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CD: Stryper - Soldiers Under Command
From: hair metal again Date: April 23, 2014 at 3:55
excellent release by STRYPER powerful,polished and commercial !this one opened the doors of the mainstream as it became gold in the States with songs like 'first love",'surrender","(waiting for) a love that s real" !Michael Wagener did a great job in production and the band seems more comfortable than its debut!essential of course!

CD: Baton Rouge - The Hottest Of Baton Rouge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 22, 2014 at 23:23
Another enjoyable but totally faceless melodic pop-metal band. THey go for the smooth-voiced, technical thing, with a little flash,a little attitude, but not too much of either. The whole thing just feels very much like a "project" rather than a band somehow, like it wwas born in a boardroom rather than a garage. All the ingredients are there which would've moved product in the waning hair daze, but the songs and performance are just so generic, they didn't stand out in any way. This is fourth0tier stuff here, remembered only by obscurists and obsessive collectors. If you even need them at all, this compilation (clamored for by no one) offers the best of their three releases. The word that best describes them is "proficient": well-crafted, well-played, but utterly average songs.

CD: Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge
From: MrMetal Date: April 22, 2014 at 17:24
This recording was based mainly on some old Demos with Jack Ponti as the driving force. He put the project together in 1997 & would recruit Kelly Keeling back as vocalist, Pact Schick on bass, Guy Daniel on keys, & Camus Celli on drums while he played guitars & keys as well. It was never considered as an official BATON ROUGE reunion (at least according to Kelly), as that wouldn't occur until there was a reformation in 2009 to play Rocklahoma (which didn't last long for the band). The German label MTM Music published these recordings under the title of "Baton Rouge" with 2 tracks written in collaboration with Stan Bush & the inclusion of the ALICE COOPER cover of "Love's A Loaded Gun" (originally written by Cooper, Ponti, & Vic Pepe). So in reality, this was more of a Compilation project as opposed to a 3rd official BATON ROUGE album.

CD: XOrigin - State of the Art
From: 123charpenay Date: April 22, 2014 at 13:54
i ve discover this cd by concidence(thanx to schmankerl records).so after listen one minute of each songs on h h,and after reading the three comments before me ,i ve decide to find this record in japan was complicate cause this album is out of print in jap version.finally i ve find it on amazon japan.receive it today and i m not disapointed ,i m under the charm of this top class scandi a o r s very simple:you are fan of "on the rise "? ok no hesitation this record is for you.the norvegian duet have the precious help of daniel flores (drums,keyboards and all the production).mr flores make a super job the sound is absoluty perfect.only killer songs on this album.this cd is a dream to all aor fans on this earth.xorigin plays a top class,very clean,very polished,very melodic scandi a o r.the japan import is highly recommanded cause the bonus track n° 12 "death on the highway" is an irresistible hard rock s incredible that this duet is unknow and have no success,

CD: Danger Danger - Screw It!
From: Ydol eM Date: April 22, 2014 at 11:06
One of my most favourite albums during my studies in the early 90s. Really nice memories and really nice heavy rock in vein of image-alike bands Warrant, Southgang or Slaughter. 1st class ballads and Andy Timmons' perfectly responsive and efficient/purposeful guitar work (the similar great job like Warren DeMartini did on "Detonator" - IMO). However, I can't give the highest rating because of #13 which changes the whole (after)taste of the album for me. And unless I like one song at least, my rating won't be higher than 90. 90/100.

CD: Soundtracks - Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
From: hair metal again Date: April 22, 2014 at 9:10
excellent indeed as a soundtrack!with bands like EXTREME,SHARK ISLAND ,TORA TORA,GLENN BURTNICK ,BRICKLIN and the NELSON bros you cant go wrong and this one os highly recommeded to all hard rockers around!

CD: Bash Nasty - Vinyl
From: JONBONPIGO Date: April 21, 2014 at 18:47
The only song I've heard so far is "Bring It On" which has a Scorpions "Tease Me, Please Me" Riff/Pace/Rip Off about a minute into the song...coupled with vocals reminding me of a tamed down Salty Dog Vocalist.. Pretty Average Hair Metal 5/10...but worthy of any Hair/Glam/80's/Early 90's enthusiast... I'll have to check out the rest of the songs... Plus the Marketing Department get an AmiNUS for the cover art

CD: Stryper - The Yellow and Black Attack
From: hair metal again Date: April 21, 2014 at 15:14
excellent debut for STRYPER and from the start you could see they had evrything needed to succeed!powerful and highvocals,heavy riffs ,big choruses ,commercial side &long hair is all over and STRYPER show their potential!"you know what to do","you wont be lonely" are the highlights !essential for hard rockers

CD: Andi Deris - Come In From the Rain
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 20, 2014 at 21:07
Decent album and that is it..."1000 Years Away" & "Foreign Rainbow" are my faves...tracks 1,2 & 9(nice) are also good ones...Andi's voice is as usually outstanding as most of the time is,nothing to criticize about...80/100

CD: James LaBrie's Mullmuzzler - 2
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 20, 2014 at 21:01
Nice & decent effort by the man behind the Dream Theater mic,obviously it has some connotations with what he does with his motherly band 4 faves in here are tracks 2,3,4(AORish feel,a pleasant song indeed),6,8 & 10...enjoyable stuff...85/100

CD: Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 20, 2014 at 14:19
A good follower of their debut...Hard Rock mixed with a bit of a raw Glam Metal feel as well..."Ride To Live,Live To Ride" & "We're Gonna Make It" are my faves...tracks 1,2,5,8 & 10 are also good ones...85/100

CD: Aerosmith - Live Bootleg
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 20, 2014 at 14:15
In agreement with the very first comment!!! here it showed a raw & direct live band without the "make up" of nowadays(if you know what i mean)...i own it on vinyl(a double one)that included a poster...enjoyable stuff...87/100

CD: Journey - Escape
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2014 at 22:41
This album marked a before and an after for the band...a very good album for sure that has in "Don't Stop Believin'" an anthem..."Stone In Love","Who's Crying Now"(nice),"Escape","Dead Or Alive" & "Open Arms"(beautiful)are in my book directly...not a complete masterpiece but sure it has all the ingredients to be among one of the best AOR/Melodic Rock releases of all times,without,as i said,being a complete masterpiece...90/100

CD: Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2014 at 22:35
First greatest hits for Vincent Fournier better known as Alice Cooper ..."Under My Wheels","School's Out","Elected","No More Mr Nice Guy" & "Muscle Of Love" are my faves...70/100

CD: Cheap Trick - Dream Police
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2014 at 14:49
Oh guys i know that for some people this release is one of the band's best ones but not for me fact i've found it a simple one if you compare it with their previous releases that also are just decent ones except "In Color" that rocked good IMHO...i own the vinyl so i have no idea about the bonus tracks which are basically live versions of some of the songs of the main album..."Way Of The World","Gonna Raise Hell" & "I'll Be With You Tonight" are the ones i liked but nothing else...55/100

CD: Boysvoice - Serenity
From: andi Date: April 19, 2014 at 9:29
Missing this Band....please come back and stay!!!!

CD: Red Dragon Cartel - Red Dragon Cartel
From: hair metal again Date: April 19, 2014 at 2:22
pretty good release by RED DRAGON CARTEL and this is updated guitar driven heavy rock music ,just as expected by Jake E Lee!i d say that it reminds me of SLASH s recent ones !many guest appearances by great artists ,remarkable guitar work and some good songs make that a worth having release!

CD: Sahara Steel - Sahara Steel
From: MrMetal Date: April 18, 2014 at 21:49
While I can't confirm for sure, I'm pretty sure both vocalist Jack Klunder & drummer Brian Eckert were involved with the band PARIS DAANE who released a Demo in 1989. There's very little information about either PARIS DAANE or SAHARA STEEL although it sounds like Jack singing on both recordings. If I were a betting man, I'd say there's a connection but I can't confirm any of it. Fans of BANGALORE CHOIR, SIRCLE OF SILENCE, STREAM, GYPSY ROSE, BULLET BOYS, LYNCH MOB, & STEELHEART might find some interest with both PARIS DAANE or SAHARA STEEL whether they're related or not.

