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CD: Hinder - Take It to the Limit
From: Doug Date: March 2, 2015 at 15:23
Hinder is not a band that I seek out, but this album rocks!

CD: Issa - Crossfire
From: 123charpenay Date: March 2, 2015 at 13:52
the norvegian queen of a o r is back,with (like always) a superb album.her first cd (my fave) was an atomic bomb ,the second a very brilliant follow up ,the third an exceptional cover record of classic s songs of a o r.crossfire is like her others realises :a must have of female a o this beautiful and dynamic record is more oriented keyboards.this is the influence of her husband james martin from vega.issa have a very good habit ,in her records never an average song ,never a bad song,never a strange song only killer songs with catchy music and catchy melodies.with issa it s a security it s impossible to be we can buy her cd closed eyes cause with her we are in a o r heaven.the duet with steve overland from f m is splendid.the result is a beautiful ballad .the japan import have one bonus track ,an acoustic version of this duet.not essential at my taste.i think that a bonus track live could be a better idea.i can add that the production is perfect.

CD: Giuntini Project - III
From: hair metal again Date: March 2, 2015 at 10:59
pretty good release by Giuntini and Tony Martin !heavy hard music ,with great riffs &solos and warm vocs by Tony who always knows how to give life to a song!All the songs are remarkable and especially "mourning star","trouble just keeps coming" and "que es la vida"!nice addition

CD: China Sky - II
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:50
Initial spins and I am left a little disappointed. I wasn't expecting the heady heights of the debut, but this comes nowhere near if i'm honest in all departments. 'One Life' is still an excellent song for me and kicks off the album really well, but it is the best one on show and the album doesn't really get going after that. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not a bad album and has some goodish songs on show, but it doesn't exactly excite me that much either.

CD: Issa - Crossfire
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:48
She's gone and done it. Finally released an album I am very very pleased to listen too all the way through. Lots of tasty tunes on here from the Martin Bros. and some of this is very Vega like musically. I do really think her vocal performances on here are pretty good overall, 'Fight Fire With Rain' especially I thought she sounded really good. The Martin Bros. input is excellent, especially on some of the arranging and I love the subtle keyboard parts throughout, which are very very impressive indeed. Nice smooth yet punchy production too. Her best album by a mile

CD: Thunder - Wonder Days
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:47
Pretty much what you'd expect from a Thunder album, so absolutely no surprises whatsoever. Saying that, it's solid, well written and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Especially good are 'The Thing I Want' which fairly romps along and 'When The Music Played', both top top tunes. Special note for Danny Bowes who still sounds awesome too. The Live bonus album from the Wacken Festival is also a nice little addition to the deluxe edition, showing that the band can still cut it live as they always have. A Good package

CD: Scorpions - Return To Forever
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:44
This is a standard Scorpions album with some good tracks. Once again the ballads shine, 'Gypsy Life' particularly is excellent, although this time around, there is a fair amount of filler in the middle. It's in no way as good as 'Sting In The Tail' but it's pretty good in general

CD: Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct
From: Jez Date: March 1, 2015 at 7:42
A good, solid album that betters the debut I think. It improves with each listen and has some good tracks 'Blindsided' and 'You Little Liar' are my initial picks, but no real bad ones. Still very Lizzyesque in sound, which is a good thing, so old school classic rock fans should like this one

CD: The 69 Eyes - Angels
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 28, 2015 at 23:17
This release is a bit of a step down than the band's previous effort but even though of that it still has some good shots in the shape of tracks 1,2( ),4,8,10 & 11...84/100

CD: Ted Nugent - Intensities In 10 Cities
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 28, 2015 at 23:13
Scott's comment said it all...these songs played here were some that saw the light of day only in very few occacions..."The Flying Lip Lock" & "Land Of A Thousand Dances" are my faves...tracks 1,5 & 6 are also good ones...not a killer live release by The Nuge but for fans of the mad axeman it could be more than a decent record...83/100

CD: Sacred Season - Sacred Season
From: Delbert Date: February 28, 2015 at 15:13
This band plays excellent melodic keyboard driven melodic hard rock/AOR. HUGE keys, HUGE production and top musicianship make this a must for the collection. They sound like a mix of VICE, CHINA, CZAKAN, BEYOND THE BLUE and classic TOTO. One of the better melodic hard rock/AOR releases from Germany

CD: Joanna Dean - Misbehavin'
From: hair metal again Date: February 28, 2015 at 8:08
ok release by JOANNA DEAN ,but nothing blowminding!definitely tryin to catch the sound of that era although it sobvious that she s not into the hard rock scene !nice production & sound and 1 really good song "once is enough" will make this a harmless addition to your collection

CD: Soundtracks - Youngblood
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 27, 2015 at 22:53
Quite a pleasant soundtrack with some good AOR fave one is "Something Real" by Mr Mister...the ones recorded by Mickey Thomas,Starship,Nick Gilder & Autograph are also of my entire satisfaction...85/100

CD: Issa - Can't Stop
From: 123charpenay Date: February 27, 2015 at 16:23
exceptional cover record.a must have.

CD: Lost Weekend - Evermore
From: AOR1 Date: February 26, 2015 at 16:57
Have to agree with the above comment. Fantastic uk melodic rock. Excellent vocals, lots of keys (that´s what I like), remarkable songs. To be honest, I won´t call no song on this disc a filler. 93/100

CD: Night Ranger - Big Life
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 20:22
I dunno what it is, but you see it with so many bands. They come out at the right time, have one big hit and a respectable handful of small- to medium-size hits. And suddenly, it's five years later, and they sound like yesterday's news. So in 1987, Night Ranger return, but they still sound like 1983. Metal had grown in popularity in the two years since 7 Wishes, and the attitude and style were definitely more brash and wild than the comparatively sedate Night Ranger. At the same timee, the old AOR bands that ruled radio in the early '80's couldn't buy a hit in '87, with a bare few exceptions. Big Life still went gold in America, but still sold significantl lless than the previous two albums. I think people just got bored with Night Ranger. Didn't help that this isn't the band's sharpest collection of tunes either. They don't do anything on Big Life--orever again--that they didn't do better on the first three albums. Compared to what was then cutting-edge hard rock and metal, Night Rang

CD: Night Ranger - 7 Wishes
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 20:10
In hindsight, '85 was kind of a weird year. Metal was having a bad time in the press, with the PMRC shenanigans, and MTV's decision to cut back on hard-rock videos. The genre stilll hadn't attained the level of popularity it would in a couple more years (aided by Bon Jovi, Poison, Def Leppard, etc.), so yeah--1985, kind of weak. So here's Night Range, high on the success of "Sister Christian," offering up a third album of more of the same. By now, it's not just in your mindd, 7 Wishes reallly is a bit mellower, seeming a bit closser to the AOR of the last decade (or what its practitioners were currently up to). There just doesn't seem to be as much guitar bite here. Whether the band was getting softer, or the rest of the world was getting harder, Night Ranger sound pretty tame here. The AOR lovers seem to be more in love with this disc than the headbangers, more so than the previous two. But you know, Night Ranger are total pros and by now what you might calll "commercial craftsmen"--t

