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Artist: Shotgun Messiah

Title: Second Coming

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Shotgun Messiah Second Coming Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1991

Label: Combat

Catalog Number: 1060-2


Tim Skold vocals
Harry Cody guitar
Bobby Lycon bass
Stixx drums


1.  Sexdrugsrock'n'roll  
2.  Red Hot  
3.  Nobody's Home  
4.  Living Without You  
5.  Heartbreak Blvd  
6.  I Want More  
7.  Trouble  
8.  Ride The Storm  
9.  I Wanna Know  
10.  Babylon  
11.  Free  
12.  You and Me  
13.  Can't Fool Me  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Wade Date: March 9, 2001 at 9:21
for a "one hitter" this band was cool about an 7

From: Jon Date: March 13, 2001 at 23:51
If your into good ass kicking rock, this us your album. I put this album in my top 20 best hard rock albums. I'd say a solid 9

From: FABIEN Date: July 13, 2001 at 17:30
In my top 10 modern Rock n' Roll albums ;the production is awesome(especially the sound of the bass!)the drums explode and the singer is pretty good.What about the guitarist? HARRY CODY is a FLAMBOYANT,IMAGINATIVE but underrated guitarist (like most artists out of GLAM bands):I've been listening to this CD for 9 years,and i'm still not tired of it!

From: T-BONE Date: August 11, 2001 at 9:55
I agree again! Better vocals from Tim Skold on this cd, but the first was good too. Harry's guitars are still Mind-blowing!

From: HG Date: February 16, 2002 at 19:41
Killer CD! The first seven tracks, as well as the last two, are just amazing. Well-balanced. Everyone in the band can play.

From: jason Date: May 7, 2002 at 22:09
A much inmprovement from the first album. Guitars still sound great and the lyrics aren't quite as childish as the first album. This CD is alot tougher sounding. Way to grow up guys even if you aren't anywhere to be found these days.

From: Desslar Date: May 8, 2002 at 14:25
Great hard rock, showing a fair amount of diversity. I still think the debut is more fun, but they're both good listens.

From: JACK Date: May 13, 2002 at 18:15
YEAAAH!! PURE ROCK N' ROLL! i like to blast it in my car! Drive me CRAZY!!!

From: Swedish rocker Date: May 27, 2002 at 17:21
Why does everybody consider Tim Skold as a better singer than Zinny Zan? I don´t think that´s so obvoius, and besides, Zan has a very unique voice which I appreciate. This second album is very good though, very solid. A must-have for EVERY hard rock fan! Sweden´s best band - better than Europe!!!

From: RichieRocker Date: May 31, 2002 at 21:27
I love Heartbreak Blvd. the song is awesome and the bass and guitars compliment each other very well. Where are they now???

From: T-BONE Date: June 1, 2002 at 6:25
Tim Skold has just joined Marylin Manson to replace Twiggy, and Harry K Kody was doing a shit load of solo stuff including a couple of albums with Stu Hamm.

From: RichieRocker Date: June 22, 2002 at 11:25
SexDrugsRockNRoll and Trouble, kick ass and so does Heartbreak Blvd. These guys have a good sound and they kick ass.

From: koogles Date: July 12, 2002 at 9:08
Shotgun Messiah's best album, in my books. The debut was more about attitude and less about songs. "Violent New Breed" was a good industrial album but won't be what these guys are remembered for.

From: razLdazL Date: August 13, 2002 at 19:12
koogles: too bad they won't be remebered for Violent New Breed - it was their best album and waaayyyy ahead of it's time (taking Ministry's industrial mayhem, NIN's techno-horror, and perfecting the sound here into their grand finale). Still, this album -rocks-, it's just that VNB is sooo much better.

From: aceman Date: September 10, 2002 at 23:58
this cd rocks

From: aceman Date: September 11, 2002 at 0:06
I have been looking for this cd for about ten years now. Most of what my band plays is like this style

From: Reno Date: September 11, 2002 at 2:10
You shouldn't have to look that hard or long aceman. They're all over the place. Ebay, used bins, pawn shops, etc....

