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The Best of 2014!

January 26, 2015 - 2014, the year that was. The Best of lists from Mike, Pete, Jez, Terry, and myself have been posted. A strong year, but actually there was less consensus amongst the 5 of us then there has ever been. That tells me there were a LOT of good releases across many genres. Feel free to add your own list at the bottom of the page. Enjoy! -Dan

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CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: Doug Date: January 29, 2015 at 15:18
...and of course Dan! My bad.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: Doug Date: January 29, 2015 at 15:13
I always love the end of the year Best Of Picks! The "HH Gang" of Mike, Pete, Jez, and Terry, you guys know your stuff! Awesome.

CD: Asia - Asia
From: Doug Date: January 29, 2015 at 15:09
I remember when this came out and I was in college. At the time I was just so-so with it. As I've grown older, I've come to appreciate it more.

CD: Frehley's Comet - Second Sighting
From: Doug Date: January 29, 2015 at 14:45
Just picked this up, I like it!

CD: Savannah - Salem's Lot
From: hair metal again Date: January 29, 2015 at 14:15
excellent live release by a band that knows how to write good commercial hard rock music and that offers many hooks!this live is mostly acoustic ,but the vibe and the atmosphere that creates is very strong and hard rockin!the vocs are pretty good and passionate and the band seems to enjoy it!recommended

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: January 29, 2015 at 2:55
1.(1).A.C.T ,,circus pandemonium" (MODERN PROG ROCK) 98% 2.(-).Harem Scarem ,,thirteen" (AOR) 96% 3.(2).H.E.A.T ,,tearing down the walls" (MODERN SCANDI AOR) 95% 4.(3).Primal Fear ,,delivering the black" (POWER METAL) 95% 5.(4).220 Volt ,,walking in starlight" (SWEDISH MELODIC METAL) 95% 6.(5).Age Of Artemis "the waking hour" (MELODIC POWER METAL) 95% 7.(7).Allen/Lande ,,the great divide" (SCANDI MELODIC METAL) 94% 8.(8).Arion ,,last of us" (SCANDINAVIAN MELODIC POWER METAL) 94% 9.(9).Kissin' Dynamite ,,megalomania" (HEAVY SLEAZY MODERN METAL) 94% 10.(10).Xerath ,,III" (XTREM SYMPHONIC METAL) 93% 11.(6).Mustasch ,,thank you for the demon" (SWEDISH MODERN DOOM) 93% 12.(-).Ammunition ,,shangaied" (SCANDI MELODIC METAL) 92% 13.(11).Malrun ,,two thrones" (MODERN METAL) 92% 14.(12).Kattah ,,Lapis Lazuli" (MELODIC POWER METAL) 92% 15.(13).Scar Symmetry ,,the singularity-phase 1: neohumanity" (XTREM PROG METAL) 92% 16.(23).XThirt13n ,,a taste of the light" (AMERICAN POWER METAL) 92% 17.(14).H

CD: KISS - Revenge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 22:46
... rather than clever. "Spit" is likewise sleazy in the wrong way, in "praiise" fat girls. Bruce Kulick sneaks a snippet of the Star Spangled Banner into his solo. We'd already heard "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II" the previous year in that second Bill and Ted movie that had a cool soundtrack but which bombed at the box office, but it was a minor MTV hit, so it shows up here too. Paul sings a juvenile strip-club song and a sappy ballad, and Gene bashes religion on "Thou Shalt Not." Eric Carr gets a drum solo because he died. My pick for sleeper of the album is the almost funky "Paralyzed."

CD: KISS - Revenge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 22:41
Time to exxpand, as the man says. After (admittedly) huffing and puffing after the pack through much of the '80's, Kiss tries to make a bold statement in '92, releasing what would be their heaviest album in a decade. For the most part, they were successful, but, as with almost all Kiss albums, it has a few throwaway tracks. "Unholy" is the first single, and the heaviest song they'd done since "War Machine." Lyrics are silly (big surprise!), but the song itself is catchy and good. "I Just Wanna" was the second single (because Paul didn't want two consecutive Gene-sung singles to start the album cycle), and is another winner from its first line, even though its chorus hinges on a stupid joke ("Is he saying fuck?") "Domino" was supposed to be the second single, but as noted, wound up being the third, another Gene song about statutory rape. Sung by an ugly bastard on the wrong side of 40, it's no longer funny, and the spoken part--"That bitch bends over and I forget my name"--is just crass

CD: KISS - Revenge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 21:51
Well, we agree on some things, such as Kiss's catalog being full of filler. As for the country thing, I think they're trying to sound more like black bluesmen. I like Revenge, personally, and count it as one of their few worthwhile albums after their '70's heyday. My very favorite Kiss album, though, is Creatures Of The Night, hands down.

CD: Kansas - Drastic Measures
From: Doug Date: January 28, 2015 at 18:59
This album is tremendous and at the time John Elefante had to overcome the "aura" of Steve Walsh. We all now see and hear the greatness of Elefante's voice. "Andi" is the fantastic sleeper track in my opinion.

From: Doug Date: January 28, 2015 at 18:54
Listening to this now, Max Bacon's vocals are quite good. GTR was one of those "super groups" that today seem to pop up every week!

CD: KISS - Revenge
From: edwithmj Date: January 28, 2015 at 17:08
I do like Kiss, it's just that they're horrendously overrated and I spent a lot of time trying to get into them until I realised most of their songs are filler-garbage (except for Crazy Nights, which remains one of my all-time favourite albums). Rockabilly? Some of their songs from their earlier career sound like they belong in the 50s and early 60s and rockabilly is just my way of expressing that. As far as Spit goes, I guess I was referring to the singing accent. Domino for that matter also has a country-ish vibe that I can't stand. I just detest this dull, lifeless album.

CD: KISS - Revenge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 28, 2015 at 16:31
I get that you don't particularly like Kiss, dude, which is fine. But where do you hear country-rock in "Spit," other than Gene's singing accent? For that matter, what's this "rockabilly" sound you keep hearing through the band's career? Because they often used slap-back delay? Sometimes your comments seriously make me scratch my head.

CD: Michael Sweet - Michael Sweet
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: January 28, 2015 at 16:09
Michael sweet goes AOR.this can sum up this masterpiece. many episodes with stryper were already in the AOR ground, but this one totally embraces it,and has many,huge,catchy songs that you ll find yourself singing along to .Like I said,total AOR masterpiece!

CD: Michael Sweet - Michael Sweet
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: January 28, 2015 at 16:09
Michael sweet goes AOR.this can sum up this masterpiece. many episodes with stryper were already in the AOR ground, but this one totally embraces it,and has many,huge,catchy songs that you ll find yourself singing along to .Like I said,total AOR mastrpiece!

