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CD: Paul Laine - Stick It In Your Ear
From: Oz Date: May 19, 2024 at 13:53
One of the very best albums produced by the goat excellent producer, RIP, Bruce Fairbairn, that still did not sell precious metal. That is both the charm, and the sad side of rock biz, you need to have lots of LUCK too. It's simply not enuff with killer vocals (all over this album by great Mr Laine who's still killing it with The Defiants, stellar band btw), great great players (e.g. Bryan Adams' powerful drummers), and powerful Fairbairn sound. Despite two bloody good singles/videos, for "Dorianna" and "Is It Love", it did not take off as it deserved.Just a reference: G N' R manager had to BEG the programme director of midnight MTV to play the video for "Welcome to the jungle" just ONE more time. That one time was enuff, the snow ball started rolling, and album never stopped selling. But IF that one more playback had not been achieved, Appetite might have stayed at gold or less. Such SMALL are the chances and details needed... The bangers (2, 5, 9) on this album are amazing too.

CD: 2 Die 4 - 2 Die 4
From: hair metal again Date: May 19, 2024 at 6:55
very good hard rock release for 2DIE4 from the UK offering some fine commercial hard rock music that reminds me of bands like JAGGED EDGE,EUROPE or EXTREME. the artwork is quite strange and didnt fit the music and it s a pity this act didnt have a second chance."sorry i broke your smile","green with envy" and "how can you believe in love" are the highlights

CD: Sebastian Bach - Child Within the Man
From: Simon Date: May 18, 2024 at 15:38
I like this album a lot, one of his very best. Sebastian is friends with many other rockers from that era, G N'R guys, Metallica, Kiss, Steve Stevens, Vince Neil and many more, so they seem to like him despite his ADHD/"all in" personality. I think he has matured some, and it's good he is still recording and touring. Very nice to see great drummer Rob Affuso in a Bach video. Child Within the Man is much better than I expected, a very nice surprise.

CD: Sebastian Bach - Child Within the Man
From: Val Date: May 18, 2024 at 15:14
If Slash n' Axl could become friends/biz partners once again, with Axl the diva of course having the highest % of the cake, then Skid Row should be able to do one more tour. But yes, ship has sailed, and over the years Bach has actually attracted larger audiences than the remainders of Skid Row. Probably because he's the voice, even if older and lost some of the power which happens to all singers, and he was always a fun and energetic frontman. I've seen Skid Row (the remainders), and sorry to say but they've been boring af. How many singers have they been thru now? I'm glad Gronwall left, cause he was way too good for them, he's totally world-class perhaps only two more years and deserves killer choruses, that he had PLENTY in H.E.A.T. I don't think Seb misses (a) Snake or the other two, but wants to play with them FOR the fans. Now that's good spirit. Also, band turned down a tour with Seb's idols KISS in '96! so I can actually understand he went bananas. They let him down big time.

CD: Sebastian Bach - Child Within the Man
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 18, 2024 at 14:08
What All Of Sebastian Bach's Former Bandmates Have Said About Him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhVoGXDjatc

CD: Sebastian Bach - Child Within the Man
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 18, 2024 at 13:42
Let’s Talk About the Backing Tracks Is It Really That Big of a Deal? https://loudwire.com/laptop-backing-tracks-debate-big-deal/#:~:text=First%2C%20many%20classic%20rock%20bands,of%20musicians%20on%20the%20road. Sebastian Bach's voice still going when he pulls the mic away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWY8768o7-8&t=28s

CD: Sebastian Bach - Child Within the Man
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 18, 2024 at 13:41
(CON"T) and the ballad “To Live Again.” I'm not a fan of the production, or John 5 as some tracks come off a little too modern for my taste. After giving the album a couple spins I'm ok with it, as out of his 4 solo albums this one lies somewhere in the middle. Bach's father did the album artwork, with a youth gone wild make over, as the Bach of today looks more like a middle aged tranny (road hard and put away wet). He keeps running his mouth in the media saying a Skid Row reunion is eminent. I saw Dave Sabo in a documentary "I Wanna Rock: The 80's Metal Dream (2023), and he sounds set in stone, no go. I think that ship has sailed as like most bands I'm not interested in seeing a reunion show 20 years too late with the members approaching/past 60.

CD: Sebastian Bach - Child Within the Man
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 18, 2024 at 13:10
Did Skid Row bandmates name this album? If you have ever saw the man sing live you may have noticed he has a tendency to sing out of pitch, even in his younger days. For a singer to sound consistently good live takes focus, endurance, maintenance of the vocal cords(smoking, drugs, ect). As he/she gets older genetics play a part of how much range is lost. Genetic vocal wonders in their 60's like Ronnie James Dio are the exception. Then of course there's the acoustics of the venue, and the mix as backing tracks are common these days (WASP, Motely Crue, and even FOZZY, OH NOOO). This use to be the kiss of death for a band in the 80's if word got out (The Milli Vanilli of Metal). As far as this release have you noticed Bach has a new backing band with every new solo album? He has a reputation of not paying his band what they are owed according to previous band members. Bach covers a lot of genre ground. There are a few bursts of Skid Row song memories with tracks like "Future Of Youth"

CD: Riot - Mean Streets
From: aTomiK Date: May 17, 2024 at 15:15
Always a pleasure to get a new Riot V album so what´s in store this time? Mean Streets is getting rave reviews but is it as good as the mighty relaunch album Unleash the Fire? No, it´s not but there´s enough good stuff here so i think it´s on par with Armor of Light. My picks are "Love Beyond the Grave", "High Noon", "Higher", "Mean Streets", "Open Road", "Lost Dreams" and "No More", most of them written by Mike Flyntz. Not a perfect disc by any means but still among the top 3 this year so far which tells you something about the level of music bands put out these days. BTW - love the package and the cover art!

CD: 1927 - The Other Side
From: Dramarama Date: May 17, 2024 at 7:59
Tell Me A Story is brilliant. The song gets stuck in my head and simply will not Leave.

CD: Queensryche - Empire
From: Dramarama Date: May 17, 2024 at 6:49
This is probably Queensryche's most commercial album. Huge choruses, big guitars and soaring vocals!

CD: Queensryche - Promised Land
From: Dramarama Date: May 17, 2024 at 6:47
I Am I and Bridge are great songs. This is definitely a very interesting album full of really cool styles.

CD: Queensryche - Hear in the Now Frontier
From: Dramarama Date: May 17, 2024 at 6:43
Sign of the Times and Hero are great songs. There's some awesome drumming on this album.

CD: Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot
From: Dramarama Date: May 17, 2024 at 5:38
Really fun album!

CD: The Babys - The Babys Anthology
From: Dramarama Date: May 17, 2024 at 5:37
John Waite has one of the best voices on the planet and The Babys were an excellent band that blended traditional hard rock with old school soul.

CD: Baby Animals - Shaved And Dangerous
From: Dramarama Date: May 17, 2024 at 5:08
I personally love this album. I think it sounds like Melissa Etheridge gone hard rock. Don't Tell Me What To Do is one of my favorite songs.

