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CD: Bentwood Rocker - Take Me To Heaven
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 16, 2020 at 17:36
A very pleasant release!!!...if you are into bands such as Prism or Sheriff then you'll love BR...tracks for me are #1,2,3,5(nice),6,7 & 9 ....recommended stuff...82/100

CD: Black Swan - Shake the World
From: CC Date: February 15, 2020 at 21:57
If only there were these things called YouTube and Spotify where you can check out what bands sound like.

CD: Idle Cure - Tough Love/Inside Out
From: Ydol eM Date: February 15, 2020 at 16:40
I don't care for compilations like this. They don't bring any added value, they don't have any real collector value and what's more, they're usually worn in a very simple "garment". On the other hand, they're often only one chance, how to gain some CD records, which are very hard to get. Don't get me wrong. I love this music and this band, but just therefore, I suppose that this perfect mix of arena hard rock, AOR and even pop-rock would deserve more, not only sticking some complete albums simply together. The first part ('88) is more AORish (IMO e.g. BEGGARS & THIEVES, more aor-ish KISS or SHOUT) than the second one ('91), that is a bit sharper-edged, closer to bands like BANGALORE CHOIR... All in all, it's up to you to decide what form of music you will have at home. For me, 2in1 is a good formula just for shampoo... Here, if I could see two fantastic paintings in a common ugly frame. 80/100.

CD: Loud Lion - Die Tough
From: Auslander Date: February 15, 2020 at 12:54
I wonder why this just disappeared without a splash. I love the Def Leppard sound. Not everything has to sound original. Pretty sure some of these tracks pop up on the mildly amusing "Balls of Fury" movie too.

CD: Airbourne - Boneshaker
From: Auslander Date: February 15, 2020 at 12:44
A very consistent band. Never releases a poor album. Unfortunately, that consistency may undermine them, as since people know what to expect they don't realise how good the music is in comparison to lesser groups.

CD: Black Swan - Shake the World
From: Auslander Date: February 15, 2020 at 12:36
An all-star band. What does it sound like?

CD: Thunderhead - Crime Pays
From: hair metal again Date: February 15, 2020 at 5:04
excellent release once again for THUNDERHEAD in their usual street hrd rocking path with straight riffs,anthemic lines and those passionate vocals!i had the pleasure of catching them live at that tour and they were awesome!highly recommended like everything of them

CD: Alien - Shiftin' Gear
From: titothetitan Date: February 14, 2020 at 20:43
I'm listening to the remastered release [with some additional demos] the sound may be better but the drum machine simply annoys me. And where's Ken, Tony, and Jimmy with his magic keyboards? The demos of some of the songs sounds so much better than the 'high-polished' production what happened to this band!?

CD: Signal - Loud and Clear
From: titothetitan Date: February 14, 2020 at 17:18
edukiki, the 'Ready to Strike' album is a generic Hard Rock album despite it's superb singer. And how such talented musicians like them managed record such a flat album like RTS is beyond me. But here Mark Free clearly put much more effort into the songs even it's not perfect [there are some fillers inbetween] but the Signal and UC albums are better than the KK albums. I get the impression that with the KK albums the band was forced to do exactly what the studio demanded just for the money.

CD: Bad Radiator - Shanghai
From: 123charpenay Date: February 14, 2020 at 14:56
i ve find this jewel in the best house for hard rock music in europe:scmankerl records.second record for this amazing swedish band,second atomic bomb,even if track 5 is a very average hard rock song and track 13 a too much light and too much variety song for me.this time ,no toto influence.they plays an exceptionnal a o r with always the same great singer and a clear and perfect production.the songs are very catchy.musically it s very strong a dream for aor lovers.it s unbelieved that a band so talented have never find a major company.hey frontiers records ,wake up.their cd s are impossible to find on ebay so i ve order their three last cd s to mikael lungren(the singer) via discogs.i m waiting.

CD: Bad Radiator - Hypnonize
From: 123charpenay Date: February 14, 2020 at 14:46
i can add that on several songs there is a delicious toto influence.track 13 could be easely present on a bee gees record.this song is a hit ,like many others on this superb realise.

CD: Passion - Passion
From: MetalllianStallion Date: February 14, 2020 at 6:23
My vote for the cheesiest band name so far in (2020) as this UK band must have bought the band name rights or they expired from a U.S. band in the 90's with the same name. Speaking of cheese, if you have been hankering for a fix of vintage Danger Danger over the last decade then you will be in 7th heaven with this one. Meet Ted's brother from another mother AKA the small fish in a big pond, Tad Pole-y is reborn. The singer's voice has a uncanny resemblance and a carbon copy cheese whiz stage persona of the original DD front man. Not sure if the singer (LION) is serious or dishing out Steel Panther-ette shtick. The opening track is pretty decent with it's fare share of filler as this will be a guilty pleasure for some and the DD torch re-lit for others. Check out the video for "Trespass On Love" and watch Ted-2 make sweet,sweet love to the camera. Passion - "Trespass On Love" https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=98&v=Jj468QgBboU&feature=emb_logo

CD: Storm Force - Age Of Fear
From: MetalllianStallion Date: February 14, 2020 at 5:52
Wasn't expecting much from this one with the name of the band sounding like a love child spawned by Al Gore and Leonardo Dicaprio. The claim to 80's fame is Greg Fraser the guitarist from Brighton Rock and some singer I've never heard of wrote most of the album. It's a pleasant surprise as this is harder edged classic MHR style rather than his previous keyboard driven 80's band style. The songs grow on you after a couple spins as the the musicianship is strong, so I tip my hat to these Cannucks.

CD: Scarlett - One Night Long
From: MetalllianStallion Date: February 14, 2020 at 5:34
A pretty decent Sacramento,CA band that never made it to prime time.This CD is actually a combination of the (1988) debut, (1991) and (1992) studio releases for 14 tracks total. "One Night Long' riffs reminds me of Out of the Cellar RATT. The lyrics are pretty elementary but there's a handful of catchy songs, hooks, worth a listen. I currently only see one CD on ebay for $75.00 so since the scarcity (500 CD pressing) on this site below you can find the mp3 rip. SCARLETT - "One Night Long" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycjjQDDlAro Scarlett One Night Long +8 (Lost U.S. Jewels Series) 2019 https://plotn08.org/scarlett-one-night-long-4-lost-u-s-jewels-series-2019/

CD: Shout - In Your Face
From: hair metal again Date: February 13, 2020 at 14:57
excellent release for SHOUT back in 89 with more guitars but with a clear commercial hard rock sound that i really dig !over the top backing vocals and no real leads in the choruses but that is somehow unique and gives that release a certain character!many good melodic lines and fine songs like "when the love is gone","faith,hope and love",'iting on you" and "it s all i need" are offered and i suggest you get it !better late that never

