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CD: David Lee Roth - Crazy From The Heat
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 20, 2014 at 21:33
Listening to this Ep again..."California Girls" & "Just A Gigolo" the hit singles of definite rate is 70/100

CD: Marillion - Real To Reel/ Brief Encounter
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 20, 2014 at 21:30
I have owned this on vinyl since it came out back in the day...Fish and without shadowing Hogarth's job in the band,it'll always be the voice of Marillion..."Assassing" & "Market Square Heroes"(the first song that i heard of the band in my life)are my 2 fave ones and in their live version,both,sound enjoyable record in general lines...87/100

CD: Luke Morley - El Gringo Retro
From: edwithmj Date: November 20, 2014 at 19:39
I've finally had a listen to this and I have to say it's better than I expected. Luke is a decent singer and provides backup vocals and occasional lead vocals for Thunder. Comparing this to Thunder is probably a mistake but it sounds most like the laid-back style of Giving the Game Away with plenty of acoustic guitars thrown in. The songs themselves are very melodic considering but sound like they were too soft even to go on Giving the Game Away. Recommended not just for Thunder fans but to everyone as this is more than merely a curiosity.

CD: H.E.A.T. - Tearing Down The Walls
From: 123charpenay Date: November 20, 2014 at 13:15
sorry i m a big fan of this band ,cause their three previous records were three atomic bombs of hard f m.only killer songs never a bad song never an average song.always top class scandi a o it s a little different.they plays more hard.i m not against why not.the problem is ,that for the first time, we have some fillers.track 4 an instrumental wich have absoluty no interest,track 6 a weird and very average song track 9 a beautiful slow but one voice with a piano it s not for me and track 12 with her horrible (a nightmare) choruse.fortunately the other songs are really excellent.the quality is always here even if they change a little their style.i recommand the japan import cause the bonus track n°13 "shame" is a super song with an irresistible choruse who will hooked you immediatly.for make short 13 songs ;4 are some deceptions ,the others are can buy this cd (in jap import) cause the good is superior to the bad.

CD: H.E.A.T. - Tearing Down The Walls
From: 123charpenay Date: November 20, 2014 at 13:03
i m a big f

CD: Grace In Danger - Trouble
From: Dramarama Date: November 20, 2014 at 2:33
I know that this is nit picky, but Jealous Guy is actually a solo John Lennon song.

CD: Unruly Child - Unruly Child
From: edwithmj Date: November 19, 2014 at 19:39
I just can't seem to get as excited about this as I did for the brilliant Signal CD. Sure, Mark Free's voice is as electrifying as on Signal's release but the songs just seem as average as Slaughter or Steelheart. The few highlights are Who Cries Now, When Love Is Gone, Is It Over and Wind Me Up. I was very disappointed with this.

CD: Work of Art - Framework
From: Jez Date: November 19, 2014 at 16:36
The flag bearers of modern AOR return with there much awaited 3rd album. Over the course of the 3 releases, the formula has pretty much stayed the same, although this time around the guitars have been beefed up slightly in places, giving a slightly toughened up sound, but those magical keys and vocals are also still to the fore and the sound is unmistakably WOA. Personally, I found 'Framework' a step up from 'In Progress' and overall I think the material here is the strongest the band has come up with thus far. One slight niggle is that sometimes it all flows together too much and can sound quite samey, especially the more upbeat material, but when the material is this good, that seriously is only a minor flaw, in what is an expertly crafted slice of modern Westcoast AOR. WOA yet again come up trumps, thus proving with 'Framework', that they really are the leaders of the pack when it comes to this type of stuff.

CD: Lordi - Scare Force One
From: Jez Date: November 19, 2014 at 16:14
Album number 7 and they've pretty much stuck to the typical Lordi formula on here. As with last years 'To Beast Or Not To Beast' album, this is maybe slightly heavier in places, with the overall feel returning more to that of the earlier 'Get Heavy' and 'Monsterican Dream' releases, although the keyboards arrangements are a little more varied and more upfront. The song writing is still top notch too and those big choruses are still very much to the fore throughout, especially on 'Hell Sent In The Clowns', 'House Of Ghosts' 'She's a Demon', 'The United Rocking Dead' and 'Cadaver Lover' which are all top class tracks (what Alice Copper would do to get his hands on some of these beauties!!) As previously, if you don't do the Lordi vocal 'Thing', then you won't be swung in any way here, so my advice is to stear well clear. Otherwise for existing fans or newbies, go and check this album (or previous ones), you might be very pleasantly surprised.

CD: Work of Art - Framework
From: tentacle Date: November 19, 2014 at 13:22
After 4 spins I'm still wondering what's the fuzz. Only tracks 1,2,3 and 7 have memorable and hooky choruses. Debut was great, In Progress was disappointing and this is just mediocre, corporate "Frontiers aor" by the book. Generic 2k10 sound is not for me. I prefer excellent new Miss Behaviour album over this. Bye bye WOA, you guys had a huge promise...

CD: Shyboy - Shyboy
From: hair metal again Date: November 19, 2014 at 1:53
excellent hair metal release by SHYBOY and these boys believe me dont listen to pomp music but to classic commercial hard rock music with big choruses,hooks ,guitar solos and of course long hair!all the songs are ok and especially "good girls" and "two of a kind" with the great keys contribution!highly recommended of course

CD: Sonic Station - Sonic Station
From: heavenlylion Date: November 19, 2014 at 1:15
Very nice WestCoast/AOR that is hampered by the inclusion of too many lead vocalists. This sounds more like a project, than the proper band effort that would come on their 2nd release. If it wasn't for such a disjointed effort that does not make for a smooth listen all the way through, it'd be a really great release.

CD: Sonic Station - Next Stop
From: heavenlylion Date: November 19, 2014 at 1:11
Huge upgrade from the first one. Not that that one was bad, just uneven with too many different singers that seemed like it was thrown together for the sake of putting something out. This on the other hand, sounds like a cohesive effort with much more focus and some fantastic AOR with WestCoast touches. Johan and Marika do a wonderful job as the only two lead vocalist this time out. One of the best in this style of the year...

CD: Dream Theater - Official Bootleg - Master of Puppets
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 18, 2014 at 17:23
A wonderful and very attached interpretation of Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" iconic album,enough said...95/100

CD: Saxon - Dogs of War
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 18, 2014 at 17:21
A pretty commercial release but as usual with that particular sound of the band faves are tracks 1,2,4(catchy chorus),5(catchy) & 10...enjoyable songs...86/100

CD: 38 Special - Bone Against Steel
From: 123charpenay Date: November 18, 2014 at 14:07
i m a very big fan of 38 s impossible to me to say what is the best 38 special s record."bone against still" is sure the more complete and the more mature 38 special s realise.i love this jewel.unfortunatelly no bonus track on the japan import.

CD: Whitford/St. Holmes - Whitford/St. Holmes
From: Doug Date: November 18, 2014 at 12:35
This album is not great but also not bad. "Sharpshooter" is my fave on this one. Holmes' St. Paradise album is much better, IMO.

CD: Scorpions - In Trance
From: Doug Date: November 18, 2014 at 12:26
"In Trance" is such an awesome tune.

