld; Armored Saint: Win Hands Down; Fear Factory: Genexus; Lamb Of God: VII--Sturm Und Drang; Moonspell: Extinct; and a couple of EP's: Broken Teeth: Bulldozer; and The Wild!: G*D*W*B. Other Heavh Harmonies staples like Jettblack, Hardcore Superstar, The Answer and Santa Cruz, I really wanted to like, but in the end felt they were only good and not great, especially compared with past releases (particularly Hardcore Superstar and Jettblack). The good news is, 2016 is already starting off GREAT!

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: Doug Date: January 26, 2016 at 19:12
My favorites in no particular order: Def Leppard – Def Leppard; Eclipse - Armageddonize; The Answer - Raise a Little Hell; The Winery Dogs - Hot Streak; Halestorm - Into the Wild Life; Find Me - Dark Angel; and Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints. Worst album? Hands down, Bon Jovi – Burning Bridges. A terrible, lazy release.

CD: H.E.A.T. - Tearing Down The Walls
From: CC Date: January 26, 2016 at 16:33
Just been listening to this one again, and my memory of it was that it was a good album, but after ATN, it was somewhat of a let down and I never really gave it too many spins. Now a few years later, giving it another spin I suddenly realise that while it is not as good as ATN, its still a damn fine release. The songs are a lot better than I thought, and I think the reason for that is I was always comparing the songs to the songs on their predecessor album, which was unfair. As an album its full of fantastic songs, and I feel ashamed to say I kinda let this one get away. Have to say though, one of my favourite songs is Shame (a Jap bonus track), which just shows you that even a song not deemed good enough for international release, is better than many bands whole body of work. I can only say to anyone comparing it to ATN, don't do it. Judge it on its own merit.

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: dannyp13 Date: January 26, 2016 at 15:15
Love looking through all the lists. Was a little surprised not to see Diemonds - Never Wanna Die. One of the best cd's from 2015. If you haven't heard this great cd you should.

CD: Reach - Reach Out to Rock
From: CC Date: January 26, 2016 at 15:02
Absolutely love this album. Not what you would call a massive AOR fan, but like H.E.A.T, these guys far more encroach into hard rock territory than out and out AOR. In fact, they have a very similar sound to H.E.A.T, though just not as big and bombastic. Little bit mellower than their fellow Swedes. Damn shame they did not include the single "Black lady" on this release for some bizarre reason, as it is easily my fave song by them, but that said songs like You called my name, Fortune and fame, Tell me and Reach out are brilliant songs. Also worthy of note is that on YouTube they do a rather fantastic cover of Avicci's Wake me up, which would have also been a great addition to this album.

CD: Kim Mitchell - Aural Fixations
From: hair metal again Date: January 26, 2016 at 10:49
excellent release once again by KIM MITCHELL back in 92!this guy has a unique smooth way of songwriting and performing and manages to get from commercial radio friendly tunes to more hard rocking ones with an extremely easy way!"big smoke","dreamer","dog and a bone" and "world s such a wonder" are the highlights of this highly recommended one!

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: the rocker Date: January 25, 2016 at 15:52
1.Eclipse-Armageddonize 2.Ammunition-Shanghaied 3.Art Nation-Revolution 4.Revolution Saints-s/t 5.Find Me-Dark Angel 6.House Of Lords-Indestructible 7.Trixter-Human Era 8.Khymera-The Grand Design 9.Station-s/t 10.Maxx Explosion-Dirty Angel

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: 123charpenay Date: January 25, 2016 at 12:43
2015 was a decent year for melodic rock .thanx to the two super ghosts scorpions and def leppard.they have keep up appearances.i m very surprised that nobody speak about scorpions. my picks: 1 SCORPIONS return to forever 2 DEF LEPPARD same 3 KHYMERA the grand design 4 FIND ME dark angel 5 REVOLUTIONS SAINTS same i can add 6 FM heroes and vilains 7 ART NATION revolution 8 ISSA crossfire. that s all.