CD: Prime Time - Free The Dream
From: Holland4you Date: May 15, 2024 at 22:00
Shit 24 years old. Listening to this album give's me chills. Until Tonight and Spanish Fly still re-appear in my playlists after all these days years. My children dislike the songs but it's a generation thing .

CD: Ricky Warwick - Tattoos and Alibis
From: hair metal again Date: May 15, 2024 at 5:29
excellent release for RICKY WARWICK with the valuable help of Joe Elliot offering a nice semi acoustic rock sound with many ballads with great lyrics,fine melodies and very professional enorchestrations!"mysterioso","genuine fool","cant live with maybe","cant get arrested" are the highlights but the rest is also remarkable!good stuff

CD: Epitaph - Remember the Daze
From: James IV Date: May 14, 2024 at 17:00
When I first heard this I thought have I accidentally downloaded a Deep Purple album?! Sounds just like em! 70/100

CD: Velvet Revolver - Bonus Material
From: CC Date: May 12, 2024 at 18:07
The note on this about the three tracks only being available together on this release is not correct. The black cover variant of the first album comes with a bonus disc featuring these three tracks.

CD: Accept - Blind Rage
From: hair metal again Date: May 12, 2024 at 6:12
excellent release once again for ACCEPT offering classic heavy metal with big riffs,choruses and much energy !the guitars are very strong and the songs very catchy which is an ACCEPT trademarkthrough the years.all the songs stand out and the album flows fine from start to finish

CD: Eddie Money - Greatest Hits: Sound Of Money
From: Dramarama Date: May 12, 2024 at 3:34
This is an enjoyable collection of all of Eddie Money's hits. It'd be nice if it was in alphabetical order.

CD: Monster Truck - Sittin' Heavy
From: Dramarama Date: May 12, 2024 at 3:30
Awesome, driving, boogie rock! If this album doesn't pump you up you might be dead.

CD: Gov't Mule - The Deep End Vol. 2
From: Dramarama Date: May 12, 2024 at 3:27
This is a really cool album and probably the height of Gov't Mule's commercial success. Driving Rain was all over the radio.

CD: Circle of Friends - Cherokee Moon
From: michaelmouseboxer Date: May 11, 2024 at 18:58
Given my surprise at how much I enjoyed the project's original release, it's only fitting that the follow-up surprise me again, albeit this time with a shift in musical direction. While "The Garden" was largely composed of upbeat melrock with some splashes of pop AOR, "Cherokee Moon" is predominantly melodic hard rock that occasionally slips into metal territory. "Eternal Love," "Princess of the Night" and especially "Eye of the Hurricane" are among the heaviest tracks, with Jeff Scott Soto and Rick Altzi bringing the bass as they would for any other album. I was genuinely shocked when Robin McAuley's "Midnight Sensation" turned out to be a pure 80s-style AOR hit, and you shouldn't sleep on the beautiful Robin Beck-Mick Devine duet. The songs are all well-written and well-produced, making for a solid release, but it helps to know what to expect before turning this one on. I don't like it as much as the debut but it's still more than worth a listen.

CD: Tommi Gunn - Talk Of The Town
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 11, 2024 at 8:48
Glam band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1985. This release dug up and released slighted polished up demos, which was originally recorded between 1985 to 1989. Thin indie production, thin vocals, thin attention span. The closest the band got to a record deal 19 years ago was the track "Rip, Rattle and Roll" on the Hollywood Rocks compilation (2005). For PBF/Dirty Penny die hard fans only. Tommi Gunn - 'Talk Of The Town' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VugqgxP0S6M

CD: Praying Mantis - Time Tells No Lies
From: Oskar Date: May 11, 2024 at 8:17
On this album you will not find anything by Iron Maiden or Judas Priest or anything similar. But you can enjoy very good 80's Hard Rock. Thin Lizzy, Scorpions, Krokus and similar groups are present in this recording. 10/10

CD: Nestor - Kids in a Ghost Town
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 11, 2024 at 8:05
@Holland4you "Kids in a Ghost Town (2021)". 2023? Talk about a dry spell this Swedish band formed in 1989 and released their first album in (2021). Based on their appearance(age) the 80's time machine this isn't a old/new release from the archives. Nothing worth waiting for over 35 years for except maybe to see how Page 3 girl, sex kitten Samantha Fox has aged at 57. (Is she on this site yet?). She does a duet on the piano-led ballad "tomorrow". Perfect 10 (Eyes Like Demi Moore) Demi was a 7 at her 80's peak, so that song has a sliding scale. The weak link is the singer here, and the songs are ho hum. Uninspired Euro DD keyboard driven HR/MR. This band really has a thing for 80's has-beens as the japan bonus track is a cover of ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ - Whitney Houston. WEAK.. Nestor - I Wanna dance with somebody (Whitney Houston cover) - Live @ rock hard festival 2023https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsBmBE4JNAU

CD: Slaughter - Stick It To Ya
From: Dramarama Date: May 11, 2024 at 4:39
Mark Slaughter's voice makes my face hurt.

CD: Six By Six - Beyond Shadowland
From: Dramarama Date: May 11, 2024 at 2:47
Good stuff, very obviously influenced by Styx and Yes.

CD: Nestor - Kids in a Ghost Town
From: Holland4you Date: May 10, 2024 at 21:13
Great album!! Just one of the best of 2023!!

CD: Shotgun Messiah - Second Coming
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.

CD: Avion - White Noise
From: nimzo Date: May 9, 2024 at 10:37
We are crazy? The rating does not go below 95. I dpn't understand why there are no comments here. Awesome AOR. This is a total classic 80's AOR gem. Incredible chorus, keyboards, guitars an voice. All tracks are superb, it's very difficult choose but I love specially: "Celebration", "Elle", "In My Mind", "Ships", "We've Got Secrets". The reissue in 2024 by MelodicRock Classics is fantastic with 2 extra tracks. 97/100

CD: Stephen Bishop - Bowling In Paris
From: nimzo Date: May 9, 2024 at 10:25
Very good album of west coast/AOR. Awesome list of musicians here. The best tracks are "Kari" and "Love At A Distance". Both of them superb. The rest of album very good. 90/100

CD: KISS - Smashes, Thrashes, and Hits
From: Oz Date: May 8, 2024 at 11:48
The remixes are not for the better, unfortunately, but great compilation nevertheless. The new songs, I totally agree Dramarama, are much better than they get credit for. Sound is very solid, drums sound good (which was not the case on Crazy nights, that could really use a remix) and Gene's bass is again rich in the mix. These singles did not do so well, but 1988 was a very tough year with plenty competition. Still very good 80s Kiss songs with a Paul Stanley in great vocal shape. It was more or less his band at that time. "Reason to Live" is on the UK version, a song that both Paul and Ron Nevison, as well as the label executives (who loved this album) all thought would become a smash hit. Ron had great success with the band Heart's previous two albums, huge sellers, but could not match this with Kiss. Still Crazy nights sold about 1,5m in US, and this compilation Smashes, Thrashes, and Hits has sold Double Platinum in US.

CD: Saxon - Innocence Is No Excuse
From: Oz Date: May 8, 2024 at 11:15
Yes, 123charpenay, great Saxon album with the classic line-up. A little more well-played, more melodic, very good. Saxon did not have the luck with sales, but still has many very fine albums.