CD: Problem Child - Smashin Time
From: hair metal again Date: November 17, 2014 at 8:42
excellent hard rock indie by PROBLEM CHILD back in 93!i own the Retrospect rerelease and it s pretty good with all lyrics and photos!this one has superb musicianship,great songwriting and its extremely hard rockin ,groovy and with lots of attitude!i d like the vocs to be less crispy at moments and 1 or 2 more commercial songs in it!"cant stop the shakin","big time bad" and 'feelin lucky" are the highlights of this fine indie!

CD: David Gibson - David Gibson
From: desiodom75 Date: November 17, 2014 at 3:17
Mega rare excellent AOR/hi-tech work by this Canadian working class hero,well produced and with a sophisticated and pleasant songwriting!..I don't want commit mistakes,but this album is titled "We close our eyes",so far best song between all others proposed. 85/100.

CD: Scorpions - In Trance
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 16, 2014 at 12:44
A raw & heavy sound in here..."Dark Lady" and "In Trance" are the best cuts IMHO...tracks 4,6 & 9 are also good ones...this band step by step has become in Rock Icons...78/100

CD: Jeff Cosco / Don Mancuso - Stuff From Beers Ago
From: desiodom75 Date: November 16, 2014 at 9:13
In agreement with all above mentioned guru experts!..totally addicted to this sound,perfect example of melodic rock from eighties!..only "call of the eagle" it's enough to explain my joy! .devastating AOR/MR. 90/100. Rare indie release.

CD: Signal - Loud and Clear
From: edwithmj Date: November 16, 2014 at 7:10
I must say I prefer this to Unruly Child's debut. The tracks are more melodic and the hooks are more plentiful. Mark Free's voice is of course brilliant but what stands out for me is the blend of keyboard and guitars that I love in a lot of similar bands. Favourite tracks are Arms of a Stranger, Does it Feel Like Love, This Love, This Time, Could This Be Love; and the album finishes off with the best one: Run Into The Night (a track so good, it has to be heard to be believed). Very enjoyable melodic hard rock indeed.

CD: John Warren - One Heart
From: desiodom75 Date: November 15, 2014 at 18:45
Perfect mix of Tim Feehan,Richard Marx and Stan Bush with a distinctive vocals range!..very good work of perfect pop/westcoast hi-tech,produced by the great Andrew Gold! Best songs so far are:''The chosen few''-''We danced all night''and title track;rare album issued only in Japan. 88/100.

CD: Wild Rose - Hit 'N' Run
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 15, 2014 at 9:29
Another nice album by these Wild Roses...but nothing compared with the band's debut to be honest and being objective with you all."All For Love" is a sweet song along with "I Want Your Love"...another fine moments are tracks 5,6,7,8 & 9...86/100

CD: Thunderhead - Ugly Side
From: Japangea Date: November 15, 2014 at 0:20
Is Thunderhead with Ted Thunderhead like Motorhead with Lemmy? That's a tough question.By the way,this is a nice stuff even the band is only with 1/4 original Thunderhead.

CD: Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 14, 2014 at 17:32
... nominally sassy hard rock is a style whose time, like it or not, has passed. It's just really hard to re-create outside of its era. Crazy Lixx do it better than just about everybody trying these days, but it doesn't change the fact that it's an attempt to make music from another time.

CD: Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 14, 2014 at 17:28
The first thing that jumped out at me was ... Wow! They really doubled down on the gang-harmony vocals. Tripled down on them, even. Instead of three or four extra voices, it sounds like twenty or thirty. A bit overboard, really. Otherwise, it's the same Hardline/Lynch Mob/early Skid Row-style music that we've come to expect. Hysteria on crack, maybe? Tunes like "Helll Raising Women," "Girls Of The '80's," "All Looks, No Hooks," "Call To Action" and "Psycho City" sound great in 2014, but, as always, I wonder if they would have stood out as much, if we could transport them, and ourselves, back to 1988. Along those lines, songs like the worn-out "Sound Of The Loud Minority" (We're the young, we're the free")--even the title is borrowed from one of their own previous albums, and "Outlaw" ("Outlaw, quick-draw, you shot me with your love gun") just sound worn-out and silly. I love old hair-metal, don't get me wrong. But Crazy Lixxx's particular style of slick, smooth-voiced, huge-chorused, n

CD: Whitford/St. Holmes - Whitford/St. Holmes
From: hair metal again Date: November 14, 2014 at 9:40
sensational hard rock release by those 2 great musos!WHITFORD/ST HOLMES s debut has a great commercial &hard rockin sound ,with great songs and fine production by Tom Allom!all the songs sound great and really cant find anything missing...i d say that this is a much under rated one and if you re lucky enuff to find this rare cd ,buy it instantly!

CD: Lipstik - First Kiss
From: desiodom75 Date: November 14, 2014 at 8:06
Another dream fades away!absolutely killer EP of pure and magic MHR!..These four guys came from Montreal,Canada and released in New Jersey this little masterpiece! Two outstanding ballads guitars driven inside!90/100;so rare,expensive and almost impossible to find it!..anyway this band deserved a deal!

CD: Crazy Lixx - Crazy Lixx
From: pgborden Date: November 14, 2014 at 2:16
The promise of Crazy Lixx is finally realized. Past albums have had a good song here, a good song there, but never a complete solid effort. This is THE Crazy Lixx album I hoped they were capable. Highly recommended.

CD: Van Halen - Diver Down
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 13, 2014 at 16:38
"Where Have All The Goood Times Gone" IS a cover, dude. Obviously not as welll known in its original form as "Pretty Woman" or "Dancing In The Streets," but a cover all the same. I can't think of who did it first, offhand. Fleetwood Mac, maybe?

CD: Fingerprints - Time Is All We Need
From: desiodom75 Date: November 13, 2014 at 4:20
One of the most precious soft melodic gems ever and so rare and expensive first press album;Anyway,here we're in front of a masterpiece of soft melodic rock flavoured with sophisticated pop/west coast hi tech touches;perfect! Top songs,in my humble personal opinion are "I want you","Time is all we need" and "Stay the night" Essential;92/100.

CD: Van Halen - Diver Down
From: hair metal again Date: November 13, 2014 at 3:05
very good release once again by the mighty VAN HALEN back in the early 80 s !astonishing musicianship ,attitude,style and the star quality of a top class band!"where have all the good times gone","secrets" are the highlights and the only thing that dislike is are the covers!VAN HALEN rocks

CD: Tommy Nilsson - Tommy Nilsson
From: desiodom75 Date: November 13, 2014 at 2:42
Perfect Westcoast/AOR album,not fillers or weak song inside,all the cream of LA sessions men United around this project!..absolutely a must for any serious fans of good music. 90/ song so far is "Dark angel",killer anthem.

CD: Whitesnake - Live In '84: Back To The Bone
From: Doug Date: November 12, 2014 at 18:58
Amazing band line up on this one. The line up pictured above ain't too shabby either (Vandenberg too).

CD: 707 - The Fourth Decade
From: Doug Date: November 12, 2014 at 18:53
Interesting comparison to Goodwyn. 707 was best (IMO) with Chalfant at the mic; now that dude can sing!

