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Artist: Cry Wolf

Title: Crunch

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Cry Wolf Crunch Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1990

Label: Grand Slamm/IRS

Catalog Number: X2 13050


Timmy Hall vocals
Steve McKnight guitar
Phil Deckard bass
Paul Cancilla drums


1.  Road to Ruin  4:13
2.  Red Shoes  3:52
3.  Face Down in the Wishing Well  5:38
4.  Long Hard Road  4:25
5.  On the Run  3:12
6.  Stop, Look, and Listen  3:47
7.  Pretender  5:25
8.  Dirty Dog Night  3:45
9.  West Wind Blows  4:16
10.  Back to You  4:08
Total Running Time:  42:41

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Existing comments about this CD

From: KRANKENSTEIN Date: March 26, 2001 at 22:13
Just stopping by to say if you haven't heard 'Pretender' you are missing out. It starts out a slow ballad and builds into an intense rock song. It's one of my 'All Time Greats' (doesn't that sound fancy?). The rest of the album is damn good too.

From: April Date: May 3, 2001 at 11:08
'Pretender'...This one of my favorite songs ever. What kind of wonderful limbo did I slip into to hear this song? More people need to experience this.

From: Rock-U-Hard Date: July 23, 2001 at 7:33
Pretender??..their song called 'Long Hard Road' IS their Best tune on the cd and if you like a good ballad then this is it.

From: Tanya Date: August 24, 2001 at 21:20
Great Band - have listened and loved the song 'Pretender' since the 80's -- missed a chance to see these guy's LIVE back several years ago but unfortunately i was not 21 at the time and it was an above 21 show.... BUT if you get the chance -- BY THIS CD...These guy's are great ! I still mainly listen to my old cd's from the 80's rock/metal years.. this new stuff today blow's goats!!

From: Ronnie Date: September 30, 2001 at 1:00
This guitar player, Steve McKnight should be huge.....He has Lynch type feel and speed.....Damn.....If anyone knows any other stuff he did please email me... ronnie_rogers@yahoo.com ...Thanks...

From: trick Date: October 28, 2001 at 9:28
Where is Steve McKnight today? As good as the album Crunch was, it is dated and was about 3 to 4 years too late for its market.

From: chris c Date: November 15, 2001 at 12:55
Pretender is great, but what about ON the Run? That's the song! This whole album is really good. Damn shame music like this went out of style

From: Skid Date: November 19, 2001 at 18:27
Without a doubt one of the most underrated bands ever. This album should have been huge!!!

From: SlinkyJ Date: November 23, 2001 at 18:15
I loved this album at the time but listening to it again recently I noticed how much reverb they used. I'd love to hear some of those tracks rerecorded and given a bit more punch and presence. Still a hugely underrated band though.

From: Rycheage Date: January 13, 2002 at 11:53
This Cd should have been a huge hit. But then grunge hit and the 'hair band' was no more. This CD is highlighted by 'Long Hard Road', 'Pretender', 'On The Run', and 'Face Down In The Wishing Well' which was a MTV video hit back in the day. Excellent CD.

From: Reno Date: May 3, 2002 at 0:43
I agree with Rycheage. Good driving tunes for the car.

From: TIM Date: May 15, 2002 at 13:10
This cd is excellent. It should have been huge!!! like Skid and Rycheage stated. The song On The Run is currently making spins and it's great. So is the rest of the album. Very underrated. By the way, has anyone heard their self- titled release?

From: FABIEN Date: May 15, 2002 at 16:10
Response to Tim: Their self tittled release is not an other album.In fact, it's almost all the tracks from 'CRUNCH' minus 3 songs:'Road to ruin','Dirty Dog Night' and 'On the run' that are replaced by 3 other tracks:'It ain't enough','Wings' and a Beatles cover:'I am the Walrus'.I think CRUNCH is the USA edition of the album and the self titled album(with an other cover:a pix of the band with their logo),was for JAPAN.I am lucky enough to own both of them because they're both excellent!

From: TIM Date: May 15, 2002 at 16:32
Thanks FABIEN, I've been considering buying the Japan pressing for awhile. I wasn't sure if it was worth the extra dollars. I'll have to pick it up when the check comes in.