CD: H.E.A.T. - Live At Sweden Rock Festival
From: CC Date: February 12, 2020 at 22:57
Ok, I have never, and will never be a huge fan of live albums as for me you can never capture the feeling of a live performance on an audio release and when I am listening to music I like the best quality sound possible, and you will only ever get that from a studio release. All that said I recently bought this one and the Live in London album just for completist sake. Both have their ups and downs. Live in London has the better track listing for sure, as this one coming out after Into the great unknown, meant that quite a few great songs were dropped from the set in favour of newer songs (how dare they exclude Breaking the silence). Where this one triumphs over the London disc is it also comes with a blu ray of the gig (weirdly though Japan came with a lower quality DVD). All the songs on the CD appear on the blu ray and there are a bunch of promo videos and other live tracks as bonus features.

CD: Savatage - Handful of Rain
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 11, 2020 at 17:59
A guy up there in 2004 says "Never did like thrash." Which tells me that he hasn't actually heard this album, since aside from the first track, there's no thrash to be found. Anywhere.

CD: Papa Roach - The Paramour Sessions
From: hair metal again Date: February 11, 2020 at 14:27
excellent release indeed for PAPA ROACH altering their sound to a more rockier one without hip hop influences or those Jacoby s screams along with heavy riffs here and there!the result is big with Howard Benson producing perfect and the band s music flows with songs like "what do you do",'reckless" and "no more secrets"!highly recommended

CD: Savatage - Handful of Rain
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 10, 2020 at 21:07
This is where Savatage starts to get a bit too Trans-Siberian for my taste, if you will. I love the first two tracks here, and "Alone You Breathe," but "Chance" rolls all the worst parts of this band together. I can't hear it without picturing frilly costumes and prissy ballet moves. The title track is one of my favorite Savatage songs from any album though.

CD: Savatage - Handful of Rain
From: petermexico13 Date: February 10, 2020 at 19:31
Hi "hair metal again", Savatage was great the, but this is the first record since Criss Oliva´s tragic death, Jon comeback for the studio work with keys and songwriting, Zachary Stevens second álbum on vocals. The song Chance is the standout track of the álbum,fantastic arrangements! exceptional song for a good album in times of trouble for the band. Love Savatage

CD: Firehouse - Firehouse
From: 123charpenay Date: February 10, 2020 at 17:44
hey friends don t miss the reissue remastered from bad reputation (french label).there is two cd s 1 with two beautiful bonus tracks acoustic.2 six songs live with a perfect sound!!!!!!!!!

CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: rocksedano Date: February 10, 2020 at 17:39
My own top 5: 1.Nitrate - Open wide; 2. Michael Thompson Band - Love and Beyond; 3. Jimmy Barnes - My criminal Record; 4. The End Machine - The End Machine; 5. Work of Art - Exhibits

CD: Julian Angel - The Death of Cool
From: Andy Date: February 10, 2020 at 14:49
https://ontheroadmetal.blogspot.com/2017/05/julian-angel-death-of-cool.html

CD: Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 10, 2020 at 13:13
Shit! What I was trying to say, was that there's a lightness to this music, as opposed to most BLINDS ballads, which come off as leaden and plodding.

CD: Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 10, 2020 at 12:32
One area Zakk has often struggled is the lyrics: while many are poignant and heartfelt, some of these, like "Sold My Soul," just seem immature and badly-written. And he still dips into the cringe-worthy pretend-southernisms, at one point singing, "When you hear yourself this song, I hope it brings yourself a smile." And there's his habit of referring to the subject of nearly every song as "child," or sometimes "son." But this is still better than some of the meaningless word salad he groans out with BLINDS.

CD: Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 10, 2020 at 12:24
After the mixed results of Pride and Glory (great idea on paper, but held back by some weak songs and poor vocals), Zakk takes the best parts of that project and turns in the mellow, soulful Book Of Shadows. This is some of his best work, period. Despite the melancholy nature of many songs, there's a lightness to the music as of just Mea come across as leaden and plodding. I think a big part of why these songs are so successful is because for once, Zakk's singing is at its best throughout. You hear a song like "Way Beyond Empty," and damn! The man is just going for it, unself-consciously, and nailing it even with his admittedly limited voice. In later years, he would either mumble tunelessly or overextend himself into a parody, but on Book Of Shadows he hits the sweet spot most of the time. The laid-back vibe is so inviting that the moments heaviness, like the sudden, shrieking solo in "Throwin' It All Away, or the entirety of "1,000,000 Miles Away" seem jarring and out of place.

CD: Garbo Talks - Garbo Talks
From: hair metal again Date: February 10, 2020 at 9:50
the New York scene was pretty strong in the mid 80 s and there was a band called NYC that was truly excellent and those recordings are finally in that cd called GARBO TALKS!i m a big fan of Tony Bruno as i consider him as one of the best of the genre and that NYC era is sensational with songs like "only love","hard times",'this could be the night",'foolish heart" and "easy come ,easy go"!all those bands of East Coast bands like Hotshot,Network,NYC lead to those great signings like Saraya,Danger Danger, Heaven s edge etc...Glory days

CD: The Wild Boys - High Time
From: angel50 Date: February 10, 2020 at 4:56
i have this i think its really good

CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: Auslander Date: February 10, 2020 at 3:30
Hey Doghouse, maybe all the also-rans could be listed once at the end as "The Contenders"? I actually don't mind seeing a list of all the releases from the year, but agree the repition of the list numerous times may be a bit much for the casual reader.

CD: Best of 2016 - Best of 2016
From: Auslander Date: February 10, 2020 at 2:58
Long time reader, short time commenter. My favourite album/s of this year were the dual releases from SixxAM. I've grown to love that band over the years. Those two cds were in heavy rotation in my player that year. Guns N Roses have a lot to answer for with being the first by doing Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 instead of just doing a double album!

CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 9, 2020 at 20:50
I skipped over all the "Also Rans," where HH staff list every other goddamn record they heard this year that didn't make their top ten or the honorable-mention overflow pool. Too much, man, too much. My own top ten: 1. Evergrey - The Atlantic; 2. Amon Amarth - Berserker; 3. L.A. Guns - The Devil You Know; 4. Overkill: The Wings Of War; 5. Tora Tora - Bastards Of Beale; 6. Novembers Doom - Nephilim Grove; 7. Death Angel - Humanicide; 8. The Treatment - Power Crazy; 9. Haunt - If Icarus Could Fly; and 10. Gatecreeper - Deserted. If live albums counted, my vote goes to Bullet - Live (not to be confused with Live Bullet). Honorable mentions )just a few) go to Airbourne, Volbeat, Candlemass and Black Sgtone Cherry's second EP of blues covers. Is it fair to say that Tesla's Shock was the biggest disappointment, when I didn't have high expectations for it anyway?