CD: Bon Jovi - 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit
From: JONBONPIGO Date: November 12, 2014 at 18:48
THE 80'S ARE BON JOVI...Each and every release are awesome...growing from their 84' Self titled release..85' 7800 Fahrenheit...86' Slippery When Wet...& 88' New Jersey...Then slowly downhill...(although I love some of their 90's songs and a handful of the post 90's)..this period is the Bon Jovi to know and love

CD: 707 - The Fourth Decade
From: aorluver Date: November 12, 2014 at 14:14
The singer is so close to Myles Goodwyn on higher notes that it's uncanny

CD: Roko - Roko
From: 123charpenay Date: November 12, 2014 at 13:59
what a great record!13 killer songs absoluty no fillers at the horizon.all songs will hooked you immediatly cause all have some irresistibles choruses .big sound ,big guitars and some very smart keyboards which are placed exactly at the good place.i can add that mr roko kolhmeyer is a real excellent singer.roko kolhmeyer is the brain of the band cause so he play guitars and have writing all the songs (except jane of course)(superb cover).this jewel is a masterpiece essential in all serious melodic hard rock collection.i ve never find this album in japan import cause each time the price is totally crazy for this exceptionnal raritie.

CD: Ambition - Ambition
From: hair metal again Date: November 12, 2014 at 1:57
pretty good project by AMBITION through Frontiers Records!nice songwriting,acceptable musicianship and some good songs are offered here and overall a pleasant result!of course the problem is that they re not a real band and there s not enuff hard rock edge in the songs!"hold on","hypocrites" and "no wasted moments" are the highlights of this ok release!

CD: W.E.T. - One Live - In Stockholm
From: the rocker Date: November 11, 2014 at 21:14
The 2 bonus tracks are great, and I hope we get a 3rd album(if not more) from these guys. Both of their albums have been my #1s of their respected year of release.

CD: Ian Thomas - Levity
From: desiodom75 Date: November 11, 2014 at 9:30
Very good,pleasant and charming work of AOR/West coast flavoured with hi- tech touch by this Canadian singer and musician,known for an excellent West coast work in 1981;..till few years ago this one was only album published on cd;best so far in my opinion of his career;rare and beautiful. Best tracks are:title track,losing control and Back to the square one(In Germany this work is well known as The square one album).90/100;Advised.

CD: JC - Desire
From: desiodom75 Date: November 11, 2014 at 9:19
One of the most wanted and famous worldwide melodic rock indies work ever! Sensational from start to finish! Pure magic,solid aor/hi- tech,great musicianship,beautiful vocal range and no one weak song in!..rare and wonderful! 95/10,totally deserved.

CD: Whitesnake - Live at Donington
From: underworld king Date: November 11, 2014 at 8:04
Good live album from Whitesnake's hair metal days.

CD: Whitesnake - Made In Britain/ The World Record
From: underworld king Date: November 11, 2014 at 7:54
Another great live lp from Whitesnake!

CD: Gemini Five - Babylon Rockets
From: Dramarama Date: November 10, 2014 at 21:28
This CD is absolutely amazing. Imagine Tim Skold fronting Dr Feelgood era Motley Crue. Chemicals Between Us is the best track on here, but honestly the whole thing kicks ass. Do yourself a favour and pick this one up.

CD: Surrender - Surrender
From: desiodom75 Date: November 10, 2014 at 16:01
Wonderful melodic hard rock Indie album,one of the best and hard to find ever!..Unfortunately,only 6 songs but what a work,where we can find excellent semi-acoustic ballads as ''Leave her to heaven'',''One chance'' and''day after rain'',powered ballads full of keys and feelings as ''baby step'',driving hard rock anthems as ''Song child'' and ''See to believe''....early Tyketto and Bon Jovi are good comparisons for these 4 guys,so talented!..they come from Colorado,USA.

CD: In Faith - There's a Storm Coming
From: MysticHealer Date: November 10, 2014 at 11:14
I don't get all the attraction and attention to be honest. Very average Melodic Hard Rock to my ears, heard it done a gazillion times better by a gazillion better bands. Sure there are a few nice moments but overall it just doesn't cut it for me. Average, nothing more nothing less.

CD: Q5 - When the Mirror Cracks
From: hair metal again Date: November 10, 2014 at 3:27
excellent 2nd release by Q5 and imho much better than their fine debut!this one is more commercial and the songwriting is in the highest level!i really cant find any fillers and i strongly believe that the band should support more this approach!anyway ..i highly recommend it and if you have any doubts just listento "your tears","never gonna love again","cold heart","when the mirror cracks"!wonderful stuff

CD: Tygers Of Pan Tang - Best of Tygers of Pan Tang: On the Prowl
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 9, 2014 at 21:24
A very good and solid my personal opinion the best vocalist this band has ever had was Jon Deverill...90/100

CD: Journey - Greatest Hits
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 9, 2014 at 21:18
Essential to say the least...a good selection of songs,obviously there were some other good ones of the band left out but still you can have some memorable moments in here...100/100

CD: Messenger - Perfect Storm
From: brokenmirror Date: November 9, 2014 at 16:29
Walking the thin line between Powerfull Hardrock and melodic metal with a very good instinct for great guitar work. Recommend.

CD: TabU - Romper Con Todo
From: brokenmirror Date: November 9, 2014 at 15:48
Great melodic Hardrock as well as their debut. This band is still rockin`. Recommend, too.

CD: TabU - Ven a mi
From: brokenmirror Date: November 9, 2014 at 15:42
Pretty melodic Hardrock in the 80`s style with spanish vocals. Recommend.

CD: Dalton - Pit Stop
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 9, 2014 at 13:34
With a Pop but a bit edgier feeling ala 7th Heaven or Sha-Boom is what Dalton is offering in here...some good tracks in the shape of "Ready Or Not","Hey You","Follow Your Dreams"(nice mid tempo),"Bad Love","One Voice","Something For The Pain","50/50" & "TGIF"(a good rocking one)...enjoyable stuff...87/100

CD: Magellan - Symphony for a Misanthrope
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 9, 2014 at 0:01
A good record..."Why Water Weeds" is my fave in here...tracks 4,6,7 & 8 also have that atmospheric feel of Prog music...80/100

CD: In Faith - There's a Storm Coming
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 8, 2014 at 11:02
Undoubtedly one of the best late 2014's records...pure 80's Melodic Rock/AOR essence in here...great vocals,great melodies...what else could you ask for?...tracks 1,2,4(nice),5,7,8,10(nice)& 11 are directly in my book of songs...recommended...90/100

CD: Joseph Williams - 3
From: Locoaor Date: November 8, 2014 at 1:27
Su mejor disco y el mas logrado en toda su carrera como solista, muy recomendable, temas descatables Goin Home y Top Down Girl.

CD: Hairdryer - Off To Hairadise
From: Doug Date: November 7, 2014 at 19:01
Lead singer sounds a bit like Tom Keifer, well sorta. Silly name for a band.

CD: 707 - The Fourth Decade
From: Doug Date: November 7, 2014 at 18:52
"Don't Say You Love Me" is a cool tune.

CD: Frank Ryan - You You
From: desiodom75 Date: November 7, 2014 at 17:09
Great and surprising work of AOR-Hi tech;very good songwriting and musicianship! songs so far are title track and fire in the dark,really an epic song of six minutes(magic)..totally agree with comments above by great Rafo and Rick;...Robert Tepper and John Parr are references for Frank Ryan. my vote is 88...excellent and rare.

CD: Among Thieves - Among Thieves
From: desiodom75 Date: November 7, 2014 at 16:01
Hi Everybody,very nice and pleasant band from Australia,which released only this album but they did awesome work!..honestly a sort of hidden gem,full of ballads(the night goes on,my favourite),''after the flood' too and remarkable is ''Faith in love'';comparison with 1927 is proper,less talent,same songwriting. my vote is 85/100.