CD: Night Ranger - Midnight Madness
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 19:48
Night Ranger keep on doing their thing, mixingg the late '70's AOR sounds of, say, Boston, with an updated guitar tone and style. You could burn this onto the same CD with Dawn Patrol and it would be tough to tell where one album begins and the next starts. Midnight madness, despite its title, does seem just slightly less hard, or maybe that because it's dmoninated by the over-the-top melodrama of "Sister Christian," an early example of the peculiarly '80's strain of power ballad that would come to dominate the airwaves. Definitely heavier than Journey or Foreigner, but also perceptibly lighter rising stars like Dokken, Motley Crue or Ratt. Also lending to a feeling of safeness is the band's adherence to fairly vanilla subject matter for their lyrics rather than wallowing in decadence like the L.A. bands were doing. AOR stations didn't have to wait until 7:00 P.M. to play Night Ranger... They weere smooth enough to get daytime airplay, but still sounded pretty good blasting at high vol

CD: Night Ranger - Dawn Patrol
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 19:31
Just look at the year of release, and you get a fair idea what Night Ranger have to offer. 1982--still a year shy of the explosion of so-called hair metal, and still with late-'70's style AOR going strong. Sure enough, Night Ranger's debut is a mix of those two genres. They have the energy and guitar firepower of commercial metal, but also the plentiful keyboards and smooth vocal harmonies of a '70's arena-rock band. Jack Blades sings with melody always, but manages not to come off like a wimp. The band doesn't emphasize sleazy attitude like the bands who came just after them, which, along with the prominent keys, led many to consider them too lightweight, but the reality is, they were as good as most early hair bands, but retained enough of a pop sheen to get them on the radio. Dawn Patrol doesn't sound like anything other than an earlly-'80's hard rock record, but it's a damn good one.

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: blackkblade5 Date: February 24, 2015 at 2:42
like i was saying all wrapped ia a melodic reverbed package..just amazing,please guys come to portugal

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: blackkblade5 Date: February 24, 2015 at 2:36
wow,this one is a really classic,amazing line up, with journey members arnel pineda,neal schon featured on some songs and the powerhouse trio doug aldrich,jack blades,and deen castronovo..--well so what can people expect from this project??well first a great solid melodic hard rock album with a really early 90's feel,great songs very journey-whitesnake-house of lords flavour,deen is an amazing singer,doug is a wild fast vibratto freak just like a younger jonh sykes..not calling you a old man john,love your playing!! well also featured jack blade mister damn yankes,night ranger a very skilled and talented musician,again i'm 40 years old and i love music,i grew up listening to all these bands and seeing they still do amazing music just makes me feel very check track 5 way to the sun with 2 versions,diferent solo guitar,neal comes with a classy sustained ,fast ,melodic solo,his signature the other by doug have a wild solo with his natural speed and wild picking all wrapped in a

CD: Strike Twice - Strike Twice
From: hair metal again Date: February 24, 2015 at 1:47
sensational hair metal release by STRIKE TWICE and one of the best indies i ve ever heard!in fact this is so good that i dont consider it an indie!bombastic guitar driven hair metal music with big riffs,choruses,solos and exceptional ballads are offered all over!ESSENTIAL

CD: Steelhouse Lane - Slaves of the New World
From: Ydol eM Date: February 23, 2015 at 17:25
This is a really outstanding record of that year. For me, perhaps the best one. I can find almost everything I love about rock music. From melodic aor (Foreigner alike) to arena heavy rock (Warrant alike). And between I can meet Nelson, Europe, Harem Scarem... influences. Strong melodies, perfect harmonies... really well-built songs, eg everytime I can hear "Son of a loaded gun" I have gooseflesh and that's for me one of important marks of quality. 90/100.

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: 123charpenay Date: February 23, 2015 at 13:41
i add in n° 9 the excellent MOONLAND "same".

CD: Flyte - Flyte
From: 123charpenay Date: February 23, 2015 at 13:33
to be very honest i can add that there is some fillers in between tracks 3.4.9.but the other songs are really excellent.the sound is clear like water from stone (french expression "claire comme de l eau de roche") ,the production and the mixing class atmospheric catchy hard f m.

CD: The 69 Eyes - Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 22, 2015 at 20:00
I would say that these guys have a Glam feel disguised in a Goth appereance and adding a touch of it in their music..."Too Much To Lose","Skanky Man","Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" & "Hellcity 1999" are in my book...84/100

CD: Russell - Wall Of Love
From: Locoaor Date: February 21, 2015 at 22:05
Que tal disquillo de estos suecos, realmente desconocidos pero se han hecho de una rareza increible, con cierto tufillo a eddie money en las voces, temas muy buenos sobre todo el primer tema que da nombre al disco que entra a la primera con grandes coros y melodias, sin duda un excelente trabajo y no olvidar de la balada Bessie super acojonante! 90/100.

CD: Nouveaux - Beginnings
From: Locoaor Date: February 21, 2015 at 21:59
Excelente album y uno de los mejores dentro del hard rock melodico cristiano, todos los temas sobresalen, un album sencillo con grandes composiciones, muy recomendado!

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 17:59
No I don't speak French, that's just a phrase that's filtered into English and it has its uses. I agree Stay is a great song but it's not on the same level as the stuff from their first disc. The better Giant follow up was Giant III for me.

CD: Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 17:54
Malmsteen's debut solo venture is an album I will always come back to. I enjoy the intrumentals Black Star, Far Beyond The Sun and Little Savage with their groundbreaking shredding while I also like Soto's vocals on Now Your Ships Are Burned (super song with a great riff) and As Above, So Below.

CD: Thin Lizzy - One Night Only
From: 123charpenay Date: February 21, 2015 at 16:20
you want great hard rock n roll? search on you tube"one night only video 4 lyon marché gare".you will see my friends of one night only in guest ot "the treatment".my very close friend ,alain "toon s" bartin is the guitarist(also in chain reaction) in black shirt who open the song "cold sweat"

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: 123charpenay Date: February 21, 2015 at 15:28
sorry i m agree with you this album have a little "je sais quoi de moins que leur premier fantastique effort".nevertheless i m fan of this band and this second realise.even it s impossible to have the same level than their first extraordinary record."stay" is the perfect example a super song a hit but there is a little"je ne sais quoi" to prevent that this super song was an international hit.this rule is the same for all this excellent (but not at the same level than the debut) bonus track on the japan import.nevertheless this record is essential in all serious a o r collection.the great and the logic follow up to their exceptionnal and extraordinary first record..