CD: Three Lions - Three Lions
From: Thomas/Coastline Date: April 18, 2014 at 12:01
I like pretty much everything with this release, from the Trillion looking cover to the songs, vocals, musicianship and production. A really nice combination of AOR and Melodic Hardrock. Vinny Burns reminds of 80's Gary Moore in the beautiful instrumental "Sicilian Kiss".

CD: China - We Are The Stars
From: 123charpenay Date: April 18, 2014 at 10:24
message to claudio are the lone original member of the fantastic debut album.ok you have recruted some very young musicians (they could be your sons).so be honest, change the name of the band.the music you play now ,sound very modern and have absoluty nothing in common with your extraordinary debut it s a trap for a old fan like me.the music you play now is absoluty not my cup of tea even is the production is perfect and track 7 (breakdown) a super song.the rest is not for me.

CD: China - China
From: 123charpenay Date: April 18, 2014 at 10:17
exceptional debut album.the best of their career.this record is simply irresistible.all songs are a hit!!!!super production,super singer ,super songs,ect ect.all in this disc is superb.this record is a wet dream for all melodic hard rock fan s of this planet.essential in all serious collection.

CD: Cinderella - Live at the Key Club
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 18, 2014 at 9:12
There's a "new" live album coming out next month, also recorded at the Key Club in '98, with the same songs, just in a different order. Plus, two bonus tracks from '91, most likely from the semi-official Little Rock show. This band is so fuckin' frustrating, with their rehashing of old, previously-released material, and their unwillingness to make new music until "the right situation" comes along.

CD: Airbourne - Runnin' Wild
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 18, 2014 at 7:29
Joel, I meant Joel, dammit, Ryan's the drummer.

CD: The Godz - Godzology
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 17, 2014 at 21:49
This would be cool for the live material, although the two shows in question are only two months apart and have similar track lists. The first album is available on its own, and the second one ... well, I laughed at the bonus tracks being labeled "Hotel Bathroom 1978," because to me, the whole second album sounds like it was recorded in there.

CD: Airbourne - Runnin' Wild
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 17, 2014 at 21:38
A great, high-energy, no-filler debut, these young Australians obviously learning well from the Book Of Angus and coming off like a cranked-up AC/DC, like an extension of that band's bigger-and-louder '80's approach, except Airbourne remembered the hooks. Ryan O'Keefe sings in a Sam Kinison yell that suits the stomping, power-chord-driven music perfectly. Favorite tracks: "Runnin' Wild,' "Tooo Much, Tooo Young, Too Fast," "Diamond In The Rough," "Fat City," "Girls In Black" and "Heartbreaker."

CD: Mama's Boys - The Collection
From: MetalPete1031 Date: April 17, 2014 at 8:09
The first 2/3 of this album is great. The songs from the orignal brothers lineup are fantastic, and what made these guys a fine addition to 80's hard rock. However, this disc also includes the terrible music from their last disc, with some awful singer and sounds nothing like Mama's Boys. My suggestion is to buy this, then re-record it to a CD-R minus the final tracks. Either that, or program it to stop playing after the last 'real' Mamas Boys track! Yes, the last few are THAT such, it hurts this cd's rating.

CD: Babylon A.D. - Lost Sessions / Fresno CA. 93
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 17, 2014 at 5:35
Doesn't "The Kid Goes Wild" video for "ROBO COP 2 give the BAB's any street cred? Word on the S.F. Bay streets is that the band's original members have re-grouped and are ready for action. You think with a 14 year hiatus since American Blitzkrieg (2000)that the for a triumphant return they could have pulled together more than 3 average tunes and a redux (that's French for milking old material). These guys never jumped above second tier status back in the day getting a bit more notoriety than similar acts like Shark Island. Their talent tank must be running low as they would have had a full album to promote when they do some dates in the states this summer and then they will be playing the FireFest Rock Festival in England on 10/25/14. I wonder if the band told themselves they should have gotten a copyright kickback for the(2008) movie Babylon A.D. with Vin Diesel? "The Kid Goes Wild" "ROBO COP 2

CD: Stone Glory - Stone Glory
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 17, 2014 at 3:50
Reverend Mayhem - 90s Dokken grunge? doesn't come to mind for this act to my ears. I do agree with you on Shields powerful vocals as his vox has a southern,bluesy feel with range. I submitted this one as it flew completely under the HH radar for best of (2013), not even getting a honorable mention. I put this release in in my top 10 releases for last year. The first 4 tracks are the strong with excellent musicianship and the nice ballad "One Sweet Day". The band has some range as a couple of the tracks dive into soul-infused monster truck jams. It looks like they self released this one on November 12, 2013 then re-released it on (Feb 7, 2014) with CD-R's manufactured on demand since the S/T was self released. Surprised a label hasn't picked up this talented band up or that they haven't got any print in rock publications. "RISE" track

CD: Motley Crue - New Tattoo
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 16, 2014 at 16:46
rocking album with a bit of a modern touch in it but conserving the real sound of the band intact..."Hell On High Heels" is one hell of a catchy song that along with "Treat Like The Dog I Am","New Tattoo"(nice),"1st Band On The Moon","Punched In The Teeth By Love" & "Porno Star" are my faves...84/100

CD: KISS - Alive III
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 16, 2014 at 16:39
It took so many years for Kiss to release this third "Alive" chapter...a mix of oldies and "new" ones of that stage or so...88/100...this is the typical live Kiss album you might expect.

CD: Ice Blue - Ice Blue
From: 123charpenay Date: April 16, 2014 at 13:51
i ve selled this cd ,several years ago on e bay .for me it s an average cd ,not a bad cd, very influenced by bon excellent reference.this record is nice but sound a little amateur and of course ice blue have absoluty not the class,the charism ,the talent of bon jovi.

CD: Twisted Sister - Live at Hammersmith
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 16, 2014 at 9:54
Thiss is a great live album from one of the early '80's' best live bands. The silly videos and goofy, cartoon-character persona the band took on made people forget, if they ever knew it, just how ferocious these guys could be. So here's a ripping '84 set from the band's longtime stronghold, England. The songs sound so much heavier live, as the band plays them much faster than the studio versions. Dee is a mad dog on stage, yellingand cussing and jtalking shit. This was acctually recorded for an American FM-radio broadcast, and you can telll, because in some places, Dee swears like a sailor, but on the songs most likely to make the final cut, he clearly tones his language down (but not his attitude).

CD: Stone Glory - Stone Glory
From: Reverend Mayhem Date: April 16, 2014 at 8:43
This Florida quartet's debut reverberates with '90s Dokken grunge dalliances ("Dysfunctional," "Shadowlife") and a melding of Nickleback with "Wait"-era Steelheart. Dominated by slower, heavy grooves broken up by the occasional up-speed rocker and some mellow acoustic noodling that gives way to obligatory modern power ballad harmony wailing (which I could do without). Front dude Jeff Shields has a cool voice (that is, when he leaves behind the Chad Kroeger register and heads for higher Johnny Gioeli territory), and there's some nice slide guitar bits here and there that add a little earthiness to the overall modern-ish riffing. Overall, not bad -- but not earth-shattering. A close comparison is Damon Johnson's "Slave To The System" one-off project, which went . . . nowhere. Maybe these lads will prove more enduring. 65/100

CD: Stryper - To Hell With the Devil
From: hair metal again Date: April 16, 2014 at 3:35
fantastic release by STRYPER and for me their best ever!i believe that it is the most presentative of what this band is and it achieved commercial success back in the day setting STRYPER a mainsteam one!this one contains big hits like "calling on you","honestly""holding on" "free" and "hell to the devil"!brilliant and essential

CD: Lion - Dangerous Attraction
From: dany69 Date: April 15, 2014 at 20:58
Great Album,,Awesome Riff guitar,,,same league than Keel,,Hurricane,,Icon,,But damn it,the only problem is the Singer,!!!! i pay top dollars for the 2 albums,,But i very can't stand this singer and that is sad,,,put Ron Keel on this and that is a Bomb,!!!! The guy is Flat,!!! Same tonality,!!! never a big moment,,,i hate to say this,,,but the album is so Great,,,7 on the scale of 10,,,

CD: H.E.A.T. - Tearing Down The Walls
From: Sly009 Date: April 15, 2014 at 18:12
Great follow to the address the nation album. I love this one, Emergency, can't stop listening, the EP a shot at redemption is a nice slow 'bluesy' song. Tearing Down The Walls not the best slow slong ever recorded but okay I guest. Enemy in me, Mannequin Show, Point of No Return, We Will Never Die.. etc, you will love this cd AOR fan. maybe one of the best so far this year. BUT we still have to go through Brother Firetribe and Gotthard etc.. great year I think.