CD: H.E.A.T. - II
From: Oz Date: May 8, 2024 at 10:54
Totally agree, Amy, this is a MONSTER album. Erik Gronwall's absolute worldclass vocals and after a little mixed, still great, album in 2017, this time a full frontal attack with heavier guitar-based songs like Victory, Adrenaline and Rise, awesome. Heaven Must Have Won An Angel is beautiful and I think I love all songs, all killer, no filler. Best album in 2020 according to some poll in a music magazine list of that year and hard not to agree. HEAT has only released excellent albums so far, but this one might be the very best. Essential for all melodic rock lovers!

CD: Saxon - Innocence Is No Excuse
From: 123charpenay Date: May 6, 2024 at 17:32
the best saxon s record, with "solid ball of rock" and "forever free".extraordinary record with many hits.a must have.i have this jewel in japan import with 6 bonus tracks.

CD: Cutting Crew - All For You - The Virgin Years 1986-1992
From: 123charpenay Date: May 6, 2024 at 17:22
totally agree with metallian .several years ago i ve submit the extraordinary "joyride" from roxette.i m still waiting a miracle."^pearls of passion" look sharp" "joyride""crash boom bang"are some a o r masterpieces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Cher - Heart of Stone
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 6, 2024 at 6:44
@Auslander, thanks for the "where are they now". Geoff update. I give credit to the guy, as he must be the king of comments on this site by sheer volume of posts. Sometimes people change over time with their music taste. So maybe that's why he only lives in the boards underworld now praising 'pink synth'. If he's gone that far off the rails there isn't much to debate about, as Pink flamingo synth rock is a little out of my wheelhouse. People sometimes have a revisionist recollection of their music taste past, if in latter years a music genre is made fun of in the culture. 80's hard rock/metal is a perfect example of that as it's been spurned by most bigger critics (Rolling Stone,ect.) from the start. I will proudly wear the 80's HR/M badge till the day I die.

CD: Cutting Crew - All For You - The Virgin Years 1986-1992
From: MetalllianStallion Date: May 6, 2024 at 6:10
@Auslander, I first got turned on to this site by listening to HH online radio station Live365 16+ years ago, which I assumed the owner programed the playlist. With a emphasis on "heavy" harmonies, as I don't recall hearing any lite AOR/pop on the playlist. As to me it seemed when the approved 3 Cher releases posted in (2009) the floodgates opened for more borderline lightweight bands being submitted and approved here. At that time (2009) I brought up to Dan that Billy's Idol discography wasn't even posted here. They were then posted shortly thereafter. So obviously if it's his site, it's up to his discretion of what goes and what is voted best of (2023) even if it doesn't fit in the HH mold. The well known band Roxette isn't posted here which is edgier than the Cutting Crew. Of course this debate would never occur on sites like Rock report, Sleaze Roxx, ect. so it's sort of funny. This post is putting me in the mood to put on my headphones and crank up some Mr. Mister (also on HH).

CD: KISS - Smashes, Thrashes, and Hits
From: Dramarama Date: May 6, 2024 at 3:42
Let's Put The X In Sex and Rock Hard ate fantastic songs. This album has a fat sound that is missing from the earlier recordings but they aren't so different that they they're unrecognizable.

CD: KINGOFTHEHILL - KINGOFTHEHILL
From: Dramarama Date: May 6, 2024 at 3:36
This is one of my favorite albums ever. They really were unique at the time combining glam with funk and hip hop. The songs were big and catchy and I still listen to them to this day.

CD: Loverboy - Loverboy Classics: Their Greatest Hits
From: Dramarama Date: May 6, 2024 at 3:30
If you grew up listening to Loverboy on the radio and nothing else, this is the only Loverboy album you need.

CD: Lynyrd Skynyrd - 20th Century Masters: The Best Of Lynyrd Skynyrd
From: Dramarama Date: May 6, 2024 at 3:28
Good album that you can pick up for cheap but as you'd expect there's several essential songs missing.

CD: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird: The Movie
From: Dramarama Date: May 6, 2024 at 3:26
This is a great live album. Every track has tremendous energy.

CD: Cher - Heart of Stone
From: Auslander Date: May 5, 2024 at 2:01
Hi Stallion, yeah Geoff is still a regular on the HH forum board. He still has weird, inconsistent taste haha. He is very much into very Lite synthy pop these days, synthwave in particular, not the harder, dark synthwave, but more like the stuff you'd hear from a pink convertible in Malibu. I'm sure he'd love to re-engage in banter with you on the forum. It could use some more livening up!

CD: Cutting Crew - All For You - The Virgin Years 1986-1992
From: Auslander Date: May 5, 2024 at 1:51
I would categorise them as Lite - AOR. They do deserve to be here. Also, the irony of Stallion's comments when the song Died in Your Arms is actually an analogy for the act of sexual orgasm.

CD: Scott Stapp - Higher Power
From: Auslander Date: May 5, 2024 at 1:45
Personally I think Creed, like what has just happened for Limp Bizkit, deserve a reappraisal by the music snobs. Creed were exceptionally melodic and just heavy enough to be hard rock. People hated on them for being successful and popular-with-jocks. Envy makes the world go round with the millennial generation.

CD: D.A.D. - No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims
From: Dramarama Date: May 4, 2024 at 21:26
This was one of my favorite albums as a teenager and I'm pretty sure I know every word to every song. Point of View is my favorite track but honestly every song is a banger.

CD: ZZ Top - Eliminator
From: Dramarama Date: May 4, 2024 at 21:22
This album is a monster and moved ZZ Top from a niche band into huge superstars and it's easy to see why. So many hooks, so many hits. My personal favorite is actually TV Dinners because when I was a kid I thought the video was amazing.

CD: The Cult - Ceremony
From: Dramarama Date: May 4, 2024 at 21:19
Heart of Soul is such an amazing song. The rest of the album is very very good as well.

CD: Saxon - Innocence Is No Excuse
From: Axe Slinger Date: May 4, 2024 at 19:32
Absolutely agree. This is my favorite Saxon release.

CD: Masses Beware - Never Seen the Day
From: Dramarama Date: May 4, 2024 at 6:54
Really cool indie prog metal. Definitely has some modern touches but they really just add to the atmosphere.

CD: Jesse Kinch - I'm Not Like Everybody Else
From: Dramarama Date: May 4, 2024 at 6:52
The first season of Rising Star had one true bright spot and it was Jesse Kinch. His debut album showcases his unique, strong voice and his muscular guitar playing as well as his love for classic hard rock. I can't recommend this one highly enough.

CD: The Letter Black - Breaking the Silence
From: Dramarama Date: May 4, 2024 at 6:48
Really emotional compelling modern hard rock CCM band. Powerful vocals and chunky guitar parts.

CD: Saxon - Innocence Is No Excuse
From: Doug Date: May 3, 2024 at 16:17
Was listening to this the other day, really solid album.

CD: Shotgun Messiah - Second Coming
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.