CD: Rainbow - Down to Earth
From: hair metal again Date: January 25, 2016 at 3:33
excellent release by RAINBOW with Graham Bonnet on vocals and many good songs !actually i cant find anything missing and i guess that everybody likes the 2 classic hits "all night long" and "since you been gone"!essential in every hard rock collection

CD: Best of 2015 - Best of 2015
From: Eric3 Date: January 24, 2016 at 21:40
A very diverse and interesting group of lists as always, gentlemen! I see I have plenty of listening to do! My picks: 1. Issa - Crossfire (and it's not close) 2. Praying Mantis - Legacy 3. House of Lords - Indestructible 4. Peterik/Scherer - Risk Everything 5. Toto XIV I'd love to put the Find Me and Khymera releases in there as well, but they didn't have nearly long enough to sit with me as my top 5 did. Cheers guys and here's to a hard-rocking 2016!

CD: New Device - Devils On The Run
From: CC Date: January 24, 2016 at 19:27
Some of the best songs they have ever recorded. The only negative is its an EP and not an album.

CD: Robert Plant - Now And Zen
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 24, 2016 at 14:34
This is a very nice Melodic Pop Rock album...tracks 3,4,5 & 8(AORish)are in my book...i own this on vinyl with only 9 songs in it...86/100

CD: Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 24, 2016 at 14:29
Classic album that contains 2 of the band's most recognized songs in the shape of "(Don't Fear)The Reaper" & "E.T.I." these ones along with "Morning Final" are my faves...70/100

CD: The Innocent - Livin' in the Street
From: MrMetal Date: January 24, 2016 at 12:35
Jungle")but would disband sometime afterwards due to label issues. There wasn't a bad song on display here, with Rodney having a Mickey Thomas-vibe to his voice (the song "Love'll Come Knockin'" was the epitome of 80's High-Tech AOR standards). This album has been bootlegged a handful of times with some of the songs also in different running orders on some versions. I don't believe that Trent Reznor had anything to do with the recording here, but I could be wrong.

CD: The Innocent - Livin' in the Street
From: MrMetal Date: January 24, 2016 at 12:32
THE INNOCENT (not to be confused with the Connecticut band) were formed by Rodney Pyska (ex-DREAMSTREET), Alan Greenblatt, & Kevin Valentine (ex-DONNIE IRIS AND THE CRUISERS, ex-SHADOW KING, ex-NEVERLAND, ex-THE GODZ, ex-DEWEY, ex-GRAHAM BONNET + others)in the Cleveland, Ohio area with both Albritton McClain (ex-DONNIE IRIS AND THE CRUISERS) & Gary Jones joining shortly thereafter. The act was formed out of the ashes of BREATHLESS & Jones was replaced by Trent Reznor after the recording of this album (with Trent only sticking around for approximately 3 months). This made them somewhat of a "supergroup" with a style comparable to TOTO, STARSHIP, DREAMSTREET, SURVIVOR, FOREIGNER, FORTUNE, & SUGARCREEK. Most songs were written from the band aside from "With You", which was written by both notables (Jay Gruska & Austin Roberts). They toured extensively after the album and would release 2 more Singles in 1989 ("The Only Answer / Extraordinary Day" & "Don't Steal my Heart Away / Concrete

CD: The - Eye To Eye
From: MrMetal Date: January 24, 2016 at 9:55
This was the band from Connecticut, not Trent Reznor's Ohio band. The DiMichelle brothers later went on to play with FUNK THAT and HOTHOUSE.

CD: Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom
From: underworld king Date: January 24, 2016 at 7:01
I have to agree with Metal T. No tracks from "The Blitz", the absence of Headhunter, Burning Bones etc. Could have been a better release but the band is still tight.

CD: Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 23, 2016 at 12:20
Yeah this is a pretty cool one...decent Pop/Punk/Rock release...tracks 1(best cut),2(nice),6,9,11 & 12 are the ones for me...i own it on vinyl with only 12 songs in it.70/100