CD: Daughtry - Baptized
From: CHESSBOARDER Date: April 15, 2014 at 15:16
Whats wrong with Heavy Harmonies? I really love the other three Albums of Daughtry, but this is a Pop Mixture of Melee & Katy Perry. A No-Go for this Platform and not even Rock!

CD: Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2014 at 23:44
album but never superior than its previous one "In Color" and a bit better than its debut but at the end is the same formula ..."Surrender" was a hit single back then,some other fine moments are tracks 2,5,6,9 & 10...78/100

CD: Cheap Trick - In Color
From: Doug Date: April 14, 2014 at 15:59
My favorite tune on this one is "Downed." This and Heaven Tonight are my all time favorite Cheap Trick albums.

CD: Sleeze Beez - Screwed Blued and Tattoed
From: Ydol eM Date: April 13, 2014 at 16:47
This heavy sleaze rock may have never been a candidate for Grammy but I like the way they did it. Simple catchy well-played songs with a reference to bands like Motley Crue, Vain, D.A.D., Def Leppard or AC/DC. Nice stuff to listen. 85/100.

CD: Ice Blue - Ice Blue
From: Delbert Date: April 13, 2014 at 12:06
The Vinny Label put out a string of excellent AOR releases, most of which are in demand these days. ICE BLUE's debut is very good AOR & melodic hard rock similar to early BONJOVI in style. They sing with English lyrics, but with an accent if that bothers you. This is a well produced and very melodic release that is a must have for AOR lovers like myself.

CD: Crashdiet - The Savage Playground
From: hardrockzombies_82 Date: April 12, 2014 at 22:35
Very solid CD by Crashdiet i like this one very much i recently got the Japanese Version with the song Night Hellride and also the song Liquid Jesus is very good too not as good as Rest In Sleaze, The Unattractive Revolution and Generation Wild but still a good solid Sleaze Album

CD: Cheap Trick - In Color
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 12, 2014 at 21:11
Cheap Trick went on its second album in a more commercial way ..."I Want You To Want Me" was a huge single of the band back then and still is mandatory at any Cheap Trick concert set list...tracks 1,2,3,5,7,9 & 10 are also strong cuts in here...enjoyable stuff...85/100

CD: Magnum - The Spirit
From: hair metal again Date: April 12, 2014 at 15:19
great live release by MAGNUM!i own the copy of 91 and it sounds polished,clear and the band performing in a very satisfying way!the songs are very fine and those live recordings capture in a great way the band back in the early 90s

CD: Magnum - The Spirit
From: hair metal again Date: April 12, 2014 at 15:19
great live release by MAGNUM!i own the copy of 91 and it sounds polished,clear and the band performing in a very satisfying way!the songs are very fine and those live recordings capture in a great way the band back in the early 90s

CD: Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 12, 2014 at 12:22
Pop Rock with some happy Punk melodies as well..Cheap Trick is a band you love to hate or vice versa ."Taxman,Mr Thief" & "Oh Candy" are my faves...tracks 1,3,5 & 6 also are good ones...this was a decent debut for Robin Zander & C.o ...75/100

CD: Krokus - Metal Rendezvous
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 12, 2014 at 10:56
Very rocking album...the always comparison of the band with AC/DC has been like a little issue but they have never worried about it,they have their own way and formula to be disconected of that "label"..."Headstrokes" & "Bedside Radio" are the best cuts in here...tracks 3,5,7,9 & 10 also rocks pleasantly...84/100

CD: Dream Theater - Images and Words
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 12, 2014 at 10:49
Alright now here it comes my comment in English...for me,IMHO,this album is the band's best effort ever,period!..."Pull Me Under" is the best cut in here and that's it..."Another Day"(beautiful),"Take The Time","Surrounded" & "Wait For Sleep"(nice) are also very catching moments of the almost to perfection release...95/100

CD: Babylon A.D. - Lost Sessions / Fresno CA. 93
From: Metal T Date: April 11, 2014 at 19:27
...he wrote/co-wrote a few songs with the band after they were signed to Arista.The band formed in '88 in the bay area.So Jack Ponti really didn't have Jack Sh!t to do with the band forming.Ponti was well known for shopping his songs around which as per usual is what songwriters do.

CD: Crystal Blue - Detour
From: 123charpenay Date: April 11, 2014 at 11:37
a little add to my previous comment:it s important to say that this time they have recruted a very great singer.

CD: Ice Tiger - Love 'N Crime
From: 123charpenay Date: April 11, 2014 at 11:36
sorry are great hard rock songs, tracks are great hard fm songs,the rest is decent (not at the same level).this band reminds me sometimes loverboy, sometimes white wolf (second record).of course they are under these two very great hits in this cd,musically it s great,verses and bridges are great but when arrive the choruses....nothing(it s very average).the choruses don t hooked me and don t enter for a long time in my brain.i will not sing a ice tiger song under my shower.

CD: Ice Tiger - Love 'N Crime
From: 123charpenay Date: April 11, 2014 at 11:29
receive this cd today ,i m very surprised cause the "booklett"(2 pages) is empty.there is only the list of the songs.nothing about the musicians ,the productor ect ect...with these very small bands generally the production is awfull and the singer is not the sound is perfect (clear and powerfull)and the singer is very good.track 1 and 10 are great h

CD: Babylon A.D. - Lost Sessions / Fresno CA. 93
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 11, 2014 at 6:48
Non-poser? Weren't they one of those "formed in the manager's office" bands? Thought I'd heard somewhere that the songwriter Jack Ponti wanted a band to play his songs, so he put together Babylon A.D. If so, that's not very "metal."

CD: Starship - Love Among The Cannibals
From: CHESSBOARDER Date: April 11, 2014 at 3:40
Who "Walk in the Fire" from Strangeways like will love this Album! Fantastic AOR, believe it!

CD: Dio - Finding The Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986
From: Metal T Date: April 10, 2014 at 21:38
He only got better and went from strength to strength on nearly every following tour too.Completely killed it every time out.The few times i got to see RJD live' were without a doubt some of the best live' shows,if not the best ive ever seen.No matter the line-up-always awesome! Hopefully at some point something live' from the Rowan-era will drop.

CD: Babylon A.D. - Lost Sessions / Fresno CA. 93
From: Metal T Date: April 10, 2014 at 20:52
Good EP from one of the better (non-poser) bands way back when.'Love Blind' is a d#mn good tune and would not have been out of place on their debut.If you were a fan of Babylon once upon a time id pick this one up.

CD: Dreamlore - Confined To Destiny
From: MrMetal Date: April 10, 2014 at 17:15
This was a one-man project developed by David Christy with the assistance of both listed above on backing vocals. Incorrect information on the Internet indicated that he was from Philadelphia when in reality he was from Detroit, Michigan. It was an outstanding Progressive Metal concept release about "one man's rebellion against both society & himself as he slips into a dark world that devours his sanity & eventually his life. The story is of both hope & despair with the beauty of life revealed while the darkness of humanity overshadows". It was rich with melody & crafted the tale both vocally & instrumentally, weaving a path of guitars & choral harmonies that are at once intricate & simplistic. The end result allows the listener to get lost within the journey & become part of its unraveling. An excellent example of high-class U.S. Progressive Metal from start to finish.