From: Drag-in-Bones Date: September 22, 2002 at 2:17
Pure Crunch!!! They play it muscular and melodic, sometimes fast and furious, sometimes hard and heavy. Fantastic harmonies and a stunning guitar sound. 9.50 out of 10. They conquered the strip, they took over Japan. Now lets rape the rest of the world!!! Don't 'Cry Wolf', you might just get what you wished for!!!

From: naslund Date: February 4, 2003 at 23:16
I guess I don't see why the hype about this CD. Something about the vocals makes me cringe. Somebody on this site suggested that if you like XYZ or Heaven's Edge you would like this. MMMMMMMMMMMMM nope. Don't see the connection.

From: naslund Date: February 4, 2003 at 23:17
Given my previous review, I am willing to sell this cheap. Hey, if you want it for cheap e -mail me at Patrick.Peterson@gm.com

From: angry Date: March 11, 2003 at 1:06
i got this cd in great condition,i am not keeping this, anyone ont there want to trade ? pls contact me osw_paul@yahoo.com.sg thanks

From: vikingo666 Date: March 24, 2003 at 16:38

From: Dargon Date: July 27, 2003 at 0:34
This CD is simply amazing. Does anyone know if they or the members went to do anything else?

From: anamal Date: July 27, 2003 at 2:35
Tim went on to release a solo cd

From: John Date: July 30, 2003 at 16:35
This album sounds awesome. Kudos to the producer. A couple of the songs aren't that strong, but the band makes up for it. They're a talented lot and like I said, this record sounds really good.

From: Jim Date: September 21, 2003 at 22:23
Great Band Reminds me of Stryper!

From: Dean Date: October 26, 2003 at 14:25
'On the Run' sounds so much like Stryper I had to check to make sure i had the right cd in. Esp. the harmonies in the chorus. Still a very cool album.

From: Gar Date: October 28, 2003 at 20:12
Actually this reminds me more of 'Slippery'-era Bon Jovi. Great stuff. Ranks right up there with the best of the genre.

From: Blue Tequila Date: October 29, 2003 at 0:40
I just found this yesterday (hadn't heard of them before I bought it but they had 'the look' in the pic on the back cover so I picked it up) and I agree with the comments about Stryper and Bon Jovi. The lead singer (great voice) sounds a lot like Michael Sweet throughout while the music has the sound of 7800' Fahrenheit. Hey Dean I had the same thought when I jumped in the car today and 'On The Run' was playing--is this Stryper? Overall this is a very good cd w/that late 80's hard rock sound.

From: TIM Date: November 11, 2003 at 19:18
I disagree with the Stryper comparisons. Cry Wolf is way better.

From: TIM Date: November 11, 2003 at 19:21
No offence, but not a major Michael Sweet fan.

From: Harvey Date: November 26, 2003 at 19:23
Not a bad band. They hard their own sound and the opening 'woosh' of the 1st track is very dramatic. Whatever happened to them?

From: MJ Date: December 11, 2003 at 1:35
I can almost see the Stryper comparison....in the pitch of the vocals, but I think Timmy Hall has better range.....not as consistently high as Sweet......and that's OK with me. Not one of my favorite CDs, but not bad either. Stop, Look & Listen is my favorite track, followed by Pretender.

From: mattboy71 Date: January 4, 2004 at 19:09
Hi all - found a Tim Hall website (courtesy of sleazeroxx.com) where he gives talks about stories from the Cry Wolf days: http://home.earthlink.net/~57blond/index.htm

From: Ju&Joss Date: March 14, 2004 at 3:40
Vete a la concha tu madre vikingo666, cry wolf es una buena banda, por ningun lado es copia de Stryper, oe loco deja de escuchar hard rock para q no comentes basura. Que aguante CRY WOLF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: PhilDeckard Date: April 26, 2004 at 22:53
Wow! I just ran across this site, and I'm surprised (and happy) that people still remember us! (This is Phil, the bass player, by the way...) Well, quick update: Tim (singer) and I have been playing together in a new, as of yet un-named project, Steve (guitarist) is forming a new band with a couple of 'very big named' 80's/90's musicians (gonna smoke!), and Paul (drummer) is working for Warner Bros. in Wisconsin. E-mail me at phildeckard@hotmail.com for details and/or war stories! ~ Phil