CD: Sergeant Steel - Riders Of The Worm
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 23, 2016 at 4:01
Even if you have never heard this act before you can imagine what your getting into with the album title. These guys are the euro-trash equivalent of Steel Panther (LIGHT) lyrically + keyboards. Happy Time (Love On Demand)"There was a lady on the road that was crazy for my load". Not as profane as Porn Panther, but not exactly clever in it's T & A arsenal as the album is too long, diverse and doesn't have a couple real catchy tracks like their last and superior release "Men On a Mission" (2013)(cooler artwork). Kane Roberts offers a guest appearance on “Silver Spoon” with his talents squandered as it's one of the weaker tracks. "Young and Hungry" w/ Mark Slaugter isn't exactly a knock out either. Michael Wagener produced it, but overall it doesn't matter as IMO this album is a step down in quality from their last cd. Start with that one if you are curious about the band. (keyboards INERNO?) SERGEANT STEEL - Cry Out Your Heart, Baby! (2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xslcxMgnW0

CD: Badlands - Badlands
From: 123charpenay Date: January 22, 2016 at 16:44
of course i can add tangier.

CD: Badlands - Badlands
From: 123charpenay Date: January 22, 2016 at 16:43
hi playhogan we are two in the minority.this record never hooked me ,even if when you see the musicians who make up this band , you can say "wow it s a dream team".error like we says in france "la montagne a accouché d une souris".this record is a very average bluesy rock realise.nothing extraordinary,nothing sensational.you want extraordinary ,sensational in this style?listen little caesar (first album)or the kings of southern rock doc holliday.

CD: Bronx - Down And Dirty
From: MrMetal Date: January 22, 2016 at 14:01
Country band named BRONX COUNTRY although BRONX had resurfaced more recently in both 2012/14' to play some live shows (it's unclear if they're still active in 2016). Pat Baker would later join LORRAINE and would appear on their "Boys Nite Out!" release from 1993 although it's unclear what he's up to nowadays. BRONX had the potential to make some noise, as some of the songs on this EP had potential. But the inclusion of two Rap versions of the song "Bronx Rap" was both trendy & completely unnecessary, taking major points away from an otherwise fairly solid recording.

CD: Bronx - Down And Dirty
From: MrMetal Date: January 22, 2016 at 13:58
BRONX were a Cleveland-based HM/HR band that formed in 1986 and released this lone EP on cassette in 1990 while building a relatively large local following between their many live shows with drummer Chris Ceja giving drum lessons at "The Rock Shop" in Cleveland. The biographical history is a bit sketchy although there were at least 2 other members involved with the band before the EP was recorded: Tom Schlund on drums & Kurt Tischer on guitars). Their style here was Melodic with Hair Metal tendencies and along the lines of a blander version of LION, PRETTY MAIDS, RANKELSON, LORRAINE, & MISTREATED. Vocalist Jeff Bodeen had a deeper delivery that worked well with the music, but the band would eventually slit up in the early 90's. Ex-drummer Tom Schlund joined HAMMERED, a Cleveland-based cover band, alongside vocalist Andy Boyer (S.O.S., HAMMERED, HOLLOW, ex-PURGATORY, ex-BATTERY, ex-REBELLIOUS ANGEL, ex-ANDERSON COUNCIL, ex-VIOLET WIND)and both "Tiny" & Jeff would later form a....

CD: Cheap Trick - The Doctor
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 22, 2016 at 11:19
Cool Power Pop/Rock album being "Kiss Me Red" the best cut of it,i think...then we have some other fine moments in tracks 1,3,4(catchy)& 10...enjoyable stuff...80/100

CD: Emerald Rain - Age Of Innocence
From: hair metal again Date: January 22, 2016 at 8:16
excellent 2nd step for EMERALD RAIN and a must have in every collection!all the songs are catchy and full of great riffs and big hooks!a great band that could do more with better vocals and looks!

CD: Badlands - Badlands
From: playhogan Date: January 21, 2016 at 19:48
I must say that I am in the minority here. This is just not that good to me. It just seems bland and boring. If I want to listen to some bluesy rock I would much more prefer Gary Moore or Whitesnake. Just my two cents....

CD: Tattoo Rodeo - Rode Hard and Put Away Wet
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 19, 2016 at 22:16
Man, every time I revisit this disc, the more phony and contrived it sounds, and the more I agree with Reverend Mayhem's comment above. These pomp-rock clowns were just guessing. You put this on with the Four Horsemen's Nobody Said It Was Easy--faux southern-rawk songs written by an Englishman and sung by a New Yorker--and the Horsemen come out on top every single time, by a country mile. Hair-metal for Wal-Mart cowboys.