CD: Savatage - Handful of Rain
From: hair metal again Date: February 8, 2020 at 16:22
superb release for the mighty SAVATAGE always offering that commercial metal big songs,that thrilling guitar lines & solos and aalways under the Oliva trademark!that line up also sounds great and the result is big!no fillers ,Handful Of Rain is essential

CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: CC Date: February 8, 2020 at 15:01
Top five for me would be in no order: LA Guns - The devil you know Kane Roberts - The new normal Silked & Stained - Goes up to eleven Tragedy - Tragedy goes to the movies And an easy number one goes to Donnie Vie - Beautiful things. Although I had a digital copy in 2018, the official release was 2019. So many albums I bought that were just not as good as expected, and it left me actually not ordering a lot of albums I wanted to because I was feeling so let down by those, and now having to play catch up.

CD: Best of 2012 - Best of 2012
From: Auslander Date: February 8, 2020 at 12:47
2012 was a great year in hindsight. The Heat album had a lot of repeatability. But, the Shinedown cd got irritating fast.

CD: The End Machine - The End Machine
From: Metal T Date: February 8, 2020 at 0:13
ZZZzzzzzzzzzz...............another sleepy 'Frontiers Records' mash-up.Respect the musicians involved but not this.

CD: Banshee - The Madness
From: Metal T Date: February 8, 2020 at 0:04
Tommy's vox were the reason I became a 'Banshee' fan back in the 80's...the guitar player would be better served to just call the band something else,cuz this ain't 'Banshee'.

CD: Europe - Out Of This World
From: Harald Date: February 7, 2020 at 20:00
Great AOR album on par with The Final Countdown. It´s a just killer no filler CD and sounds as good as it did over 30 years ago! Timeless!!!

CD: The Bryan Hughes Group - Break The Rules
From: Harald Date: February 7, 2020 at 19:27
Beware!!! I bought the reissue of this great AOR album on CD on Unidisc Music Inc. (UBK-4040) and the CD only has 9 tracks. Track 8 "Give Me A Reason" is missing. This is a CD with press error!!! Beware!!!

CD: Bad Radiator - Hypnonize
From: 123charpenay Date: February 7, 2020 at 16:23
ok this band have a strange name,limit ridiculous,ok on this record there is four fillers tracks7.9.12. and 14.but the rest wow class!!!!excellent singer for this kind of soft hard f m,perfect production.the ten others songs are really catchy,with many hooks and irressitible choruses.bad radiator play a top class and very smart a o r.highly recommanded a must have.these guys breathe the class.trust me.

CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: Auslander Date: February 7, 2020 at 0:55
Wow, how good are The Defiants! So glad I read this article. What amazing music. Have ordered an import into Australia right now. Can't wait until it arrives. Thanks for introducing me to thus band.

CD: Best of 2009 - Best of 2009
From: Auslander Date: February 7, 2020 at 0:51
Agree with the reviewers who put Mastedon "3" right up there. All the Mastedon albums sound like a best of release from top quality bands. Not a single song is filler. It's always been a pity to me that Elefante didn't focus on Mastedon as his main gig. His solo albums are weak, adult contemporary stuff. Best of 2009 along with The Devin Townsend Project "Addicted.

CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: Doug Date: February 6, 2020 at 22:27
The annual best of lists are AWESOME! My Best of 2019, in no particular order. FIND ME - Angels in Blue, THE END MACHINE - S/T, TESLA - Shock, BURNING RAIN - Face the Music, UNRULY CHILD - Big Blue World, HARDLINE - Life, DONNIE VIE - Beautiful Things, ECLIPSE - Paradigm and ALTER BRIDGE - Walk the Sky. Some honorable mentions, TORA TORA - Bastards of Beale and SWEET OBLIVION - S/T. Biggest disappointment continues to be STEEL PANTHER, so much talent, but no direction.

CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: 123charpenay Date: February 6, 2020 at 19:11
my top 11 for 2019.A TEAM FOR THE CHAMPION S LEAGUE 1 HARDLINE life 2 CRAZY LIXX forever wild 3 FORTUNE II 4 DANGER ZONE don t count on heroes 5 FIGHTER V fighter 6 MICHAEL BORMANN S JADED HARD feels like yesterday 7 WHITESNAKE flesh and blood 8 THE DEFIANTS zokusho 9 FIRST NIGHT 10 ROULETTE now 11 WORRY BLAST 44.

CD: Michael Bormann's Jaded Hard - Feels Like Yesterday
From: 123charpenay Date: February 6, 2020 at 19:02
an other excellent job from michael bormann.he have always his exceptional voice.what pleasure.with his new project ,jaded hard, michael play a class melodic varied hard rock.track 7 for example could easely be present on a whitesnake record.ok track 5 and 11 are a little average,not at my taste.but the others songs are very catchy.for make short ,i can say that jaded hard play a smart and delicious hard rock.

CD: The Ragged Saints - Sonic Playground Revisited
From: CC Date: February 5, 2020 at 19:17
I only discovered these guys recently, getting the debut about a month ago and preordering the second album. The debut was pretty damn good, but never exactly blew me away, but since this new album turned up at the end of last week I have been playing it on and off constantly (bouncing between this, and the debut albums from Passion and One desire). This album is an absolute killer from start to finish, and is head an shoulders above the debut. Looking at it, there was a huge gap between both albums so they obviously took that time away to really refine their song writing skills and only pick the very best songs for this release. One other thing I have to commend them on is the album cover. It is one of the most striking covers I have seen in years, and really stands out.

CD: H.E.A.T. - Greatest H.e.a.t.s
From: CC Date: February 4, 2020 at 22:07
This is a strange one for me as the name suggests it is a greatest 'hits' album, yet leaves off several singles (All about tonight & Mannequin show spring to mind) replacing them with non-single tracks, and then there is the second CD of 'rarities', which quite frankly are poor, with most of the songs just being alternate versions of songs we already know. Obviously Drink Alone and Smile For The Camera are the two real rarities on this album, and probably the two main reasons to buy this compilation. What would have been much nicer would have been to have put all of the Japanese bonus tracks from previous releases onto one disc, as most of them are actually better than songs that made the international release.