CD: Crystal Blue - Caught in the Game
From: 123charpenay Date: April 10, 2014 at 16:01
sorry "when he force his voice" (of course)

CD: Crystal Blue - Caught in the Game
From: 123charpenay Date: April 10, 2014 at 13:53
one more time (sorry) i don t understand (of course i respect)all the others comments.ok, this time crystal blue have their own style.they stop to be some very poor clone of europe or treat.musically sometimes it s great,they have some qualities but what s this singer?I hate his ".voice".when he force his force it s horrible.he ruins litterally the record.with a singer like this it s impossible to have a great album.i imagine this "singer" in concert.welcome to the nightmare!!!!!!!!!!!it s impossible (i admit) for me to listen all songs start to the end.i stop before the end.i ve no time too loose with a so average realise.

CD: Crystal Blue - Out From the Blue
From: 123charpenay Date: April 10, 2014 at 13:42
hum sorry i m absoluty not agree with others comments.yes i m ok, they make the maximum for look like to europe and treat, but they are some very weak clones of these two scandi s a second zone scandi a o r band.i can add that the singer is not extraordinary.(just decent).nevertheless this ep is a very rare s for die hard scandi aor fans.not for me.

CD: Titanic Truth - Titanic Truth
From: MetalPete1031 Date: April 10, 2014 at 13:39
For those of you who don't know,this is the project Conny Bloom (singer,guitar player--Electric Boys) did after the Electric Boys broke up. It is quite similar but with a little more experimenting, which all works beautifully because everything Bloom touches is gold. Get this if you like the Electric Boys and/or his solo record "Psychonaut". Very highly enjoyable music on this!

CD: The Johnny Van Zant Band - Round Two
From: 123charpenay Date: April 10, 2014 at 12:55
hello doug.for me "round two" is better than van zant (1985).if you are fan of van zant you can buy closed eyes "round two".it s my humble opinion.i can add that the van zant live in jacksonville king biscuit is exceptional(better than van zant 1985 studio).always my own feeling.of course van zant 1985 stay an excellent disc.

CD: Crystal Blue - Detour
From: 123charpenay Date: April 10, 2014 at 12:43
great scandi a o r.this record is not extraordinary but it is very consistant and very fillers.the ballads track 7 and 11 are exceptional.the rest is great,melodic and a little soft scandi a o r.nevertheless no hits in this album.i recommand the japan import cause the bonus track is strangely the best track of the record!!!!

CD: Badlands - Badlands
From: hair metal again Date: April 10, 2014 at 9:55
great release by BADLANDS back in 89 and of course this isnt blues ,or blues rock!this is commercial hard rock music and very under the influence of the hair metal movement that was on fire at the moment!the guitar work by Jake is astonishing ,the band in total are stars,but the songs could be much better with more memorable choruses!"high wire","winter s call","dancing on the edge" and "streets cry freedom" are the highlights!

CD: Dynazty - Renatus
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 10, 2014 at 4:46
Dynazty has went from 'Bring-ing The 80's Sleaze MHR 'Thunder' in (2009) to now dishing out the Dream Theater style maximum double-bass per second (DBPS. With no warning it's now (Symphonic/Melodic) Prog with 'Renatus'. Their last release 'Sultans Of Sin (2012)' was a little more modern sounding but still MHR. Renatus” has nothing in common with their previous releases, except the band name. The band finding themselves doesn't go over well with my ears, as most prog bands loose my interest fairly quickly. The "Sultans Of Sin" are now the Purveyors of Prog, and I think most fans will say it's too drastic of a change, as how do you merge their early material live and then slip in a 25 minute drum solo? I am stepping off the Dynazty bus till further format notice.

CD: Royal Hunt - Closing the Chapter
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 9, 2014 at 18:14
Pleasant live Melodic Metal(with some Prog moves here and there)songs...recommended...83/100

CD: Red Dragon Cartel - Red Dragon Cartel
From: Doug Date: April 9, 2014 at 15:31
Jake's playing and tone is so distinctive; he's one of my favorite guitarists. For me though, RDC really needs a consistent voice to become more successful. This album has its moments but IMO is too "scattered."

CD: The Johnny Van Zant Band - Round Two
From: Doug Date: April 9, 2014 at 15:20
I have not heard this one yet. How does it stack up to the phenomenal VAN ZANT debut album?

CD: The Johnny Van Zant Band - The Last Of The Wild Ones
From: 123charpenay Date: April 9, 2014 at 13:44
this last johnny van zant s realise is a mix of his half brilliant southern rock,the other half is more hard, more commercial.return on the board of al kooper (legendary productor of lynyrd skynyrd)for a sound absoluty other essential record from the super lynyrd skynyrd s singer.

CD: The Johnny Van Zant Band - Round Two
From: 123charpenay Date: April 9, 2014 at 13:39
the new productor kevin elson (journey)give a new approach for the band.this jewel is more commercial,more hard fm (without keyboard) and less southern than their brilliant debut album.the guests are jeff carlisi (38 special),steve perry and jonathan cain (journey).with the help of these three legends it s impossible to make an average album."round two"is simply one of the best record of the 80 s!!!!!!!!!thanx to candy records for this exceptional reissue with a very complete booklett wich explain us, with all the details,the building,the history of this masterpiece.

CD: The Johnny Van Zant Band - No More Dirty Deals
From: 123charpenay Date: April 9, 2014 at 13:31
the more southern of the three.this record is a lesson of fine,dynamic and irresistible southern rock.

CD: The Bang Gang - Love Sells
From: MetaLWhore Date: April 9, 2014 at 13:05
Song's Like Faster Pussycat.

CD: Von Groove - Von Groove
From: hair metal again Date: April 9, 2014 at 12:54
killer hair metal release by the mighty VON GROOVE,released just a couple of years later than it should!everything is in the right measure here and the result is big!"once is not enough","every beat of my heart","once in alifetime","house of dreams" and "sweet pain" are excellent songs!essential and a classic of 92!

CD: Jackyl - Stayin' Alive
From: hair metal again Date: April 9, 2014 at 5:12
for me this is very good and another great release by JACKYL!the new songs are ok,the covers excellent and the live ones great too!those guys do very well this kinda hard rock and i always enjoy them!

CD: Jesse Strange - Looking For Some Strange
From: 123charpenay Date: April 8, 2014 at 14:04
after listening this very great record two more times today i can add for complete the excellent comment of delbert, that this album reminds me babylon a d (second album).

CD: House of Lords - Precious Metal
From: 123charpenay Date: April 8, 2014 at 13:55
i m a very big fan of house of lords.this new record have the usual trademarks of hol,a big sound,a perfect production,always the same exceptional voice of mr james christian but....i m grandiose intro, like always, for opening the disc.this is the more hard and the most nervous hol s record.james christian and his musicians are very exicted on this this new realise lacks in inspiration ,in melody,for make short in class.i don t really reconize the hol thay i love.this new record is absoluty not at the same level than his s stay a decent record not more.nevertheless two beautiful songs (track 4 and 9).tracks 5 8 and 10 great,tracks 6 11 and 12 are average.on tracks 1.2.3 and 7 james and his friends try to play the more speed as possible this is regrettable cause these songs could be better with more application.the japan bonus track is an acoustic version of the ballad track 6 "precious metal".for me this version have absoluty no interest.

CD: Justin Sayne - Big Tools
From: Delbert Date: April 8, 2014 at 12:55
Catchy, melodic AOR/hard rock that is buried deep in the 80's.....loaded with hooks galore. It reminds me of bands like FANATIX, SPICED ICE, LEONARD THE DOG, REDSTONE with hints of the upbeat portions of J.C. DESIRE. The musicianship is stunning with brilliant keys, guitar licks and some of the best vocals you'll ever hear. I've played this disc over and over; I can't say enough great things about this band.

CD: Jesse Strange - Looking For Some Strange
From: Delbert Date: April 8, 2014 at 12:49
Self produced and privately released by the band themselves on their own label over a decade after their self titled debut which appeared on a major label. They put together a collection of demos and other tracks recorded over the years into a full length album. It's an excellent indie release with lots of big, clean, cranking guitars which reminds me of ROXY BLUE and HEAVEN'S EDGE. Once again, the songs are filled with catchy hard rock hooks, big choruses and those gang-style backing vocals. I love the wall of sound and lots of attitude in the vein of HARDLINE, DANGER DANGER, Y & T and TRIXTER. A perfect hair metal band on a perfect album.....I highly recommend this extremely hard to find followup release from this great band.