CD: Kansas - Drastic Measures
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 28, 2015 at 15:41
"Fight Fire With Fire" is one of the best AOR songs Kansas has ever written,as simple as that..."Everybody's My Friend","Mainstream" & "Incident On A Bridge" are also other good ones in here...Kansas is a band that knew how to mix Prog Rock & AOR in a sophisticated way...nowadays they have returned to their Prog roots,the one we know...82/100

CD: Balance of Power - Ten More Tales of Grand Illusion
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 28, 2015 at 15:33
Hard Rock with Prog moves and some AOR in it(this is the appropiate adjective to describe this album) tracks for me are "Under The Spell","Blind Man","Sins Of The World" & "The Darker Side"(nice)...84/100

CD: L.A. Guns - Cocked and Loaded
From: edwithmj Date: January 28, 2015 at 13:18
This just fails to recapture the energy and emotion of the first disc. Letting Go and Slap in the Face do very little for me and I usually skip them. Rip and Tear is a wonderful, loud and sleazy track that I can listen to again and again and Sleazy Come Easy Go is very catchy while retaining the sound that I think defines the band. Never Enough is obviously my favourite: simply a brilliant track that has so much lyrical meaning and power. Malaria is pure filler and imensely skippable. The Ballad of Jayne is a great ballad and one of the band's best attempts at the subgenre. Magdalaine is good but sounds slightly alternative so I don't mind skipping it sometimes. I'm Addicted is a decent solo and 17 Crash is the final highlight here and is a good sleazy rocker. Not as good as the debut but still a damn good album by anyone's standards.

CD: L.A. Guns - Hollywood Vampires
From: edwithmj Date: January 28, 2015 at 13:08
L.A. Guns peaked with their first album and steadily declined the more albums they put out. Over the Edge is a decent enough opener but I find it takes too long to get going and then drags on for too long. Some Lie 4 love is very upbeat and I do like this one a lot. Kiss My Love Goodbye is similar to the previous track and is also a winner for me. Crystal Eyes is a ballad that lacks punch and decent lyrics but I don't mind it, really. Wild Obsession I actually think is a bit Avant-garde but I rarely come back to it. My Koo Ka Choo is horrible for a variety of reasons: it's tuneless, meaningless bilge among other things. It's Over Now is another semi-ballad with a slight upbeat feel to it. I don't think it needs to be on here: pure filler. While not a bad album per se, what's missing is the sleazy feel of the last two albums; this just feels like another hard rock/glam release with Phil Lewis on vocals. Standard fare.

CD: KISS - Revenge
From: edwithmj Date: January 28, 2015 at 13:01
Time to expand: Unholy tries so hard to be hard n' heavy but it just does nothing for me. Take it Off has a decent riff but I just find it forgettable - Kiss were obviously running out of ideas. Spit has a terrible country-rock vibe to it, and coupled with Gene's vocals, I find it to be the worst track on this album. God Gave Rock N' Roll To You is the only track I can come back to here and that's only because it's a cheese-fest and Kiss didn't even write the song either! To be honest, I can never remember how the rest of the album goes as it's so forgettable and I've given this album a fair few chances. Very average hard rock, which apart from Crazy Nights, is high praise for Kiss.

CD: KISS - Asylum
From: edwithmj Date: January 28, 2015 at 12:54
Slightly better than Lick It Up but nowhere near as good as Crazy Nights so I was disappointed when I got this. King of the Mountain is an OK opener but it's not one I come back to. Any Way You Slice It is another OK track that I can take or leave and it has a touch of that horrid rockabilly feel in it. Who Wants to be Lonely is a strange semi-ballad that again, I can take or leave. Trial by Fire is decent enough too. Tears are Falling is my favourite track but that's not saying much; it's another semi-ballad cum rocker that's pretty forgettable. Secretly Cruel is bordering on the dreadful - horrid lyrically and musically. Uh! All Night is a sort of Calling Dr. Love clone and it fails miserably. The "gems" in this are pretty forgettable although decent when heard sporadically while the filler is, as is always the case for Kiss, horrendous.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: 123charpenay Date: January 28, 2015 at 12:24
to evil rick. maverick "quid pro quo" is an atomic bomb.this is the first cd that i add in my collection in 2015 (last week).so this masterpiece of hard rock will be for sure in my top 5 for 2015. to blue charvel maverick deserve more than an honorable mention this record is more than solid.ok they invent nothing but what pleasure to listen their music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to doghouse. the treatment will be in concert in my town,lyon, friday february 6 ,my friends of "one night only" a thin lizzy french cover band will play in guest of the treatment.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
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From: Blue Charvel Date: January 28, 2015 at 7:53
Excellent point Rick, I should've at least had the Maverick listed in my also rans, but I didn't hear it until very late in the year (actually I think it was this year), and I've still only listened to it all the way through once or twice. I would most likely at least give it an honorable mention though, it's a solid disc! - Pete

CD: Youngblood - No Retreat
From: hair metal again Date: January 28, 2015 at 5:02
pretty good hair metal release by YOUNGBLOOD that was finally released by the brilliant EONIAN records!certainly a good band with sensational vocals and overall it reminds me of STEELHEART! the songs are ok ,but i cant find any big hits that could push things further!"heat of the passion","get down to it","pump it up" are the highlights!if you re a big fan of the genre get it asap!

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 27, 2015 at 21:18
Dishonorable Mentions: Black Label Society, Opeth, Tesla.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 27, 2015 at 21:16
1. Exodus: Blood In Blood Out; 2. Nashville Pussy: Up The Dosage; 3. The Treatment: Running With The Dogs; 4. Black Stone Cherry: Magic Mountain; 5. Arch Enemy: War Eternal; 6. American Dog: Neanderthal; 7. Bombay black: Walk Of Shame; 8. Bullet: Storm Of Blades 9. Whitechapel: Our Endless War; 10. Primal Fear: Delivering The Black ... Honorable Mentions: Accept, Adrenaline Mob, Crowbar, Evergrey, Job For A Cowboy, Kix, Machine Head, Overkill, Sanctuary, Slash, Texas Hippie Coalition, Vader.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: Evil Rick Date: January 27, 2015 at 18:43
I'm surprised, not a single mention for Maverick - Quid Pro Quo. Easily my favorite album of 2014

CD: KISS - Destroyer
From: edwithmj Date: January 27, 2015 at 18:20
Detroit Rock City is a great opener and has great guitars but unfortunately, the album never lives up to the title track. King of the Night Time World is forgettable filler - I can't stand it. God of Thunder is also overrated, it's so boring. Great Expectations is absolutely dreadful and I can barely finish it; it has terrible vocals and lyrics. The only other song I can remember is Beth which is completely anomalous: it's not a rock song, more like a 60s ballad sung by Criss who does his best crooner impression; I can take it or leave it.

CD: KISS - Rock And Roll Over
From: edwithmj Date: January 27, 2015 at 18:16
Time to expand: I Want You is forgettable rubbish; Take Me is half-decent but has that rockabilly vibe again; Calling Dr. Love has extremely embarrassingly childish lyrics but is a great rock song nonetheless and I find myself coming back to it; Ladies Room is horrendous and has that, you guessed it, rockabilly vibe that's found in too much Kiss filler. Baby Driver is a decent Criss-sung track but the is lyrically lacklustre. Mr Speed is another decent track but it seems rushed lyrically and musically. The last track to take away is Hard Luck Woman which is a very decent Criss-sung semi-ballad, I like it a lot. Decent Kiss fare with, again, too much filler.

CD: KISS - Love Gun
From: edwithmj Date: January 27, 2015 at 18:08
This is probably my favourite classic Kiss album but like all Kiss albums, it has its fair share of unnecessary filler. I Stole Your Love is listenable at least but almost instantly forgettable. Christine Sixteen sounds like it belongs in the 50s or early 60s; it has a horrid rockabilly vibe that I can't stand. Shock Me is probably my favourite track and one of my favourite Kiss tracks from their entire catalogue. Tomorrow and Tonight is forgettable but actually not that bad a song even though it also has that rockabilly vibe. Hooligan is a Criss-sung track which isn't too bad. Almost Human is simply horrendous and I always skip it. It sounds like some alternative-rock rubbish. Plaster Caster is another half-decent rocker but I can take it or leave it. The album finishes with the completely awful Then She Kissed Me which really does come from the 60s, doesn't work with Stanley's vocals and also doesn't work with the change in pronoun gender. The gems are great but the filler is awful.