From: TIM Date: September 24, 2002 at 23:06
Personally, I prefer Zinny over Skold. This album isn't bad though. Heartbreak Blvd. never really did much for me. Don't Care 'Bout Nothin' is still my fav.

From: Brian Date: December 13, 2002 at 22:21
Crank this album up! "Red Hot"is awesome!Excellent guitar playing by Harry Cody.Just picked this one up used for 1.50.

From: ARXONTAS Date: January 11, 2003 at 9:36
Can europeans beat americans at their own game ? Thats right, they can beat many american bands for fun.10+ on ArxontaS scale...Absolutely No Alternative...

From: TIM Date: January 11, 2003 at 16:25
They don't in my opinion. Generally they were better produced but they put forth plenty of dull and lifeless material.

From: Steve Date: January 13, 2003 at 4:32
These guys were good, I just hate the fact that they got the shaft because of all the grunge b.s. that came out in the early 90's,why MTV sold out to grunge and rap, I guess we will never know,besides BET is all rap crap all the time, so why can't MTV be Rock,Hard Rock,and Metal all the time. it's time fans of rock music take a stand..

From: Great Dane Date: January 13, 2003 at 18:19
Finally found this cd. Been looking for it for a while. Its superb cd. Damn it will stay in my CD player for long.

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 21, 2003 at 16:15
well, well, well would you believe it!? this one turns out to be even better than the first one.tim skold handles the vocals and he actually does a pretty good job too.the sound is heavier than on his previous album but in my opinion this only improves the formula.

From: unknown Date: January 22, 2003 at 16:27
These vocals are horrible. If I could find this music on Karoake I could improve on the vocals.

From: Aero Force Mike Date: March 21, 2003 at 17:50
One totally awesome album. After losing the gloss of their first CD, they pumped out the album by which i compare ALL other 'hair' bands I hear to. Sadly after this Skold got disillusioned with heavy metal and went all industrial. Shame - they were really onto a great thing here. Thankfully, this remains the Shotgun Messiah album that's still inprint, so you have no excuse! PS. Tim's vocals are part of the album' charm, I wouldn't dream of changing them.

From: Federico Date: May 20, 2003 at 22:48
I really loved Heartbreak boulevard, with his irresisteble Na-na-na-na-na-na-na. The whole album is good. Sad that Tim Skold is now the new bass player for MARYLYN FUCKING MANSON, do you know this? Well I don't like the rverend at all, so I am no more interested in Tim Skold activity.

From: Rycheage Date: May 25, 2003 at 23:37
The CD gets off to a rather clichéd and unimpressive start with "Sexdrugsrockn'roll," but when Messiah tears into "Trouble," "Heartbreak Blvd," and "Can't Fool Me" — which are among the foursome's best and most focused songs — listeners will be glad to have heard Second Coming.

From: Rocks Date: June 5, 2003 at 19:04
The best CD I have ever heard. There is just noth else to say. This album is Priceless. If only other bands can sound so rebel. Get this, you will not be DisAppointed....

From: Motley_69 Date: June 8, 2003 at 18:34
Awsome Kick Ass Album. Wierd though how they went all NIN on the next but it was still good. The singer Tim Skold is now in Marilyn Manson playing bass. NUTS!!

From: Harris Date: June 13, 2003 at 13:54
Guitar rock lovers have got to own a copy of this CD. You could take out everything but the guitar alone and it would still be a smoking CD. A must have!

From: Rockinmyassoff Date: June 14, 2003 at 1:46
Awesome cd. The spoken words in the middle of "Red Hot" sound like the serial killer from "Silence of the Lambs" when he's in the basement tucking his package and talking to the mirror. "I need to take some time, clear my fucking mind...a blackened sheep, diggin' deep..." This cd really rocks!

From: tomcat Date: October 8, 2003 at 6:04
class cd...tim really can sing very good..just listen to 'free' where he sounds alot like mike tramp..i agree with all of you who wrote positive reviews about this disc..

From: rock star Date: December 4, 2003 at 6:54
this is probably one of the best hard rock albums ever. tim rocks and harry is so underated. a must have

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 5, 2004 at 18:44
I enjoyed the single "Heartbreak Boulevard" but truthfully I preferred VIOLENT NEW BREED over this one. I'm probably in the minority here, but VNB simply smoked!