CD: Among Thieves - Among Thieves
From: desiodom75 Date: November 7, 2014 at 16:00
Hi Everybody,very nice and pleasant band from Australia,which released only this album but they did awesome work!..honestly a sort of hidden gem,full of ballads(the night goes on,my favourite),''after the flood' too and remarkable is ''Faith in love'';comparison with is proper,less talent,same songwriting. my vote is 85/100.

CD: Romeo - Romeo
From: desiodom75 Date: November 6, 2014 at 17:53
Good evening everybody...What can I say or add more..well,essential and awesome Indie release of pure and magic melodic rock,for sure of one the best ever!ballads,vocals harmonies,winners melodies,enjoyable duet of lead vocals,what we want more?!..maybe it neeeded by label a powered sound engineering and a production adequate..patience!...96/100.proud to own it!

CD: Praying Mantis - A Cry For The New World
From: hair metal again Date: November 6, 2014 at 10:06
ok release by PRAYING MANTIS ,in their classic hard rock way!the musicianship is acceptable ,the production very good ,but the songwriting isnt as good as expected!i cant find any big songs in it and this is their biggest issue!"a cry for the new world" and "open your heart" are the highlights!

CD: Crawley - Addiction
From: zld Date: November 6, 2014 at 8:33
Great cd. Love it from start to finish. Ballsy rock and sharp guitars. 9/10

CD: Murderdolls - Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 5, 2014 at 22:17
It's like somebody tried to mix White Zombie's geeky horror-movie obsessions with early L.A. Guns-style music. It's not terrible, but my biggest gripe is that, in ALL of his endeavors, Wednesday 13 just tries way too hard, working this gimmick, which isn't even alll that original, to death.

CD: April Wine - Live At The El Mocambo
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 5, 2014 at 16:37
A very nice live record by the Wines ..."You Could Have Been A Lady" is an all time fave of mine of the band...btw i own this on vinyl...83/100

CD: Angel - A Woman's Diary - Chapter Î
From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 5, 2014 at 16:35
This is like a lighter version of Nightwish(Tarja era)...a pleasant album to be honest with but with way too many mid tempo & softy faves are "Lead You Through Fire","Glow In The Dark","Flames Of Desire" & "Little Girl"...80/100

CD: Murderdolls - Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls
From: Doug Date: November 5, 2014 at 15:04
You definitely have to be in the right mood to listen this band.

CD: Burn - Global Warning
From: 123charpenay Date: November 4, 2014 at 13:41
fantastic british melodic hard rock ,with big guitars ,big sound and top quality songs who will hooked you immediatly.burn deliver a very mighty, a very smart music with big guitars and beautiful keyboards.i can add that the singer is really great.only track 8 is a filler.the japan bonus track (track 12) is not extraordinary but stay a decent can buy this record closed eyes.

CD: Extreme - Extreme
From: hair metal again Date: November 4, 2014 at 8:46
excellent hair metal release by EXTREME in their own unique way of performing!Nuno is a shining star and the musicianship is truly amazing...EXTREME s debut is explosive and if it had any big songs it would make more impact.."kid ego","big boys dont cry","little girls" are great songs indeed!essential !

CD: Pretty Maids - Sin-Decade
From: Ydol eM Date: November 3, 2014 at 17:01
I must admit that the first "touch" was a disappointment to me at that time being. The reasons were simple: the fantastic preceding albums and the lack of a significant element of their music up to then - keyboards. Despite that it was still the first European league of melodic hard n'heavy music. Thus if you like PC 69, Bonfire or Heavens Gate (IMO) you might value this good but a bit harder "stamped" effort. 80/100.

CD: Praying Mantis - To the Power of Ten
From: hair metal again Date: November 3, 2014 at 7:09
very good release by PRAYING MANTIS back in 95!faithful to their classic hard rock sound and very well performed music with nice musicianship and songwriting!Gary John Barden sounds good as always and i think that this style suits the band very much!"to the power of ten"is one of their best ever songs and "night &day","little angel"are fine songs!good stuff here!

CD: Kansas - Vinyl Confessions
From: Reverend Mayhem Date: November 2, 2014 at 18:07
By the post-Punk '80s, highly-composed '70s Prog was extremely outdated, so the mantra became "Adapt or die." This album was Kansas' effort to do just that, and although the strict 4/4 beats made the diehard Wheatheads turn up their noses, it largely succeeds. Tired of being a mouthpiece for Livgren's subtle Born Again preaching, Steve Walsh hit the bricks, leaving replacement Jon Elefante to dutifully spread Kerry's Word. But he sings great, and sounds enough like Walsh that casual listeners wouldn't know a change had even been made.Overall the sound is a polished '80s adult AOR, but with a tinge of proggie nudges here and there, including the signature Kansas violin. But strong compositions save it from coming off as just heavy Progsters gone slumming. Smooth choruses and horns on "Diamonds and Pearls" recall Chicago from the same period. Very good album if you like mid-'80s Foreigner with a dose of West Coast harmonizing and the kind of safe rockin' offered by the CCM hordes. 85/100

CD: House of Lords - Come to My Kingdom
From: AOR1 Date: October 31, 2014 at 17:32
Fantastic melodic rock. Without a doubt the best HoL release ever. Fantastic songs, great vocals. Highly recommended. 92/100

CD: Monkey See - Monkey See
From: hair metal again Date: October 31, 2014 at 12:03
pretty good commercial hard rock release by MONKEY SEE ...good musicianship,nice vocs,some good ideas ,but not really big or clear songs!these guys could do something unique,but they finally didint and the whole result seems confused!"wish me well","tough guys",living in twilight" the best moments!ok addition in your collection

CD: Life Sex and Death - The Silent Majority
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 30, 2014 at 17:30
The good songs are "Jawohl Asshole," "School's For Fools," "Telephone Call," "Fuckin' Shit Ass," "Wet Your Lips" and "Tank."

CD: Life Sex and Death - The Silent Majority
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 30, 2014 at 17:24
Only in the everything-goes confusion of the early '90's could this band have existed. Absolutely HUGE production on this disc, and he music is quite heavy most of the time. Trouble is, the band can't decide what they want to be, and the results are very scattered. There are some songs that hint at Saigon Kick/Skid Row-style heavy pop metal, and much of the guitarwork echoes that sensibility. But there's a big dose of punk rock, in both the music and attitude, and then there are odd bits of blues, country and schmaltzy pop thrown in. I'm guessing a whole shitload of drugs were consumed, or the band wants you to think so. "Stanley," he of the homeless-guy schtick, has a strong voice, but often sings poorly on purpose. THey kind of remind me of Warior Soul, in that many songs have a "message" about freedom and peace, but alternate between bitter sarcasm and earnestness in delivering it. Strange album. Very strange. Like a really smart person who's totally disorganized and goofy-acting.

CD: Stevie Rachelle - Who the Hell Am I
From: hair metal again Date: October 30, 2014 at 10:13
totally agree but with M.Allen in this one!not bad at all ,but nothin mindblowin either!Steve through the 90s got mellow and decide to do a slow and non hard edged semi acoustic one!"so many seasons","path of choices","broken man" the best moments!i quite enjoyed it

CD: Def Leppard - Euphoria
From: ghettonation73 Date: October 30, 2014 at 8:30
I like this cd, 100x better than Slang. Promises, Back In Your Face and Day After Day are some of the best tracks on the cd, Paper Sun is #1, best tune on the cd. Good job with this one guys.