CD: KISS - Lick it Up
From: edwithmj Date: January 27, 2015 at 17:52
This is about half filler for me. Exciter is just dull and lifeless; Not for the Innocent is listenable but hardly stand-out for me; Lick It Up is monotonous but I find myself coming back to this one so I'd say this is a winner; Young and Wasted is listenable, just; All Hell's Breakin' Loose is a winner and Stanley's vocals are almost rap at the start; A Million To One is a decent enough semi-ballad and I don't mind it at all. The last one I can remember from this album is On the 8th Day which is a standard Gene-sung rocker; I can take it or leave it. Average hard rock fare.

CD: White Widdow - Crossfire
From: 123charpenay Date: January 27, 2015 at 13:57
i can add that the first time i listen track 8 "born to be a rebel" i think this super song have a harem scarem influence.right gilles ,cause this song is written by harry hess and stan meissner.track 11 (jap bonus track) "thunder" is written by steve plunkett.

CD: Alien - Eternity
From: 123charpenay Date: January 27, 2015 at 13:52
Hello juan carlos my friend.the best song of 2014 is "READY TO FLY" japan bonus track on eternity album from alien.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: 123charpenay Date: January 27, 2015 at 13:48
my top eight (no more average year ) for 2014. 1 UNBREAKABLE "knock out" 2 GRAND DESIGN "thrill of the night"+2 jap cd 3 FREE SPIRIT "all the shades of darkened night" 4 BROTHER FIRETRIBE " diamond on the fire pit"=2 JAP CD 5 ALIEN "eternity"+ 3 jap cd 6 LANESLIDE "flying high" +1 jap cd 7 BAILEY "long way down"+1 jap cd 8 H E A T "tearing down the walls"+1 jap cd

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: juan carlos Date: January 27, 2015 at 12:40
These are my 5 best albums: Alien - Eternity (The Best of 2014!!!!!) 7th Heaven - Spectrum H.E.A.T. - Tearing Down the Walls Ten - Albion Work of Art - Framework.

CD: Work of Art - Framework
From: aTomiK Date: January 27, 2015 at 11:09
This band is going downhill so fast it scares me. I remember having goosebumps all over the first time i heard their debut cd Artwork. Its still fantastic stuff and always will be. The second cd In Progress had only 3-4 great tunes. And now this one... almost nothing. Obviously they still have the talent but the songwriting lack emotion and feel. The tunes on Framework are cold and soulless and i think that any second rate italian aor act could have wrote them. "My Waking Dream" is the only song that moves me. Maybe the band should slow down the tempo a bit, dig deep and try to find the hooks that made the debut so special. No offence, this is just how i feel.

CD: Phantom Park - Freight Trained
From: Alexxtcatz Date: January 27, 2015 at 10:13
i was surprized by the band. they looks like a dixie men but plays great melodic hair metal/hard rock in the vein of asphalt ballet, warrant, southgang, sweet FA.

CD: KISS - Crazy Nights
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 27, 2015 at 7:13
Check that, the latest minority: people who list Crazy Nights as their favorite Kiss album. Sometimes you surprise me, bud. Anyway, the album (which most tend to list among their two or three LEAST favorite Kiss albums): it's a=Kiss, drifting rudderless through the later '80's, chasing the flavor of the day. And in 1987, the flavor of the day was? Smooth, sugary, melodic pop-metal, a la Bon Jovi or (gulp) Europe. So Kiss, Paul Stanley at the wheel, Gene riding shotgun, reading movie scripts and talking to his agent on one of those old-fashioned car phones, Eric and Bruce bouncing around in the back just glad to be along for the trip. Together, they turn in a serviceable but utterly faceless album full of Paul's dogged sloganeering and forgettable songs, and very little of that larger-than-life personality you equate with Kiss.

CD: Preview - Preview
From: hair metal again Date: January 27, 2015 at 2:33
superb debut by PREVIEW a band that had everything to become big ,but was finally overlooked!i believe that JK chose the wrong song to become single and he should choose "all night" or "open your heart"!all the songs are excellent and they strongly remind me of JOURNEY with a harded edge maybe!"it s over" and "so blind" are brilliant too!essential

CD: KISS - Crazy Nights
From: edwithmj Date: January 26, 2015 at 17:41
Time to expand: Yes, still my favourite Kiss album. Kiss got very commercial and it has a very melodic sound with a slight glam feel to it. Crazy Crazy Nights: wow what an opener! The song just explodes from start to finish. I'll Fight Hell to Hold You, another melodic rocker with powerful vocals and a super solo. Bang Bang You is filler but not that skippable. No No No has a great intro but then falters a bit I feel. Hell or High Water is still my favourite with thumping bass and catchy vocals. My Way is very commercial melodic rock and I love it but it's probably not for everyone. Reason TO Live is a standard ballad and it works quite well but there are better ballads out there really. Good Girl Gone Bad is another one with very catchy vocals and although it's not as melodic, I find myself singing along to this one. Turn On The Night is my second favourite - it's qonderfully melodic and the outro just makes me hungry for more. Not for Kiss purists but for melodic rock fans I'd say.

CD: AC/DC - Powerage
From: Doug Date: January 26, 2015 at 17:04
One of the best hard rock albums of all time.

CD: Cacophony - Go Off!
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 26, 2015 at 15:36
Not as good as the first Record faves are tracks 1,2,6 & 7...70/100

CD: The Joe Perry Project - Let The Music Do The Talking
From: Doug Date: January 26, 2015 at 14:18
Ralph Morman's (RIP) vocals are what make this album great. The title track is awesome, WAAAY better than Aerosmith's later version.

CD: White Widdow - Crossfire
From: 123charpenay Date: January 26, 2015 at 12:52
white widdow have find the great label record:aor heaven.when you listen their sensational music you are in a o r heaven."crossfire" follow exactly the same path than their two first sensational effort."serenade" was a little (maybe)better than their first album."crossfire" is still ,a little , s simply amazing.these guys are totally unable to write a bad song.they are specialist is killer songs.excellent sound excellent production,that s perfect.i m not really agree with the two first comments.this record is varied ,never boring.tracks 4.7.1 are speed and oriented guitar.track 9 is a pure fabulous a o r song.the rest is an orgy of top class hard f m.the japan import is essential cause track 11 "thunder"is a marvellous hard f m song.this record is irresistible.2015 start very well with this aor masterpiece and with maverick "quid pro quo".an exceptional irish band who play pure sensational hard ballad,no keyboards only fabulous guitars.hope this jewel ll be soon in h h

CD: Age Sten Nilsen's Ammunition - Shanghaied
From: 123charpenay Date: January 26, 2015 at 12:26
hum the first four songs are great.nothing fantastic but great.good sound and mighty problem.but after track 4 (track 5 to 12)it s an ocean of fillers.only very average songs.or if you prefer it s a desert absoluty nothing interesting.track 13 "access denied" ,the japan bonus track,is an excellent song who reminds me wig wam.for me this record is a deception.