CD: Tattoo Rodeo - Rode Hard and Put Away Wet
From: Doug Date: January 18, 2016 at 19:30
Just picked this up. Good, not great IMO. An album to listen to when in the mood for plain 'ol rock and roll.

CD: The Answer - Everyday Demons
From: Doug Date: January 18, 2016 at 19:26
Am a big The Answer fan. These guys are straight up rock and roll. Good album, worth a spin. Check out their latest though, its awesome.

CD: Tokyo Blade - Midnight Rendezvous
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 17, 2016 at 13:19
Listening again to this classic release!!!...tracks 1,2,6,7 & 8 are for me right away ...i own this jewel on vinyl so it's more worth the loving of having it .80/100

CD: Blood Red Saints - Speedway
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 17, 2016 at 13:16
For me this is a very pleasant album done by middle aged rockers ...Melodic Rock with a bit of an AORish flavour plus some Def Leppard influence here and there(especially when chorusing)is what i listen in here...tracks 1,2,8,9 & 11 are the ones for me but in general lines the whole album is in my pocket as some other songs(softies and mid tempos)are kinda approachable too...enjoyable stuff,at least to me...90/100

CD: Raging Slab - Sing Monkey Sing
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 17, 2016 at 11:40
The story behind Sing Monkey Sing is that, over the past five years, the band had recorded three albums for American Recordings, all of which were rejected by Rick Rubin, who "didn't hear any songs." Yet even though they refused to release any of this material, they wouldn't let the band out of their contract. So Raging Slab recorded this album, with its sarcastic, bitter title, and made it intentionally bad by their own standards (and ours). To add insult to injury, due to internal corporate strife, the label wouldn't prommmote the record and continued to keep them in limbo for four more years, essentially keeping them from working until the legal mess finally got untagnled. The three unreleased albums are called Freeburden, From A Southern Space, and Black Belt In Boogie, and can be found online if you want to hear 'em. All much better than this.

CD: Raging Slab - Sing Monkey Sing
From: Evil Rick Date: January 17, 2016 at 9:22
I bought this last summer but finally got around to listening to it yesterday. This album is horrible. What happened to the band? The songs sound like a mix of Primus and Weezer. Horrible garbage produced in part by Rick Rubin. As mentioned above avoid unless you are a completist

CD: High Tension - 4
From: Metal T Date: January 16, 2016 at 20:54
From a metal band to a melodic rock / hard rock band.Too keyboard heavy,still a good band and its not a bad record but definitely not what it used to be.'Dance The Night' is a good tune,sounds like theyre doing their best Autograph' impersonation there...

CD: High Tension - Under Tension
From: Metal T Date: January 16, 2016 at 20:40
Excellent band,they should of received more recognition outside of Europe.Im thinking I first heard these guys on an LP comp back in the early 90's and the songs were from 'Under Tension'.'Work Hard,Die Young' is an anthem,d#mn good tune.

CD: High Tension - Masters Of Madness
From: Metal T Date: January 16, 2016 at 16:56
Good old unsung 80's german metal band! Solid writing,riffs and vox.Melodic,yet with more than enough balls and attitude to satisfy the bangers.Fans of Cannon,Victory,Talon and Accept should dig these guys.Great stuff.

CD: Mass - Take You Home
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 16, 2016 at 14:32
Decent Hard Rock/Metal Ep...production is kinda weak though ...tracks "Want It Back","Over You"( ) & "Take You Home" are the ones i like the most from this release...the vocalist is quite cool and the songs remind me somehow of Warrior,Impellitteri or even Lizzy Borden...70/100

CD: Problem Child - Smashin Time
From: MrMetal Date: January 16, 2016 at 10:23
style during 1993 was also a major playing in going against them). PROBLEM CHILD would go on to release one more album titled, "Stories Of The Ape" in 1995, but would begin to stray away from their effective earlier recordings. Bob Davis (g) would ultimately take over most of the guitar parts from Todd Marino on that release (although Todd had contributed to a few of the songs), and it would be the last studio recording to date from an otherwise solid band.