CD: Foreigner - Records
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 29, 2014 at 22:06
Looks like all the Foreigner anybody needs. Give them credit for being great pop songwriters in their day, but there was always something a little dorky about this band. I guess in the years from which this material was drawn, a time when "AOR" was king as a musical genre as much as a radio format, these songs were state of the art. But even at their heaviest (i.e. "Jukebox Hero"), the band never really rocked alll that convincingly.For a contemporary reference, AC/DC probably made them look like the lightweights they were back then. I realize I'm speaking in hindsight, as I was a baby when 4 was released, but I'm trying to put myself in the mindset of the time, trying to imagine who the "typical Foreigner fan" was when Records was released. And the various images that come to mind are all different flavors of wuss.

CD: Saxon - St. Georges Day Sacrifice Live in Manchester
From: Metal T Date: October 29, 2014 at 21:47
Another strong Saxon live' effort,good setlist and sound! Good stuff!

CD: Robby Valentine - The Queen Album
From: Jez Date: October 29, 2014 at 17:18
I've had Vol 1 and 2 for a year or so (and have just got the 1 disc version with the 5 extra songs). This really is the perfect way to do a 'Tribute' and Robby has done a miraculous job here. These are no paint it by number versions of these songs and Robby has pulled off virtually note for note perfect versions, whilst also treating them sympathetically and putting his own stamp on them. No mean feat. whatsoever bearing in mind what is involved in re-creating these sometimes complex songs. All Queen fans need to hear this and marvel at how good these really are.

CD: Andy Taylor - Thunder
From: hair metal again Date: October 29, 2014 at 12:08
excellent hard rock release by ANDY TAYLOR along with the very fine Steve Jones and some of the greatest session musos!many great songs ,hooks and looks!"i might lie" is a mega hit,"life goes on","dont let me die young",'tremblin","broken window" are sensational songs!essential of course!

CD: Foreigner - Records
From: Dramarama Date: October 29, 2014 at 12:00
I had this cassette when I was a kid and honestly, I'm didn't realize it was a greatest hits album back then. The songs fit together seamlessly and really give a great picture of the Foreigner sound.

CD: Robby Valentine - Bizarro World
From: Jez Date: October 29, 2014 at 10:54
Robby' first studio album proper since '07 excellent 'Falling Down In Misanthropolis' & a quite brilliant album it is. 'Bizarro World' has got the lot, the super slick Queen like harmonies & guitar parts, as is his trademark, bombastic rock tunes ala The title track & 'Rockstar', the modern pop of 'From Dusk Till Dawn' & 'You're Tearing Me Down', which if pushed enough, could be a major hit single, the power ballads 'Close The Door' & 'My Mistake', 2 excellent slower tracks that Robby always seems to master impeccably. 'Schizophonicated' is, like the title track, heavier & Muse like, whilst 'Deadbeat Boy' swings exactly in the opposite direction & shows Robby' quirky side. There is still 'Trip To The Moon' & the mega catchy 'Black Rain' to get your ears around, unmistakably Valentine in sound & 2 of the strongest songs on the album. This is categorically one of the finest albums you are going to hear this year bar non, although non RV fans will probably be left bemused as usual.

CD: Billy Idol - Kings And Queens Of The Underground
From: Wardy Date: October 28, 2014 at 20:55
Well said so far, wrap CC and Jez' above reviews together & that there's a good reflection of this release. It has been suggested too Devil'sPlayground was deliberately rock focused while King&Queens was an open book. Speaking of books, considering Billy's autobiography is hitting shelves Kings&Queens plays straight outta those pages, honest reflection being the albums strength which alone steps up from his previous record. And that title track provides the best example of the albums content, Kings&Queens alone is Billy's story. Dislike the OTT pop chorus of lead single Can'tBreakMeDown but otherwise a fine enough tune. Jez accurately describes Postcards as another crack at the RebelYell template (as was Scream previously) & it's the best rocker here, another highlight is opener BitterPill & its wonderful Stevens solo. Yeah too ballad heavy but even those work OneBreathAway old school cool. Taken for what it is Billy has proven age be damned & delivered a solid record. Rating 8

CD: Harem Scarem - Mood Swings
From: davidgil80 Date: October 28, 2014 at 11:51
My fauvorite all time album. Pure perfection. "If There Was A Time" is possibly, one of the best songs Iīve ever heard in my life. Breathtainkg album, nothing is better than this.

CD: Extreme - Extreme
From: Doug Date: October 27, 2014 at 18:56
Nuno is a ridiculously good guitarist.

CD: Billy Idol - Kings And Queens Of The Underground
From: Jez Date: October 27, 2014 at 15:15
Brilliant album from start to finish. A good mix of stuff on here from the very retro lead single 'Can't Break Me Down' through to the awesome 'Postcards From The Past', which is very 'Rebel Yell' part 2, 'Eyes Wide Shut', the poppy 'Bitter Pill' and the more mellow stuff, which is top quality too, especially 'Ghosts In My Guitar' and 'Love And Glory'. Good to see Steve Stevens back on here with a few lovely flourishes throughout the album and to top it off, there's a very nice Trevor Horn production job. 'Devils Playground' was a great comeback album, but this one is even better and his best album since 'Rebel Yell' back in the 80's

CD: Stryper - Live at the Whisky
From: 123charpenay Date: October 27, 2014 at 14:03
hi rick.the best cd of 2014 is unbreakable"knockout" mixing by michael voss and produced by hermann rarebell.unfortunately not on heavy harmonies.

CD: Accept - Blind Rage
From: Japangea Date: October 27, 2014 at 5:00
Mark Tornillo does a good job than that fat guy.In a very bad cover but they have never used a good cover in the past,so it's not a big problem. Herman Frank is,as usual,treated badly and underratedly.Eiter Wolf or Peter,will know when he leaves the band.

CD: Emerald Rain - Broken Saviours
From: hair metal again Date: October 27, 2014 at 3:50
pretty good debut by EMERALD RAIN back in 97!guitar driven ,commercial hard rock music by musos that liked heavy metal music in their youth!nice riffs,hooks and some good songs are offered here,but the whole result isnt as hard rockin as it should..."heart on the line","heaven s light","broken saviours" and "in my eyes " are the highlights!nice little addition

CD: Dream Theater - Greatest Hit ...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 26, 2014 at 20:49
Gotta love that album title. Otherwise, this is the way to experience Dream Theateer: in bite-size pieces, culling what are mostly their best songs. I like they way they split it up between harder songs on the first disc, and softer ones on the second. Not being a huge fan of the band, I can't quibble much over track selection, except that "Burning My Soul," one of the better songs (and first single) from the much-maligned Falling Into Infinity, isn't here.

CD: Nickelback - Silver Side Up
From: Ydol eM Date: October 26, 2014 at 15:07
This music is like a bulldozer crossed with Cadillac. Beyond rather simple and raw rhythms I can feel a flash git's pose (in a good sense of word) and catchy vocal harmonies. These guys drive along the same roads as Creed, The Almighty or Metallica (during their softer era). Hard n'heavy mixed with post-grunge that don't bore. 70/100.