CD: Jaded Heart - The Journey Will Never End
From: 123charpenay Date: February 4, 2020 at 17:19
with this masterpiece ,jaded heart (with michael bormann)confirm that they are one of the best hard f m band of europe.

CD: Best of 2007 - Best of 2007
From: Auslander Date: February 4, 2020 at 0:36
I find it amazing that Airbourne did not make this list with their debut. Smoking, straight up party hard rock in the vein of AC/DC. A classic debut right up there with any over the last decade. Check song: Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast.

CD: Mr. Big - Hey Man
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 9:27
Alternative rock really ruled hard rock in 1996, but some acts of the more traditional approach still released fine records. Mr Big, unfairly maligned as a one hit wonder, released a great album that was my favourite of this form of music in 1996. Listen with great appreciation to the standout song 'Take Cover'.

CD: HIM - Greatest Lovesongs, Vol. 666
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 9:22
Gothic AOR or not, this is a fine melodic hard rock album. If anything, HIM borrow a lot of their earnest, romantic imagery from other past hard rock acts like, for instance, The Cult or Type O Negative. There's nothing new in rock n roll, but why does it have to be? A fine record. I love the Chris Isaak 'Wicked Game' cover a lot. My favourite cover song of 1997.

CD: Best of 2006 - Best of 2006
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 7:27
The best hard rock album of 2006 should be Wolfmother's self-titled release no question, but they received hate for no good reason even though every song is special. Anyway, second best of 2006 is Vains Of Jenna 'Lit Up / Let Down' which is glorious sleaze metal. Standout track is 'No-ones Gonna Do It For You'.

CD: Backyard Babies - Total 13
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 6:01
I don't think this 1998 album gets the love it deserves. Truly from the school of Guns N Roses if Duff was the main man and not Axl. For me, it's my go-to from 1998, especially the blistering highlight 'Highlights' which I dare anyone who professes to love sleaze metal say it isn't a classic!

CD: Buckcherry - Buckcherry
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 5:48
1999 was between Westworld and Buckcherry for my favourite release. Buckcherry gets the nod though due to a very cool album cover (yes it counts, it's a whole package...) and the song 'Lit Up' which is about as drug-fueled sleazy as it can get. Just an amazing song and good album.

CD: Hardcore Superstar - Bad Sneakers and a Pina Colada
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 5:43
This was my favourite traditional sleazy/glam release of 2000. There really weren't that many old-school hard rock quality releases in the year 2000. If you only want a single song to check out, that track would be 'Someone Special'.

CD: Beautiful Creatures - Beautiful Creatures
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 5:36
This was the standout release of 2001. A great, hard rocking throwback that intermingled modern and 80s sound. Whichever way you paint it, it's just quality hard rock. Essential Track: Wasted.

CD: Best of 2005 - Best of 2005
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 5:05
Underrated CD of 2005: Mercy by Bombay Black.

CD: Best of 2004 - Best of 2004
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 5:03
Underrated CD from 2004: If it Ain't Broke, Break It! by Starwood

CD: Best of 2003 - Best of 2003
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 4:58
Underrated CD from 2003: Penny Pills by Crash Kelly.

CD: Best of 2002 - Best of 2002
From: Auslander Date: February 3, 2020 at 4:56
Underrated CD from 2002: Disc-connected by Loud & Clear

CD: Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder
From: hair metal again Date: February 3, 2020 at 4:25
Very good release for PAPA ROACH offering that modern rocker sound with much energy,anger ,But also with a great production ,intence lyrics and over All a stellar performance!'be free','getting away with murder','scars' and'take me' are the best songs here! good stuff

CD: Warrant - Cherry Pie
From: Artie Date: February 3, 2020 at 1:22
During this year's Super Bowl, there was a commercial that was playing 'Sure Feels Good to Me'. I don't know if anybody else caught that, but I just thought that was pretty cool.

CD: Black Cat Bone - Truth
From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 2, 2020 at 0:56
Exactly as i wrote back in 2006 but it has some decent cuts such as # 1,2,3,5,9 & 11...for me the band sounded like an edgy Hard Rock mixed with Alternative Rock and meeting some kind of Led Zeppelin vibe...good vocals in the shape of David Angstrom...80/100 my final rate

CD: Madhouse - Money Talks Bullshit Walks
From: 123charpenay Date: January 31, 2020 at 16:30
powerful and very strong hard rock in the vein of slaughter,motley crue and wildside.die hard fans of hard u s will love this record.not for fans of a o r.this band came from austria!!!!!!!!they are not american.they plays a pure american hard rock.

CD: Eclipse - Paradigm
From: hair metal again Date: January 31, 2020 at 12:16
ECLIPSE s latest release Paradigm is ok with their usual energy ,nice vocal work and some interesting solos,but somehow they seem to be trapped in digital production ,lack of big hooks and rush to release an album every 2 years!'delirious','mary leigh' and 'never look back' are fine songs and the rest is remarkable but i think they need to lay back a,have their time ,forget about revolutions and make a really good album

CD: Cats In Boots - Kicked and Klawed
From: CC Date: January 30, 2020 at 21:13
Sorry dude, but not sure how they can be clones of Wildside, seeing as the original Demonstration album/EP came out in 1988, this album in 1989 and Wildside did not even release their debut until 1992. Not really sure how you can be a clone of a band that came after you Plus, musically they are nothing alike. Wildside are more arena hair metal, and Cats In Boots were sleaze glam.

CD: Cry Wolf - Cry Wolf
From: 123charpenay Date: January 30, 2020 at 17:32
hello metallian.i m french i don t think that cc is french like me.it s very nice to think to me, for being a mediator,but sorry friends ,i can t help you cause i don t know cry wolf ,i ve never listen their music.i ve some difficulties to understand the problem between you and cc.it s seem nothing serious.keep cool friends and continue to listen good music.like fighter v for example.greetings from france.

CD: Fighter V - Fighter
From: 123charpenay Date: January 30, 2020 at 17:18
receive it today.wow this record is an atomic bomb,2020 start very very well.if you read these lines ,sure you are fans of the first bon jovi s albums.so don t hesitate ,buy this cd closed eyes.these guys are youngs,but i m sure that they have listen the first bon jovi record one million times.they have hold back the lesson.super production,excellent singer and a bunch of hits which could be present on the bon jovi s debut album.only one filler at my taste ,track 8 too speed for me.i can add that the japan import have one bonus track ,a beautiful acoustic version of track 1 'dangerous'.friends save your money for this masterpiece.good news bon jovi is not dead ,this jewel is a resurrection!!!!!!!!