From: theassassing Date: January 8, 2004 at 11:35
hey freddy your not in the minority it is a kick ass cd VNB. could use more like it. peace

From: rockinmyassoff Date: February 25, 2004 at 12:35
I play this one regularly. Right now, I am hooked on the song "I Want More." Excellent tune! It's like a ballad with powerful guitar and Tim's raspy vocals.

From: Ric Date: March 7, 2004 at 20:56
This C.D is at least a 8-9!Yes it's that good!!!Guitars R really crunching!!Another one of them bands that came out way 2 late.The pathetic record industry started pushing garbage alternative trash!Shotgun Messiah is a vastly underrated band!Worth the money,cause they definitely have that 80's sound.

From: Metal T Date: March 9, 2004 at 15:48
Pound for pound this record is better than anything --Skid Row, Wildside,or Faster Pussycat ever put out.Skold's vocals and Cody's guitar give it an edge over most of these overrated bands.Hard Rock/ Metal with a punk-attitude !----No Bullsh*t ...

From: Joey K. Date: March 12, 2004 at 0:15
I OWN the guitar that Harry used on all the solo's it's a sweet piece. All custom handmade to Harry's specs by Grover Jackson himself! too bad I can't post pictures but if any of you saw them on the 1st tour in '89 - '90 it's the one he used then:-)

From: Blaine Date: March 16, 2004 at 13:30
I got this CD yesterday through and after the first listen I was hooked! Awesome CD from start to finish!!!

From: Steve Date: March 23, 2004 at 15:14
I bought this album based on the good reviews that are listed above. I do not like this album. This is a third rate Motley Crue sound alike band. Not even worth the 6 bucks I paid for it. Beware.

From: Bryan Date: March 24, 2004 at 2:10
This is a great album and NO, they don't sound like Motley Crue!!!

From: run2u Date: May 20, 2004 at 19:57
Totalmente de acuerdo en un par de detalles:GRANDÍSIMO GUITARRISTA,y además infravalorado,como casi todos los aspectos musicales de las bandas"glam".Está claro que no son Motley,pero para alguien que no lo haya escuchado podría decirse que suena similar al DrFeelgood,o al primero de Heavens Edge con toque sleazy.Eso sí,el cantante Tim Skold no está a la altura,le aporta un encanto extraño pero destroza algunas melodías.Curioso CD,muy contundente y Sex,drugs&rocknroll! 7'5/10

From: heavymetalbill Date: June 8, 2004 at 23:41
this cd kicks ass!!!

From: Big Papa K Date: June 14, 2004 at 21:50
They ditch the glam metal sound for a Skid Row sound on this album. The album starts off really song, especially the opening track and Heartbreak Blvd, but the second half see the band run out of steam. 7/10

From: manos Date: July 2, 2004 at 16:23
Who would ever believe that this band is swedish? They sound or even look like like a california gang...This album is reflecting what hard rock is all about and how was meant to be back on those glory days. Might be the perfect album for a sleaze seminar. Put Red Hot on maximum volume and rock till you drop! Slightly better than their debut...

From: High Pitch Date: August 2, 2004 at 15:34
Better listen to it while you're healthy enough to stand it... It's killer!!!

From: Geoff Date: September 5, 2004 at 23:19
Very different to the debut, but I love it just the same. If you're not hooked after the first track there is trouble. Surely intended to rip faces apart, it succeeded with me! Awesome hard rock, much like my favourite track, 'Heartbreak Blvd' - amazing riff driven hard rock! 'Living without you' is a sensational ballad and 'Ride the storm' and 'Free' are both melodic (Who'd have picked it?) gems. As for the rest, the rock is hard and the album is great! I love this CD!

From: Endika Date: December 13, 2004 at 9:01
Gran disco de los suecos,como han comentado posteriormente suena mucho a grupos como Skid Row,Spread Eagle,Vain....Muy buen disco de hard rock "garajero" ,aunque yo personalemnte me quedo con el 1º.8,5/10.