CD: Extreme - Extreme
From: Dramarama Date: October 26, 2014 at 11:24
I agree that the lyrics are typical of the time and definitely pander to the teen set, but the Music and the Harmonies and the rhythm section! It's like someone took, the Beatles, Queen,Van Halen and Parliment Funkadelic and stirred them up into the most delicious gumbo ever. They definitely expanded their sound and became sort of a Faith No More for the less adventurous kids, but this is still a fun listen and an excellent foundation.

CD: Stryper - Live at the Whisky
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 25, 2014 at 14:09
I agree in one way or another with you CC but in here they mixed at least new ones with classics...still there's some fun around them!!!...90/100

CD: Threshold - For The Journey
From: Wardy Date: October 24, 2014 at 23:40
Magnificent! Perhaps slower overall but less is more being their friend, For The Journey is the perfect followup to March Of Progress & will be damn hard to beat. Wilson mesmerizes with another wonderful vocal performances & here the songs go deeper, further into the psyche. Initially felt not as instant as its predecessor but this record continues to reveal itself even moreso than MOP with repeat listens. Watchtower On The Moon, Turned To Dust & personal fave Autumn Red are the rockers, none quite the epics this time but deliver regardless. Epic is instead held over for The Box which weaves its way through acoustic interludes and guitar riffery (just what's inside The Box anyone's guess). Early opinions varied but think that was essentially due to a perceived lack of up&go or anything too different, but any Threshold fan should see past that and find this a hugely rewarding listen & yet another record up to the lofty high standards these guys continue to deliver - Splendid! Rating 9

CD: Threshold - March of Progress
From: Wardy Date: October 24, 2014 at 23:12
Surprisingly MOP my first listen to Threshold & was hands down one of the best kicks to the head these ears had received in quite some time. Stunning record so much to enjoy couple years down the track still discovering new thing to like. Have explored the back catalog since, Threshold probably one of the best prog bands out there. MOP remains the preferred listen or at least until ForTheJourney hit last month. Wilson has a beautiful voice, strong on emotion & range to boot. Highlights are most but the epic singalongs The Rubicon & The Hours standout, Colophon succeeds in Tool like bass noodling & a stunning chorus, Ashes kicks off perfectly and Coda another short but killer piece of prog. In the wake of Mac's passing (RIP) Threshold did good getting Damian back on voice & deliver a near masterpiece. Much like their entire catalog, MOP will stand well the tests of time, particularly now sitting perfectly alongside partner in progress For The Journey. Highly recommended Rating 9

CD: Von Groove - Von Groove
From: Metal T Date: October 24, 2014 at 21:30
Pretty much had the same experience as T-Bone did,found this one for a buck the other day in the used section.Nice surprise...not bad.Sounds kinda like a canadian Hardline w/ some XYZ thrown in there at times...good vox,nice riffs.

CD: Paradise - Do Or Die
From: Metal T Date: October 24, 2014 at 21:19
Picked this one up a few years back.One of the lesser known strip' bands.Cool band...definitely an XYZ vibe.Paradise should of gotten signed over alot of the usual overhyped slop that was being sh!t out on the majors but ended up getting a deal in Germany.Nothing too original,but were a solid band for the style.

CD: Danger Angel - Revolutia
From: andi Date: October 24, 2014 at 14:53
Never heard such bad bad voice!!!derrible!!!!

CD: Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees
From: hair metal again Date: October 24, 2014 at 11:47
this was meant to be big and it did in a very convincing way!DAMN YANKEES is a super band that was made fo its members to get a piece of the pie:the hair metal movement was on top of the world and everybody jumped on it!Ron Nevison s production is awesome ,the band is made of shining stars and the result was blowmindin:explosive commercial hard rock at its best,a true celebration of the genre!

CD: RTZ - Return to Zero
From: hair metal again Date: October 24, 2014 at 6:14
excellent debut by RTZ with amazing production,sound ,musicianship and songwriting!Brad Delp s vocals are sensational and shine all over ,while the rest of the band delivers also great commercial tunes!"this is my life","until your love comes back around","rain down on me" are the highlights of this great one!

CD: Allen - Lande - The Great Divide
From: Axe Slinger Date: October 23, 2014 at 22:32
Very, very happy to report that T. Tolkki did a great job on this disc. It was a slam dunk that Allen and Lande would sound great but the songs themselves are outstanding to these ears. It it anything new? Nope, but it a continuation of what was great about the other 3 discs. Solid effort all around. 90/100

CD: Bride - End of the Age (The Best of Bride)
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 23, 2014 at 19:38
Ummm...this band had an issue with the vocals of Mr Thompson in here,at least on this compilation of the band's early stuff...unstandable and irritating to be honest...the songs in here that were balanced well musically and vocally talking are "Same 'Ol Sinner","Fire And Brimstone" & "All Hallow's Eve"...a matter of tastes but for me is a simple record...quite dull...65/100

CD: Great White - Great Zeppelin - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 23, 2014 at 19:32
Great White along with Kingdom Come were more recognized for being a "copy & paste" version of Led Zeppelin but somehow in a subtle way that you could forget such daring ...a band that i had the chance to see live supporting David Lee Roth on his "Skyscraper" Tour back in late 80's...this tribute is simply one of the most "hi-in-fidelity" ones i've heard in years of a band to a band...masters paying respect to the gods!!!...95/100

CD: Dream Theater - Train of Thought
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 23, 2014 at 19:21
Enjoyable album!!!...even though i'm not very keen on "long lasting songs" i could easily say that i really enjoy it ..."As I Am" is simply the best cut in here IMHO...tracks 2,3 & 7 also rock!!!...93/100

CD: Billy Idol - Kings And Queens Of The Underground
From: CC Date: October 23, 2014 at 18:00
Back in 2005 I preordered Devils playground with low expectations but was blown away by that album, to the point it was my album of the year, but with this album I think my expectations were even lower. Firstly because I knew it would be an incredibly difficult thing to match or better Devils Playground, and secondly because the lead single left me with mixed emotions. Now I have to say that the more I listened to Cant break me down, the more I loved it, so things started looking up. My first opinion of the album was that it wasnt as rock as Playground, but it still had that classic 80s Idol feel to it. There are maybe a few too many slower paced songs, but overall this is another great album, and proof that there is still life in the old dog. Unsurprisingly considering its released at the same time as his autobiography, there is a very autobiographical feel to most of the songs as well (hence the slower tracks).

CD: Adrenaline Rush - Adrenaline Rush
From: Jez Date: October 23, 2014 at 16:54
Erik Martensson is all over this , so worshippers of his other projects will be all over this like a rash. There's some really good solid tunes, with no real fillers. The vocals maybe the weak link here, as they are good without being anything special, but the rest of the album from the production and whole general sound of the thing is top notch. Well worth picking up in my opinion for fans of FF hard rock ala Laos, Femme Fatale, Saraya etc.

CD: Richard Marx - Beautiful Goodbye
From: Jez Date: October 23, 2014 at 16:52
This is a quite beautiful album and one of his best in a long time, not that his last few albums have been poor at all. It is very Adult contemporary/ Pop and is very chilled throughout, with only a couple of up beat songs, but the song writing is exquisite and beautifully done. A years highlight so far

CD: State of Salazar - All the Way
From: Jez Date: October 23, 2014 at 16:50
Top quality all the way here and all the AOR/West Coast fans are gonna love this one. Lots of Toto, Survivor and even some Styx elements in the keys and harmonies aswell. Super slick production, without being overdone, with special note for the lead and backing vocals which are superb throughout. Very nice indeed

CD: Outside Edge - More Edge
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: October 23, 2014 at 16:00
Total AOR masterpiece.Farmer is simply great,no matter what they say,if you love AOR,you ll love this.Rock on in Heaven tonight!!