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: 123charpenay Date: February 21, 2015 at 15:16
hi edwithmj you speak french "je ne sais quoi" congratulations.i m

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 13:00
...average rockers with Without You being OK and Save Me TOnight being horribly average. It's as though Giant got complacent and cocky after their first album and just thought they could repeat the magic of the first album weasily but they seemed to fail horribly. Average, medicocre and standard hard rock.

CD: Giant - Time to Burn
From: edwithmj Date: February 21, 2015 at 12:58
Time to expand... Giant definitely lost something from their debut. The original offered something different and was, dare I say it, slightly progressive with their songs especially in the likes of Innocent Days and It Takes Two. In this album we get a mostly standard hard rock affair. Thunder and Lightning is a hookless wonder that drags on, ditto for Chained but it's slightly better; Lay It On The Line defines average for me and has no hooks whatsoever. The album kicks off with the melodic Stay, which while being very decent still lacks the je ne sais quoi from the first album. Lost in Paradise: what a boring, dull ballad; compare it to the two brilliant ballads from the first album and you'll understand why. I hoped Smoulder would be a Huff shred-fest but is a dull little acoustic instrumental. Time To Burn is a decent rocker like Stay and then we have my favourite which is I'll Be There When It's Over; this track sounds the most like the first album I think. The rest of them are...

CD: Miss Behaviour - Double Agent
From: giantsun Date: February 21, 2015 at 7:36
Their best effort! There are authentic gems inside this work. 89/100

CD: Eclipse - Armageddonize
From: 123charpenay Date: February 20, 2015 at 11:32
i love eclipse when they are the "E" of W.E.T but not when they plays their own material.

CD: Eclipse - Armageddonize
From: 123charpenay Date: February 20, 2015 at 11:30
receive this cd yesterday directly from japan.after several spins i can say that this young swedish band is full of promises.they reminds me heat(last record) and the poodles.great singer great production great songs but...this band is absoluty not mature.too much agressive,too much speed ,too much metal.sometimes the singer forget to sing ,he scream.the backing vocals "ho ho ho ho" are very simple and very limited.we are far away from def leppard or grand design.the guitar s solo are short and not melodic,the drummer is very exicted.they can make better cause we guess that they have some possibilities.for making good hard rock it s not an obligation to howl like a wolf and knock like a savage on your drums.calm guys calm.the best example is the japan bonus s an acoustic version of track 3 "the storm".this song is beautiful with an exceptional melodic vibe,but they ruins the song cause they plays it too speed.they have a real hit in their hands but they do a big shit.

CD: Moonland - Moonland
From: 123charpenay Date: February 19, 2015 at 13:20
sorry one bonus track on the japan import.a beautiful acoustic version of track 7 the beautiful ballad "live and let go".this record is without any doubt for fans of issa .you will not disapointed.

CD: Moonland - Moonland
From: 123charpenay Date: February 19, 2015 at 13:17
hum i ve listen very seriously this record today,cause my wife,since several days, says to me "you re wrong moonland is a super project at the same level than issa".honestly she is right.maybe the first time i ve listen this record i was tired not very lucid.after several spins this cd come inside me and hooked me first comment was not exactly right.yes moonland invent nothing,yes this project looks like really to issa.but i have to admit that allessandro del vecchio realise an excellent job.he write all the songs,produce the record and play keyboards.hats off to allessandro even if the originality is not the main quality of this s a very brilliant ,solid and consistant aor female realise.absoluty no fillers all is great in this cd.this record sound deliciously more hard than vanilla ninja even if the trademark of vanilla ninja is present on several bonus tr

CD: Toto - The Seventh One
From: hair metal again Date: February 19, 2015 at 9:59
superb release by TOTO once again in their own unique way ,combining elemens of many music genres!Joseph sounds awesome and the band is in great form!the production is very polished and commercial and the songwriting of the highest level!"pamela","anna","home of the brave" and "these chains " are the highlights of The Seventh One which is one of my TOTO favs

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: the rocker Date: February 18, 2015 at 20:40
Pre ordered awhile ago along with the new Eclipse, can't wait!

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: Doug Date: February 18, 2015 at 19:37
It's on my want list too!

CD: Gotthard - Dial Hard
From: petermexico13 Date: February 18, 2015 at 17:00
Gotthards Second work, nice album. Segundo trabajo de esta banda Suiza, de lo más heavy de su repertorio, en la línea de su primer trabajo con ese estilo a lo Krokus característico debido a su productor. Hard Rock de buena manufactura de una banda que poco a poco fué consolidándose como uno de los grupos más exitosos de Europa.

CD: Gotthard - Gotthard
From: petermexico13 Date: February 18, 2015 at 15:47
Gotthard is the best hard rock band emerged in the 90's, this album is fantastic, love this band!! Steve Lee rules, the first 3 albums are great,pure hard rock, after de Open album they change their sound to a more polished aor style. Always great. Every Steve Lee album is excellent!! Since then, Gotthard is one of my favourite bands. Sin duda Gotthard es una de esas bandas que desde la primera vez que la escuchas, si eres fan al hard rock, llega para quedarse. Siempre bien trabajadas sus canciones, músicos dedicados sin duda. No dudé en conseguir toda su discografía a pesar de que los escuché por primera vez en 2003. Una banda con agallas al haber comenzado su exitosa carrera en 1992. Bienvenido Nick Maeder, aunque siempre existirá el recuerdo del estupendo y carismático Steve Lee, una leyenda hoy en día para todos los que amamos esta música.

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: 123charpenay Date: February 18, 2015 at 13:55
hi rick.i ve ordered this cd yesterday at cd japan.

CD: Magnum - Chase The Dragon
From: hair metal again Date: February 18, 2015 at 8:31
excellent release for MAGNUM in the early 80s and a classic for them with a massive heavy pomp sound ,strong production and many good songs!the musicianship is fantastic and the band seems to have many ways to deliver!all the songs are remarkable and i believe that this is an album that defined MAGNUM and pushed things further for them!

CD: Reckless Love - Animal Attraction
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 17, 2015 at 21:59
The first two tracks are great, but then the disc sinks into a long stretch of boring big harmonies and forgettable mid-paced tracks. Along with Crazy Lixx, these guys seem to think you can prop up a subpar chorus with extra vocal layers and make it memorable that way. Doesn't work, sorry. Despite some cool riffs, the band just lacks any sense of menace or danger. Hearing songs like "Fantasy" or "Dirty Dreams," you would never feel compelled to step aside if you encountered the band members on a narrow sidewalk. Like a lot of these young Scandinavian bands trying to make '80's style pop-metal, they can't seem to separate the good and bad aspects of their dads' record collection.

CD: Reckless Love - Reckless Love
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 17, 2015 at 21:49
This is easily the best of the bandd's three releases, and worth it for "Badass" alone, even with its totally clich`e "walk the wire/play with fire" lyrics. The thing is, as much as people like to talk about the new wave of Scandinavian sleaze-rock, "sleazy," "edgy," "gritty," or "dangerous" aren't the word that comes to mind listening to Reckless Love--or Crazy Lixx, Crashdiet or any of the rest, for that matter. In fact, hearing the singer whooping and giggling like a kid playing in the pool on "So Yeah/1" the word that comes to mind is "goofy." A mostly solid disc all around though, although it's too bad neither of the other two are as consistent.