CD: Hanover - Hungry Eyes
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 30, 2020 at 4:49
Worth watching the video just for the BLOW TORCH PHONE Hanover - Metal Of The Night (Official Video) Remastered HQ Audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0dAIsEUMRQ

CD: Hanover - Hungry Eyes
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 30, 2020 at 4:43
Forgot about this band until I saw the recent (2019) S/T remaster, which adds several bonus tracks from 'Hungry Eyes (1985). HH shows the S/T/Hungry Eyes 2 album covers but this is not a reissue. MCA Canada released the band's debut Hanover Fist S/T (1983). The band dropped the 'Fist' in their name for' Hanover-Hungry Eyes (1985). making the popular move at the time adding a AOR friendly song. Bad move putting the wimpy 'Fits Ya Good'as the first track as it's like mixing oil and water. The movie Wildlife (1984) which was a poor man's Fastimes at Ridgemont High had the soundtrack produced by Eddie Van Halen. EVH heard 'Metal of the Night' and put it in the movie /soundtrack. The singer reminds of a cross between Ron Keel and Parramore McCarty (Warrior - Fighting for the Earth (1985). Unfortunately the album goes down hill fast after MOTN. How many songs from the 80's have lyrics/MTV videos with a 'phone' in them? Sending a chick a fierce TEXT doesn't have the same lyrical impact today.

CD: Vice - Veni Vidi Vice
From: hair metal again Date: January 30, 2020 at 4:25
Pretty good release for VICE and a decent. come back for a band that offered 2 nice albums back in the day!the sounds is hard rockin and has nothing modern ,the songs are ok,but nothing blow missing!'dirty mind'&'love can heal the world' are the standout songs! good to have them back

CD: Cry Wolf - Cry Wolf
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 30, 2020 at 3:44
@123charpenay, do you speak CC's native tongue? Please act as a mediator. My previous comment refers to 'Laughing' at the first comment, second comment, and others with the same point of view. What makes it a laughing matter? There are endless bands that have released EP's/indie/demos that carry over 4-5-6 multiple tracks to their next album release (usually a major label debut). This Cry Wolf -S/T was a Japan import release so they where still obscure in the States/Europe. Songs with demo-indie quality to big production can make a night and day difference. Just as a band can do a 'cover' of another band and make that song their own. Same track title/lyrics doesn't = been there, done that.

CD: Love Stallion - Unforgettable Ride
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 30, 2020 at 3:04
This is a copyright infringement of my TINDER handle.

CD: St. Warren - Return To Honest Planet
From: hair metal again Date: January 29, 2020 at 7:25
only 3 comments for that gem?well i totally agree with Geoff &Delbert for ST WARREN being a fine classy hair metal act with strong rockers like 'look who s talking' or sensational ballads like 'all that i am' but the rest of the stuff is remarkable too!the comparison with LILLIAN AXE is reasonable and this reissue from FNA records is a must have

CD: The Ragged Saints - The Sound Of Breaking Free
From: 123charpenay Date: January 27, 2020 at 13:25
decent melodic hard rock from finland.not more.the production is great and the singer ,when he don t force his voice,have the same voice than nic maeder (gotthard)!!!!!!!!but this record have many low points.the main, is the bulding of their songs.it s strange.the choruses are great and catchy but the bridges are awful.they could take some lessons from danger zone, one of the best melodic hard rock band in europe.i can add that the guitars s solos are very weak.so even if this band have some potential i m not fan.this cd is a raritie,good stuff for die hard fans of finish hard rock.not for me.

CD: Eclipse - Monumentum
From: hair metal again Date: January 27, 2020 at 13:21
Very good release for ECLIPSE once again in their usual style with strong riffs & vocals , remarkable songwriting and much much energy!Their issue is exactly what Doghouse states above plus i cant find any really big hooks that could take Monumentum great!'never look back','killing me','born to lead' and'black rain' are the standout songs

CD: Billy Idol - Whiplash Smile
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 26, 2020 at 1:50
Not a very exciting album to be honest...there are some cool songs in it such as # 1,2,5,6 & 8...the blonde rocker didn't have it very good in here.70/100

CD: Mara - Poetry and Motion
From: hair metal again Date: January 25, 2020 at 23:48
excellent debut for MARA ,a band that performs some commercial prog metal if you could say so!proggy musicianship but nice melodic lines all over make his one a rather unique one!'second best','breaking the silence','september rain' and ' alone here beside you ' are fine songs indeed!recommended

CD: Love Stallion - Unforgettable Ride
From: Holland4you Date: January 25, 2020 at 21:58
Love Stallion is simply the worst i have heard over the last 10 years. And i love Aor/MelodicRock since 1997 and man this doesn't do music any good and might i state that the worst of all songs is the Romantic titled Valentine gives me killing scenes in bad movies. Og man The voice and the less power it's more of a suicide song. he rest is better but not good at all!!!

CD: R.A.W. - First
From: metalmastermusic Date: January 24, 2020 at 20:50
Really enjoyed this album and while it features two of the guys from Dalton the forgotten player is guitarist Michael Larson from Coldspell. This a great piece of melodic rock and surely a staple in every melodic rock collectors collection.

CD: Passion - Passion
From: Marcel Torres Date: January 24, 2020 at 20:23
For me, of those I've heard so far, together with Shiraz Lane's Vibration I, it's the best release of the year! I don't know if I would put it on the same level as great revelations of the last decade or millennium, such as White Widdow, Wild Rose, H.E.A.T. (old times), Pleasure Maker, Marenna, and going further in time, Wig Wam, Blanc Faces, 91 Suite and Marcello-Vestry, among some others, but at least, finally, something completely new that, somehow , makes a sound with desire and love, which animates and rescues the essence of the type of music that many people still want. The whole album is very cool, but the highlights go to the already well-known Trespass on Love (great chorus and backing vocals), Lost in the Dark and the best on the CD and that closes with mastery, Big Game. For those who loves Danger Danger in Ted Poley era, that's for you! Let more bands like that come.

CD: Vice - Second Excess
From: hair metal again Date: January 24, 2020 at 19:29
excellent commercial hard rock release for VICE with great songs ,big production ,great solos and a satisfying performance overall!'dance the metal','shakedown','standing in the storm' &'but we like it ' are great songs indeed!essential in every hard rock collection

CD: Survivor - Survivor
From: titothetitan Date: January 23, 2020 at 14:06
Decent album, but not much my taste [Vital Signs]. Overall it's a nice start.

CD: Art Nation - Transition
From: titothetitan Date: January 23, 2020 at 11:46
In the first half there's some small and nice touches of melodic metal. Second half is less interesting, though.