CD: Gotthard - Bang!
From: 123charpenay Date: October 23, 2014 at 13:09
yesterday evening in lyon at ninkasi we have the chance to see the gotthard s for the firebirth tour the songs of the new record are better live than on the record.gotthard play two hours.two hours of happinness,they deliver us, their fabulous hard melodic rock.what pleasure.the sound was terrific!!!!very hard of course and very clear and pure.they finished with "anytime anywhere " and "thank you".they promise to the crowd that they will be come back in france ,cause they " love speak french".i m waiting the next time.

CD: A.S.A.P. - Silver and Gold
From: Ydol eM Date: October 23, 2014 at 13:02
Adrian Smith prepared a little surprise for fans of hard aor rock bands from the British Isles like No Sweat, Heartland, Strangeways etc. Nice hooks, good dialogue between the guitars and keyboards, a bit weaker vocal but skillfully mixed in the record make this album interesting and worthy of attention. 80/100.

CD: Houston - Relaunch II
From: 123charpenay Date: October 23, 2014 at 12:46
i never was a big fan of this band.their music is too soft at my taste too limit pop advice don t change with this record.what a very strange idea to put 6 covers and 4 real songs of the band on this new cd.or they make a full cover cd ,why not ,or they realise a new real record.on the four real songs we have one filler track 10 and three excellent songs tracks 5.8 and 9.for the 6 covers we have a big fillers track 6.tracks 1 and 2 are very very great ,they remind me i ten "taking a cold look".excellent reference.the best cover is track 4 "souls" from rick springfield.tracks 3 and 7 are great but very very pop,limit variety.not for me.the sound and production are perfect ,pure and clear.thumbs up for the producer.with a little more guitar,with a little more balls this guys have the potential to be a real great a o r band.i propose them to cover "hot stuff" from donna summer.this song is a bomb and it s a surprise that any hard rock band cover this hit.

CD: Free Spirit - All The Shades Of Darkened Light
From: 123charpenay Date: October 23, 2014 at 12:32
to be very complete and very honest ,i can add that the sound of this record is not extraordinary.the production is sometimes muddy.the mixing a little s incredible that a so talented band don t find a real great producer for giving them the sound they deserve.

CD: Wrabit - Tracks
From: hair metal again Date: October 23, 2014 at 7:26
excellent release by WRABIT and i d say that they have a unique style here:classic hard rock,some pomp,some epic,a bit heavy,Tracks is a great release and the band offers a fine musicianship and good songs!Lou Nadeau s vocs are sensational and there is a certain quality in everything!"i ll never run away','soldier of fortune","bare knuckles" and "dont stop me now" are the highlights of this recommended release back in 82

CD: Stranger - Stranger
From: MrMetal Date: October 22, 2014 at 13:23
STRANGER were formed out of Tampa, Florida in 1981 & were originally named LYNX & then ROMEO before settling on STRANGER. They received little record company support, promotion, or publicity. They toured the Southeast & became the biggest drawing circuit club act ever. They opened shows for QUIET RIOT, ALDO NOVA, TRIUMPH, UFO, SKID ROW, EDDIE MONEY, & others with TESLA even covering one of their songs ("Jackie's So Bad"), as well as KING'S X being fans. They gained a fanatical following throughout Florida with bassist Tom Cardenas even playing a "gator bass" that was designed in honor of the University of Florida Gator football team. They declined an offer with Atlantic Records at the end of the decade in order to not make the same mistakes twice (with CBS/Epic), & managed to release a series of self-distributed albums on their own which was a feat in itself prior to the Internet. Their last studio release was in 1996 when guitarist Ronnie Garvin would sadly commit suicide.

CD: Stormwave - Deadly Trace
From: andi Date: October 22, 2014 at 12:41
Similar to Letter X "Time of the Gathering!!!

CD: Trace - Line Of Fire
From: andi Date: October 22, 2014 at 12:36
Delbert@This Album has absolutly NOTHING to do with the voice of Tony Mills.....itīs just like Giuffria!!!And thereīs NOTHING about Melodic Metal.....please visit your ear specialist

CD: Trace - Line Of Fire
From: andi Date: October 22, 2014 at 12:29
This ainīt Hardrock Skagarack meets Giuffria=Melodic Rock with Keyboard!!!!

CD: Yngwie Malmsteen - Fire and Ice
From: hair metal again Date: October 22, 2014 at 2:58
pretty good release by MALMSTEEN ,but that seemed like a step back from the wonderful Eclipse!Yngwie &Goran are still delivering good songs and a cool sound ,but not any big hits and hooks!"teaser","all i want is everything","fire and ice" are the best among many good ones!if you like Yngwie ,you ll be satisfied

CD: Crazy Lixx - Loud Minority
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 21, 2014 at 18:49
That said, I think New Religion is their best album so far. Looking forward to the new one, though.

CD: Crazy Lixx - Loud Minority
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 21, 2014 at 18:46
With the new single ringing in my ears, I went back and revisited the band's debut. Alll the comparisons I made in my comment on the folow-up, New Religion, still apply00early Skid Row, Lynch Mob, Hardline. The songs are inconsistent, though, as for ever "Hell Or High Water" and Boneyard,," there's a big hunk of stinky old cheese like "Dr. Hollywood" or the obvious attempt at a "Livin' On A Prayer"-style story-song, "Tryin' To Make Ends Meet." I think part of the reason we think these modern-day glam bands are so great is because we don't have any contemporary comparisons. Crazy Lixx are one of the best bands doing this sound, for sure, but could they really have stood up in 1988 alongside the bands they're trying to imitate? Sorry, but that's all Crazy Lixx does: imitate bands from 25 years ago, even though they do it well, for the most part.

CD: Tattooed Love Boys - Bleeding Hearts and Needle Marks
From: hair metal again Date: October 21, 2014 at 1:57
excellent debut by TATTOOED LOVE BOYS back in 88 ,will satisfy all glamsters around!the sound,the lyrics,the attitude and the looks are great and despite the poor production and the not so strong vocals ,the result is very very good and unique in a strange way!imagine a mix of early MOTLEY CRUE and ALMIGHTY or HORSE LONDON!highlights are "sweet little ragamuffin","stikky stuff","stale lipstick" and "chase the ace"!really impressed

CD: Buckcherry - Fuck
From: Doug Date: October 20, 2014 at 17:00
So I picked this up the other day; not great IMO. I really like Josh Todd's vocals, so much grit and passion but at least on this one, nothing jumped out at me. "The Motherf#cker" is a decent tune, the others? Hmmm....

CD: Sixx: A.M. - Modern Vintage
From: Doug Date: October 20, 2014 at 16:55
I've been listening to this all day today and it's taking me some time to warm up to it. Not sure I am there yet. It's definitely not has good as "This is Gonna Hurt" in my opinion (one of my favorite albums the past few years). Tracks #10 and #11 just do not do it for me. The remake of "Drive" is interesting and "Give Me a Love" is kinda cool.