From: Jose Date: July 15, 2004 at 21:47
Vikingo666, YA NI LA CHINGAS!, como se te ocurre decir santa estupidez!. Yo le doy a este disco 8.8 pero a la cancion de Pretender le doy 10, es una de las mejores rolas que he escuchado, incluso suponiendo que las demas rolas no estuvieran buenas vale la pena comprar el disco solo por esa, es una joyita este CD, yo tengo el americano y el japones pero me gusta mas los peque'os arreglos que le hiceron en el americano (a esta rola en especifico). Saludos desde Mexico.

From: Tristan Date: September 8, 2004 at 23:59
saw this band live in a small but packed club in st.louis mo, and i never saw a band rock the house down. it was amazing!! I do agree with the other posts , that some of the songs do sound a bit like stryper. it was sad to see them leave. 'Red shoe's' had a cool groove, and 'west wind blows' was a cool rocker.

From: Geoff Date: September 9, 2004 at 20:09
Very good, well played melodic / commercial hard rock. 'Face down in the wishing well' is a great hard rocker, 'Long hard road' is a beautiful ballad I have always liked a lot, and 'West wind blows' is easily my favourite song here - a blistering hard rocker sure to please and fan of the genre. A few fillers, but I liked this band. Good solid CD.

From: jessica96fish Date: September 11, 2004 at 12:15
all i can say is.if you like bands like roxxi paradise raquel dirty rhythm.then just go buy this monster album.

From: Bob Date: December 4, 2004 at 18:16
All I have to say is I knew these guy's growing up in Dublin CA. When I first started playing guitar 20 years ago Steve McKnight was my guitar teacher. I used to sit there and listen to him for hours. Heavey metal wasn't his passion it was fussion and let me tell you no matter what it was he could play it. I have had many influences in the past 20 years, but Steve is the reason that I still play and he will always be the one I try to measure up to.

From: Ray Date: December 10, 2004 at 13:48
Wow!!! I used to study under Steve McKnight in the early 80s also. He was the greatest guitarits then and I always thought that we would become a big name...but such is this business. Is there any site that has mp3s of Cry Wolf's songs or anything else by Steve McKnight?

From: Brian Date: December 13, 2004 at 14:17
I also studied with Steve - he is in the top echelon of rock guitarists without question. This is still one of my favorite records for guitar playing - monster tone, originality, tongue and cheek licks, and really advanced phrasing. I have some demos of unreleased stuff from the second record that never happened - it would have been unbelievable. To bad the trends changed - this was a great band, especially live.

From: crathopper Date: December 14, 2004 at 12:57
Do thos demos exist anywhere on the net, Brian?

From: Date: December 19, 2004 at 17:05
I just picked up a copy of this one for a quarter! I wasn't expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprized. Fairly heavy, great guitar playing, strong vocals. Weaknesses: sound quality not too good, song-writing borderline generic at times. But this is way better than I expected. I would have paid more than 25 cents. I love finding this kind of stuff!

From: Ray Date: January 4, 2005 at 16:25
Does anyone remember another Bay Area guitarist at that time by the name of Bill Xavier? Any information on him would be appreciated!

From: capdevilla Date: February 12, 2005 at 9:01
Great U.S. Hard rock Band (similar to Firehouse, Roxy Blue, Paradise, Wildside...). Production top ! Great sound !!

From: Rocker76 Date: February 21, 2005 at 10:01
On the Run & West Wind Blows are the stand-out tracks on this decent hair metal album. Timmy Hall's vocals were cool, and I thought partnered nicely with Steve McKnight's guitars. Long Hard Road was a cool bluesy ballad (w/ effective but subtle keys). No poor songs to be found overall, and def. recommended for 80s metal fans.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: June 9, 2005 at 0:30
Good Hard Rock with Melodic Bits, el album esta dividido en 2 partes la mitad de cortes buenos y la otra tirando de regulares a malos a nombrar los buenos cortes On the Run, Road to Ruin, Dirty Dog Night, West Wind Blows, Back to You 5 cortes con buen ritmo y buen gusto que dan ganas de escucharlas, el resto ya no me convencen nada, por ahi una mas que esta en algo y no es precisamente la balada que tanto mencionan, despues de eso buen disco, no mas tampoco, lo justo es lo justo.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: July 16, 2005 at 20:25
Bueno pero ni tanto osea ni fu ni fa como diria un Amigo.