CD: Whitesnake - Slide It In
From: Oz Date: May 3, 2024 at 12:23
https://www.udiscovermusic.com/artist/whitesnake/ Nice pic of original album's line-up. Soon Neil Murray was back and Sykes was added too on the US re-mix. Here's a rare shot of next drummer Aynsley Dunbar recording Whitesnake 1987 album at Little Mountain Studios, he indeed was very quick and precise in Vancouver already back in October 1985. https://se.pinterest.com/pin/372391462942423406/

CD: Whitesnake - Slide It In
From: Oz Date: May 3, 2024 at 11:38
Half of the songs co-written by excellent guitarist Mel Galley, meaning he was very important to this nice album. He did well with Phenomena, with his brother and some all stars, but still it was very unfortunate that he damaged his arm. In the songwriting department, Sykes and Galley were the best DC ever employed, yet they only got to stay for such a short time. Slow an' Easy, was a cool song written by Micky Moody (his autobiography Snakes & Ladders is good read!), other than that, Slide It In was Galley's. DC was of course a great singer, but his treatment of band members seemed not any better than Dio's or Ozzy's. Even Bernie Marsden (who wrote Here I Go Again) talked about it. But while there are bands with a better HR policy, like Leps and AC/DC, yet still the whole rock biz can often be rather "cut throat", so you better study the papers before you sign 'em... Both skilled drummers Cozy Powell AND one of history's best Aynsley Dunbar quit when DC stopped their payments...

CD: Tyketto - Strength in Numbers
From: Oz Date: May 3, 2024 at 10:55
Geffen dropped the band just when the album was done, tough times for this type of music. But that does not take away from its fine quality. 11 (not counting the unnecessary reissue of Standing alone), new songs, most really good. Some favourites are title track, Rescue Me, The End of the Summer Days, The Last Sunset, Write Your Name in the Sky, super Meet Me In the Night, and Inherit the Wind (plenty nice guitars). Certainly a strong follow-up to great debut, and bassist Jaimie Scott was a monster player. Lots of great bass lines and I must say Kevin Elson (and Tom Size) did a great job on the sound. Not as stellar as Richie Zito, but pretty close.

CD: Tyketto - Don't Come Easy
From: Oz Date: May 3, 2024 at 10:39
Killer CD and to me very consistent even after the two-punch-in-your-face starting singles. Also killer songs are Burning Down Inside, Walk on Fire, Nothing But Love and perfect ending song Sail Away. Richie Zito did many albums around this time with close to perfection-sounding results. Danny has a very strong voice, clear and powerful, and Brooke St. James is an amazing guitarist. This album just came out a little late ('91).

CD: Fifth Angel - When Angels Kill
From: hair metal again Date: May 3, 2024 at 9:44
excellent heavy metal release for FIFTH ANGEL with great guitars ,remarkable songwriting and a solid performance!Ken Mary in production and organizing almost everything does a great job but i d like em to have 1 or 2 songs with a harder edge like they did in their glory past!overall When Angels Kill is very strong and worth buying

CD: The Cult - Sonic Temple
From: Dramarama Date: May 3, 2024 at 0:35
As many others said before me this is one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Strong, emotional, dark and immediate. This album will become a part of your life and never leave.

CD: The Cult - The Cult
From: Dramarama Date: May 3, 2024 at 0:32
I've never met an album by The Cult that I didn't like. The single Coming Down is probably the best track but the entire album is quite good.

CD: D Generation - No Lunch
From: Dramarama Date: May 3, 2024 at 0:00
This is a cool album although re recording 4 of the songs from the debut with lighter production is an odd choice.

CD: D Generation - Through the Darkness
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 23:58
A little more refined than the first album but it's still a lot of fun.

CD: A New Revenge - Enemies and Lovers
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 23:56
This is a great album. Aggressive but accessible I definitely recommend it.

CD: Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 23:34
If you only know the hits this is a great collection to ease into BTO. Since most of the tracks on here are singles they're all ready friendly and catchy.

CD: A Rebel Few - As the Crow Flies
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 23:30
Awesome album, bloozy, sleazy hard rock. If you like Black Stone Cherry definitely give these guys a listen.

CD: Led Zeppelin - Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 23:25
Zeppelin

CD: Led Zeppelin - Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volume Two
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 23:24
This is a great compilation that dives into the more psychedelic side of Led.

CD: Dan Baird - Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 3:17
I Love You Period got a ton of airplay on local radio when the record was released. Basically, this is a fun Southern rock album that has a lot of clever lyrics.

CD: 1994 - 1994
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 3:09
I really like this album. Once Again is an earworm and a half even if the lyrics are a bit amateurish.

CD: Bakers Pink - Bakers Pink
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 3:04
This is one of my favorite albums. There's a huge Doors influence in the lyrics, mood presentation.

CD: Damone - Out Here All Night
From: Dramarama Date: May 2, 2024 at 3:03
I love this album. These guys should have been huge stars. The title track rips and the Maiden cover made me happy inside.

CD: Bad Marriage - Bad Marriage
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 22:32
Get album. Old School Stereo is my favorite song but if you like hard rock that grooves there's a lot to like on this one.

CD: Bang Tango - Live Injection
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 22:12
Such a great live EP. The live version of I'm A Stranger is better than the one found on The Black Roses soundtrack. Push To Shove and Watch Her Slide rock hard. The Futurama cover is fun. So many great tunes that you can't get anywhere else.

CD: King Zebra - Between The Shadows
From: 123charpenay Date: April 30, 2024 at 11:19
the best record of 2024.!!!!!!!!!!!i m waiting the japan import for order this masterpiece.king zebra says to me on facebook that the japan version will have one bonus track.dina(acoustic).

CD: Even Steven - Hiding Among Pygmies
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 30, 2024 at 8:46
Anybody ever heard this indie release with Brian Johnson (AC/DC) on vocals? It's like it's been scrubbed from the web, as it's not even listed on discogs.com which usually even has the most obscure bands. I only found a tiny news article on this album in Florida were Johnson has lived in the last 30 years. https://www.tampabay.com/archive/1999/01/08/local-beat/

CD: Geordie - The Best
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 30, 2024 at 5:51
Bon Scott Was a Longtime Fan of AC/DC Replacement Brian Johnson https://americansongwriter.com/bon-scott-was-a-longtime-fan-of-ac-dc-replacement-brian-johnson/ Bon Scott Couldn't Forget Brian Johnson After This Show https://nypost.com/2011/06/12/back-in-book/

CD: The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 3:04
Great album, in a lot of ways The Crows kept real rock alive during the 90s and this is where it all started!

CD: KISS - Hot In The Shade
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 3:01
I love this album, Forever was my song with my high school girlfriend. I feel like this album was the pinnacle of KISS as a pop metal band and I'm glad I was there for it.

CD: KISS - Destroyer
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 2:56
This is THE KISS album and it's the one that has the most recognizable songs. God of Thunder is so good it gives me chills. You wanted the best, well here it is.

CD: Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 2:53
Sooooo good, Fool in the Rain is one of the best story songs ever written. All of my love is quite possibly the saddest song ever recorded. Overall this album should have any grown man weeping like a child before the final note.

CD: Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 2:48
This is a really emotional album. Tangerine is absolutely brilliant and of course everyone know Immigrant Song. As always Led Zeppelin delivers the goods.

CD: Bang Tango - Ain't No Jive...Live!
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 2:46
Cool live ep. Get it for the cover of 20th Century Boy, stay for the extended version of Attack of Life.