CD: Vega - Stereo Messiah
From: giantsun Date: January 25, 2015 at 17:09
Oh my God! All or nothing is the best songs that I've heard in years. Great AOR

CD: Impera - Empire of Sin
From: juan carlos Date: January 25, 2015 at 16:31
Good Melodic HardRock. Good riffs and some good solos, good production, Matti is on vocals so you can't go wrong with that. "Never Enough"(My fav. track) & "Lost Boy" are my faves. "Darling" is a good bluesy ballad. There are no Fantastic tracks that blows my ears but it's not a bad album. 80/100

CD: The Joe Perry Project - I've Got The Rock 'n' Rolls Again
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 25, 2015 at 15:25
This is like a mix of Aerosmith with a Ramones-ish sound incorporated ...tracks 1,3,6,7 & 10 are fine ones...not a bad album but neither an essential one...70/100

CD: Care Of Night - Connected
From: juan carlos Date: January 25, 2015 at 11:08
Great AOR album and The best Album 2015 so far! 10 perfect songs for the pleasure of all!. "Heart Belongs", "Cassandra" "Say you Will" & "Dividing Lines" are my favorite tracks. If you are an AOR Purist, Then This is for You ! 90/100 PD. Buy it Loser!!

CD: Virgin Blue - Satisfied
From: MrMetal Date: January 25, 2015 at 10:03
Tracking down any significant biographical information on this act was literally futile, & hopefully some website will shed more light in the future. Most sites list this act as being American although I have a tendency to think they may have been from Canada. This EP (unknown original format) was released in 1993 & reissued by the Retrospect label in 2006 who described their style as "L.A. Party Rock". The EP was recorded in the now-defunct "Peter Pan" studio in Montreal, Quebec with some guest musicians on backing vocals, spoken words, harmonica, & piano. The EP here sounded very professional & consisted of above-average music along the lines of JETBOY, POISON, FIREHOUSE, NOIZE TOYS, STAGE DOLLS, & ROXY BLUE. Vocalist "Tommy Jade" was very credible, & combined influences of both David King (FASTWAY) & C.J. Snare (FIREHOUSE) with the music being patterned at times around POISON. Unfortunately the recording was issued way too late into the game & never had a chance.

CD: David Foster - River of Love
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 24, 2015 at 17:09
In agreement with the good comments above ...pleasant album of a great composer and musician named David tracks for me are "Living For The Moment","All I Ever Needed","One Step Closer" & "Inside You"...about the other tracks...also goodie ones!!!(2,3(nice),4(nice),6(nice) are in my book as well)...86/100

CD: Deep Purple - Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 24, 2015 at 15:47
A good compilation of a band,along with UFO,that put me into Rock Music zillion of years ago ...essential release to say the least...90/100

CD: Blue Oyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 24, 2015 at 15:41
Raw & direct B.O.C. in here!!!...i own this on vinyl...84/100

CD: Seven - 7
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 24, 2015 at 9:56
A very pleasant release...this 80's combo coming back in 2014 for the benefit of the AOR/Melodic Rock fave tracks are "Strangers","Through The Night","Never Too Late","Don't Break My Heart" & "Say Goodbye"...the japanese edition brings a B/T called "Charlie" which is a nice song...another nice one is "Diana" general lines the whole album except track 1 was of my complete satisfaction...89/100

CD: AC/DC - Powerage
From: edwithmj Date: January 24, 2015 at 7:58
Time to expand on my previous comment. This is my second favourite AC/DC album. My favourite song has to be Riff Raff followed closely by Gimme A Bullet and Sin City. The other major highlight is Gone Shootin' but really this is a filler-free album. If you like loud guitars and even louder vocals, this is for you.

CD: Blue Oyster Cult - Blue Oyster Cult
From: underworld king Date: January 24, 2015 at 7:42
Awesome debut album from B.O.C.!

CD: Paul Gilbert - Gilbert Hotel
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 23, 2015 at 17:38
Poppy album all the way...if you are expecting great riffs or wild songs just forget it...tracks 1(nice),7 & 8 are ok to me...there's a special edition of this CD that brings 5 live songs of a tribute to Jimi Hendrix played on a Frankfurt Jazz Festival in 1991 by obvioulsy Gilbert...maybe can save the release one way or another...65/100

CD: The Last Hard Men - The Last Hard Men
From: hair metal again Date: January 23, 2015 at 12:45
probably the worst cd i have in my collection!cant really explain it!avoid

CD: Davy Vain - In From Out Of Nowhere
From: edwithmj Date: January 23, 2015 at 8:45
For some reason, Davy released this one as a solo venture but for all intents and purposes, it's just another Vain album and sounds far too similar to previous outings. Push Me Over is a strange opener, I don't like it much but I sometimes find myself playing it through my head - it's catchy but in an annoying way. Fly Again, has horrendous backing vocals and as such, I avoid it. Electric sounds like another Brit-indie song and judged as one of those, sounds half-decent. New York is another one I can take away from this disc but the rest is all filler I'm afraid.

CD: Vain - On The Line
From: edwithmj Date: January 22, 2015 at 19:27
I just don't get all the love for Vain. Yeah, the first album had a few decent tracks but ever since then, every release sounds so samey. There are no hooks in this one and after I listened to it, I couldn't remember any of the songs at all. All I could remember was Davy Vain's dreary, whiney vocals rushing round my head. Sorry, but this is dull to the nth power.

CD: Giant - Promise Land
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: January 22, 2015 at 17:34
I still haven t decided if I hate it or I love it.I hate it cause it s not really a Giant album,just a cool super band with members of the band.I love it cause the album is super cool,nice songs and Brock is always a damn good singer.roth has spent sometime imitating huff so no surprise he tries to sound like him.

CD: King Kobra - Ready to Strike
From: hair metal again Date: January 22, 2015 at 4:18
excellent debut by this all star band back in mid 80s!the LA metal scene was on fire at the time and KING KOBRA helped ,as it was one of those acts that set things ready for the hair metal explosion later on!the production has this certain Proffer style and the songs are pretty good ,guitar driven but always on the commercial path!"second thoughts","shake up","hunger" and "tough guys" are the highlights of this must have

CD: AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 21, 2015 at 21:43
First thing to jump out at me was how surprisingly goood Brian Johnson sounds, after sounding like he was on his last legs on Stiff Upper Lip and Black Ice. Wonder how they did that. Otherwise, it's exactly what you expect from AC/DC, nothing less and nothing more. Determined to make their money in a newfangled post-millennial way, they wrote a dumb locker-room pep-talk song and sold it to the networks to air during playoff baseball. So yeah, that feels decidedly un-rock 'n' roll. But I guess Malcolm's long-term care expenses and Phil Rudd's legal bills are mounting. I dunno, this is background music, fast food for the ears. It's going to go on the shelf before long, and you'll be back (in black) to the classics again. You know you will.

CD: Guns N' Roses - Live Era '87 - '93
From: edwithmj Date: January 21, 2015 at 19:05
A very decent live release. All my favourites are here plus a few fillers from the Illusion albums such as Dust N' Bones, Pretty Tied Up etc. Of note is Move To The City: Axl insisted on assembling a horns section and backing singers much to the other band members' chagrin and it actually features a nice sax solo. This is GN'R at their best, before Axl screwed it all up. I've seen live the new GN'R Axl keeps going and it's nothing compared to this. Get it.

CD: California Breed - California Breed
From: Doug Date: January 21, 2015 at 12:01
You know, I must admit, I do think this is better than Black Country Communion, I was too quick to judge, my bad. I especially like "All Falls Down." It's a shame this was a one and done project.