CD: Stormzone - Caught In The Act
From: hair metal again Date: January 23, 2020 at 9:47
very good debut for STORMZONE and i totally agree with Delbert in his comparisons and especially with PRAYING MANTIS &STATETROOPER!guitar driven hard rock music with strong melodic lines and decent musicianship that wont let you down but not blow your mind either !'strangerthings happened','rock on through the night','call of the wild' and 'tuggin at my heartstrings' are the highlights !good stuff from a band that i had the chance to catch live at this era and they were pretty good as well

CD: Danger Danger - Danger Danger
From: titothetitan Date: January 22, 2020 at 18:35
Fantastic album, very preasant too. The singer is great and production is top-notch. 'Under The Gun', 'Feels Like Love', 'Rock America' are the highlights for me. 88/100.

CD: Fighter V - Fighter
From: 123charpenay Date: January 22, 2020 at 18:18
i ve order it today at cd japan.i would like come back in 1983 for the first extraordinary bon jovi s record.

CD: Maverick - Talk's Cheap
From: 123charpenay Date: January 22, 2020 at 18:15
very average e p.the sound is raw,the riffs are very simple and the singer forget sometimes to sing ,he scream.on this e p this irish band have no inspiration,it s a very common hard rock.these guys are smart cause they hold back their errors of the past cause their first record 'quid pro quo' is a bomb,far far better than this e p.

CD: Fighter V - Fighter
From: guitarrizer Date: January 21, 2020 at 19:58
Melodic hard rock / pop rock in Bon Jovi's vein circa 1986. Really, really enjoyable!

CD: Queensryche - The Verdict
From: guitarrizer Date: January 21, 2020 at 19:55
Todd sings as close to Geoff's voice as it's possible, especially in 'Dark Reverie'. Very good album so don't hesitate to listen it.

CD: Edge Of Forever - Native Soul
From: guitarrizer Date: January 21, 2020 at 19:51
Fantastic stuff, easily in top 5 of melodic hard rock releases of the 2019!

CD: John Norum - Another Destination
From: titothetitan Date: January 21, 2020 at 14:51
Bad album, very boring if compared to the debut. An attempt to play the shitty grunge sound. I did't like it.

CD: Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
From: titothetitan Date: January 21, 2020 at 11:39
Masterpiece? Where? This a very boring album, not a single stand-out song. 'Sometimes She Cries' and 'Heaven' are OK but nothing you haven't heard x1000 times before.

CD: Black Star Riders - Another State Of Grace
From: Doug Date: January 20, 2020 at 23:23
Thin Lizzy continues to evolve as BSR. Steady album, not spectacular. I do like tracks 1, 4, and 7.

CD: Art Nation - Transition
From: titothetitan Date: January 20, 2020 at 18:47
A little bit heavier and with more energy than the first two but just as good. Very consistent and with plenty of killer choruses through the whole album. 85/100.

CD: A Life Divided - Echoes
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2020 at 19:55
A cool band that i still don't understand why is it posted here at HH...Synth Pop its very pure state...anyaway tracks # 2,3,4,5,6,9 & 10 are ok with me.80/100

CD: The Murder of My Sweet - Brave Tin World
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2020 at 19:38
A very pleasant female fronted band...good songs in a Melodic Metal/AORish way...tracks # 1,2,3,5,6 & 11(nice) are in my book...80/100

CD: Cozy Powell - Over The Top
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2020 at 19:18
An instrumental epic release by one of the most sublime drummers that have ever existed...Pomp Rock in its purest way...tracks # 2,3,5 & 7 are the ones for me...enjoyable stuff indeed...80/100

CD: Stephen Pearcy - Smash
From: CC Date: January 18, 2020 at 16:56
I just do not get Pearcy. I pretty much own all his solo output from the actual solo albums to projects including VD,Vertex & Arcade, and while I understand he probably wants to stretch his wings musically, for some reason his actual solo albums mostly feel so uninspired and dull. Yeah, there is nothing inherently wrong with them, they just fail to excite. Overall this is not a bad album but it is hardly one that will get multiple spins. While there have been odd gems dotted here and there on all his projects, the only one that was truly great outside Ratt was Arcade.

CD: Art Nation - Liberation
From: titothetitan Date: January 17, 2020 at 20:35
I liked it as much as the first one. Killer choruses throught the whole album. Obviously some songs are better than others but overall it's very consitent.I don't think they're moving away from their sound as there's no significant difference between both albums in terms of style and melodies. 88/100.

CD: Airbourne - Boneshaker
From: Doug Date: January 16, 2020 at 22:13
A lot of respect for these guys because they are true to rock and roll; not many out there these days. Title track is a fist in the air anthem and standout in my opinion. Obvious AC/DC comparisons, and props to them for giving it there all, but they'll never rank up, and for several reasons. Most notably, they lack the skill level of Angus.

CD: Rainbow - Straight Between the Eyes
From: Doug Date: January 16, 2020 at 22:01
I don't disagree with '707STAR's' comment that JLT is a great vocalist, but I saw Rainbow way back in '83 on a festival bill with (I forget the opening act) but then it was the Scorpions, Nugent and REO. Rainbow came on after the Scorps and the Scorps blew them off the stage and JLT was constantly berating the crowd telling us 'we needed to rock harder.' He was really coming off arrogant, and the crowd was not having any of that!

CD: Charm City Devils - Sins
From: Doug Date: January 16, 2020 at 21:41
'Doghouse's' comment from years ago is a good one. I just recently stumbled on this CD, and I have to say I enjoy it. 'Modern old-school' style is a good description. I really like track #4, 'Still Alive.'

CD: Steve Walsh - Black Butterfly
From: metalmastermusic Date: January 15, 2020 at 20:44
6 really good songs on this one (tracks 1,2,5,6,7 and 10) 5 mediocre songs and that last track should have just been left off of the album. Born In Fire and The Piper are my favorite songs from this album.

CD: Tug of War - Soulfire
From: metalmastermusic Date: January 15, 2020 at 20:40
I would have expected a lot more out of this. 3 strong songs in Come Home, Fade to Black and On the Other Side. ^ pretty average tunes and I felt he last 3 songs were filler. It definitely on the lighter side of things.

CD: Baton Rouge - Lights Out on the Playground
From: titothetitan Date: January 15, 2020 at 19:39
It's not as strong as the debut but it's a nice follow-up. Production is better, though. 'The Price of Love' amazing song!