CD: Bang Tango - Psycho Cafe
From: Dramarama Date: April 30, 2024 at 2:42
My favorite band in high school. I don't know what it was about Bang Tango that made me love them so much but I did and I still do. This album is great, funky and a little bit darker and more complex than what was mainstream at the time.

CD: Jon Bon Jovi and Friends - At The Starland Ballroom - Live
From: Doug Date: April 29, 2024 at 17:41
I saw the documentary, too and agree. I was impressed on JBJ's transparency about his voice and also how his bandmates' reactions have been. Also, the series shows how these guys are old men now, thinking about their mortality. To me, just thinking out loud, it seems the door is slightly ajar to bring Richie back into the fold, in some way or another. Perhaps alongside Phil X, who seems like a really good guy.

CD: Jon Bon Jovi and Friends - At The Starland Ballroom - Live
From: 123charpenay Date: April 29, 2024 at 17:30
i ve seen "thank you good night" this week end on disney +.it s an exceptional and very touching documentary on the bon jovi s history.the documentary is in four parts.total nearly 5 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Scorpions - Acoustica
From: CC Date: April 29, 2024 at 16:23
Missed in the album details, Love of my life is a cover of the Queen song

CD: Geordie - The Best
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 29, 2024 at 7:50
Hearing the words 'glam rock' and Brian Johnson (AC/DC singer) in the same sentence is a little weird. Check out the album cover, as Brian even had a lot hair without his usual cabbie hat surgically glued to his head. He's sporting a long white scarf on a Geordie gig (video link on article below), as glam in the 70's had a little different genre meaning than what it evolved to in the 80's. Geordie formed in Newcastle in 1971, and after a few hit singles the band split in 1978. Angus and Malcolm Young reached out to Brian after liking his singing with Geordie. Interesting, fairly recent article with Johnson on his hearing loss and at 76 he's getting ready to start a AC/DC European tour next month. On the 2024 tour (first in 8 years) is drummer Matt Laug (Phil Rudd back in the big house?) and Chris Chaney on bass. ROLLING STONE: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on the Highway OUT of Hell https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/acdc-brian-johnson-book-lives-of-brian-interview-1234614329/

CD: Marvelous 3 - Hey! Album
From: Dramarama Date: April 29, 2024 at 7:43
Every Monday is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. The rest of the album is equally full of sweet, sugary hooks. There isn't a song on this album that won't get stuck in your head for days.

CD: King's X - Out of the Silent Planet
From: Dramarama Date: April 29, 2024 at 7:40
Great album but they definitely got catchier as time went on.

CD: KISS - Love Gun
From: Dramarama Date: April 29, 2024 at 7:38
My favorite KISS album. Peter Criss really shines on this album. I feel like this is the most locked in he and Gene ever were.

CD: L.A. Guns - Hollywood Vampires
From: Dramarama Date: April 29, 2024 at 7:35
Great, great album. As a teenager I really felt like the Guns could do no wrong. This one is a lot darker and more dense than their earlier stuff and I really wish that they hadn't taken 4 years in between albums because by 1995 Polydor and MTV had completely forgotten about them.

CD: L.A. Guns - Cocked and Loaded
From: Dramarama Date: April 29, 2024 at 7:28
Definitely their best album. Phil Lewis is a God tier vocalist. This album rips from start to finish. Sleazy, bluesy and catchy as hell it's everything I've always loved about hard rock.

CD: Negative - Sweet and Deceitful
From: hair metal again Date: April 28, 2024 at 5:11
pretty good release for NEGATIVE offering a goth rock sound ,something like HIM with nice melodic lines and good songs like "creeping inside","L.A. feeding fire" and "frozen to lose it all"!interesting band but nothing blowminding

CD: Brett Walker - Nevertheless
From: curemeok Date: April 27, 2024 at 9:47
R.I.P

CD: Passion - Loaded Gun
From: Dramarama Date: April 27, 2024 at 7:29
I'm listening to this album on Spotify right now and so far I really like it! Nice riffs, big choruses and the vocalist has a nice tone and impressive range. Some of the lyrics are bit cheesy but it's still been a fun listen so far.

CD: Accept - Humanoid
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 26, 2024 at 6:59
This is Accept's 17th album. Looking back I remember when I was in my late teens and went to a video dance nightclub, circa 1985-86'(alcohol 18+ grandfather's clause state). I got the VJ to play "Midnight Mover" video to clear the dance floor (except me) and a few rock soldiers. I was a fan of some of the 80's UDO releases and liked the MHR David Reece experiment 'Eat the Heat (1989)'. Wolf Hoffmann (Guitar) is the sole original member left. I haven't really been a big fan of the Mark Tornillo (T.T. Quick) 14+ years going back to 'Blood of the Nations (2010)'. Mark is going on 70 in a couple months, so I tip my hat for his longevity. With 'Humanoid' Accept steers towards more AC/DC territory, wavering from their harder 2010 metal roots. Mid tempo tracks like 'Man Up' I could definitely imagine Brian Johnson singing. The last ballad I remember on a Accept album was 'Mistreated' with David Reece so ‘Ravages of Time’ might be the second ballad unless UDO had a acoustic ballads album.

CD: A Neverending John's Dream - Coming Back To Paradise
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 26, 2024 at 3:32
The 227 worst band Names Ever List. A few hair bands made the cut with a lot of punk and harder metal bands. 3 word turds include... The Child Molesters, Begging for Incest, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lake of Anal Mucus, Funeral Rape, Anal Vomit, Sleeze Beez, Gwar, The Vaccines, Gay Witch Abortion, Dogs Die in Hot Cars, Puscifer, Diarrhea Planet, Goatwhore, Pissed Jeans. https://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/worst-band-names-ever

CD: A Neverending John's Dream - Coming Back To Paradise
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 26, 2024 at 2:38
'A Neverending John's Dream' first album was called 'Red-light District Rendezvous' with the opening track "probation poon-tang'(wink). Unlike the band's self description as this being a "melodic hard ‘n’ heavy album", this is average light and fluffy (by the numbers) keyboard driven AOR. According to this Barcelona band's youtube video page "The meaning of the band’s name is a bit philosophic. The creation of music has no end (Neverending), and this fact, is like a dream for Joan M. Heredia (John). The lead singer's first name is Joan, and appears to be a male. I've known women/men named Jean/Gene. Joan is a male first that I've ever heard, unless he's in John-to-Joan transition. A Neverending John's Dream - Coming Back To Paradise (Official Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KL3RC_Nq8o

CD: A Neverending John's Dream - Coming Back To Paradise
From: CC Date: April 25, 2024 at 21:14
Ok, this has to go into the list of worse band names ever.

CD: Compulsive Behavior - Help Me I'm Stupid
From: algeiger1 Date: April 25, 2024 at 18:44
THEY're Back!!! Compulsive Behavior are releasing a NEW Album called "Mirror Image" available on all streaming platforms May 1,2024. They are gearing up to play live. Check out their facebook page!!

CD: Devil's Hand - Devil's Hand
From: Macca Date: April 25, 2024 at 10:12
Wow..missed this on release. Awesome..... and Im gobsmacked a previous reference didnt mention Slamers finest hour "Streets" both albums with Steve Walsh on vocals..... he really needs to check those out..........