CD: High Voltage - Written In Stone
From: MrMetal Date: February 17, 2015 at 18:01
...It's also unclear if they were actually a Xian act or not, as I've seen them labeled as such as well as reading some information stressing that they were not. Both original pressings of their EPs fetch anywhere from $80-$100+ dollars with the out of print "Retrospect" reissue also fetching around $50+ dollars nowadays. I think these guys were a little bit better than they may have been given credit for though.

CD: High Voltage - Written In Stone
From: MrMetal Date: February 17, 2015 at 17:59
These guys originally formed out of the Pittsburgh area around 1986 with a lineup featuring Josh Holmes (v), Nick Catanese (g),Mike Mizia (b), & Wayne Walnoha (d). It's unclear if the 199 4-track recording was a Demo or an official EP as well as the members participating, although the above lineup was together until at least 1988. Wayne would then be replaced somewhere along the line by John Karbowski on drums as well as John Fuechslin being added as a keyboardist (Josh Holmes originally handled these duties with lead vocals). The new lineup would release "Written In Stone" which was a slight improvement over the earlier material and grows on the listener with some shimmering keys that brought some AOR elements into their Melodic Rock style. I would compare them musically to the New Jersey-based ZIAD although some more upbeat material could've benefitted them. There would be another EP in 1994 ("Edge of The World") although I'm not sure who contributed aside from Nick on guitars.....

CD: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 17, 2015 at 13:17
This is a wonderful debut of a project that i hope it could last for more than one release as the members of it are pretty busy guys in their own bands...the only issue is that some songs sound very Journey-ish probably because the head of this is Deen Castronovo and if they change that in a second coming it would be awesome as these guys are top notch musicians...anyway most of the tracks are pretty worth the effort put on them(1,2,3,6,7(nice),8,9,10,12,13,14 & 15)...the B/T's with slightly different modificatios(13,14 & 15)are as i've just stated pretty worth the effort...recommended stuff...94/100

CD: Zinny J. Zan - City Boy Blues
From: hair metal again Date: February 17, 2015 at 5:17
very good solo release by ZINNY ZAN and of course a hard rockin one!the sound is classic hard rock music and in some songs Zinny sounds like Phil Lynott(he tries hard to),the musicianship is ok and overall this is solid and a nice effort!some highlights are "grin n bear","love is like fire","lost generation" and "wild as a rose"!recommended

CD: Candy Harlots - Five Wicked Ways
From: hair metal again Date: February 16, 2015 at 2:01
superb debut by CANDY HARLOTS and def a band that knew what was doin!their sound is somewhere between LA GUNS & FASTER PUSSYCAT and with a better frontman they could possibly do more!from the first tunes you can realize their true sleazy attitude which is nt a fake!the guitars and the rhythm section are ok and the songs will satisfy you!"where no one dares","the lady shakes","the wildest way" ,"what are we fightin for" are fine songs and overall Five Wicked Ways a nice addition to your collection

CD: David Lee Roth - Sonrisa Salvaje
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 15, 2015 at 10:10
i wrote something in spanish back in 2007 and now i'm gonna do it in english...well this is,for me,a funny release overall...the lyrics are kinda cheesy but the songs themselves are awesome(in composition)...David did a great effort to sing these songs in a fairly well and understandable spanish which is something admirable..."Yankee Rose","Timido","Noche De Ronda En La Ciudad"(best),"Loco Del Calor"(best)& "Arma De Caza Mayor" are my faves...just a release that can be taken as a curiosity or just for the latinamerican or spanish far as i know he has never played any of the songs live anyway...80/100

CD: Molly Hatchet - Deed Is Done
From: 123charpenay Date: February 15, 2015 at 4:44
no problem doghouse.i was wrong the doc was n°1 in japan not in his country.usa.keep on rockin.greetings from the country of red wine and cheese!!!!!!!!.

CD: Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 14, 2015 at 19:53
For me not that powerful but instead a solid one..."Soul Intruder" is my fave along with the catchy "Power of The Sun"...some other good songs are tracks 2,6 & 10...86/100

CD: The 69 Eyes - Devils
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 14, 2015 at 19:45
A very good album that mixes Gothic,Dark & Sleaze sounds...Jyrki69 is the living copy of Peter Steele(Type O Negative)vocally talking..."Lost Boys" & "Beneath The Blue" are my faves...tracks 2,3,4(solid Goth softie)& 10 are also good ones...88/100

CD: Giant - Last of the Runaways
From: edwithmj Date: February 14, 2015 at 18:28
After five years, this is still an album I keep coming back to. Dann Huff is a brilliant guitarist and maintains melody while playing at incredible speed. The opener is explosive and contains a nice intro solo to warm things up; Innocent Days is a slightly progressive rocker with very catchy vocals and a great chorus; I'll See You... is a very decent ballad and although it borders on mediocrity, it's saved by Huff's passionate vocals and solo. Shake Me Up is another winner with a loud, booming chorus. It Takes Two is probably my favourite, the solo is out of this world and the lyrics I find are very meaningful. Hold Back... is another winner and is probably my second favourite - the outro solo leaves me wanting more. Love Welcome Home is the better of the two ballads and has Huff's passionate vocals - the song rises slowly to a great crescendo I feel. The Big Pitch is a standard rocker to end the disc with. Definitely one of my favourite albums of all time.

CD: Molly Hatchet - Deed Is Done
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 14, 2015 at 14:55
RIght on, dude. Thanks for clearing that up.

CD: Molly Hatchet - Deed Is Done
From: 123charpenay Date: February 14, 2015 at 12:53
hi doghouse to be very clear and precise my informations came from geoff gillgrass president of the doc holliday fan club uk.exactly in wales.billboard rock albums april 4 1981 doc holliday "same" first record was n°32.for info n° 1 was eric clapton "another ticket".the fabulous song "lonesome guitar" was n° 1 not in usa (sorry) but in japan:kerrang february/march 1982 top 30 kuts n° 1 "lonesome guitar" from doc holliday.for info n° 2 was "to the top " from krokus".1983 always from kerrang "import albums the official hm charts specially compiled for kerrang from a nationwide survey of 500 specialists shops" "modern medicine" from doc holliday was n° 5.for info n° 1 was "rockin every night live in japan" from gary moore.i m sure doghouse that you are a very talented guy so it will be easy for you to find all these informations on the web.yes rick my friend the doc was very popular in europe in the start of the 80 s we have very often at radio "lonesome guitar" or "southern man".