CD: Problem Child - Smashin Time
From: MrMetal Date: January 16, 2016 at 10:20
Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE). He was also able to throw in a dynamic range in line with Jesse Harte (SOUTHGANG). Original copies of the CD go for over $125 nowadays with the more recent "Retrospect" reissue containing alternate cover-art (using the same colorful combination without the stupid sketch of a "problem child" which wasn't in line with Hair Metal art of the period). But for a private offering, this was exceptional and sounded like it had a major label backing. Their style went from nasty to melodic while staying true to the Hair Metal nation. The only issue I had was the inclusion of a hidden passage at the end of the last song where the band screws around singing "We Will Rock You" and also uses vulgar lyrics in a brief blip for a song already on the release. Goofing off was unfortunately very common in this genre, and there was always a delicate risk in doing so (it didn't help their cause here). Otherwise this was a criminally overlooked album (the market for this...

CD: Problem Child - Smashin Time
From: MrMetal Date: January 16, 2016 at 10:13
The lineup of Darrel Radke (v), Robb Handhaw (b), & Todd Marino (g) would return from the band's 1991 debut ("Primitive Attitude")with both Stevie Rae Draeger (g) (ex-WARP DRIVE) & James S. Winter (ex-WARP DRIVE)replacing Brian Locher & L.D. Price respectively (James had already been a part of the act during their earliest incarnation as STILETTO). And while their debut LP was a pleasant surprise of Melodic HR/Hair Metal, they took it a notch higher here while even changing their sound in the process. The group went form sounding like both FIREHOUSE & DANGER DANGER to a heavier direction; along the lines of "Slave To The Grind"-era SKID ROW, SOUTHGANG, SLASH PUPPET, LOVE/HATE, WWIII, EDGE OF THORNS, & MOON'DOC amongst others. Darrell completely changed his vocal delivery, going from a C.J. Snare (FIREHOUSE) style, to a much grittier, ballsy, rough style in line with Jizzy Pearl, Mandy Lion (WWIII), Frank Tyson (KRANK), "Nasti Habits" (DIAMOND REXX), Vic Hix (SHOK PARIS), and...

CD: Problem Child - Primitive Attitude
From: MrMetal Date: January 15, 2016 at 18:29
Not to be confused with the band from Maryland, Wisconsin's PROBLEM CHILD formed out of the ashes of STILETTO once vocalist Darrell Radke (METAL MEN) had replaced Tom Roach on vocals. There would be more lineup shuffling before this debut LP: P.J. Marx, Chris Martinez, & James Winter (ex-WARP DRIVE) (who would return for the 2nd PROBLEM CHILD LP)were no longer in the band, with both Darrell & guitarist Robb Hanshaw (ex-WARP DRIVE)remaining from the STILETTO era. The remaining lineup on this LP featured those listed above with some of these songs originally written under the STILETTO name. The style here consisted of some fairly solid Melodic HR/HM with influences of both FIREHOUSE (Darrell sounding very much like C.J. Snare) and the music being as catchy & energetic at times to DANGER DANGER's "Screw It!" LP from 1991. This was originally a cassette-only release with different cover-art than you see here. There would be a few more lineup changes once they recorded their 2nd LP.

CD: Ugly Kid Joe - Uglier Than They Used Ta Be
From: Doug Date: January 15, 2016 at 16:40
I've always been a big UKJ fan, and it's great to see them putting out new music. This album is decent. I really like the first 3 tracks. Worth a spin, in my opinion.

CD: Spencer / Bullock - Games of the Heart
From: hair metal again Date: January 15, 2016 at 3:56
ok release out of the ashes of SOJOURN that offers some nice semi acoustic songs ,but i didnt find any really standout moments.only for serious collectors like myself

CD: Cinderella - Live Train To Heartbreak Station
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 14, 2016 at 22:17
Dr. Funk: yes, there is a pretty widely-circulated boootleg of the full Little Rock show. I think it may have been sold by the band at shows or on their website for a short while as well, so there might be some semi-official copies. I had it as a download at one point, but didn't keep it. I highly recommend their Authorized Bootleg release from New Year's Eve 1990: same tour, and the same setlist as Little Rock, plus a few more songs, and just an outstanding performance before a fired-up Tokyo crowd.