CD: Joshua - Intense Defense
From: Ale Date: April 25, 2024 at 9:37
What a record. There's maybe one or two fillers but the rest is great.

CD: Taylen Storm - Taylen Storm
From: Ale Date: April 25, 2024 at 9:34
The production is poor. These are basically demos but most of the songs are very catchy. I like this one a lot!

CD: Jon Bon Jovi and Friends - At The Starland Ballroom - Live
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 25, 2024 at 4:07
Based on the current lineup (- Richie Sambora) 'Jon Bon Jovi and Friends' should be the name of the current Bon Jovi band. Sambora joined Bon Jovi in 1983, replacing original lead guitarist Dave Sabo (Skid Row). JBJ is heavily working the talk show circuit and press with the new documentary coming out tomorrow 'Thank You Good Night, The Bon Jovi Story'(2024). Not sure if JBJ is working the "Living on a prayer' hype comeback angle, as he says his voice after vocal cord surgery might never fully recover to his standards. He's also publicizing that he and Sambora watched the documentary together, after Sambora went AWOL on a tour 11 years ago, as the 2 had been estranged for a decade. All orchestrated for a big Sambora/BJ reunion tour? Who knows. As far as my taste I didn't pay much attention to BJ after 'New Jersey (1988)', with JBJ trying to reinvent himself as the modern day Springsteen in later years. Saw BJ open for RATT in 85' and the 'New Jersey tour' with Skid Row opening in 89'.

CD: Universe III - Universe III
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 25, 2024 at 2:21
@SIOGO, you can make 1 comment up to 1,000 characters, therefore, saving you from hitting the add button 4 times. When I hear the band name "Universe" I think of the German band who released the excellent 'Bad Child (1992)'. A formation of this band Universe S/T (1985) [Michael Kling Lead Guitar] came out, but they must have lost the copyright battle with the German band by the same name. Hence, the goofy altered band names "Universe Infinity" Rock Is Alive (2018) and now 'Universe III' - S/T (2024). Andreas Eklun has lost some range with the hands of time since being the 'House of Shakira' singer. Eklund also sang on last album, but Michael Kling is MIA on guitar on this release. This album doesn't come out till May 16, 2024, so I've only heard a couple singles. The track "Casa De Los Pollos" , the Euro Sammy Hagar of Cabo Wabo. Nothing to write home about from the tracks I've heard (galloping Horse HR) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OByGseulzE8

CD: Little River Band - All-Time Greatest Hits
From: Dramarama Date: April 25, 2024 at 0:08
For me this is the LBR album to own. All 10 of their top 20 American billboard hits on one cd. It's just one banger after another!

CD: Wildlights - Wildlights
From: Dramarama Date: April 25, 2024 at 0:06
This is a really interesting release, imagine a more ballsy Perry Farrell singing for the BulletBoys and you'll have some idea what this is all about.

CD: L.A. Guns - Vicious Circle
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 24, 2024 at 18:26
This is another one of those grunge-era discs from hair bands that some hated in its time, and many more never heard, but people warmed up to it in the ensuing years. It's a heavier, more aggressive, groovier version of the band, with Phil's voice being the main signifier that this is indeed L.A. Guns. According to a former tour manager and friend of the band who has a YouTube channel, Vicious Circle was mainly Phil, Mick and Kelly's baby. Steve Riley had been fired, and Tracii seemed to have effectively abandoned the ship (wouldn't be the last time). He returned in time to play some guitar on the album, among many other session players. A lot of the drums were done by Myron Grombacher from Pat Benatar's band. "Long Time Dead" was the would-be single, and got some airplay in the sad, waning days of KNAC-FM in Los Angeles, and virtually nowhere else.

CD: The Zeros - Names Vol. 1
From: hair metal again Date: April 24, 2024 at 7:24
very good release for THE ZEROS offering their fun punk hard rock music in their own way !funny lyrics ,interesting melodies and a solid performance that will satisfy whoever wants something like this

CD: Whitecross - In the Kingdom
From: hair metal again Date: April 23, 2024 at 6:17
very good release for WHITECROSS as usual with amazing guitar work by Rex and many good songs like "no second chances","love is our weapon" and "we know what s right"!the lyrics are as Christian as it can get and i believe that it was too much for the band and that it didnt help them commercially!anyway every WHITECROSS release is worth having

CD: Tyketto - Reach
From: Doug Date: April 22, 2024 at 21:12
I agree that "Don't Come Easy" is a good album, I just now finished listening to it in it's entirety - "Reach" is way better, IMHO.

CD: Theory Of A Deadman - Dinosaur
From: Doug Date: April 22, 2024 at 19:04
Man, I used to really like TOAD, oh how they have dropped off. They seem to want to be Maroon 5.....

CD: HailMary - Disturbing the Peace
From: TattooPaul Date: April 22, 2024 at 17:43
However you feel about Leatherwolf, that's how you should feel about HailMary, as it is the Singer/Guitarist and BOTH Lead Guitarists from Leatherwolf. The songcraft is along the same lines, with maybe a little more care thrown to what was then radio-friendliness. I was always a fan of Leatherwolf, so I am more than happy with this.

CD: Moxy - Raw
From: Ace75 Date: April 22, 2024 at 17:33
Man, it’s nice to see the old dogs back on here like under work king, stallion and the doghouse!! Love it!!

CD: Moxy - Raw
From: Ace75 Date: April 22, 2024 at 17:33
Man, it’s nice to see the old dogs back on here like under work king, stallion and the doghouse!! Love it!!

CD: Universe III - Universe III
From: SIOGO Date: April 22, 2024 at 16:15
last Information Universe III is the good name of the band, it's also the name of the Album. Universe , Universe Infinity and Universe III are in last the same band but with three names.

CD: Universe III - Universe III
From: SIOGO Date: April 22, 2024 at 16:03
it's a little bite complicate , Universe Infinity is the new name in 2018 , III is the third album of Universe and Universe Infinity

CD: Universe III - Universe III
From: SIOGO Date: April 22, 2024 at 16:01
Hi this band is the same than UNIVERSE (Sweden ), III is the name of the album, same thing for UNIVERSE Infinity , Infinity is the second album. there are not 3 different bands.

CD: Universe III - Universe III
From: SIOGO Date: April 22, 2024 at 15:58
Hi this band is the same than UNIVERSE (Sweden ), III is the name of the album, same thing for UNIVERSE Infinity , Infinity is the second album. there are not 3 different bands.

CD: Bugzy - She's The One
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 22, 2024 at 8:53
There was supposedly 3 major record labels courting this Jersey based band in the 80's, but nothing materialized. The first album Plan B (2017) of unreleased material has a couple couple catchy tracks, leaning more hard rock/edgy AOR. When it rains it pours as 2 more albums were released almost simultaneously of more unreleased material in 2018 (56 tracks total 3 albums) is a bit overkill. Plan B (2017) is the best IMO with these 2 other (2018) releases being lighter AOR. I looked up the band's bio and a bit of their history. The origins of the founding members of BUGZY are from New Jersey go back to as far as 1977 and lasted until 1995. In 1988, the members had officially joined forces and begin performing live. Within a year, a short-lived production deal with producer Tony Bongiovi led the group to record a few tracks in NYC’s Power Station. studio. https://www.divebombrecords.com/bands/bugzy

CD: Eyes - Windows of the Soul
From: Rickherbian Date: April 22, 2024 at 7:45
Yo soy más aoerero. Así que me gusta mucho más este álbum que el resto. Me parece una joya del género. Parecen dos proyectos diferentes, deberían haber cambiado de nombre. De hecho yo clasifico a los grupos en la estantería por géneros y a Eyes, no sé si meterlos en Hard Rock o en Aor.