CD: Don Dokken - Up From the Ashes
From: edwithmj Date: February 14, 2015 at 12:32
This really is possibly the best thing Don Dokken has ever done. From the opener, it's easy to tell the flawless production and tight rhythm section. Crash N' Burn: wow what an opener with a perfect solo; 1000 Miles Away has wonderful backing vocals; When Some Nights has powerful bass and a wonderful rhythm; Forever is a great semi-ballad with very catchy vocals; Living A Lie again has amazing catchy vocals; When Love Finds... is a superb ballad and even without keyboards, is one of my favourite ballads; Give It Up: a song I've heard 100 times and will hear again another 100 times, simply a great solo and brilliant, meaningful lyrics; Mirror Mirror is about as filler as this album gets but is still very good; Stay has a wonderful mellow opening and then explodes with a super riff; Down in Flames has those trademark catchy Dokken lyrics again as does The Hunger which I think borders on speed metal a bit. One of the best albums on this site by far and one my favourites.

CD: Racer X - Second Heat
From: edwithmj Date: February 14, 2015 at 12:15
Wonderful technical speed metal here. My favourites have to be the instrumental Scarified, the headbanging Hammer Away with its catchy vocals and Motor Man but really, this is an album I can listen to again and again and never get bored. It's a shame the band had to go on hiatus after this because of a lack of interest and support from labels as this is Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet in their element.

CD: Mr. Big - Mr. Big
From: edwithmj Date: February 14, 2015 at 12:11
If there were an album that defined average, this would be it. From the boring opener, Addicted to that Rush, to Take A Walk, the songs are completely fogettable, hookless wonders and it doesn't help that Eric Martin sounds a lot like Jeff Keith. The one track I can take away from this is Had Enough. I guess I've never been "big" on Mr. Big.

CD: Project L.E.E - Now Or Never
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 14, 2015 at 10:22
This is a cool Ep...with a better production it would have sounded really awesome as the tracks offer the quality needed to be considered "good ones",an indie project that lasted only this release as far as i know..."Now Or Never"(a good opener,Melodic Rock),"Don't Stop"(with an AOR touch),"Another You"(a solid rocking song)& "Sweet Little Child"(the "mandatory" ballad in an album)...i mean these are 4 songs with a positive balance,Lasse's vocals has that typical European accent,a plus in the songs...recommended...85/100

CD: Molly Hatchet - Deed Is Done
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 14, 2015 at 10:13
I think that the "Docs" where were more popular in Europe rather than in their own country,at least back in late 80's...

CD: Molly Hatchet - Deed Is Done
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 13, 2015 at 21:29
123Charpenay--Just curious: where'd you get that about Doc Holliday having a number-one in America? As far as I know (and I'm not saying I know everything), those guys weere never that popular heere. In the southern-rock pecking order, they were somewhere below Point Blank, even in their early-'80's "heyday."

CD: Molly Hatchet - Deed Is Done
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 13, 2015 at 21:27
The full album title may as well have been "The Deed Is Done ... And So Is Our Career." The problem with albums like this--and Siogo and Vertical Smiles--is that they didn't work! The bands hated making them, and unlike David Lee Roth, who at first hated "Jump" but changed his mind once it became a hit--these southern rock bands didn't get the opportunity, because these records never became hits. Their old fans thought the new tunes sucked, and the wider audience who was supposed to gobble it up saw it for the phony, calculated--AND subpar--corporate rock that it was.

CD: The Deep End - Cop This
From: Doug Date: February 13, 2015 at 17:41
Just listened to a few songs. Yeah, similar to AC/DC, not as good. Singer is weak. They are a poor man's Airbourne and remember Crooked X, kind of like them. Just my opinion.

CD: The Deep End - Cop This
From: Kiss_Rules Date: February 13, 2015 at 16:22
This a very solid album. The Deep End sounds a lot like AC/DC, which is not a bad thing in this case because they are very good. If you love AC/DC, you should check out this album. You can see the official video for "Bigger, Better, Badder" on YouTube.

CD: Terry Ilous - Here and Gone
From: 123charpenay Date: February 13, 2015 at 11:31
terry illous came from caluire france.a town nest to my town we have a very poor cd .this record will help thierry (his real french subname) to pay his taxes.not more.

CD: Steve Thomson - Everyone Loves A Winner
From: 123charpenay Date: February 13, 2015 at 11:24
the first steve thomson record is a extraordinary cd even if the production is not perfect.the drums sounds too dry.i discover his second effort only now.after the quality of the first record i ve buying this cd closed eyes.i ve listen this record this afternoon only one is enough.what s this shit?the cd start very well with a the killer song "walk like a man".strangely the choruse reminds me "walks like a woman" from baton rouge s first record.but after it s the desert.or if you want an ocean of fillers.only bad songs.the cover of "hot cherie" is a pity.i prefer the fantastic hardline s one year steve thomson have loosen all his punch all his inspiration.some songs track 3 or 10 for example are limit ridiculous.a big big deception for me.

CD: Molly Hatchet - Deed Is Done
From: 123charpenay Date: February 13, 2015 at 11:13
1983 doc hollisay "modern medicine",blackfoot "siogo" 1984 blackfoot "vertical smiles" and "the deed is done" from molly hatchet.all this records have the same particularity:these southern rock legends have the f m s simple ,in this time majors label wants to touch the more wide crowd with bands wich have success with their previous records.don t forget that doc holliday was n° 1 in u s a with the fabulous "lonesome guitar".american people have good this majors wants a southern f m record.i love all these records .i understand that pure southern rock fans are not agree with me.before to listen this excellent album you have to forget track 9 ,a very poor rock song and track 11 an instrumental wich have absoluty no interest.the rest is excellent with big guitars and many great keyboards.on track 3 there is an instrumental break where bass sound deliciously disco.i love that.track 1 and 5 are two real hits wich are present on the fabulous "double trouble live" 1985.

CD: Terry Ilous - Here and Gone
From: hair metal again Date: February 13, 2015 at 5:07
excellent solo release by the XYZ frontman!i ve been with him since day 1 , i love his voice &attitude and it feels good gettin old together!great stuff

CD: Sacred Season - Sacred Season
From: Japangea Date: February 12, 2015 at 23:57
If you like Alien or Rubicon,just grab a copy.Goran Edman-ish singer who also plays the brilliant guitars is a very talent person,and other players are really good,too.In a bad cover but don't be fooled by that.This is must.

CD: Warlock - True As Steel
From: Doug Date: February 12, 2015 at 15:07
Warlock is not a band that was on my musical radar so was not overly familiar with them when a friend loaned this to me the other day. It takes some getting used to, but I like it.

CD: Deep Purple - Slaves and Masters
From: Doug Date: February 12, 2015 at 15:04
"King of Dreams" is my fave on this one.

CD: Burning Kingdom - Simplified
From: Kiss_Rules Date: February 12, 2015 at 14:22
I absolutely LOVE Danny Vaughn in Tyketto and he sounds great on this album. The song "We Are A Wall" is my favorite on this album and is an absolutely killer song. The album, over all, is very solid. Not quite as good as the early Tyketto, but very good none the less.