CD: AC/DC - If You Want Blood You've Got It
From: petermexico13 Date: January 14, 2016 at 18:51
This is one of their best albums, Bon Scott live!!! this was my first AC DC álbum, and still one of my favourites along with Highway To Hell and Back in Black. Desde el comienzo hasta el final uno de esos discos que te elevan y te meten dentro del concierto. Sin duda alguna Bon Scott era ua estrella y aquí demuestra lo que esta banda en vivo puede lograr, desde siempre AC DC tiene uno de los directos más emotivos y electrizantes para cualquier fan del Rock, y por eso después de más de 40 años siguen vigentes y llenando estadios. Long Live AC DC!!! The Jack, Let There Be Rock, Riff Raff, Whole Lotta Rosie, todas son grandes himnos del Rock!!

CD: April Wine - The Nature of the Beast
From: petermexico13 Date: January 14, 2016 at 18:19
This is a great record! If you say this is boring, you are wrong!, it shows that you don´t grow in the early 80's, because this band have a nice old school sound, You need to dig in the 70´s to apreciate the evolution of many bands. But if you don´t like it, you can´t say that this is boring for that simple reason. Great armonies, twin guitars! come on! this is April Wine at it´s Best!!Sign of the Gyspy Queen, Future Tense, Just Between You and Me, if you need more 80´s sound just check "Walking Through Fire" of 1985. Desde el primer día este es uno de esos discos que me hicieron fan del Rock, no se necesita escuchar más allá de 3 ó 4 canciones para constatar de que April Wine ha sido una de las más grandes bandas que han salido de Canadá. Para todos aquellos que les gusta escuchar buenas guitarras, no lo duden y exploren a una de las grandes bandas de los 70´s y principios de los 80´s que es donde dieron sus mejores trabajos.

CD: Cinderella - Live Train To Heartbreak Station
From: Dr_Funk Date: January 13, 2016 at 18:33
Does anyone know if a recording of the full show exists anywhere? Sounds like an immense performance. Definitely worth the price for this version of "Gypsy Road." The crowd is insane.

CD: Boulevard - Into the Street
From: edwithmj Date: January 13, 2016 at 10:35
This is right up there with some of the best AOR I've heard. The vocalist is out of this world - his voice is pitch-perfect and as smooth as ice. My favourites are the atmospheric Lead Me On, the uplifting Eye of the Hurricane, the awesomely catchy Crazy Life and Need You Tonight. My only complaint is that the guitars could've been a bit more technical. Top class.

CD: Vandenberg - Vandenberg
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 12, 2016 at 13:54
More than a great Record a decent one instead ...steady songs being "Back On My Feet" my favorite one..."Burning Heart"(nice) & "Nothing to Lose" are two other that go into my book of music...80/100

CD: Enchant - A Blueprint Of The World
From: Eric3 Date: January 11, 2016 at 22:11
Just superb progressive rock (or neo-prog? Whatever you'd call it...) that has a warmth to it that many in the subgenre lack. The musicianship is amazing of course, but what makes this album special is the lyrical content and how it is delivered. Very passionate songs. My favorites are "Acquaintance," "Enchanted," and "The Thirst." Definitely deserves a rating in the 90s.

CD: Eclipse - Armageddonize
From: Eric3 Date: January 11, 2016 at 21:59
I definitely agree that it's not as good as Bleed & Scream. Still a good album but it kind of trails off towards the end, whereas B&S didn't have any weak songs to my ears. I really like the first 5 tracks and "Love Bites" though; all very punchy with great choruses!

CD: Stryper - Second Coming
From: hair metal again Date: January 11, 2016 at 13:52
kinda best of collection with re recorded songs in order for their new company to gain some of the rights!many classics here and a lot of great riffs and howling vocs along with a commercial vibe!the 2 new songs are just ok with nothing remarkable to show!ok release for the fans

CD: Serpentine - Circle Of Knives
From: AOR1 Date: January 11, 2016 at 12:03
Liked their first 2 releases very much but what´s that? Sounds pretty much like a new TEN release. Sorry, but that doesn´t make any sense to me. The band has completely lost their identity.Disappointing.