CD: Moxy - Live in Toronto
From: underworld king Date: April 22, 2024 at 5:41
Nick Walsh does justice to the late, great Buzz Sherman. I was fortunate to catch this version of the band live on two ocassions.

CD: Moxy - Raw
From: underworld king Date: April 22, 2024 at 5:38
Great live album from this version of the band. Saw them live in 2002 with this line up. Unfortunately I never got to see them in their heyday of the 1970's but the San Antonio show rocked. I believe this cd was not recorded in San Antonio though. All in all a great cd.

CD: Racer X - Street Lethal
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 21, 2024 at 6:20
https://racer-x-band.fandom.com/wiki/Jeff_Martin Martin was the singer for the band Surgical Steel in Phoenix, AZ pre Racer X. They were one of the bigger HR/Metal bands in the Valley circa 83-85' also covering a few Priest songs. Rob Halford lived in the Phoenix area at that time and jammed with them on stage and did backing vocals on song the band released. Halford supposedly tried to shop the band around to several labels but no bites. Last time I saw Halford he announced he was the gay guy in the band accepting at a awards show. Of course at the time period of the early 80's that could have been a career killer. It was rumored around the clubs that the singer Jeff Martin was Halford's toy boy, hence part of the reason he was so interested in the band. You can read more about Halford's connection with the band with videos on the link below. https://metalinjection.net/editorials/back-in-the-day/how-rob-halford-turned-an-obscure-metal-band-into-the-biggest-band-in-phoenix-overnight

CD: Scott Stapp - Higher Power
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 20, 2024 at 23:52
@kawshy580, Does HH have a genre policy statement posted? There must be a boardroom command center at major record labels that coin these terms. You would think 'grunge/post grunge' was some huge monumental music shift moment in time as in B.C./A.D. Grunge was basically a blip on the screen, that lasted a few years. Wiki = Post-grunge is an offshoot of grunge that has a less abrasive tone than traditional grunge. Originally, the term was used almost pejoratively to label mid-1990s rock bands such as Bush, Candlebox, Collective Soul, Foo Fighters, that emulated the original sound of grunge. In the late 1990s, post-grunge morphed into a more clearly defined style that combined the sound and aesthetic of grunge with more commercially accessible songwriting, rising to prominence that lasted into the 2000s. Bands such as Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Creed. In the 80's Modern rock used to be known as alternative rock format. Not sure when the subgenre of 'modern hard rock' was coined.

CD: Scott Stapp - Higher Power
From: kawshy580 Date: April 20, 2024 at 19:20
Doghouse Reilly: That's almost as hilarious as Michael Bolton's material past 1987 being allowed here.

CD: Scott Stapp - Higher Power
From: kawshy580 Date: April 20, 2024 at 19:19
MetallianStallion, I find it strange that this site takes a firm "no grunge" policy, yet many post-grunge bands are listed here.

CD: Alias - Alias
From: Val Date: April 20, 2024 at 15:46
Damn good sound, those drums are super! Crispy snare and bass drum, just the right level of cymbals and tight playing. Killer melodic bliss of guitarist, but yet not too long solos, and Curci's vocals are so very wide and KILLER range, just beautiful singing. Quite big hits with More Than Words Can Say and Waiting for Love (for the chicks/label execs, ey?), but my faves are Haunted Heart (can't be any better, it has got it all!), and One More Chance. The 1990 Heart album was a triple platinum, I love it too (Richie Zito also wow), but I think Alias was close to platinum, and deserved more, cause it is just as stellar of an album. And in 1990, there were many! REAL live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgtSN_ue4hs Bio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmO0LnBZPnA Eddie DeLena, George Tutko, Rick Neigher, plenty good additional talent in that studio.

CD: Boulevard - Into the Street
From: Val Date: April 20, 2024 at 15:00
Excellent AOR just like the stunning debut. Skilled musicians all of them and smooth, catchy soft rock/AOR tunes. Simply an amazing melodic rock album and all songs are good. Perfect rating to me. John Punter had the enormously hard task to create another killer sound, similar to Fraser/Rock, not easy, but he did it so very well. Amazing sound down to details, mmm CD sounds great in my sound system. Turn it up!

CD: Boulevard - Boulevard
From: Val Date: April 20, 2024 at 14:51
Well yes, with both Fraser and Rock sound is HUGE, superb in every department. Shame they did not have a better/more powerful label and manager behind them, since killer disc. Love it similarly to early FM and Strangeways, Heartland and os on.

CD: Vixen - Rev it Up
From: Val Date: April 19, 2024 at 17:56
Very very good melodic rock album and the ladies play very well. This time a good focused producer that they wanted (not plenty studios like with the debut), and the mix by skilled Mike Shipley is just top notch. Debut sold gold, and this should have done too and then some, it's actually a little bit better. Consistent album throughout but the first four song opening is a perfect start! In 1990, Warrant, Winger, Slaughter, FireHouse all sold millions, and competition was very hard. Listening to them all now, I don't think Vixen was far behind. I think this album is rather genuine. Still a great listen and Jan Kuehnemund was a tasty guitarist, RIP.

CD: Scott Stapp - Higher Power
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 19, 2024 at 11:05
The Scott Stapp Creed can be found on BrutalMetal—which is somehow even more hilarious than if they were on HH. They were the kind of band that were anathema to this site in its earliest years.

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 19, 2024 at 11:01
Also, comparing the attendance from 2007 and 2023 is more than a little specious. The drop in numbers has to do with many, many factors and can't be attributed to just, "Oh, well, they don't have the bands I like anymore, these modern bands can't draw." It's a little bit like those people who complained that oldies stations no longer played much music from the '50's, not realizing (or realizing all too well) that they had aged out of the money demographic for advertisers. Regardless, 15-plus years after the first Rocklahoma, it's a different world in many ways.

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 19, 2024 at 10:54
We all know talentqual;y doesn't always translate to commerciaal success, and we all know (or were) some of those people who would travel across the country, even to Oklahoma, to see these niche acts. The first time. The fourth or fifth? Probably not. (Personally I thought the 2008 lineup with Tora Tora, Every Mother's Nightmare, and I believe Junkyard, was aces, but again—niche bands.) Keeping it somewhat on-topic, and from a somewhat younger perspective, by the time I got into hard rock and metal in 1988-1989, nobody was talking about or playing Icon. There were all sorts of flash-in-the-pan hair bands in those last few years, but Icon were left behind in 1985, despite an attempted comeback of sorts in '89. I never even heard of them until I got online around 2000 and found older rawk dudes like you singing their praises. That's not a judgment of their merit as a band, just to say that they were quickly forgotten.