CD: Rainbow - Straight Between the Eyes
From: 707STAR Date: January 15, 2020 at 0:32
ANYBODY LEAVING NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT JOE LYNN TURNER IS A SCHMUCK. HE,S ONE OF THE GREATEST VOCALIST OF MELODIC ROCK. HE,S PROVEN HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THIS ALBUM KICKS ASS. HE CHANGED THE FACE OF RAINBOW ALTHOUGH RONNIE JAMES DIO WAS GREAT IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

CD: Tributes - Hell Bent Forever - A Tribute to Judas Priest
From: CC Date: January 14, 2020 at 16:45
I have the same album under a different name 'The Broken Law'. The tracks are in a different order, with the Sin City Sinners listed as Sin City All-Stars instead.

CD: 38 Special - Special Forces
From: hair metal again Date: January 14, 2020 at 15:55
very good release for 38 SPECIAL that started to set things in their sound and what was about to happen later on!nice mix of southern music and that early 80 s AOR feel with songs like 'caught up in you','chain lightnin' and 'you keep running away'!good stuff ,just not great

CD: Cry Wolf - Cry Wolf
From: CC Date: January 13, 2020 at 23:55
EH? What the fuck are you talking about. They may have been re-records but they are still the same fucking songs. Here I go again is still Here I go again. Same tune, same lyrics just a slightly different take. One fucking word got changed. This album and their debut have so little difference between the songs, how can you say they are not the same songs?

CD: Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul
From: titothetitan Date: January 13, 2020 at 19:16
kick-ass hard rock album, with a lot of energy and big choruse. But the only thing that annoys me a bit is the drum sound.

CD: Art Nation - Revolution
From: titothetitan Date: January 13, 2020 at 18:46
After a few spins the album did grown up in me. Its a nice album. 'Moving On' is my favourite. 85/100

CD: Art Nation - Liberation
From: 123charpenay Date: January 13, 2020 at 18:41
i wish.

CD: Art Nation - Liberation
From: titothetitan Date: January 13, 2020 at 18:29
hi the rocker, H.E.A.T is back to it's roots with their upcoming album! Release on February 21!

CD: Fifth Angel - Time Will Tell
From: hair metal again Date: January 13, 2020 at 9:33
superb release for FIFTH ANGEL ,killer from start to finish hard,heavy music !exceptional riffs &solos,catchy big choruses and plenty of hooks make Time Will Tell a def masterpiece and for us die hard fansa cult release that brings back great memories!essential

CD: The New Roses - One More For the Road
From: CC Date: January 12, 2020 at 20:58
I am a new fan to this band, only discovering them recently. So far I have picked up their first three albums and their debut EP, so only the latest album needed for the collection. Now the first song I heard by them that sold me on buying their catalogue was 'Down by the river' from the latest album, but decided to pretty much start from the begining and work my way up. The EP and the first two albums are ok, but none of the songs really blew me away, but on this release they knocked it out of the park with the songs. An ever so slight shift in style with a little more melodic and countryish style. Songs like Quarter to twelve, Dancing on a razor blade & Life aint easy, are just so god damn catchy. Only been listening a few days and this one has already had multiple plays. The first few not so much.

CD: Shaft of Steel - Steel Heartbeat
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 12, 2020 at 0:35
A decent AOR release...a release that went down compared with the band's debut...some good cuts are # 3(nice),4,5,8,9 & 10(good instrumental)...hope that for the 3rd one this act can surprise us because quality they do have but the songs need some kind of sheering up.70/100

CD: Jesse Damon - Damon's Rage
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 11, 2020 at 22:44
This is a great release!!!...and with Paul Sabu on board what else could you ask for?...top notch songs from track 1 to 10...the last two ones lowered a bit the intensity but still rock...recommended stuff...88/100

CD: Foghat - Foghat
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 11, 2020 at 22:30
Excellent debut album!!!...catchy and pretty rocking stuff in here ...tracks # 1,2,3,6,7 & 8 are the ones for me...recommended stuff...84/100

CD: L.A. Guns - Hollywood Vampires
From: hair metal again Date: January 11, 2020 at 13:27
an absolute hard rock masterpiece by the mighty LA GUNS back in the early 90 s when the scene ruled the planet airwaves totally different from their previous ones but that s why Hollywood Vampires is unique in sound,vibe &musicianship!Phil again gives with his voice&performance this street but classy at the same time thing and the guitar work perfectly matches it!'kiss my love goodbye','over the edge','crystal eyes','dirty luv' are classics and overall one of the releases that had great impact on me

CD: Vice - Made for Pleasure
From: hair metal again Date: January 10, 2020 at 11:09
excellent commercial hard rock release for VICE with Michael Wagener in production achieving a massive guitar driven sound that will satisfy everybody!the songwriting is very good but not exceptional with songs like 'red light night' , the WHITESNAKE-esque 'made for pleasure' and'feel my body'!highly recommended for sure

CD: Asia - Asia
From: titothetitan Date: January 9, 2020 at 12:58
After the killer opening song [Heat of the Moment] it's level is never reached again and the album turned out into a big disappointment to me.

CD: Saraya - When the Blackbird Sings
From: titothetitan Date: January 9, 2020 at 12:00
Best song: 'White Highway'

CD: Saraya - When the Blackbird Sings
From: titothetitan Date: January 9, 2020 at 11:59
Low points are the lack of a ballad and the unnecessary long length of the songs.

CD: Saraya - When the Blackbird Sings
From: titothetitan Date: January 9, 2020 at 11:31
I enjoyed it more than the debut. The band sounds more experienced and consistent.

CD: AB/CD - Victim Of Rock
From: CC Date: January 8, 2020 at 20:59
Never released on CD. Vinyl only

CD: Killer Bee - Raw
From: hair metal again Date: January 8, 2020 at 10:17
pretty good debut for KILLER BEE with a classic hard rock sound and some good songs here and there but there s nothing great in it!the competition was way too high in 93 and i guess Raw had never a chance ,but i somehow like the vibe of it!'take me home','take a bite','walk away' are remarkable songs

CD: Eclipse - Second To None
From: hair metal again Date: January 6, 2020 at 21:14
very good 2nd effort for ECLIPSE ,keeping their songwriting in the high level of their debut but also adding a harder edge in some songs and the result isremarkable!'all i do','second to none','seasons of life' and 'better world' are the highlights of Second To None and overall one of the best new acts

CD: Pretty Boy Floyd - Stray Bullet
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 5, 2020 at 6:02
I'm starting to' appreciate Poison's musicianship after this one. The legends in their own mind Rolling stone magazine put the band's debut 'Soy-boys with Sterile toys' on their top 50 hairbands of all time a few years ago. (have mercy).