CD: Stan Bush - The Ultimate
From: halfordhughes Date: April 8, 2014 at 9:12
best aor album in 2014!very recommanded!!!

CD: Stan Bush - The Ultimate
From: halfordhughes Date: April 8, 2014 at 9:10
best aor album in 2004!very recommanded!!!

CD: Young and Fabulous! - Young and Fabulous!
From: hair metal again Date: April 8, 2014 at 3:57
excellent glam by YOUNG &FABULOUS!i believe that Dan s review is 100% accurate and i totally agree!simply one of the best glam releases i ve ever heard!

CD: Curfew - Don't Wait Up
From: Metalgreg Date: April 7, 2014 at 14:02
Hi all, I am getting rid of all my collection, I own this and I am willing to part with it, very rare as you all know..if interested, send an email to

CD: Jesse Strange - Looking For Some Strange
From: 123charpenay Date: April 7, 2014 at 13:46
strangely i ve ignored this record since 2006 (i m a very big fan of their debut album).better late than never,i receive this very rare cd on their first effort they have produce themself this more time the result is amazing my mark is 100/100 for the production.what exeptional sound ,clear ,strong and mixed with perfection.this record is the perfect follow up to their first effort.grant tybor have always is exeptional voice,the songs are excellent (exept three fillers tracks 8.9 and 12).the instrumental track 3 have is place in the ouverture of the cd,track are some atomic bombs,track 5 is a super ballad,track 4 reminds me aerosmith,ect ect.if you find this raritie don t hesitate buy buy buy!!!!!!

CD: Fate - Scratch 'N Sniff
From: Ydol eM Date: April 7, 2014 at 13:19
Really hard to get at that time being. I've just got the remastered MTM's version and that's pity because I always prefer the original sound and atmosphere/spirit of an album. Furthemore sometimes less is more, I mean all those bonus tracks which can often leave a strange (after)taste of the whole album. Actually these are the sole "loopholes" for me here. The rest is kick-ass arena hard rock in vein of earlier Bon Jovi, 220 Volt or Babylon A.D. IMO the best Fate ever. 90/100.

CD: Joe Lynn Turner - Undercover
From: petermexico13 Date: April 7, 2014 at 13:05
Nice album from JLT, The first 3 songs are special, nice cover of the Ides of March´s "Vehicle", great solo from Al Pitrelli. A good addition to every fan.

CD: Rainbow - Straight Between the Eyes
From: hair metal again Date: April 7, 2014 at 12:54
pretty good release by RAINBOW back in 82!the musicianship is ok ,the songwriting good but nothing blowminding and as a whole you get what was expected!"tite squeeze","stone cold" and "miss mistreated" are the best moments!

CD: Stan Bush - The Ultimate
From: halfordhughes Date: April 7, 2014 at 7:11
Thunder in Your Heart

CD: 8084 - Satisfaction Guaranteed
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 6, 2014 at 21:42
Not as good as the band's 2 previous releases IMHO..."Satisfaction Guaranteed","Call Me" & "Fade Away"(nice softy) are the ones in my book but nothing to go bed jumping in here at all...65/100

CD: Airplay - Airplay
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 6, 2014 at 21:10
Decent album to me...with a lot of Toto influence(no surprise as there were some members of the aforementioned band involved here as guest musicians along with some other luminaires such as Bill Champlin)...catchy Westcoast AOR that's it..."Stranded","Nothin' You Can Do About It","Should We Carry On"(nice),"Leave Me Alone","She Waits For Me"(sounds like a Leif Garret's song of that stage)& "After The Love Has Gone"(covered by the funk/jazz band Earth,Wind & Fire and for me is far better than this that is the original one)...80/100

CD: Dr. Sin - Brutal
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 6, 2014 at 18:59
From the land of Samba & Soccer comes this wonderful Melodic Metal/Hard Rock band called Dr Sin!!!...this album gives honor to its title name because is simply...BRUTAL!!! fave tracks are 1,2,3,6,7,9,11,13 & more else to say but to buy!!!.90/100

CD: Hurricane Party - Get This
From: 123charpenay Date: April 6, 2014 at 13:48
great ep."roadstar" is a very great hard rock song who reminds me aerosmith and ac dc."last survivor" have a delicious lynyrd skynyrd influence.the three others songs are decent with a very big aerosmith influence.i recommand this ep to fans of hard rock n roll.

CD: Noisy Mama - Everybody Has One
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 6, 2014 at 12:08
It's not a bad disc at all. Scrappy, scraggly, raspy-voiced, party-hearty street-glam, kinda makes me think of early BulletBoys andj Cats In Boots. As many bands did circa '91, they try for a little credibility with a southern edge, but it's not overpowering. Not an original sound at all, and absolutely no surprise that the disc didn't make a ripple. But at the same time, a rowdy, fun listen.

CD: Crazy Lixx - Riot Avenue
From: hair metal again Date: April 6, 2014 at 10:05
excellent 3rd step for CRAZY LIXX that establish them as one of the best new bands of the new millenium along with WHITE WIDDOW and WORK OF ART!they seem to have raise a certain sound,style and attitude that is commercial,hard rockin and respects the basic of the genre as they were set back in the day!all the songs are great ,the guitar work astonishing once again and CRAZY LIXX earns the respect of fans that are 3 decades now int the hard rock thing as myself!brilliant!

CD: Madman's Lullaby - Unhinged
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 6, 2014 at 9:24
A Bay area band that sound like Lynch Mob and Tesla had a baby, with the image of Every Mother's Nightmare. Some of the lyrics have a over the top romantic revenge theme, plus I would ditch the cheesy bride of Chucky artwork/mascot. "What If" is hands down the best track with a instantly catchy groove and shows the band at it's best. There's some fair share of filler but this band has some potential if they can up the ante a bit with their next release. In (2007)the band's debut CD entitled 'Unchain My Soul' was released. 'Unhinged' was self released last November(2013) and the label Kivel picked it up released it again in January (2014). "What If" LIVE

CD: Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 5, 2014 at 23:30
One of Ozzy's most commercial and perhaps successful album for sure ..."Mr Tinkertrain" is my fave in here but obviously there are some other fine moments that i like in the shape of "Mama,I'm Coming Home","Desire","No More Tears",S.I.N.","Zombie Stomp" & "Road To Nowhere"....enjoyable stuff from the Madman...90/100

CD: Nickelback - All the Right Reasons
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 5, 2014 at 20:05
This disc is the best and worst of Nickelback. You can give these guys credit for at least being somewhat old-school, in their way, and bringing a much-needed sense of fun back to MAINSTREAM hard rock that had been missing for ovver a decade. So this disc shows them breaking away a bit more from the boring post-grunge of their first couple discs, with highlights like "Animals" and "Side Of A Bullet." On the other hand, "If Everyone Cared" comes off as a disingenuous "message" song, and "Rockstar" is an absolutely dreadful attempt at country crossover. Seriously, everything about this turd of a song, from the chords to the melody to the harmonies, to Chad's pretend-hillbilly vocals, sounds like modern pop-country.

CD: The Johnny Van Zant Band - The Last Of The Wild Ones
From: 123charpenay Date: April 5, 2014 at 16:28
incredible; for rat bat blue a very poor variety realise we have one million comments and a very interesting debat with delbert.for this jewel , a classic southern rock realise...absoluty nothing.hey guys wake up!!!!!the three johnny van zant solo albums are three atomics bombs.essential cd s in every serious collection of melodic can you miss the three johnny van zant records?sorry if you don t know this three classic records...i can t nothing for you and i don t understand your taste in rock n roll music.

CD: The Johnny Van Zant Band - Round Two
From: 123charpenay Date: April 5, 2014 at 16:14
what a surprise.what honor!!!!the first comment is for me ,a little frenchie fan of southern rock.i m proud and very surprised cause this record is a classic of melodic southern rock.for me it s the best realise from johnny van zant alone even if the two others records are really a s incredible that s there is no comment before me.this record is a bomb .absoluty essential for every fan of melodic rock.hey friends it s time to wake up.don t waste your time with poor cd s this album is a classic bomb of melodic southern rock.