From: hardrock85 Date: October 11, 2005 at 12:45
We're All Vagabonds, we're on the Road To Ruins!!! ya baby!! gotta love Cry Wolf, sounds like a heavier Stryper if u ask me. Tim Hall sounds alot like Micheal Sweet, except maybe better!! Pretender is an excellent power house ballad/rocker! the slammin Face Down in the Gutter is totally kick ass!! so if u don't have this gem.....YOU better STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN........cuz ur in the heart of a hurricane on the this one!!!!

From: mikeybp Date: December 21, 2005 at 3:54
Both great albums and yes for those dissapointed about the majority of material being added to the US release. Can't please everyone. That's the record labels for you. I guess the US label decided that the songs were good to go but were re-recorded for IRS/Grand Slam and dialing it all in, was producer/engineer Dave Devore (Foreigner, Flettwood Mac, Reo). To those who haven't read down the comments and/or found singer Tim Halls site, which has some Cry Wolf pics site, his site is http://home.ea

From: mikeybp Date: December 21, 2005 at 3:57
http://home.earthlink.net/~57blond/index.htm To Ray if your thinking of a Bill Xavier who was taught by Steve in the Bay Area. Steve and I ran into him working for Peavey at the NAMM show in Anaheim, Jan 04. I believe he lives in Kentucky or in that neck of the woods. He about flipped and stopped everything including his meeting to visit and listen to him play again at the Peavey booth. I recorded the whole event on video.

From: mikeybp Date: December 21, 2005 at 4:03
To update Phil Deckard. He and Tim Hall ave named there band Fast Otto a Hot Rod Country band. Steve is playing with Mike Inez, Ozzy, AIC Heart, drummer from Heart Ben Smith and vocalist Vinnie from Sponge. Paul Cancilla is now working for Koch Entertainment in Minnesota. Myself and others are still trying to get them to reunite for a couple of shows. as for me I use to tech for them in the day now playing bass for Anthony cardenas AKA Tony Montana (Tombstine Shuffle, Revision Six)

From: mikeybp Date: December 21, 2005 at 4:05
Jimmy D'Anda Scorch The Sun and putting a Camp freddy style band to gether with Anthony and possibly jimmy on drums along with Steve McKnight if his schedule permits and some others from Yesterday and Today. Peace and Happy Holidays Mikey

From: Mustaine_TW Date: November 7, 2006 at 8:31
For me, this is a DAMN GOOD hard rock record ever, not the only the single 'Pretender' but also other songs are just awesome!! Buy it if you can find one. You can watch the video 'Pretender' on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ4TRCz1fpo

From: IronSaviour Date: November 8, 2006 at 12:29
Very Melodic, Sing along chorus's, great vocals, just what you'd expect from band of the 80's. The japan release had 1 or 2 different songs on it than the domestic one did (i think) and the arrangement was defitntely different. The japan release also had a different cover.

From: IronSaviour Date: November 8, 2006 at 12:31
BTW, it was self titled and not called 'Crunch'

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 3, 2007 at 16:53
One of the better 80's metal projects. So of course they went almost unoticed. Almost that is. MTV did play the 'Pretender' video enough times for this anit MTV person to catch it by accident and be instantlly sucked in by the song that I tought was a beautiful ballad. Only to be blown away by the killer rock song that lay beneath. Building and building, until your spent. Then your left with the beautiful ballad to sooth away your cares. Perfection and that's just one song, but there's more here

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 3, 2007 at 16:59
Let's not forget kiler tracks like 'Road To Ruin', 'Long Hard Road', and 'Back To You'. Where vocalist Tim Hall channels Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet so well, that if you close your eyes you might think it was Sweet himself. A couple pieces of filler, but overall a excellent album. Worth having for 'Pretender' alone!!!