From: DIKTATER66 Date: April 16, 2006 at 19:12
Ok--No this is SO different! Is one of my all time fav cds. The first time I heard Heartbreak Blvd.(1991)- I thought--DAMN! Bon Jovi meets real attitude! These guys were, at the time, what all hair bands were trying to become. Listen to Heartbreak Blvd., Nobody's Home, I Wanna Know, Red Hot, Free, Livin Without You--Damn these songs are fantastic! While Tim's vocals aren't the greatest--they are very unique. Again Harry is a guitar God to me!! Absolutely worth checking out! Long live SM and Seco

From: DIKTATER66 Date: April 16, 2006 at 19:14
nd Coming! Also check Ride The Storm, Trouble, and You And Me!!

From: Fat Freddy Date: April 17, 2006 at 16:58
Now THIS is more like it -- total balls-to-the-wall intensity from start to finish. Your head will be noddin' from the very first note of "SexDrugsRockNRoll" straight through to the ending of "Cant' Fool Me." I used to claim "Violent New Breed" as my favorite S.M. disc but lately I can't seem to pry this one outta my player so it's giving "VNB" some stiff competition. They may look pretty glam, but Shotgun Messiah were pretty damn METAL on this album!

From: rockhardrock Date: March 13, 2007 at 18:11
If you wanna go crazy than this record is for you.Very hard and very raw-thats shotgun messiah.Rockers that i recomend to you:"Sexdrugsrock'n'roll","Heartbreak Blvd","Cant fool me" and "Trouble".Dont forget to check ballads:"Free" and "Living without you". Defenitely one of the best swedish rock bands.

From: z4roxx Date: March 18, 2007 at 14:37
Totally agree with Geoff here(often I am agree with him),this is awesome,a pure bomb,different than the debut but great anyway.Only the most great bands can do these things,unfortunately only the first 2 releases will be remembered for the future...?!!?

From: dave Date: May 23, 2007 at 12:11
Heartbreak Blvd. it's great tune i love it

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: August 28, 2007 at 2:22
GREAT CD 95/100 The best SLEAZE METAL band ever and this is their best ALBUM by far ! Great guitar player like KEE MARCHELLO on acid ! HARRY CODY rules ! Great songwriting and production ! BUT IT NOW !!!

From: CLUTCH Date: June 20, 2008 at 18:40
Another band that got lost in the shuffle. Fantastic release all the way around. Nothing more to say that hasn't been said before. Just a great cd that stands the test of time.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 7, 2011 at 21:03
Respecting the good comments above but i think this one lowered a lot if you compare it with the quality of their first album that for me was not a masterpiece either but it has something interesting in the tracks that made it appealing at least to faves in here are "Heartbreak Blvd","Free"(AORish),"Living Without You"(good ballad) & "Can't Fool Me"...nothing else 2 say...70/100

From: the rocker Date: January 3, 2012 at 13:22
I like both the debut and this one pretty much equally, but Heartbreak Blvd and the AWESOME ballad Livin' Without You make this a little better. Other good tracks are SDRnR, I Want More, Free, Can't Fool Me.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: February 1, 2012 at 12:57
This one hits like a shotgun blast to the eardrums. So good, you can't help but fall to your knees and thank whatever metal messiah you worship for allowing such an awesome album to bless the hard rock congregation. Few bands survive a major style change, but just like Skid Row took the hair metal sound of their debut and metalized it for their sophomore effort, Shotgun Messiah took the sleazy cock-rock of their debut and beefed it up into this hard rocking powerhouse. Just read the plethora of positive comments about this album and you'll realize it's almost good enough to make hard rock fans come in their pants.

From: HEAVY PARADISE Date: July 11, 2012 at 15:05
This is simply brilliant!!!!! The production is over the top and this album is probably one of the best heavy sleaze rock albums ever!!!The attitude, the guitar work the in-your-face vocals are all just perfect@!!!!!