CD: Find Me - Dark Angel
From: Eric3 Date: January 9, 2016 at 20:40
Dark Angel suffers from being the follow-up to what will IMO go down as a modern AOR classic in Wings of Love. I really hate comparing an album to its predecessor, but in this case it's really tough not to. Fortunately, Dark Angel is a solid album in its own right; I'm missing the heavier edge of Find Me's debut, but it has the same sparkling production and catchy vocal melodies of the brilliant Robbie LaBlanc. An 85/100 seems about right to me. Favorite tracks: Let Love Rule, Dark Angel, Midnight Memories

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: juan carlos Date: January 8, 2016 at 13:49
http://juancarlos2020.blogspot.pe/2016/01/mejores-albumes-de-rock-melodico-aor.html Here it's my top 10 from 2015!

CD: Praying Mantis - Legacy
From: juan carlos Date: January 8, 2016 at 13:46
Great record, great CD! Perfect songs. This is for me one the best releases from 2015 indeed. "The One" is a terrific track! and defines this album. Buy or Die! 90/100

CD: Drive She Said - Drive She Said
From: hair metal again Date: January 8, 2016 at 0:21
superb debut by DRIVE SHE SAID with Mark Mangold fit perfectly with Al Fritch!the songs are of the highest quality ,the musicianship very fine and the whole result could be better it was more guitar driven !anyway "if this is love",'hard way home","don t you know","love has no pride" and "maybe it s love" are sensational songs!essential

CD: Soundtracks - Last Action Hero
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 7, 2016 at 22:50
The first four tracks were all big hits on harder American radio in the summer of '93, and while the Def leppard song was too light for the format by that time, was still big on AOR and top-40 stations. Surprisingly, I never heard the Anthrax or Tesla tracks, even though both bands were still very popular at the time (and Anthrax had just released Sound of White Noise). A pretty good, diverse sdountrack overall, and definitely way more successful than the movie. The other really hot compilation CD from '93 was the Beavis and Butthead Experience, which came out late in the year.

CD: Soundtracks - Last Action Hero
From: Dramarama Date: January 7, 2016 at 14:59
Two Steps Behind got me interested in Def Leppard again. I'm not really into Alice In Chains anymore but, I definitely blasted this soundtrack loudly as a 18 or 19 year old kid in his first apartment.

CD: Serpentine - Circle Of Knives
From: juan carlos Date: January 7, 2016 at 11:27
Good Melodic Rock album but that's all in my opinion, predictable by moments. "Where Does Your Heart Beat Now?" & "Such a Long Way Down" are my favorite tracks, certainly if you like the last TEN's albums you'll be happy with Serpentine. 80/100

CD: Toto - XIV
From: juan carlos Date: January 6, 2016 at 13:49
Good releasing but not so enthusiastic with this new TOTO CD. "The Little Things" and "All The Tears That Shine" are quiet and my favorite tracks by far, the rest is good & Ok songs but nothing great though. "Bend" is the Japanese bonus, pace & melancholic, Good one! 85/100

CD: Jet - Get Born
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2016 at 20:52
This is quite a good Rock & Roll album with some of The Rolling Stones modern sound in here and there ...tracks 2,4(nice),5,8,9,11,12(nice) & 13(nice) are my faves...enjoyable stuff to say the least...80/100

CD: Zion - Thunder From the Mountain
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2016 at 12:59
Quite an interesting one but the average production killed the good intentions,shamely...Heavy Metal/Hard Rock with a little dosage of an AORish flavour here and there is what the band displayed...tracks 2,3(my fave),6,7 & 9 are fine songs...the act reminded me somehow of early Fastway...75/100

CD: Valentine Saloon - Super Duper
From: hair metal again Date: January 4, 2016 at 17:04
first comment for this excellent release?well i was lucky enough to buy VALENTINE SALOON s explosive debut just when it was released and i was hooked by its energy and the attitude of the band.the songs are great although you may need a few spins to dig them and overall this one is extremely groovy!if i remember well Billy Baker was in HARD KNOX before and i suggest you buy that gem asap