CD: Street Talk - Transition
From: hair metal again Date: October 20, 2014 at 2:40
excellent hard rock release by STREET TALK ,again intheir own soft and melodic way !many hooks ,great songs and perfect vocs by Goran Edman along with great musicianship from the rest of the band!"need someone","someday (i ll get over you)" and "ye gods and little fishes" are the best songs from this one!good stuff

CD: Guardian - Live!
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 19, 2014 at 18:52
Quite in agreement with the comment above,the cover sounds enormous comparing to the rest of the "grungy" songs,maybe "Babble On" is a song that could be saved from burning...anyway the album's still acceptable even though the track listing is was not the most convenient as they left many good songs out of their earlier "heavier" career...80/100

CD: Aerosmith - A Little South of Sanity
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 19, 2014 at 18:47
A double live CD and quite entertaining to be honest with you all...a good mix of classics and new ones of that stage(1998)...the former or still toxic twins at their very best .100/100

CD: Royal Hunt - Moving Target
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 19, 2014 at 18:44
This band is basically based on what vocalist DC Cooper does in it,the guy is a good singer that's for sure and the band surely rocks as well...i own the re-edition of this album that contains at around 4 live bonus tracks where you can listen to the band displaying its quite effective Prog Metal sound + an acoustic and a studio song...from the main album i take tracks 1,3,5(the one i liked the most),7,8 & 9...nice stuff in here...87/100

CD: Brian McDonald Group - Voyage
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: October 19, 2014 at 12:25
Desperate business is his best album.period.said that,Voyage is a masterpiece.superb pomp AOR with prog touches,and ultra catchy choruses.the album that modern Winger never wrote.

CD: Slaughter - Mass Slaughter
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 19, 2014 at 11:12
... attention to which songs were actually GOOD.

CD: Slaughter - Mass Slaughter
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: October 19, 2014 at 11:11
I disagree, Rick. Slaughter broke through for two reasons, and they are the first (and last) two songs on this compilation. "Up All Night" and "Fly To The Angels" were far and away the band's biggest hits. For about six months in 1990, you couldn't turn on MTV without seeing one of those two videos. If you need a third reason, there's "Spend My Life." Take those two songs out of the equation, and Slaughter were a marginal band. Beyond that, it seems like this compilation is really sketchy, and just seems to throw together randomly selected album tracks from the first two discs. Two of their less-played, but better, singles, "Desperately" and "Times They Change" are missing, in favor of deep cuts, including the two absolute WORST songs on Stick It To Ya, "She Wants More" and "Loaded Gun." I get that whoever put this out didn't have rights to the CMC albums, which is why only songs from the first two discs appear here. But even many of them don't seem to be chosen with any kind of attent

CD: Fire Dept. - Things Are Tough All Over
From: PauloFernandes Date: October 19, 2014 at 11:09
@happy2849, if you consider selling this cd, mail me at - we can probably make a deal on it

CD: Make-Up - Saint Seiya: Hits I
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 19, 2014 at 1:54
Very Good Melodic Hard Rock/AOR Soundtrack! Saint Seiya is a Classic! With The Transformers both are my favs cartoons of all times! "Pegasus Fantasy, Can't Say Goodbye, Friends in the Sky, Love Fighter, Blue Forever" best tracks here, 85/100.

CD: Vega - Stereo Messiah
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 19, 2014 at 1:35
Great Melodic Hard Rock! One of The Best this year Stereo Messiah, All or Nothing, Wherever We Are, Ballad of the Broken Hearted, Gonna Need Some Love Tonight, The Fall, Neon Heart, My Anarchy, The Wild the Weird the Wonderful fav tracks, 95/10.

CD: Miss Behaviour - Double Agent
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 19, 2014 at 0:56
Very Good Melodic Hard Rock/MR! "On With The Show, Double Agent, Cold Response, Edge Of The World, The Cause Of Liberty, Dancing With Danger" fav tracks, 85/100.

CD: Brother Firetribe - Diamond In The Firepit
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 19, 2014 at 0:38
Great Melodic Hard Rock/AOR! For Better Or For Worse, Desperately, Hanging By A Thread, Trail Of Tears, Winner Takes It All, Tired Of Dreaming, Reality Bites fav tracks, 90/100.

CD: David A Saylor - Strength Of One
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 19, 2014 at 0:20
Great AOR! Now You're Leaving, Flying High, My Heart Ain't Feeling Nothing, Why Does Our Love Have To End (Awesome version of Shy) It Must Be Love, How Do I Believe, Caught In The Middle fav tracks, 90/100.

CD: Dalton - Pit Stop
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 19, 2014 at 0:02
Very Good Melodic Hard Rock! Ready or Not, Hey You, Follow Your Dreams, One Voice, Here We Are, 50/50 fav tracks, 85/100.

CD: Wild Rose - Hit 'N' Run
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 19, 2014 at 0:00
Great AOR/Melodic Rock! Through The Night, I'll Be There, Another Day, Can't Wait On Love, Give In To Me, Don't Walk Away, All For Love, I Want Your Love fav tracks, 90/100.

CD: Slaughter - Mass Slaughter
From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 18, 2014 at 21:30
This band basically broke through because some certain hits here and there like for example "Real Love" which a good mid tempo song,"Eye To Eye" & "Burnin' Bridges" among other cuts that are more or less under the same pattern...even though the band was not that huge still got the attention of the media back then...a decent collectin that contains what we can call the resume of the,quite unbalanced,career...88/100

CD: April Wine - Frigate
From: hair metal again Date: October 18, 2014 at 4:06
pretty good release by APRIL WINE that offers some fine songs and especially when things get slower!the rockers arent so strong but there s a certain quality all over and fantastic vocs!'if i was a stranger","hard to believe" and "mind over matter " are the highlights!

CD: Free Spirit - All The Shades Of Darkened Light
From: 123charpenay Date: October 17, 2014 at 15:58
hi friends it s time to wake up.only one comment before me?the first free spirit album is an absolute masterpiece.this second realise like their last album he breathe the class start to the end.maybe they not realise the exploit to be at the same level than their extraordinary debut.nevertheless we speak about a top class a o r record.with free spirit it s simple never a weak song ,never an average song,only killer songs.what pleasure to listen a so smart music.ok this record is a raritie cause only available in finland (carpel records).very hard to find but not impossible.receive it today from my friend sebastian(music buy mail).

CD: China - Sign in the Sky
From: Ydol eM Date: October 16, 2014 at 16:41
Some albums are special for a man e.g. when they helped surmount some life obstacles or people have some precious memories connected with the songs. This is just a case of this album for me. I'd love it anyway because it has a unique atmosphere and some songs are really outstanding (e.g. "Won't give it up..."). Very good hard aor rock somewhere halfway between Foreigner and No Sweat (IMO). 85/100.

CD: Last Autumn's Dream - Yes
From: Photochromic Steve Date: October 16, 2014 at 16:36
I'm with Jez on this one - LAD have put out their best albums in the 2009 -2011 period and this one is one of their best along with Touch of Heaven. Definitely more consistent and better songs than their first few albums.

CD: Last Autumn's Dream - Yes
From: Photochromic Steve Date: October 16, 2014 at 15:25
I'm with Jez on this one - LAD have put out their best albums in the 2009 -2011 period and this one is one of their best along with Touch of Heaven. Definitely more consistent and better songs than their first few albums.


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