CD: Brother Firetribe - Heart Full of Fire
From: MadMax Date: April 5, 2014 at 8:08
And here we go, taste from the album soon to be released:

CD: Deep Purple - Slaves and Masters
From: hair metal again Date: April 4, 2014 at 11:50
ok release by DEEP PURPLE in their classic way &sound!JLT has no problem handling the vocals and the band knows what to do and as a result we get a DEEP PURPLE classic!i dont agree that this is much commercial and songs like "king of dreams","love conquers all" and "too much is not enough" will surely satisfy you!good stuff,but nothin blowmindin as most of their releases!

CD: Indian - Indian
From: glam_junkie Date: April 3, 2014 at 19:06
Sure i've seen this for the $5 mark. Or you can buy it on ebay right now for about $500!

CD: Kickstart - Kickstart
From: glam_junkie Date: April 3, 2014 at 19:03
I love how this has an ebay value, yet has never been released on cd. Was a cassette only release, however the tracks are featured on an extremely limited compliation CD the Kickstart guys released.

CD: Chris Ousey - Rhyme and Reason
From: hair metal again Date: April 3, 2014 at 12:33
excellent release by Ousey and really had no doubt ,as he always has been in great bands and delivered good hard rockin music!all the members are stars and that s why the musicianship is SO good!many remarkable songs and especially "bleeding heart","a chemical high","don t wanna dance" and "a natural law"!brilliance!

CD: Hughes/Turner Project - II
From: hair metal again Date: April 3, 2014 at 3:46
very fine release by HUGHES/TURNER once again that will satisfy whoever likes nice musicianship and the classic groove of those two great hard rockers!i believe that Glenn shines here and Joe doesnt manage to reach those heights !As a result the music is more on the Glenn s side which isnt a bad thing!"burning the sky","goodbye friday" and "lost dreams " are the highlights of a project that i was lucky enough to catch live on stage!

CD: Wheels Of Fire - Up for Anything
From: MelodicMetal4Ever Date: April 2, 2014 at 11:16
VERY GOOD 2nd Cd from the Italians!! same formula that made the 1st album a big hit is back with a vengeance. very melodic....favs are Follow your heart, lay your body down & tell me

CD: Token - Tomorrowland
From: 123charpenay Date: April 1, 2014 at 14:03
exactly in the same vein of crystal blue "detour".if you are fan of crystal blue...............

CD: Stryper - The Roxx Regime Demos
From: hair metal again Date: April 1, 2014 at 4:48
before STRYPER there was the ROXX REGIME and here they are the original demos!good stuff for the STRYPER fans and this captures the sound just before the Yellow Abd Black Attack!"you know what to do' is the standout track of course!

CD: Joe Lynn Turner - Holy Man
From: hair metal again Date: April 1, 2014 at 2:02
not one of his best but surely another good one by JLT!the musicianship is the strong point here with all musicians performing in an excellent way!the sound is more classic than it should and the songs are just ok with no big hooks or choruses!"closer","wolves at the door" and "angel " are the highlights and Holy Man a satisfying release!

CD: Mannerheim - Feel the Dawn
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 20:32
Songwise "Feel the Dawn" is a stunning debut. You've got tricky riffs combined with catchy choruses (Rocky Road), in-your-face rockers (Stealin'), a truly moving ballad (Torn to Pieces) and a major mixture of mystic, madness, magic and melancholy (You Can Trust Me).This, their debut album, even begins with a truly inspired and caring guitar interpretation of the great Finnish classic hymn"Finlandia" titled here as "Finlandia Intro". And that's only half of the story. I would also recommend their followup release.

CD: Mannerheim - Mannerheim
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 20:29
Their sound gravitates towards the wellcrafted yet ballasy, melodic, yet powerful sounds of bands like WHITESNAKE and BONJOVI. You've got tricky riffs combined with catchy choruses, in-your-face rockers and a major mixture of mystic, madness, magic and melancholy. And last but not least, there is that distinct Finnish flavor, that certain searing melancholy in some of their songs.

CD: Purple Lake - Wandering In The Darkness
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 20:21
Yes, Rafo, "Say Hello" is my favorite track as well. Every so often, I come across a CD that really pulls my chain and really gets me excited. Here is such a CD. A four tracker released in Switzerland in 1997. Right away, I began making comparisons to their fellow countrymen KC ROSE and a bit of UNIQUE on their 'ROCK DOWN' CD. These guys have a good singer with lots of full harmonies, killer guitar via Ingo Michael and some sweet keyboards. Now, tie that all together with some great melodic rock / AOR songs and you've got the formula for a killer CD. This certainly isn't one that you see often, and I would suspect not many even know what this is. If you run across it, grab it. They have a couple of demo albums floating around that are well worth having as well....

CD: Rain - House Of Dreams
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 20:17
Norwegian band with vocalist Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart). AOR with many cliches, but it works and sounds like a BONJOVI clone. Containing an endless array of potent hooks and memorable tunes, all of which make for a very desirable listen. Every track's a winner in my book and there’s not the faintest whiff of filler.

CD: Roulette - Pull The Trigger / Reloaded
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 20:13
This is late 80s Melodic Hardrock/ Hair Metal. The band released an album in 1990 titled 'Pull The Trigger' that was released on cassette. Now, they have released that album on CD along with some demo tracks making a true full length CD. As far as I know, the CD was only made available through their web site. Musically their sound is in the style of a cross between XYZ, DOKKEN, HEAVEN'S EDGE, LILLIAN AXE, FIREHOUSE, STEELHEART and TRIXTER. Actyally, this band could have easily been on a major label back in 1990. If you're a fan of late 80's Hair Metal, track this one down. The production isn't the greatest, but remember, it's demo material.

CD: Second Heat - Second Heat
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 20:06
Seems everyone is pretty much in agreement with this Swedish band featuring members of the AOR band ALYSON AVENUE. It's quite far from the AOR influenced music of ALYSON AVENUE, closer to the likes of TALISMAN, FAIR WARNING, MILLENIUM or even YNGWIE MALMSTEEN circa 1990.....melodic hard rock/metal. You won't want to miss out on this one if you are fan of any of the aforementioned bands!

CD: Sleazy - Wipe Out
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 19:59
They play excellent sleazy melodic hard rock in the vein of DEF LEPPARD, SLEEZE BEEZ and SHY. Lots of good melodies and riffs from this band on this, their debut album.

CD: Stairway - Symphony Of Life
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 19:57
The sound is loaded with those magnificent keyboards, uptempo melodic songs and some killer guitar and vocals that remind me so much of other great Swiss bands, KC ROSE and SATROX with elements of Germany's BIG RAT and ROBIN mixed in to intensify the end result......if you are a fan of any of these bands, this one won't miss the mark!!

CD: Stairway - State Of War
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 19:54
Flawless melodic hard rock with brilliant keys and smooth guitar work. Fans of PURPLE HEART, NICE 'N ROUGH and KC ROSE will certainly enjoy this Swiss gem. "State Of War" is definitely my favorite track (probably because of the keys)!!

CD: Streetwise - Streetwise
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 19:46
Gotta agree with Mark and Juan Carlos on this one. A killer hard rock indie from Texas. For me, they bring to mind the sound heard on DEZIRE and almost UK sounding in the vein of TYGERS OF PAN TANG, TREDAGAR etc etc........If you want a kick-ass hard rock indie then get this.

CD: Vancouver - Vancouver
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 19:37
They play melodic hard rock like a mix of APRIL WINE, CHILLIWACK and STREEHEART. My two favorite tracks are "Heart Of The City" and "I Need Love".

CD: Second Sight - Back on Earth
From: Delbert Date: March 31, 2014 at 19:27
Now here is some really some good stuff. It is filled with fantastic AOR-songs with wonderful melodies and strong hooklines. It made me think of bands like STREET TALK, SUNSTORM, HAREM SCAREM'S (debut) and KHYMERA. My favorite song of the album is the stunning "Talk To Me" that starts with keyboards that reminds of BONJOVI'S "Runaway". Their music is filled with great hooks and a awesome choruses. They have 4 different singers and they are all really good and therefore the variation is really great. The production is very good and the sound is very clean and tight. This was a nice surprise for me and it’s not only MYLAND, BRUNO ROCK and MICHELE LUPPI that can deliver high class AOR from Italy. If you're into AOR with layers of melodies and love lots of keyboards like me then SECOND SIGHT is a band you must check out.