CD: AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
From: Rob Rocker Date: January 21, 2015 at 11:11
I gave "Rock or Bust" some time to settle in before I wrote this review, and I have to say this is probably one of my favorite AC/DC CD's. IMO "Rock or Bust" is the best thing they have done in years (Black Ice was really good, but bogged down with filler). The band sounds "re-energized", and Johnsons vocals sound stronger than on the last 3 CD's. I also like that the new CD is "fun", it's a short and to the point. I don't see how "Rock or Bust" would disappoint long time AC/DC fans?, and it would also be a fine introduction to the band. Favorite songs 1,3,4,7,10.

CD: Vain - All Those Strangers
From: edwithmj Date: January 21, 2015 at 5:11
Although I'm not a huge fan of Vain, they do a few decent songs among a load of filler and their albums are worth listening to for the gems to be found. Love Drug is decent enough but it sounds too similar to everything else both Vain have done before and other bands. Planet's Turning is dull while Shooting Star is probably my favourite off the whole album. The rest is mainly filler for me with Freak Flag being a particular offender; horrid song. Shouldn't Cry sounds like some sort of Brit-Indie song rather than sleaze and I sometimes check I'm still listening to Vain when I find myself accidentally listening to it. Wake Up is another classic dreary vocals song from Vain and as such, I detest it. For fans of Vain only I'm afraid as there's little here to offer fans of the genre in general.

CD: Toto - Through the Looking Glass
From: hair metal again Date: January 21, 2015 at 3:46
cover album by TOTO and unfortunately not a great one!kimball sounds very poor and only Steve s guitar shines!"bodhisattva","maiden voyage/butterfly" are the best moments!recommended only if you want to own all TOTO releases

CD: Revolution Road - Revolution Road
From: Jeff Date: January 20, 2015 at 21:40
Excellent release. I missed this one in 2013 but glad it came across my ears in 2014. No comparison band comes immediately to mind, maybe early Whitesnake for the occasional bluesy part, maybe the vocal like Giant, touches of Blue Murder perhaps. Anyway, Take Your Love To Town is my favorite track, but not a bad song on here really.

CD: Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster
From: Doug Date: January 19, 2015 at 17:10
"Flirtin' With Disaster" is a masterpiece of Southern Rock, the arrangement of this song is simply tremendous,intricate and rockin' all at the same time.

CD: AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
From: Doug Date: January 19, 2015 at 17:04
"dany69," most would agree about the "same riffs, same chords" complaint, but this is what AC/DC is all about. They have never veered from this and have remained true to their rock roots. AC/DC is the band you turn to when you just need a good, hard rockin' song, and not have to think beyond that like, for example, Pink Floyd. Heck, it's their namesake; A chord, C chord, D chord, C chord, the start of a good song.

CD: Doro - Warrior Soul
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2015 at 16:49
Somehow a mellow release but good enough to satisfy us,the listeners ...tracks 1,2,4,6,8,9,12 & 13 are in my book...82/100

CD: Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2015 at 16:46
The band's first "Greatest Hits"...what can i say?...the toxic twins were starting to having it BIG TIME .86/100

CD: Toxic Dollz - Running from the Law
From: MrMetal Date: January 19, 2015 at 16:44
Most of their performances were in Milwaukee & Chicago, but they also played shows as far as Indiana & Minnesota. They both headlined & supported acts such as TUFF, QUIET RIOT, LOVE/HATE, THE SCREAMING JETS, & VAIN (to name a few). Somewhere along the line "Danny X" would be added as a 2nd guitarist although that formula didn't last long. Their 2nd bassist ("Traci Studrox") played on track #11 on this LP with a couple of other guests listed above. They were also known to play live covers by ALICE COOPER, SNOOP DOGGY DOGG, RICK JAMES, TED NUGENT, DEF LEPPARD, KISS, BILLY IDOL, THE CLASH, COLDIROCKS, & LED ZEPPELIN & came up with something better than might be anticipated based on the whole package & stage names here. I've also read that this band morphed into the group JET STREAM although I don't know how credible that information is.

CD: White Lion - Big Game
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2015 at 16:44
Probably a soft release if you compare it with the 2 previous ones but WL was never meant to be a heavy act,as simple as that...for me,a decent Record...1,3,4(nice),7, 10(Golden Earring cover)& 11(probably the best cut)are my faves...86/100

CD: Toxic Dollz - Running from the Law
From: MrMetal Date: January 19, 2015 at 16:39
The band was formed out of Milwaukee in 1987 by Ricki Martini (d), Jeff "Jab" Bohr (g), Dave London (g) (RIP), Tony Boyd (v), & Troy Kelly (b). Tommy Phillips would replace Tony Boyd as their 2nd singer & would ultimately be replaced again by "Jaime T. Slutt". The band would drop down to one guitarist along the way ("Scott Raw" handling those duties) with "Traci Studrox" replacing Troy Kelly & then being replaced by "S.S. Teezer" as their 3rd bassist. The lineup of Jaime, S.S., Scott, & Ricki would record this lone LP that was released in 1989 (not 1991 as the Retrospect Records reissue listed), as it followed a 7-track Live cassette from 1988. A 3-track EP titled, "Sex" would follow this LP as well as some additional Compilation tracks, Demos & another Live tape in 1996 (most can be found on their website). They dubbed themselves as "The Sleaziest Band in the World" and were influenced by ANA BLACK, POISON, FASTER PUSSYCAT (without the rough vocals), LA GUNS, D'MOLLS, & the SEA HAGS

CD: ZZ Top - The Best of ZZ Top
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2015 at 16:38
Have this on stuff...84/100

CD: Loudness - On The Prowl
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2015 at 16:36
This is a great album!!!...Melodic Metal with some Hard Rock touches and even AOR-ish sounds("Long Distance")...Mike Vescera strongly reminds me of Lizzy Borden in here (vocally talking) fave tracks are 1,2,3,4(solid ballad),8,9 & 10...89/100

CD: AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
From: dany69 Date: January 18, 2015 at 13:33
Ok,,i understand,,,AcDc is a major and one of the best rock n roll band,,, but seriously,????? I just think this band need a break,,all that is enough,,,damn it,,,since 40 years,,same riff,,,same chords,!!!! same songs about sex,,,same hat on johnson head,,,this album is ok but C'Mon,,,we don't need this at all,,,Big Mistake,,like Pink Floyd anyway,,,,Sorry but all that is the thruth,,,,,

CD: Jaime Kyle - The Passionate Kind
From: hair metal again Date: January 18, 2015 at 13:10
fantastic debut by JAMIE KYLE and for what it is ,this is perfect!the songs,the sound,the production,the musicianship,the vibe ...everything is where it should and overall a must have!"rescue me" is a sensational song!

CD: Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 17, 2015 at 19:41
The Rocker may disagree with me, but he proved my point in his second comment. Sure, they're young guys making music they love, which is, as you said yourself, "'80's style hard rock." Or, as I put it, music from another time.

CD: Bill Baumgart - The Kindling
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 17, 2015 at 13:02
This is a very pleasant release...nice and smooth(fans of a softer Chicago Band will love it)and pretty alike to other solo CCM artits(so many to mention)...tracks 2,3(nice),4(nice female duet),5(nice)7,8(nice),9 & 11(very nice ) are my faves...enjoyable relaxing stuff...87/100

CD: Valor - Make It Big
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 17, 2015 at 11:19
In agreement with my pal Rafo Phoenix fave shots are "Out On A Wire","My Heart","Save A Prayer","Time Are Changing","Rock & Roll Revival","Money" & "Paint The Sky"(nice)...85/100

CD: Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 17, 2015 at 11:13
The band has improved on this,its 4th release,because their previous one "Riot Avenue" was a good one but IMHO it has been their weakest one...anyway best shots in here are tracks 1,2,4(AOR-ish)5,6,8(catchy chorus)9 & the japanase B/T called "Bad Luck"...89/ far "New Religion" has been its kickin' a** one IMHO

CD: Klimax - From the Hip
From: MrMetal Date: January 17, 2015 at 9:28
I've read incorrect information that this band originated from Tennessee when they were actually from Michigan.