CD: Unruly Child - Unruly Child
From: petermexico13 Date: February 11, 2015 at 18:54
This is another great record, Mark Free´s voice is perfect for this type of music, each song is a winner, (best songs are "who cries now", "Is is over", "Lets talk about love", "take me down nasty") perfect example of well write, play and performance!Sin duda una joya para todos los seguidores del AOR y sobretodo de Mark Free, cada músico hace perfectamente su trabajo, en mi opinión la producción es muy buena pero no excelente ya que estas canciones tienen más potencial y fuerza de lo que suenan en este album, lo cual queda demostrado en las interpretaciones hechas un par de años después por el gran Bobby Kimball en su disco "Rise Up", donde estas canciones suenan más contundentes en mi opinión. Incluso Mark (Marcie) realiza coros en varias de ellas. Pienso que las canciones son 10/10 al igual que la interpretación, queda a deber el sonido de las mezclas que es donde siento que la producción de queda corta. Sin ninguna duda uno de los mejores discos del AOR de todos los tiempos!!!!

CD: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
From: Kiss_Rules Date: February 11, 2015 at 17:17
Let's just be honest...if you don't love this album, then you simply don't like hard rock music. This band might not have changed music, but they put their stamp on the hard rock genre right out of the box with one of the best debut albums of all-time.

CD: Love Child - Love Child
From: hair metal again Date: February 11, 2015 at 6:17
strong debut by LOVE CHILD with excellent guitars and some good songs!their sound reminds me of a heavier DOKKEN or a more commercial SWORD! the riffs are great though and if you find it in a decent price you should try it!"doctor love" ,"vicious mind " are the highlights!

CD: Bad English - Bad English
From: edwithmj Date: February 10, 2015 at 19:41
Doghouse, you're right this is very polished but I think it's on the harder end of the AOR spectrum and certainly wouldn't call this vanilla-milkshakemusic at all! I've never understood the contempt some on this site have for keyboards - most of my favourite albums on here have keyboards and this is no exception. Forget Me Not is a strange favourite with such great tracks to choose from on here. I still listen to this album a lot since it's one of my favourites and I've come to appreciate the whole thing - even my least favourites, When I See You Smile amd Lay Down.

CD: King's X - Out of the Silent Planet
From: edwithmj Date: February 10, 2015 at 18:24
I really wanted to like this but this does absolutely nothing for me. There are no hooks, no melodies and the guitars sound slightly down-tuned. The only song I could take away was Goldilox. Below average hard rock I'm afraid.

CD: Alkatrazz - Young Blood
From: MrMetal Date: February 10, 2015 at 17:49
ALKATRAZZ formed out of Maidstone, England in 1980 & were impulsively signed by RCA Records that same year during the beginnings of the NWOBHM craze. They managed to release 2 LPs ("Young Blood" & "Radio 5")in 1981 & 1982 respectively, as well as 3 coinciding Singles for those LPs with an unofficial BBC Radio EP surfacing in 1982. The act were noted for touring back in their heyday on a 3-way billing with MAGNUM & the TYGERS OF PAN TANG although neither of their albums garnered much attention. The late Clive Burr would also briefly join the group in 1983 until moving on to other notable acts. Once the band was dropped from their label, they would call it a day around 1983. Fronted by Aussie vocalist Craig "Stevens" Pinkney, the group displayed some fairly credible 70's styled Classic Rock with traces of FOREIGNER & BAD COMPANY as well as mixing in some elements of the NWOBHM movement. ALKATRAZZ should have garnered much more attention than they would ultimately receive.

CD: Bad English - Bad English
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 10, 2015 at 15:16
Wow! That's the first time I've ever heard "AOR" as a descriptor and "too polished" as a complaint in the same sentence. It's AOR! Of course it's too polished! It ain't like Schon and especially Waite have such a history of "exploding." So, Bad English: one of several "supergroups" of the late '80's, made up of guys whose old, successful AOR bands were were history. So they took a look around and decided to put on some leather for a "metal" image, while cranking out more workmanlike, keyboard-drenched, vanilla-milkshakemusic. Only your mom mistook this for hard rock back in the day. Best song here is the vaguely threatening, stalker-like "Forget Me Not."

CD: Donnie Iris - Out Of The Blue
From: Doug Date: February 10, 2015 at 13:26
"Ah Leah" is such a good song, but the rest is not good at all IMO.

CD: White Wolf - Victim of the Spotlight
From: 123charpenay Date: February 10, 2015 at 13:17
i can add that unfortunatelly don wolf have always the same voice.very strong but very special and not melodic .when he sing low he is always out of tune.he is better when he force his voice or when he scream.the mark of the average singers.

CD: Whitesnake - Good to Be Bad
From: blackkblade5 Date: February 10, 2015 at 11:16
i read some stupid comments from people here saiyng coverdale voice is bad...well ignore those people,sure mr.coverdale is not getting younger,so none of us,what we have here is probably one of the best hard rock albums of modern age,the songs are all superb,guitars are sharp,heavy with a make no prisioners attitude the whole album,david voice still sounds great,doug´s playing is amazing similar to the great john sykes,last this is not 1987 album,no,its better because whitesnake is alive and burning in a modern/alternative changed music cenario

CD: Roadhouse - Roadhouse
From: 80srocker Date: February 10, 2015 at 5:01
This may be "the album Def Leppard never recorded" to some. Yes, you can't deny similarities, but Roadhouse have their unique passages as well and the songs are excellent, especially "All Join Hands".

CD: Bad English - Bad English
From: 80srocker Date: February 10, 2015 at 5:00
Very good songs, pure AOR. However, to me it sounds a bit too polished. I always wait for Waite and Schon to explode, but that never happens...

CD: David Lee Roth - Your Filthy Little Mouth
From: 80srocker Date: February 10, 2015 at 4:58
You have to see the album for what it is. Dave always had an inclination with blues and soul music - and that's what he delivers here among some trademark rock tracks, sometimes mingled together. It may not be everybody's taste, but it's one good, well performed album.

CD: L.A. Guns - Cocked and Loaded
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 7, 2015 at 20:33
Responding to EdwithMJ's comment: To me, songs like "Malaria," "Magdalaine" and "Wheels Of Fire" bring a different flavor to the album. On the debut, with the exception of the ballad and instrumental, every song has the same atmosphere, which is why I find it a little monotonous in the late going. On Cocked And Loaded, you have the aforementioned songs bringing a darker, mysterious feel with their less anthemic melodies (somewhat unusual outside the framework of a power ballad) and some different guitar tones. I love the straight-ahead rockers like "Rip And Tear," "Never Enough" and "I Wanna Be Your Man" (a song the band seems to hate), but these otheer ones help make the album more diverse and "complete."