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: January 8, 2007 at 17:18
Great CD, Road To Ruin is the song! In the style of XYZ,hericane alice,saints & sinners, etc.... 8.5/10

From: metalmastermusic Date: June 11, 2007 at 14:15
Not sure about the Michael Sweet comaprison and I am a Stryper fan...This is a great album but I am not convinced it was produced the best it could have been. Great mix of rockers and ballads !! Guitarist reminds me more of Andy Timmons(D2) than George Lynch but that is is just my opinion. That is not bad though as Timmons has song killer credits to his name. I think with a little bigger/fuller sound this album would have been even better..8.5/10

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: October 22, 2007 at 20:17
'On The Run & Road To Rain' dos buenos cortes del albun, un decente trabajo del a'o 90 con esos toques de HardRock duro y con algo de melodia en sus temas, pero bueno me quedo con esos dos temas algo regularon el Disco.

From: rallen399 Date: January 19, 2008 at 5:40
If you like this cd check out Childs Plays-Rat Race both are top notch early 90's AOR.Tim Hall's voice is outstanding.

From: Metal T Date: June 26, 2008 at 18:57
Very solid! Im thinking these guys got the shaft promotion-wise-cause they're easily better than alot of other bands that were out at the same time.Grand Slamm/IRS you dropped the freaking ball.Above average riffs and leads,well crafted songs ("Pretender" tears ass!)and some nice vox to boot.Great band!

From: z4roxx Date: April 18, 2009 at 11:18
Ahaha if this is bad or average I am the Bill Gates'brother.One of the most complete hard rock albums of the past:great performance,every song has its own intrinsic history,they joint tecnique to melody and energy...Some song is very close to Stryper's style,if you want really compare the band,with Child's Play they have in common maybe long hairs...Hey rallen399 wake up ahahah!AOR????Ahahaha

From: erik Date: April 18, 2009 at 16:19
haha good comment Andrea . And if you are Bill Gates brother then send a few millions please !

From: rockhardrock Date: May 28, 2009 at 16:39
it doesn't matter if you've heard this record or their debut, bouth are good records.they were talented musicians but just didn't have luck to suceed. my favs here include: Face Down in the Wishing Well, Pretender (superb song) and West Wind Blows

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 9, 2011 at 21:09
This album has nothing to do with their pretty dull debut...this one is a blast of an album!!! ..highly recommended no matter what!..."Road To Ruin" is a killer starter along with "Face Down In The Wishing Well","Long Hard Road" is a nice acoustic track,"Dirty Dog Night" is a catchy track...talkin' about faves then mine's are "On The Run","Pretender","West Wind Blows" & "Back To You"...a great effort and almost sure is (if not) their best album so far in their career...97/100

From: hair metal again Date: February 6, 2019 at 3:39
hair metal masterpiece for CRY WOLF and i was blessed to buy that vinyl back in the day and spin it a lot!blistering commercial hard rock music with sensational musicianship &vocals along with fine songwriting!imagine a mix of VAN HALEN &STRYPER with the hair metal basics and you get an idea of what they sound!essential ,as its soooo good

From: 123charpenay Date: February 6, 2019 at 11:29
hum i m very surprised by all the very great comments about this record.of course i respect but i don t understand.cry wolf play a decent american hard rock influenced a little by stryper or autograph.no problem with the production,the sound is great but the problem is the inspiration and the talent of this band.all is average in this album the singer,his voice is decent but have absoluty nothing extraordinary,the songs ,no killer songs, no hits at the horizon, no choruses wich will catch you and stay in your brain.when i listen this cd ,i ve the feeling to have hearing this kind of hard rock one million times absoluty no surprise.for make short when i hear cry wolf i feel nothing.for me it s a decent but a second zone band.they don t plays in champion s league.

From: Mindcrime Date: January 16, 2021 at 6:22
@123charpenay, you had to actually be there, at THAT time in 1989/90 to appreciate what this band was. Cry Wolf were a very good band, and should have been 'bigger' than they were, but the music scene totally changed at this point, and not for the better, IMO!

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