CD: The - Hard
From: hair metal again Date: March 31, 2014 at 4:22
nobody seems to know that amazing release!well this one rocks big time and it reminds me of bands like LITTLE CAESAR,CIRCUS OF POWER,STEVE JONES or JUNKYARD!great rockin vibe,vocals with attitude,many great songs ,polished production and the whole result is very ,very good!all the songs ae ok and i believe that this one is much under rated and maybe Atlantic records could do better!essential for hard rockers!

CD: Magnum - Escape From The Shadow Garden
From: Reverend Mayhem Date: March 30, 2014 at 17:04
If this isn't Magnum's final album, it may be MY final Magnum album. I never thought the phrase "It sounds like another Magnum album" would ever indicate a bad thing, but sadly it's come to that since they seem bent on continuously reviving the Brand New Morning template and becoming duly predictable. BNM was a grand disc, but Alice, Moonking, Visitation, 13th Day, and now Garden all run together into an indistinguishable mass lacking any distinct identities. Even Rodney Matthews resuming duty as cover artist adds to the "more of the same" deterioration. Yes, most bands have a particular "sound," but Clarkin's songwriting ability always kept Magnum's style fresh album-to-album; now even his craftsmanship seems stale. It's also disheartening to hear the once-mighty Catley now croaking melodies through what used to be golden vocal chords. But hey, lot's of people have kept buying AC/DC albums after "Flick of the Switch," so plenty of fans will be fine with Magnum's continued path. 65/100

CD: Molly Hatchet - Silent Reign of Heroes
From: 123charpenay Date: March 30, 2014 at 5:21
exceptional record,exceptional band,exceptional sound ect ect...all is exceptional in this record.i m a big fan of molly hatchet since many many years.with bobby ingram theys rocks like never!!!top class southern hard rock!!!no bonus track in the japan problem you can buy this jewel closed eyes.

CD: Freight Train Jane - Hallucination
From: JONBONPIGO Date: March 29, 2014 at 19:47

CD: Rat Bat Blue - Squeak
From: 123charpenay Date: March 29, 2014 at 16:43
delbert i m totally agree with problem between have your taste ,your sensibility.i ve mine.for example i am a very big fan of roxette.i think that "joyride" their third record is one of the best aor record ever.maybe you think that roxette is a poor variety band.i can understand that..but when i listen "joyride" roxette transport of delight me.i m on a s my feeling my sensibility.when i listen rat bat blue i feel nothing,no emotions (exept 3 songs) and i m sad for roulette who deserve a deal with a major.

CD: Hang Loose - Above The Law
From: Delbert Date: March 29, 2014 at 16:11
This release is more acoustic and mellower sounding than any of the other HANG LOOSE releases. Sometimes, I hear influences of the German band WILD FRONTIER on this one. Not their best release in my opinion, but one of my favorite all around bands.

CD: Hang Loose - Radical Scavenger
From: Delbert Date: March 29, 2014 at 16:07
I'll chime in with everyone else so far and declare this one an excellent release. To me, they have a sound in the vein of GOTTHARD, KROKUS and NAZARETH blended with GREAT WHITE. Excellent boogie rockers and ballads that will keep you wanting more. One of my favorite bands.

CD: Rat Bat Blue - Squeak
From: Delbert Date: March 29, 2014 at 15:47
123chapenay, I don't expect folks to agree with me. One of the most noteable thing about music, as with any art form, is the vast array of opinions of the subject of discussion. I wouldn't expect you to agree with my opinion anymore than a lover of country or classical music would agree with me on a power metal band I love. I just like to throw out comparisons and offer up my opinions of various titles because there are lots of guys and gals who drop by, read the reviews and the more information they have, the better they can determine if the CD is something they want to track down to hear more of. I'm sure there are thousands upon thousands of CDs that you would love that just wouldn't find a place on my shelf! I've always had this habit of commenting on the titles I like. The ones that don't appeal to me, I leave to someone else to comment on. I just know that what I don't like, someone else out there has his chain pulled everytime he plays it!!

CD: Walk The Chalk - What's In A Name
From: Alexxtcatz Date: March 29, 2014 at 13:29
to glam_junkie - it was cd-r from retrospect records. even at gunpoint i will not say that this retrospect records Cd-r is legit reissue.

CD: Rat Bat Blue - Squeak
From: 123charpenay Date: March 29, 2014 at 5:04
hum, maybe i m a little severe.of course i respect all opinions but i hate the injustice.

CD: Icon - An Even More Perfect Union
From: dany69 Date: March 28, 2014 at 18:46
Just buy the new edition of this master classic,,,the sound is so much better than the old one,,, you can check this Killer Album,,Wexler Rulezzzzz

CD: Rat Bat Blue - Squeak
From: 123charpenay Date: March 28, 2014 at 18:08
essential?it s a joke.maybe essential after one million hard rock realise.

CD: Rat Bat Blue - Squeak
From: 123charpenay Date: March 28, 2014 at 18:03
yes delbert i m agree with you 'white line' is a great song.but how many 'white lines' some real hard rock bands (whitesnake gotthard) have written,ect, one thousand in the history in melodic rock.i confirm my comment rat bat blue is a shame in the history of melodic rock.when i see that i can t submit roxette 'joyride' on this site i m crazy.the singer of this poor band is a very poor singer,he have absoluty no voice.his poor voice is available only for variety.five stars from kerrang magazine!!!!!why not five stars from my grand mother.!!!!!that s proove that s people in kerrang magasine have absoluty no taste.please delbert don t speak about 'the quality of the musicians' their quality is near to zero they plays a poor variety vaguely rock (i confirm).this shit have not his place on this many brilliant hard rock bands have their career killed by majors?this record is an insult to all real great rock n roll band who never have the chance to have a deal with a major.

CD: Danger - In Control
From: Delbert Date: March 28, 2014 at 17:17
Swedish Trio has finally released this full length album that was one of two previously unreleased albums. The style is heavy metal with influences from IRON MAIDEN, MOTLEY CRUE, HELLOWEEN and other metal bands from back in the 80/90s. The production is extremely good for a self produced CD. Haven't had a chance to pickup the other previously unreleased album, but I'm sure it too has the same sound.

CD: Moriah - Mirror Man
From: Delbert Date: March 28, 2014 at 17:12
For the most part, the sound moves a bit toward the rougher sound of XYZ although that blend of NIGHT RANGER remains, especially on the ballads. This is still a great 80's sounding CD that captures the aurora of that period very nicely. The guitar work is definitely more apparent on this release and the energy really picks up on most of the tracks. I highly recommend this killer, self produced release for every collector.

CD: Moriah - Moriah
From: Delbert Date: March 28, 2014 at 17:10
This Rochester, New York band has a well balanced hard rock sound in the vein of XYZ blended with melodic keyboard oriented NIGHT RANGER.......very unique but totally 80's sounding. Self produced, the total sound of the production is very impressive for an indie as well. Yep, I liked it....

CD: Rat Bat Blue - Squeak
From: Delbert Date: March 28, 2014 at 17:03
I couldn't resist commenting after reading some of the posts. This is the band that later became known as RED FUN. Swedish melodic rock in the vein of RED FUN and YALE BATE. Features guitarist Kee Marcello (pre-EUROPE, ex-EASY ACTION), drummer Freddy Van Gerber (pre-BAM BAM BOYS, ex-EASY ACTION). Vocalist Fredrik Jernberg was vocalist for the awesome Swedish band GUARDIAN ANGELS. You get a sense of the quality of this CD by it's members. It received 5 stars in KERRANG Magazine and features the hit track 'White Line' which was huge in Germany. In my opinion, this is an Essential piece for any worthwhile CD collection!!