CD: Toto - Toto IV
From: hair metal again Date: February 7, 2015 at 16:28
fantastic release by TOTO and a classic of the 80s for sure!talent,musicianship,songwriting,personality...everything is here and IV is a unique album!great balance between keys &guitars .sensational performances by all members and great songs are offered!essential

CD: Rata Blanca - Magos, Espadas Y Rosas
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 7, 2015 at 15:30
Hailing from Argentina comes one of the best acts in South America,a band that is very influenced by European sounds in Metal terms..."La Leyenda Del Hada Y El Mago","El Beso De la Bruja","Haz Tu Jugada" & "El Camino Del Sol" are my of Deep Purple or early Rainbow will love them...86/100

CD: Baron Rojo - Tierra De Nadie
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 7, 2015 at 15:25
I would describe this act,at least in their mid 80's releases,as Melodic Heavy Rock rather than Melodic Metal...Niagara is far melodic than Baron Rojo(Niagara is more into the AOR/Melodic Rock field)...this effort is a decent one but the next one "No Va Mas" is far better than this...tracks 1,2,3 & 5 are ok to me...75/100

CD: Baron Rojo - No Va Mas
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 7, 2015 at 15:21
A pretty commercial release...this is a Melodic Heavy Rock one rather than Melodic Metal as labeled...tracks 1,2,3,6,9 & 10 are my faves...recommended stuff...85/100

CD: Baron Rojo - Metalmorphosis
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 6, 2015 at 16:30
Iconic Heavy Rock/Heavy Metal act from Spain...this album is quite a must have for the fans of the band..."Casi Me Mato","Rockero Indomable","El Malo","Diosa Razon" & "Se Escapa El Tiempo" are my faves...80/100

CD: Jaded Heart - Slaves And Masters
From: Ydol eM Date: February 6, 2015 at 15:00
Perhaps, they wanted to sound like an American heavy rock top band of late 80s (Bon Jovi, Firehouse or Danger Danger) but this album is typical model of an average European hard (sometimes aor) rock at that time being - M.ill.ion or weaker Fair Warning. I agree with Mark's comment about the poor production. If it had been better I would have added even 10 points more. Btw. MB is one of my most favourite European rock singers but here he is blank like the front cover of this cd. 75/100.

CD: Angel Heart - Give Me Five
From: 123charpenay Date: February 6, 2015 at 12:11
i can add that this cd is varied.catchy and speed track 9,influenced by scorpions track 1 and 4,hard fm track 3.6.7 hard u s /southern track5.track 8 is an exceptional ballad and the ice on the cake track 2 "forever" is a monument of hard fm influenced prog!no bonus track on the japan s incredible that a band of this quality have made only one record in their career.

CD: Departure - Corporate Wheel
From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2015 at 13:22
i can add beautiful record ,beautiful music.the production is not very mighty but great and of journey (of course) but also fans of artica,savannah or norway this cd is for you.

CD: Still Alive - Breakin' Everything
From: zld Date: February 5, 2015 at 12:42
All 4 cd from this band are great. Great playing, strong songs and (for once) a damn good singer. Too bad they called it quits, but all the albums are worth tracking down.

CD: L.A. Guns - Live! A Nite On The Strip
From: edwithmj Date: February 5, 2015 at 8:32
Wow, no comments on this one? I got this years ago and it's much better than I expected. The band sound tight and obviously rehearsed a lot because the songs are played nearly flawlessly. All my favourites are here including some I hadn't heard before at the time such as Face Down and Nothing Better To Do. My one complaint is that the bass and rhythm guitar are a tad too quiet but disregarding that, excellent live album.

CD: AC/DC - Iron Man 2
From: CC Date: February 5, 2015 at 7:09
When I added this CD back in 2010, I added it as an AC/DC album and it got put in the soundtrack section, so it is now on the site twice.

CD: Steve Thomson - Steve Thomson
From: 123charpenay Date: February 4, 2015 at 12:43
exceptional record.this album smell good the glory days of the eighties.(in the vein of kidd glove or michael bolton).only killer songs absoluty no fillers.only hits.the songs are varied cause we have three fantastic ballads.steve thomson is an excellent singer who reminds me sometimes marc storace.i ve the version with the bonus track "on through the night"(from china s second realise).this album is a wet dream for all melodic rock fans of this planet.impossible to be disapointed with this masterpiece.

CD: Noiseworks - Love Versus Money
From: 123charpenay Date: February 4, 2015 at 12:30
absoluty not my cup of tea.after their brilliant first record i expected a better record.not a bad realise but this album is a little rock a little hard a little pop a little new wawe a little variety .for make short a little nothing!!!!!

CD: April Wine - The Nature of the Beast
From: 123charpenay Date: February 4, 2015 at 12:17
sorry i say that april wine play a very average hard rock n roll.absoluty no s the first time that i buy a cd of this band ,for sure it s the last time!

CD: April Wine - The Nature of the Beast
From: 123charpenay Date: February 4, 2015 at 12:15
i m like shoemaker, after all these super comments i expected many more.what a big deception.this record is boring .april wine pl

CD: Rockarma - Bring It!
From: hair metal again Date: February 4, 2015 at 10:08
superb hair metal release by ROCKARMA and imho this one stands easily near the classics of the golden era!commercial all the way with great sound and songs,Bring It seems to have everything you need!essential and one of the best of the new millenium!

CD: Ronnie Montrose - The Speed of Sound
From: Doug Date: February 3, 2015 at 17:43
IMO, this is an album that with some accompanying vocals, it would have been better. Playing is great though.

CD: Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
From: Doug Date: February 3, 2015 at 16:02
A friend loaned this to me the other day. "Kayleigh' and "Lavender" stand out to me. The rest, I guess is an acquired taste - have to be in the right mood.

CD: AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
From: dany69 Date: February 1, 2015 at 19:17
Sorry Ac\dc but i listen now the last Pretty Maids album,,,,that is what i call a great come back,,like the last Stryper too,,,,,, Malcom's Was the Heart of this band,,,,

CD: Von Groove - 3 Faces Past
From: hair metal again Date: February 1, 2015 at 16:10
superb acoustic release by the mighty hair metallers VON GROOVE!no need to say much ,this is as perfect as it can be with fantastic sound,vibe,performance and songs!essential

CD: Age Sten Nilsen's Ammunition - Shanghaied
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 1, 2015 at 12:19
Cool album that grew on me while shots for me were tracks 2,3,4,6(rocks!),7,9(catchy),11,12(catchy) and 13(AOR-ish)...a first solo decent effort from the former Wig Wam man Age Sten Nilsen .88/100

CD: Kansas - Masque
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 1, 2015 at 10:48
Great album!!!...all the songs except track number 5 were of my real pleasure ...recommended by all means...88/100

CD: Best of 2014 - Best of 2014
From: giantsun Date: February 1, 2015 at 7:55
I'm similar tastes than Pete, but I would put WOA-Framework on first possitions!