From: Wardy Date: October 24, 2013 at 7:17
Here ShotgunMessiah moved away from the typical glam&sleaze & instead went for a hard rocking (& evidently shirts off) borderline metalfest. Plenty partyfun still there (& sexdrugsrocknroll hinted at the industrial style Skold would move to come next album) but a more mature (& far more interesting) ShotgunMessiah (lyrically too which was a nice plus) was on offer. Highlights were the earthy tunes such as borderline epic I Want More, the radio friendly and wonderful Free almost ballads Living Without You and We Ride The Storm and punchy Heartbreak Blvd. Depending how ya roll there's probably couple more on offer too, either way when SecondComing got it right it got it very right! Not a complete album as such but one with many highlights that can be counted on when returning to the album even after all these years. Yes like stated above, a shame Skold & Co couldn't offer at least one more like this before the change. Still holds a 7 but back when released was a worthy 8/10. Cool voice!

From: Ydol eM Date: May 15, 2014 at 15:00
Some 1st class songs are giving a hand to some rather average songs. I have the similar feeling of Tim Skold who isn't an extraordinary singer but his display here is accurated. I would compare this album mainly to lighter Warrior Soul but yeah previous comparisons to early Skid Row (in some songs) or G'N'R are ok. If you like such kind of dirty heavy rock then you can't be wrong with this album. 80/100.

From: hair metal again Date: May 9, 2017 at 11:32
excellent 2nd release for SHOTGUN MESSIAH with explosive sound ,cool songs and lots of attitude!great riffs,clear production ,big choruses and very solid as a band SM deliver some great tunes!"hearbreak boulevard:,'ride the storm","living without you",free" and "cant fool me' are great songs !bought that vinyl when it was out and enjoyed it much back in the day...a must have of course

From: Auslander Date: May 15, 2021 at 2:25
My pick for best sleaze rock album of 1991 doesn't even come from USA. The Swedish lads had some success with their debut a few years earlier, but the growth to this second album is telling. Definite sleazy vibe through this release and I reckon it is the link from the glory years to the new sleaze metal movement in Sweden that started late 2000s. Of course, Heartbreak Blvd is the standout track but I Want More and Free and others are also great listens. Grade A Swedish Sleaze.

From: edwithmj Date: August 31, 2023 at 11:08
This was a big disappointment for me after enjoying the outstanding debut. My major gripes with this one are the horrendous vocals. Bizarrely, the bassist from the debut is now the vocalist and sounds a bit like Gilby Clarke from his Kill for Thrills album except he really can't sing at all and tries to sound all 'punky.' The guitars on the debut were wild but here they're a lot more tame and run-of-the-mill although there are still occasional flashes of the old brilliance on songs like I Want More. I could forgive all that if the songs were decent but I can't get into most of them despite trying several times over the years. I particularly detest Living Without You (horrid vocals) and I Wanna Know (hookless wonder) but I quite like Free, I Want More and Ride The Storm.

From: Oz Date: May 3, 2024 at 13:20
According to Harry, Stixx does in fact play the drums on this album, just like on the debut. Only difference is that the drums on this one were triggered, and caused a slight time delay (no real issue). Harry Cody is truly a monster on guitar. 1991-92 was probably a little too late, else the nice single "Living Without You" might have helped the album to sell more copies. Shotgun Messiah's vocals were always sleazy and raw, so of course fans of pure AOR will not like them. But if you like WASP, LA Guns and such style, you will probably really like this. Very few European bands did well in the US, but Shotgun Messiah did, since they found a label that believed in them and financed solid videos. If the European label wanted money also from US sales, it would hurt. That happened to Alien, Swedish Erotica, Treat and 220 Volt. All great albums of '88/89 but none even close to the gold sales of debut Shotgun Messiah.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 9, 2024 at 17:30
I remember "Heartbreak Blvd.," with its cheesy na-na-na chorus, getting a little airplay in the spring of '92, but not much else. This disc starts out strong with its first five tracks, but bogs down considerably with withoo many slower to mid-tempo songs in the middle and a relative lack of hooks compared to the early going. By the time things get back on track with the last three or four songs, the momentum has been lost. A symptom of the CD era: just because you CAN put out 57 minutes of music doesn't mean you SHOULD. Tim Skold is an adequate singer, and without the frequent glam-boy squeals of his predecessor, but just isn't very distinctive. I'd give this disc a 65 or 70.

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