CD: Klimax - From the Hip
From: MrMetal Date: January 17, 2015 at 9:26
This is an interesting band that formed around 1989 & became popular due to their music being heard on commercials for a woman's (Sue Palmari) guitar shop ("Thunder guitars") & tattoo parlor ("Susie's Stash). The commercials were formatted like music videos & were played on Fox, CBS, NBC, & MTV as well as Z-Rock radio + others. The band would record this material (unknown in what original format if any) with this being issued on CD for the first time here. Their music would be played on radio from Florida to New York to Illinois with a style that combined influences of "Mean Streak"-era Y&T, AIRRACE, DANGER DANGER, CONEY HATCH, & CINDERELLA. There was both potential & improvements to be made although the music packed a nice punch with heavy guitars. The vocals were higher-ranged and ever so slightly out of tune on occasion (but decent). They split up around 1992 with some of the members playing with the Las Vegas act SEVIN. The music here grows on you after more than one listen.

CD: April Wine - Attitude
From: Doug Date: January 16, 2015 at 19:13
I picked this up the other day; solid album. Recommended!

CD: Amaranthe - Massive Addictive
From: Doug Date: January 16, 2015 at 19:10
With three lead singers it's, at times, hard to "connect." I prefer Elize's vocals.

CD: FM - Tough it Out
From: edwithmj Date: January 16, 2015 at 18:54
(ran out of room)...thank this site for helping me find this gem and others like it.

CD: FM - Tough it Out
From: edwithmj Date: January 16, 2015 at 18:51
This is definitely a grower and after listening to it for several weeks I can confirm that this is a Brit-AOR monster of the same vein as Strangeways and Heartland although with a slightly softer edge. The vocalist has a superb range and he really makes the songs his own - every AOR band should strive to have a Steve Overland at the helm. Tough It Out: what an opener; I can listen to this again and again; Someday is my next favourite: very catchy vocals; Everytime I Think of You is a wonderful soulful ballad that really hits its target: again, the vocals are passionate and fiery without losing that hard rock edge. Burning My Heart Down has some great guitar work in it and is worth listening to for that alone; while Obsession has a punchy chorus that seems to make me want to join in. Does it Feel Like Love: Signal and Thunder both have great songs by that name and this is no exception, this is a great song with thundering drums, passionate vocals and a super solo. Wonderful stuff. I tha

CD: Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster
From: spankee Date: January 16, 2015 at 9:10
2001 Remastered Bonus Tracks: 11. Silver And Sorrow (Demo) 3:35 12. Flirtin' With Disaster (Live From Jacksonville, FL 1980) 6:15 13. One Man's Pleasure (Live From Jacksonville, FL 1980) 3:17 14. Cross Road Blues (Live From Jacksonville, FL 1980) 4:14

CD: Reece - Universal Language
From: hair metal again Date: January 16, 2015 at 7:27
very good release by REECE and much overlooked ,as it s fine piece of commercial hard rock with great vocs,nice guitar by Andy and many good songs!the production is polished and the songs well structured and it seems that David had them a lot of time in his mind!"the river","all the way","flesh and blood" are great ones and overall a nice one for your collection!I love Dave s voice!

CD: GUN - Taking on the World
From: Doug Date: January 15, 2015 at 17:45
A friend just turned me on to this album. Nice surprise.

CD: White Heart - Greatest Hits
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: January 15, 2015 at 13:50
Absolutely AOR masterpiece.dan huff rocks and this is a nice collection of lite westcoast christian AOR at its best

CD: Steve Lukather - Transition
From: hair metal again Date: January 15, 2015 at 8:58
excellent release by STEVE LUKATHER and one of the best of the recent years for sure!the quality of sound,musicianship and production is of the highest level and the songs are in his personal style as always!Many great moments that create a certain vibe and mood and it seems so easy for him to make a good album!"judgement day","right the wrong" and "rest of the world" are the highlights!classy!

CD: Smash L.A. - Law 'N' Authority
From: SacrifyX Date: January 15, 2015 at 5:17
@Alexxtcatz, That doesn't mean the crap you're selling is real. It's fake. A friend of mine purchased a copy of this so called 'Official' CD from you, and it's nothing but cheap fake junk. Not only that, but I've spoke to Johnny. He knows absolutely nothing of a 'limited CD release' as you, or the seller on ebay put it. Either you are the guy 'Silverbase' on ebay selling this fake crap, or you just bought a fake copy from him. I haven't seen any copies of the bogus CD go up on ebay for awhile now, so maybe you, or him, took a hint. If I were Johnny, I would sue the crap out of this guy.

CD: Storyteller - Corridor Of Windows
From: Alexxtcatz Date: January 14, 2015 at 12:03
i see here the mix of an old demos and new stuff. eight old song taken from their 1991 demos - what she wants, why cry, hello heaven, never (originally named "never's not the way"), she sherea, wait 'till you find me, privatre eye, white liar.. and one old song included at japanese release as bonus track, this is "she always smile". sorry.. but where others cool song from their demos? I Could Just Die, The Calling.

CD: China Sky - II
From: 123charpenay Date: January 14, 2015 at 11:42
i m fan of the first record (look at my comments).for this new effort i can say two things.first china sky is a brilliant specialist of awful ridiculous front cover.when you make only two records in 25 years you make the effort to attrack your fans and potential future fans with a beautiful front cover.china sky not.they have with escape music absoluty no taste.second reflexion on the first album ron perry the singer had a beautiful voice similar to jeff scott soto himself.25 years later we can hear the ravages of time.

CD: Adrenaline Rush - Adrenaline Rush
From: 123charpenay Date: January 14, 2015 at 11:31
Totally agree with jez.dynamic and powerfull female fronted hard rock.superb production,big sound ,big guitars,excellent songs who will hooked you immediatly(track songs are great so but.......the voice of the singer ruins the record.when she sing,that s decent no problem not extraordinary but decent.but when she force her voice it s a real nightmare.i hate the stamp of her voice sometimes it s awful.hope this band will make a new record or reissue this record with a new singer.musically this cd is for fans of vanity blvd.laos and saraya are far better.

CD: Mastedon - LOFCAUDIO
From: hair metal again Date: January 14, 2015 at 9:16
pretty good release by MASTEDON with a clear polished sound & production ,excellent musicianship and some good songs!from the first tunes you can realize a certain quality ,but there arent enough killer songs to make this a must have!good stuff though and "life on the line" a superb song

CD: Mylon and Broken Heart - Crack the Sky
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 13, 2015 at 19:16
IMHO this is quite a good CCM AOR release with some Hi-Tech AOR in it,vocals remind me of Eddie Money...for fans of Mister Mister,Fingerprints,Think Out Loud,Magnum(USA) and so fave tracks are 1,3,5(nice),6,8 & 9(very nice)...enjoyable stuff for me...82/100

CD: Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy
From: edwithmj Date: January 13, 2015 at 11:54
This is the only Tesla album I can listen to without getting bored - but that's no good thing as there's still a fair amount of filler in here and I just can't stand Jeff Keith's Steven Tyler impression. Hang Tough is a decent opener but lacks a decent hook to keep me coming back; Lady Luck is an OK rocker; Be A Man is completely lifeless and dull but is annoying because it always makes me hope it will turn into something better; Makin' Magic is probably my favourite but purely for the guitars in it; Love Song is a lacklustre ballad made worse by Keith's horrendous Steven Tyler vocals; the album ends with the slightly above average rocker Party's Over. Their best effort by far but again, when the rest of Tesla's catalogue is subpar, it's not saying much.