CD: KISS - Love Gun
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 31, 2015 at 22:06
I forgot "Plaster Caster"

CD: KISS - Love Gun
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 31, 2015 at 22:04
KLASSIK KISS!!!...tracks 1,2,4,6 & 8 are songs that put the band on the top of the mountain back then..."Got Love For Sale" is a cool song as well...84/100

CD: Balance of Power - Heathenology
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 31, 2015 at 22:01
Indeed this is a great compilation of the band's finest moments!!!...tracks 1,2,5,7,8,10,12 & 13(Prog AOR) are wonderful pieces of music by all means...the live bonus disc is awesome too...just pick this up a.s.a.p.!!!.95/100

CD: Jackyl - Live At The Full Throttle
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 31, 2015 at 19:54
Kind of a weak live album, as six of the ten tracks also appeared on the band's previous live album Night Of The living Dead (the last four in the same order." The DVD includes four extra song which were omitted from the CD for some reason. As it was recorded onstage at the Sturgis motorcycle rally, Jesse's stage raps are even raunchier than usual, particularly on "Dirty Little Mind," where he gets a bunch of drunk chicks (some of them a bit roadworn, if you know what I mean) to come onstage to dance, asking them to flash their tits to motivate him to drop his own pants.

CD: Jackyl - Push Comes to Shove
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 31, 2015 at 19:29
Martin Popoff once characterized the debut as being screaming, fire-engine red, while this second album was "more burnished golds and browns." Which is an interesting, but accurate, way to put it. The guitars don't bite as hard, the grooves are looser, and the attitude doesn't seem as wild.

CD: Shawn Lane - Powers of Ten
From: edwithmj Date: January 31, 2015 at 17:37
I've finally had a chance to listen to the debut album of the wonderfully melodic yet sadly passed Shawn Lane. The album isn't your typical shred-fest; instead, Lane combines wonderfully laid back melodies and shreds only when necessary. I'd compare this with Eric Johnson except it has fewer southern influences. For fans of melodic instrumental rock.

CD: Jackyl - Push Comes to Shove
From: hair metal again Date: January 31, 2015 at 15:49
fine hard rock release by JACKYL, not as their excellent debut,but surely there s a certain quality and will satisfy whoever was hooked by them!less aggressive,more serious,not so funny the boys seem to get serious and as an impact the songs arent so catchy !'rock a ho",'private hell"are the standout tracks!

CD: Redstone - Redstone
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 31, 2015 at 14:37
Decent indie AOR band...production quite standart leading to an average one ..."Someday" & "Our Love" are both nice mid tempos and "High Infidelity" is the rocking one..."Not Another Tear" is acceptable as well...80/100

CD: Fate - If Not For The Devil
From: tentacle Date: January 31, 2015 at 12:03
This one was a hard beast to crack, but now I rank this on par with the Ghosts From The Past album. It took 6 spins to get all small details and nuances to work. Excellent production, vocals and guitar work all around. Lyrics might be a bit generic, but emotion and variations in melodies make up for it. There are couple of fillers harking back to the aor of Matter Of Attitude days and I don't understand why they have to satisfy that small fan base of past. Fate of 2K10 is a different beast. Best albums of Fate are: 1. V 2. Scratch 'n' Sniff 3. Ghost From The Past 4. If Not For The Devil

CD: Molly Hatchet - Kingdom of XII
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 31, 2015 at 11:47
Greetings for you my friend 123charpenay!!!...keep on writing your comments in Heavy Harmonies

CD: Care Of Night - Connected
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 31, 2015 at 11:44
Ok the band has "dis-connected" its Work Of Art influence in,somehow,a big percentage and it ended up,this one,in a decent AOR release(to be honest there are better new AOR releases from other bands out there,all that in IMHO of course)..."Heart Belongs","Contact","Dividing Lines"(nice),"Unify" & "Give Me Strenght" are in my book...88/100

CD: Redstone - Redstone
From: desiodom75 Date: January 30, 2015 at 20:28
Awesome ep,maybe best ever released in AOR/MHR, together with British Hero(Uk)!..Only 4 songs but so pleasant,dynamic and heartfelt!..Nowadays is almost impossible to get it one copy;only collector's item....95/100..ESSENTIAL.

CD: Molly Hatchet - Kingdom of XII
From: 123charpenay Date: January 30, 2015 at 16:56
totally agree with my friend rick (the master of h h)my mark is not 87 like rick but for me i give 96/100.exceptional record track 1 and 9 are pure fabulous hard rock.track 6 with charlie daniels at violin is maybe the best southern rock track ever with the legendary "lone some guitar" from doc holliday.the rest ? when i will be died , i hope that these fabulous songs follow me in the other side.

CD: Molly Hatchet - Silent Reign of Heroes
From: 123charpenay Date: January 30, 2015 at 16:47
i can add that the acoutic version of "fall of the peace makers" is .... fantastic ,exceptional, beautiful!!!!

CD: Maverick - Quid Pro Quo
From: 123charpenay Date: January 30, 2015 at 16:30
i can add ,that some guitar s choruses reminds me molly hatchet.(the top of the top).i think that the guitarist of this irish band have take some lessons with bobby ingramm himself.

CD: Maverick - Quid Pro Quo
From: 123charpenay Date: January 30, 2015 at 16:24
exceptional melodic hard keyboards no ballad only pure genius hard rock.only killer songs who will hooked you immediatly.big sound , big guitars ,big rhtymn section,perfect production.super songs very catchy with some incredible guitar s choruses.a wet dream to all hard rock lovers on this earth.excellent singer, absoluty perfect for this style of weak point on this masterpiece.i can add nothing only a little wish:a japan import with bonus can buy closed eyes impossible to be buy buy!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Care Of Night - Connected
From: Jez Date: January 30, 2015 at 14:07
No real surprises here, especially for those who have already got or heard last years excellent EP. All 4 of those tracks appear, with the other 6 being very much up to the same high standards. 'Dividing Lines' and the excellent closer 'Say You Will' are notable highlights, but the whole album works and flows really well and the band in general have a great 'vibe' going on, albeit maybe lacking in a little originality. It doesn't hit the heady heights of the Work Of Arts of this world, but, for a debut, it is an excellent effort and certainly not a 2nd division band some have accused them of being.

CD: Gillan - Double Trouble
From: hair metal again Date: January 30, 2015 at 13:23
very good release by GILLAN back in the early 80s , somewhere between the DEEP PURPLE and the early WHITESNAKE sound!the band sounds solid and Gillan doesnt scream too high ,so the result is better!the songwriting is acceptable ,butno blowminding and i believe that the excellent "nightmare" should be the first single!good stuff

CD: Dokken - Back for the Attack
From: Doug Date: January 29, 2015 at 19:09
"Sleepless Nights" is a frickin' awesome song, the guitar riff is monstrous. "edwithmj" your entry above in '12, dude you must have been smoking the hippie lettuce if you can't remember how this song goes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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