CD: Lovekillers - Lovekillers
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 5, 2020 at 5:29
Tony teams up with Alessandro Del Vecchio writing/singing a polished/catchy album that is vocally more in Harnell's sweet spot, than the harder edged 'Starbreaker'. If you're a fan of vintage TNT, then this should fill the void for some new material. This one sneaked in the end of year on my top 10 for 2019.

CD: Cry Wolf - Cry Wolf
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 5, 2020 at 5:07
@CC Time to stop laughing and starting listening to this debut vs. the 'Crunch follow up. With your logic of the same song title = exact same song, WHITESNAKE would have never had their biggest hit in the 80's 'Here I go again', which was originally released in 1982 by the band. Then it was revamped (new arrangements,beefed up production) on '1987' S/T and the rest is history.

CD: Cry Wolf - Twenty Ten
From: MetalllianStallion Date: January 5, 2020 at 4:54
Even trough most of the original lineup is back, the singer comes off as a poor man's modern Layne Staley. This reunion is disappointing, coming off like the song name, a 'Crutch'vs the 'Crunch' of the band's best (1990) release of 3.

CD: Billy Idol - Billy Idol
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 5, 2020 at 3:22
Cool debut by 'The Idol'...tracks # 2,3,5,7 & 8 are the ones for me in here...the rest is history...the begining of a great career.70/100 🙂

CD: Paul Gilbert - Beehive Live
From: hair metal again Date: January 4, 2020 at 21:33
superb live release for PAUL GILBERT with his amazing skill in guitar ,but not only as his songs are very good as well!his performance is stellar with that sweet sound and flawless and i really enjoyed it!seen the man three times on stage and he never disappoints

CD: Falling Red - Lost Souls
From: CC Date: January 4, 2020 at 4:05
RIP Mikey.

CD: Quiet Riot - Hollywood Cowboys
From: Doug Date: January 4, 2020 at 0:43
I've always thought Durbin is a really good vocalist, could never figure out though why he felt the need to latch on to QR? And now he's back to being solo [probably a wise choice]. Check out his debut album from a few years ago, its quite good, IMO. This album, hmmm not sure how I feel about it? QR sound has diminished so much over the years....

CD: Diamante - Coming in Hot
From: Doug Date: January 4, 2020 at 0:39
I too had not heard of Diamante. Good album, don't like it as much as 'CC.' Tracks 1 and 5 are my faves. I wish the production was a little heavier.

CD: Treat - Weapons of Choice 1984-2006
From: CC Date: January 2, 2020 at 18:38
Go! is easily my favourite song by these guys, so it was worth buying this album to discover that gem.

CD: Storming Heaven - Life in Paradise
From: hair metal again Date: January 2, 2020 at 10:17
fantastic debut for STORMING HEAVEN that is a monster of a grower with all those hooks that are everywhere and you ll probably need a couple of spins ,but after that you get lost in these sensational vocals ,exceptional keyboards and fine melodic lines!i was really impressed by this one especially with 'crossing my heart' and 'she wolf'!impressive stuff here

CD: Quiet Riot - Hollywood Cowboys
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2020 at 19:45
A legendary band that i saw back live in the 80's during the 'Condition Critical' Tour...new vocalist James Durbin is quite cool buddy but obviously will never take over the 'real man'(u know what i'm talking about)...tracks # 1,2,5,7,8,9,10,11 & 12 are good ones...82/100

CD: The Brink - Nowhere To Run
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2020 at 19:25
Modern HR...very common nowadays in so many bands...catchy songs but some of them quite simple ones...tracks # 1,3,5,8,12 & 13 are for me.80/100

CD: Eclipse - Paradigm
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2020 at 19:00
In comparison with previous releases of the act this is a bit of a step down...still is acceptable though...tracks # 1,4,6,7,8 & 11 are the ones for me.80/100

CD: Lovekillers - Lovekillers
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2019 at 22:06
Lovely album indeed...with the incredible voice of Mr Harnell ...many good ones for me in here such tracks # 2,3,4(nice),5,7,8,9(nice),10 & 11(nice)...83/100

CD: Saints Trade - Time To Be Heroes
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2019 at 21:36
Decent modern Hard Rock release...acceptable to say the least...# 1,3,6,7 & 10 are fine to me.70/100

CD: Work of Art - Exhibits
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2019 at 21:18
A band that has growth a lot in the AOR field and every release is like a masterpiece...in this case the formula is just the same keeping the style of songs happy and catchy but somehow repetitive...i mean,i love the act but this one for me is just a good one without too much excitement or jump out of the bed.Tracks # 1,2,5,6,9,10 & 11 are for sure great ones,as i wrote previously,happy and catchy and they obviously go to my book of music.80/100 (remember this is just a matter of tastes,i enjoyed it anyway)

CD: Billy Idol - Charmed Life
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2019 at 20:18
This is like listening to U2 and The Cult mixed with Idol's style ...tracks # 1,2,4(cover),6,9,10 & 11 are simply excellent...enjoyable stuff indeed...82/100

CD: Peter Frampton - Where I Should Be
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2019 at 20:05
A goodie one in here ...tracks # 1,2,6,7,8(nice) & 10(nice) are the ones for me.80/100

CD: Peter Frampton - I'm In You
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2019 at 20:01
Quite a moody release but pleasant for sure ...faves to me are the nice ones 1,3 & 5 followed closely by tracks # 4,6 & 9...70/100

CD: Alice Cooper - Breadcrumbs EP
From: CC Date: December 31, 2019 at 17:08
Nice little EP with Alice paying homage to fellow Detroit artists. First track is an Alice original song which in itself has been written as a love letter to 'Rock City' and the many artists that spawned from there. The rest are all covers. Only released digitally and on vinyl in most of the world, with the CD version being exclusive to Japan.

CD: Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
From: hair metal again Date: December 30, 2019 at 14:34
excellent metal debut for FIFTH ANGEL the way metal should be!razor riffs,anthemic songs ,howling vocals and great looks are offered in plenty with songs like 'in the fallout','call out the warning','wings of destiny'!essential and still cant believe im gonna catch their newest edition live in a couple of months

CD: Killer Bee - Cracked Up
From: hair metal again Date: December 27, 2019 at 19:29
pretty good release for KILLER BEE back in the mid 90 s offering some classic hard rock sound well performed with decent songwriting!the whole result is ok with songs like 'everything everytime','upside down' but dont expect anything blowminding !

CD: Steel Panther - Heavy Metal Rules
From: Doug Date: December 26, 2019 at 21:05
Man, I just don't know about these guys. Singing and playing is always top notch, but their 'shtick' is growing old. Exhausting hearing f-bombs every other word.

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