CD: Icon - Icon
From: hair metal again Date: March 28, 2014 at 12:35
excellent debut by the great ICON!raw,powerful&anthemic,it captures the spirit of that era with heavy riffs,big choruses and howling guitars!'rock n roll maniac','rock on through the night' and 'under my gun' are great songs!this is mid 80s heavy rock and it still sounds great!!

CD: RTZ - Lost
From: 123charpenay Date: March 28, 2014 at 12:11
a decent record not more.good sound,great production,brad delp have always is beautiful voice but it s not enough.the songs in general are average,too soft,to mid tempo mid acoustic.nnot bad but nothing extraordinary.their first album is better .no doubt.'dangerous' the japan bonus track is a great song.

CD: Rat Bat Blue - Squeak
From: 123charpenay Date: March 28, 2014 at 11:17
who in cbs prefer rat bat blue to roulette?it s a major like cbs can put one euro on this shit.category' 80 s hard rock' in heavy harmonies it s a joke?Well to be very honest i note three very great songs track 4.6and 9.this band is a mix of two canadian bands white heat and glass tiger.of course glass tiger and white heat are far far better than rat bat blue.better songs ,better singer, ect ect.ok 3 great songs ok but the rest? a pity ,a very poor variety vaguely rock which have absoluty no s a shame that this very weak band have a deal with a major.

CD: Best of 2013 - Best of 2013
From: underworld king Date: March 28, 2014 at 7:22
Happy to see Pretty Maids getting the respect they deserve here. You guys run an awesome site!

CD: Lancia - Lancia
From: hair metal again Date: March 28, 2014 at 4:09
excellent debut by LANCIA,powerful,anthemic with great songs,looks &attitude!the hair metal movement is the best thing that ever happened in hard rock music and i m proud i lived it on real time !'sweet melody','still in love with you','jimmy' ,'goodbye' are all sensational songs!essential for hard rockers

CD: Free Spirit - All The Shades Of Darkened Light
From: Jez Date: March 26, 2014 at 18:22
I really liked the debut 'Pale Sister Of Light', but having given this new one a good few spins over the last few days, the standards have most definitely been raised. On the debut, there were a 2 or 3 fillers to my ears, but this time they have pretty much got it spot on with the every song and all feature some excellent writing throughout. New guitarist Vessa Yli-Maenpaa sounds great, as does Timo Alhi with his tasty keys in the mix throughout and the band in general sounds very good. Production is a notch or 2 up from the debut too, so all in all this is a highly recommended release that offers a lot and should please the majority of people who love this style of Melodic Rock. Hopefully it won't get lost with the more obvious releases coming up this year, as that would be a real shame.

CD: Magnum - Escape From The Shadow Garden
From: Jez Date: March 26, 2014 at 17:58
With a great, consistent back catalogue, every new Magnum album is generally something to look forward to and 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' is another good/very good addition to the Magnum cannon. Rock solid songs with a good mix of stuff, well played and presented, and as usual, some lovely Roger Dean artwork to top it all off. I will also add that I think this is probably the best Magnum album since the excellent 'Princess Alice and The Broken Arrow' in '07, so along with 'Brand New Morning'(terrific album) in '04, this for me slots into a comfortable 3rd place since the reformation in 2002. Non Magnum'ites will be less convinced I dare say, but for me, a very good album and great to still see the lads going strong.

CD: Asia - Gravitas
From: Jez Date: March 26, 2014 at 17:42
4th album since the comeback and as ever, things are pretty much the same musically, although line up wise we get an introduction to new guitar maestro Sam Coulson. 'Valkyrie' kicks things off in fine fashion, a good song this one and one of the albums strongest songs. The 2 part title track is quite nice too, as is 'The Closer I Get You' far so good. Unfortunately things take a slump from here on and apart from the 3 part 'Heaven Help Me Now', the rest of the songs on show don't really get going. I know Asia records of late have been a little one paced in general, but they have still had the quality songs to see them through to the end, here though the standard of these remaining tracks don't really stand up to much scrutiny and brings the whole thing down. It's far from being a bad record and the good songs here are just that, it's just the consistency is not there this time as with past releases.

CD: Mama's Boys - Growing Up the Hard Way
From: Reverend Mayhem Date: March 26, 2014 at 16:11
I quite like this album -- but it's not really a Mama's Boys album. That is, it's such a radical departure from the '80s hard rock the McManus lads established on their previous releases that they should've just gone with a new band name to go along with the new style. Sonically, it's out with the manic guitar from Professor Pat, in with the keyboard pads and synth drums; out with John's rough-and-tumble vocals, in with Keith Murrell's smooth leads. Nothing that'll rock your nuggets off, but still an enjoyable slice of well-crafted AOR. Too bad the change didn't bring them the recognition they thought it would. Murrell's performance here is one of the best of the genre and well worth the bottom-dollar bargain bin price I paid. If you can find this disc, grab it -- but if you're expecting another set of 'Crazy Daisy's' and find yourself choking on 'In Over My Head,' don't say I didn't warn you. 75/100

CD: Sharon O'Neill - Foreign Affairs
From: Jez Date: March 26, 2014 at 16:00
Sharon O'Neill is not a name that is synonymous with the world of AOR in general, but this, her 4th album, is an absolute pearler and pretty much a master class in early/mid 80's AOR. 'Radio Lover', the pompy 'Hearts On The Run' and the lovely ballad 'Take The Fall' are 3 superb examples of what this disc has to offer. It really is surprising that, with songs as good as these (let's not forget the high standards of other 7 either), this album isn't mentioned more often in AOR circles than it is, as it's easily on par with her peers of the time, Pat Benatar, Tane Cain, Teri DeSario and Stevie Nicks included. It may have been somewhat hard to track down on CD in the past, but as of 2013, it is included as part of the 'Original Album Classics' box set series, along with Sharon's first 3 albums {which all have their moments too}. Superb in a word and an essential addition to your collection.

CD: Magnum - On The 13th Day
From: Reverend Mayhem Date: March 26, 2014 at 15:11
For me, each successive Magnum album since the Brand New Morning release has blended together into an indistinguishable morass of Recycled Diminishing Ideas. The only difference is the aging Bob Catley's voice getting more and more raggedy with each outing. Sure, there have been a few standout tunes here and there, but otherwise it's all become somewhat predictably formulaic and tame. This disc is no different. 'All the Dreamers' blatantly attempts to recapture the feel of 'Brand New Morning,' 'Dance of the Black Tattoo' rests upon a hackneyed metal riff, 'Didn't Like You Anyway' the obligatory shuffle,'Putting Things in Place' a boring rip-off of 'Only A Memory.' The rest are all uninspired Magnum songs, fitting into their ho-hum modern catalog without distinction. For a while this band could do no wrong to my ears -- but even though their output is still miles above so much of the other shit to be found, they've lost the ability to bring something exciting to the table. 65/100

CD: Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life
From: hair metal again Date: March 26, 2014 at 13:09
great release by JLT once again!the musicians involved are stars and the result quite remarkable!the songs are exactly what you would expect and some good moments here like 'in your eyes','second hand life' and 'love is on our side'!i believe that this one can stand in every hard rock collection!

CD: Jettblack - Black Gold
From: CC Date: March 26, 2014 at 8:12
Black gold is basically a contract obligation album it seems, as studio album #3 proper is being funded by the pledge campaign rather than Spinefarm, but its a great album none the less. Now while I own the bulk of these songs already as single b-sides (digital and CD) etc, its nice to get them all on one CD. The only downside to this compilation for me is that its missing their best cover song (Danger zone), and would rather have had the acoustic tracks released as an album or EP on their own, and left this as a full electric release. I would have bought both. Basically you get two versions of the single Black gold. Some b-sides and previously digital only tracks. A couple of new cover songs, and a new acoustic track which will appear on album #3 in electric form. The two new cover songs, one by Heart, one by Motorhead are both great, and Red horizon is a song that shows the next album will be as good as anything released before. Worth buying this just for Weapon and Fade away though.

CD: Summers - 364
From: 123charpenay Date: March 25, 2014 at 15:29
after few spins i can add:if you are fan of stala&so(you have good taste) this cd is for you.


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