CD: Voodoo Circle - Whisky Fingers
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 4, 2016 at 12:44
A band very influenced by the likes of Whitesnake,Deep Purple & Rainbow,vocally(Readman sound way too Coverdale and that can be a bit annoying)and musically,a good one for sure but the problem with these kind of acts is that the lack of originality can kill them in one single shot...tracks 1,3,4,5(nice),6(my fave),8(nice)& 9 are pleasant and fine pieces of music...the album deserves a good rate because at least the band sticks to their main inspirations and to the "old sound" of Rock Music.87/100

CD: 4 Reasons Unknown - 4 Reasons Unknown
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2016 at 19:17
Finally this has been posted at the great Heavy Harmonies site!!!...a good Pop Rock/AORish Record in the likes of Icehouse,Rock & Hyde and so on..."Talk To Me" is the best cut of the album but it is missing in the track list in here ...tracks 2,4,6(nice),8 & 9 are also in my book...enjoyable stuff indeed...80/100

CD: Def Leppard - Euphoria
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2016 at 19:10
Def Leppard playing here what has become its typical Poppy Hard Rock sound through the recent years,quite effective though...tracks 2,4(nice),6,7(nice),8,11(AOR feel) & 13 are fine ones...80/100

CD: Duff McKagan - Believe in Me
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 3, 2016 at 19:07
Quite a predictable Punky Rock album...ironically the one with the "rap" in it "F**k You" is my fave...tracks 4,6,7,8 & the nice softy "Ten Years" are ok but nothing to jump outta the window in here to be honest...60/100

CD: Newman - The Elegance Machine
From: 123charpenay Date: January 3, 2016 at 15:40
all the newman s records are the same.it s always some very great and very solid very consistant s album.but like says juan carlos it s never a classic a top class record.it s logic cause newman have not and will never have the spark of class of the very big bands.he will realise all his life some great but second zone records.

CD: Blood Red Saints - Speedway
From: Axe Slinger Date: January 3, 2016 at 15:07
I'm not sure what Pete G. didn't like about the In Faith music as I thought that was a stellar disc. The same can be said about BRS as well. They add all the little nuances such as vocal harmonies, multi-layered guitar parts, etc. that makes melodic hard rock so enjoyable. Good all around but "Better Days" is superb. 90/100

CD: Drive She Said - Excelerator
From: hair metal again Date: January 3, 2016 at 1:31
very fine release once again by DSS based in the keys-piano of Mark Mangold and the sensational vocs of Al Fritch!maybe thereare a few filers but the good moments are more and they really shine."inside you","all i m livin for","wherever you go" are excellent songs and def a keeper !

CD: Compilations - Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 2, 2016 at 14:04
Someone above said this CD was "made for a good cause." Ha ha! It was made to full Doc McGhee's probation requirements of community service, after he was implicated in a massive marijuana bust. You know, one that would land you or me in federal prison for years. But Doc sold the judge on the idea of him using his showbiz credentials to prommote an antidrug message. Doc went one better, and managed to combine the two Reagan-era ideals of just saying no and bringing democracy to the USSR via the liberating powers of rock 'n' roll. This CD is the souvenir of the Mocow Music and Peace Festival.

CD: GNP - Safety Zone
From: Locoaor Date: January 2, 2016 at 0:23
Awesome album, very rare stuff!

CD: Compilations - Stairway To Heaven/Highway To Hell
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2016 at 22:05
Decent but not really outstanding IMHO...the best covers for me are the ones done by Gorky Park,Ozzy Osbourne,Motley Crue & Bon Jovi.The live medley is just ok...80/100

CD: Foghat - Stone Blue
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2016 at 22:01
I forgot the nice closing one "Stay With Me"

CD: Foghat - Stone Blue
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2016 at 22:00
Yeah this one rocks real good! ...tracks 1,2(cover),3,4 & 6 go in my book of music non-stop...81/100

CD: Foghat - Energized
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2016 at 21:58
A good rocking album ...tracks 2,5,6(cover),7 & 8 are the ones for me.77/100

CD: Alan Gorrie - Sleepless Nights
From: Locoaor Date: January 1, 2016 at 20:59
AOR / Westcoast de primer nivel, vaya disquito el que me he topado, un trabajo fenomenal.


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