CD: 8-Is - Frame of Us
From: desiodom75 Date: January 13, 2015 at 10:47
Awesome melodic rock with great keys and full of ballads and anthems and chorus..They vanished later this pleasant and rare release..85/100.

CD: In Faith - There's a Storm Coming
From: giantsun Date: January 12, 2015 at 19:19
Mystic, not average, not average. You should give it one more chance... There are discs that not seem great thing at first listening, but then, they strangely reach a privileged place in your heart. 95/100.

CD: AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
From: Doug Date: January 12, 2015 at 18:07
At only 34 minutes this a short album. My favorite tracks are #1 and #2.

CD: Tributes - Working Man - Tribute To Rush
From: Doug Date: January 12, 2015 at 18:05
Fantastic tribute; so many songs to choose from, with only 13 making the cut. Personnel on this album is just tremendous.

CD: Bad City - Welcome To The Wasteland
From: Doug Date: January 12, 2015 at 18:01
Just picked this up, not bad. I would agree with "123charpenay," that these guys sound like Wildside. Wildside's first album is WAY better than this one though.

CD: House of Lords - Sahara
From: 123charpenay Date: January 12, 2015 at 13:55
me i m not with you edwithmj, sorry.i dream ,you have find some fillers in this extraordinary cd!!!!!!.it s amazing.of course i respect all opinions

CD: Tour de Force - World on Fire
From: hair metal again Date: January 12, 2015 at 8:13
hair metal masterpiece by the great TOUR DE FORCE and def a must have for your collection!in general they remind me of HOUSE OF LORDS and that s a good thing!many great songs ,astonishing guitar work &vocs and some sensational hooks!"tonight","hold on","if its over""rough boy" so many killers!

CD: House of Lords - Sahara
From: aTomiK Date: January 12, 2015 at 6:13
Im with you edwithmj. Easily the weakest of the original three. Only 3-4 good tunes here but i love Kiss of Fire which used to be my wake up song : )

CD: House of Lords - Sahara
From: edwithmj Date: January 11, 2015 at 11:54
I don't know about this one; I've never been able to get into it as there's just far too much filler and the original magic of the debut is missing. The only songs I can take away are Chains of Love, Can't Find My Way Home and Heart on the Line. Average melodic hard rock.

CD: Loverboy - Unfinished Business
From: aTomiK Date: January 10, 2015 at 4:15
A very cool album. All true Loverboy believers will enjoy this one!

CD: KISS - Lick it Up
From: underworld king Date: January 9, 2015 at 11:00
The best non-makeup lp of KISS for me. As stated above, a continuation of where Creatures Of The Night left off. Great lp for all KISS fans! The Japanese pressing of the lp cover is a cover of the then current band in the makeup.

CD: Accept - Russian Roulette
From: hair metal again Date: January 9, 2015 at 4:28
excellent release by ACCEPT in the same vein like Metal Heart!commercial,heavy,catchy with great musicianship ,songwriting,production ,this one will satisfy you!"it s hard to find a way", "man enough to cry" and "monsterman" are the best songs of the last Udo s presence!good stuff

CD: Rainbow - Finyl Vinyl
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 8, 2015 at 20:51
In agreement with some statements above...quite a simple live/studio Record,weak is a good word to use,not because of the songs as there are some of the finest ones of the band but because of the poor production and lack of enthusiasm,only for diehard fans...80/100 (still gets a decent rate though)

CD: REO Speedwagon - The Hits
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 8, 2015 at 20:45
A good collection of some of the best REO songs but also there are some missing ones like for example "Keep The Fire Burning"...87/100

CD: Wicked Sensation - Adrenaline Rush
From: the rocker Date: January 8, 2015 at 18:10
I thought David Reece sings on this one?!

CD: Vega - Stereo Messiah
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 8, 2015 at 12:01
Third album and so far their best one IMHO...i own the japanese edition with a bonus track called "One Of A Kind" which is a pleasant song...for me the great moments in here are tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11 & 12(nice)...recommended stuff indeed...94/100

CD: Eddie Money - Life For The Taking
From: hair metal again Date: January 8, 2015 at 8:50
excellent release by EDDIE MONEY that captures exactly the vibe of that particular era !imagine a less guitar driven THE BABYS release of that time and you ll get an idea of its sound!the musicianship ,the songwriting ,everything its where it should and the whole resust satisfying!"gimme some water","life for the taking","maybe i m a fool" and "love the way you love me" are the highlights

CD: Accept - Balls to the Wall
From: hair metal again Date: January 7, 2015 at 15:43
excellent release by ACCEPT once again and probably a step forward in terms of production and sound!the basics are present and of course a big song like "balls to the wall"!the rest of the songs are remarkable too and overall this one delivers easily!

CD: Flame - Flame
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 6, 2015 at 17:02
This disc makes Tangier's 'Stranded" album sound positively mind-blowing. Zzzzzzzz!

CD: The Lou Gramm Band - The Lou Gramm Band
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: January 6, 2015 at 16:43
I read so many bad bad I didn t even give it a listen when it came out.last year I found it at cheap a good album,even catchy.very solid AOR songs.well,it could be true that Gramm hasn t anymore THAT voice,but hey he is still better that many singers out there.AOR legend,give the album a chance.

CD: Brad Gillis - Gilrock Ranch
From: hair metal again Date: January 6, 2015 at 12:25
pretty good solo release by BRAD GILLIS ,who is one of the best guitar players i ve ever seen live!he can do everything with his guitar and this release is full of quality performing and some great moments!"if looks could kill","honest to god","slow blow" and "mr lollipop" are the highlights!enjoyable

CD: Junebug - Ticket To Hell
From: Doug Date: January 6, 2015 at 11:56
Huge disappoint for me with this one. I am a big Enuff Z'Nuff fan and had hope Chip's writing and producing would have been a good influence. It just did not work for me; the vocals in particular.

CD: Flame - Flame
From: Doug Date: January 6, 2015 at 11:52
Okay MetallianStallion, I finally picked up this CD. Hope you feel better now. "Rain" is the standout song for me on this one.

CD: Alias - Alias
From: Doug Date: January 6, 2015 at 11:49
Picked this up the other day, and "More Than Words Can Say" is the obvious stellar tune on this album. The other songs are good too. Worth getting.

CD: Trixter - Trixter
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 5, 2015 at 21:20
Doesn't sound like it'll be very high on that list, if most of the songs are that average, with only three being rated above a 6.

CD: Trixter - Trixter
From: JONBONPIGO Date: January 5, 2015 at 18:28
Just gave this album a listen Start to Finish...Might make my Top 100 Hair Metal Albums All-Time (Guess I'm gonna have to do that list now) \m/-_- \m/ SONG RATINGS... Give It To Me Good 9/10 One In A Million 8/10 Surrender 8/10 Bad Girl 6/10 Only Young Once 6/10 Line Of Fire 5.5/10 Always a Victim 5.5/10 On and On 5.5/10 Play Rough 5/10 You'll Never See Me Cryin' 5/10 Ride the Whip 5/10 Heart of Steel 5/10

CD: Surrender - Surrender
From: desiodom75 Date: January 5, 2015 at 10:53
How many comments in the last 12 years!..great feedback,many reviews,some critiques,but without any doubt this album is essential..rarest cd in AOR/MHR indies releases range ever..9 songs perfectly arranged and mixed for a common to perfection..yes,In the same veins of Harem Scarem and Treat..and I have it in my collection..original,not properly a bargain,but getting worth grab it!..essential! 99/100.

CD: Falcon - Mystery
From: hair metal again Date: January 5, 2015 at 8:34
pretty good debut for FALCON and surely a grower,as it takes a few spins to get into it and catch the hooks!of course this isnt anything blowminding ,but it is a classic piece of the German scene with some good songs and fine musicianship(especially the guitar work)!"mystery" and "i dont know" are the highlights and Mystery an ok release if you find it cheap!

CD: Survivor - Empires
From: underworld king Date: January 4, 2015 at 6:45
Picked up a Japanese release of this disc and I must say it's quite good.

CD: Survivor - Vital Signs
From: underworld king Date: January 4, 2015 at 6:42
RIP Jimi Jamison.

CD: Sin/City - Hellectric
From: GANN Date: January 3, 2015 at 18:32
Totally Agree - my Favourite for a long Time was "Hell Hound Healer" - could't get it outta my Brain^^ I Also have Teir Album "And There Was Rock" - it ist brilliant too!

CD: White Widdow - Crossfire
From: hair metal again Date: January 3, 2015 at 0:46
Excellent release once again by WHITE WIDDOW ,one of the best new bands !With their 3rd release they prove that they can write easily many good songs,perform in a great way and create a solid release based on the passionate vocs,excellent guitar leads and the heavy keys!of course it s not perfect ,as the songs seem to have the same basics and i cant find any really big song ,but overall it will satisfy you!These guys really feel what they re doin and this is important in a time that many non believers have jumped in the genre

CD: Brian Jack - Promise Of Love
From: Delbert Date: January 2, 2015 at 17:50
Ex-CHILD'S PLAY vocalist Brian Jack sings some of the most awesome catchy, melodic AOR that's NOT like CHILD'S PLAY. It's loaded with hook laden AOR tunes and performed perfectly. Fans of HUGO and MITCH MALLOY will enjoy this nearly impossible to find gem.

CD: Street Talk - Collaboration
From: Delbert Date: January 2, 2015 at 17:47
The band's debut melodic AOR album heavily influenced by Steve Perry and JOURNEY. In fact, it's like Journey's softer midtempo songs. You get fluffy keys and vocalists Goran Edman (Glory, Malmsteen, Kharma). Street Talk showcase some of the finest, most melodic AOR and westcoast tunes you'll hear. Totally essential, ultra high quality all the way through every track.

CD: Crystal Pride - Crystal Pride
From: Delbert Date: January 2, 2015 at 17:43
This female fronted Swedish band, which includes two former TORCH members, has been around since 1981. They recorded a demo that was a huge collector's item and then came the full length album in 1985 on vinyl. This CD is the full length album from 1985. The style is melodic metal with hints of LEE AARON, DORO and WARLOCK. I didn't think it to be a solid album, but one of the songs, "Knocked Out", does just that.......Knocks me out!!!

CD: Shut Up And Drive - Driven
From: Delbert Date: January 2, 2015 at 17:40
Killer hard rock/glam indie that is tough to compare. For me, I imagine a mix of BRIGHTON ROCK meets SKID ROW or GYPSY ROSE with a heavy dose of SLIK TOXIK.

CD: Wild August - Wild August EP
From: Delbert Date: January 2, 2015 at 17:32
Whether you like Love/Hate, Hard Knox, Dirty Looks or Sweet F.A., it's tough to say what will impress you more: their ballsy hard rock attack or their stellar, major-label style production. One thing for sure, the combination of the two adds up to a CD that hits hard. Only 3 songs, but any more than that, and your speakers would probably blow...yes this is killer stuff. If you a like a heavier DOKKEN sound, you'll want this top rarity.

CD: 7th Heaven - Spectrum
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 2, 2015 at 14:28
Well vocalist Keith Semple was back on this record...once again

CD: 7th Heaven - Spectrum
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 2, 2015 at 13:48
A big step up if you compare it with the previous "Synergy" release...another vocalist with the same tone of voice?,yeah i guess so...anyway this album is really an enjoyable one from almost head to toes!!! ..."It's You","We Live Life Young" & "Livin' Life" are my faves but tracks 1,3,4,6,9,10(nice)11,13,15(nice),16 & 19...catchy songs as usual with that mix of Savage Garden & Seven in their songs...92/100

CD: Uriah Heep - Very 'Eavy ... Very 'Umble
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 2, 2015 at 13:02
A very dense debut!!!...a mix of King Crimson,Triunvirat and heavy hard rock of the time..."Gypsy" is probably the best song of the album...tracks 2,5,6 & 7 are also interesting was not my complete cup of tea at all but is not a bad release either...65/100

CD: Heart - Passion Works
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 2, 2015 at 12:52
Not a very solid album IMHO...opener "How Can I Refuse" is probably the best cut in here...tracks 2,4 & 10 are acceptable too...75/100

CD: KISS - Music From the Elder
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2015 at 14:09
For some listeners,a quite difficult one to digest...for me it was just like a failed experiment,nothing to worry to much about..."The Oath"(the heaviest song of the Record),"A World Without Heroes"(nice),"Mr Blackwell" & "I" are fine ones but that it...50/100

CD: Marillion - Real To Reel/ Brief Encounter
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2015 at 14:05
The "Brief Encounter" was more of an introductory album for The States,a breakthrough one...i have also this one on vinyl...85/100

CD: Glenn Shorrock - Villain Of The Peace
From: desiodom75 Date: January 1, 2015 at 6:41
Very pleasant lite-aor west coast solo effort from this great English singer,former front man of the Aussie all stars Little River band. Solid collection of good songs(Don't girls get lonely),no fillers and amazing musicians(Andrew Gold, Bill Payne,Bob Glaud). 88/100...quite rare,printed on cd only in 1996-99.

CD: Laneslide - Flying High
From: 123charpenay Date: January 1, 2015 at 4:49
happy new year 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Vishusgruv - Dirty Little Secrets
From: zld Date: December 31, 2014 at 8:27
The more i play it, the better it becomes. Phenomenal record.

CD: Compilations - Monster Ballads XMas
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 30, 2014 at 23:16
I think most rock Christmas songs are pretty bad, and most are clearly meant as nothing more than half-assed novelties. But along with the EMN song, other favorites include Black Stone Cherry doing "Santa Claus is Back In Town," Brother Cane's rare cover of the obscure-in-itself blues song "Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby," Tesla instraumental version of "Silent Night," and American Dog's punked-up, sleighbell-jingling "Merry Christmas, Asshole."

CD: Compilations - Monster Ballads XMas
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 30, 2014 at 23:13
This is mostly a repackaging and rehashing of a 2004-ish Cleopatra release, something about a Very Hairy Christmas. Most of these songs come from that disc, and yet its best song isn't included: Every Mother's Nightmare doing a mournful, countrified acoustic song called "Won't Be Home For Christmas."

CD: Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul
From: 123charpenay Date: December 30, 2014 at 13:35
top class american hard rock.only hits (thanx to jack ponti).simply exceptionnal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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