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 19, 2024 at 10:08
I recently got done watching Metal Evolution (2011) [12 episodes] documentary series on the different genres/subgenres of hard rock/metal. Pretty thorough analysis, starting with Sabbath/Ted Nugent/Kiss/Alice Cooper, and finishing with the last episode with Extreme Metal. I noticed Limp Bizkit, the vanilla Ice of Nu/Metal was at Rocklahoma a few years ago. To me it makes sense to divide different genres over the 3 days at Rocklahoma. I don't see a fan of Avenged Sevenfold being into Winger as a opening act. As far as C-list bands, talent doesn't always translate to mass popularity. This band ICON release Night of the Crime (1985) was voted third best album of all time by Kerrang! magazine readers in 1988. Rated fairly high on HH also. Definitely a niche audience, but I had a few friends who packed their bags from the North East part of the U.S. to Rocklahoma 2007-08 just for those obscure bands that they never got a chance to see live. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Evolution

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 19, 2024 at 9:21
@Doghouse, you make some valid points. The Rocklahoma 2023 attendance was reported at 60,000 so that's a 40k drop from 2007. 2007-08 was also a big recession, as after 3 years the promotors flipped (mixed) the genre script by 2010. They also changed the date of the shows from mid July 2007-09 to the end of May. In the last 3 years now it's at the end of August. A couple weeks ago a Los Angeles-based promoter acquired Rocklahoma so maybe there will be some changes in the future. As far as drawing major headliners of course even if you have new younger generations of fans the 80's bands can only tour for so long. Pulling a rabbit out of a hat like getting Triumph to come in 2008 was a draw. Of all of the bands that got a major label deal back in the day only about 3% of them made it as far as being financially successful. Speaking of the hardcore hair metal crowd. Many genres in the hard metal crowd (thrash,ect.) take great offense to hair bands(it's their Kryptonite). (CON'T)

CD: Scott Stapp - Higher Power
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 19, 2024 at 7:11
Strange that band's like Nickelback are on this site along with Stapp's 4 solo releases. But nothing by 'Creed', a band that's sold 53+ million albums worldwide. Actually there is a Creed band from Germany and a U.S. band from the late 70's here by the same name. I remember seeing a lot of backlash towards this band at their peak of popularity. Especially towards Stapp with his hypocritical behavior, drug use, and Eddie Vedder doing dead lifts, knock-off vocal style. I remember seeing a dude wearing a T-shirt that said " Even Jesus hates Creed". I was never a fan but didn't mind some of their early stuff "My own prison". As far as this release it's a standard post grunge/ modern rock affair with over the top Stapp Christian poser lyrics. O BOY, Official band update.. Scott Stapp can't be stopped. Creed and its legendary frontman just announced they're extending their massive 2024 tour — the band's first in 10 years. — with special guests 3 Doors Down, Finger Eleven and Mammoth WVH.

CD: Cutting Crew - All For You - The Virgin Years 1986-1992
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 19, 2024 at 4:59
If you where a dude listening to a steady diet of the Cutting Crew in the 80's chances are those were your "Virgin Years". According to the band's wiki page they fall under the genre of pop rock/new wave. I don't remember any 80's AOR/Rock radio stations touching them with a ten foot pole. Their hit's like"(I Just) Died In Your Arms" were primarily played on Adult Contemporary and Top 40 stations. This is another artist IMO that doesn't belong here.

CD: Triumph - Live At Sweden Rock Festival
From: Doug Date: April 18, 2024 at 17:06
I too saw the documentary and came away with many of the same thoughts.

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 18, 2024 at 11:11
Maybe M3 or the Monsters of Rock cruise is a better venu for this kind of thing. Leave the mud, the lightning and the heatstroke to the millennials.

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 18, 2024 at 11:09
Meant to say "while you wait for the handful of headliners. Many of these bands are part-time side-hustles now. Something else to think about: if the current formula wasn't successful from a business standpoint, the same promoters wouldn't have replicated it at countless locations around the shountry. We still have M3 in the Baltimore-DC area for the hardcore hair-metal crowd.

CD: Krokus - Metal Rendezvous
From: James IV Date: April 18, 2024 at 11:00
An exceptional release. Released in 1980 just eight years after I was born! I did not get to hear it first until 1984. One of my all time favourite records. 95/100.

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 18, 2024 at 10:59
I can't imagine that the promoters would have stuck with the current mix of artists for over a decade if it weren't lucrative, Stallion. You gotta be objective, man. Whether or not you or I like them, all three of the bands you mentioned are bona fide headliners at this point in their careers—which have all spanned at least 20 years by now I might add. The inaugural Rocklahoma was a surprise success because of the novelty of it. I can only guess the law of diminishing returns came into play in successive years—just look at the 2009 lineup you posted. Most of those bands were C-list at best, even in their own day. And now we're all another 15 years older, with the average fan of this music now well into their 50's—the idea of spending a weekend in a field in Possum Dick, Oklahoma, is not as appealing, nor is watching 60-ish never-wuzzes like Hericane Alice sing about being wild, young and cray-zaaaay while you wait. Maybe the Monsters of Rock cruise is a better venue for this kind of th

CD: Icon - Live Bootleg
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 18, 2024 at 9:16
Speaking of Rocklahoma, has anybody seen the 2024 lineup? Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed are to headline. Slipknot? Was GWAR not available? Not exactly enticing enough for me to pack my bags from out west. They sprinkle in a few of the usual suspect hair bands, but still to me it's (yawn). I can't imagine the current genre mix of bands being near as lucrative for concert promoters now, compared to 15+ years ago. There were an estimated 100,000 people (about 30,000 per day) at the first annual Rocklahoma held in(2007). (2009) Lineup: ICON, Hericane Alice, Jackyl, Keel, KIX, Lillian Axe, Lizzy Borden, Silent Rage, Baton Rouge, Bonfire, Great White, L.A. Guns, Nelson, Skid Row, Twisted Sister, Britny Fox, RATT, Helix, Bang Tango, Night Ranger, Warrant, Danger Danger, Lord Tracy, Mass, Stryper, Overkill, Saxon, Metal Church, Anvil, Anthrax, Mad Max, Leather Wolf. (2010) the list of bands go downhill fast for my taste. https://www.setlist.fm/festivals/rocklahoma-7bd6bedc.html

CD: Triumph - Live At Sweden Rock Festival
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 18, 2024 at 8:05
I recently saw the documentary Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine (2021). Great flick as Gil Moore is a smart guy, starting from the early days of the band. Moore and the bass player(Levine) already had a label recording contract in their pocket before they showed it to Rik Emmet and recruited him into the band. Gil guided the trio early on having his own recording studio "Metalworks Studios' as he had some clever promotion/tour ideas early on to think BIG. Funny clip in the doc, the band pulls up in a tractor trailer(with Marshall stacks in tow)for a high school gym gig. Rik in recent interviews looks a little remorseful, as he appears to have some regrets about blowing up and leaving the band at it's 80's peak. Now he says, maybe if I would have had my (experimental) solo career on the side and I could have stayed in the band. I never saw the band live and missed my shot when Triumph was at Rocklahoma in (2008). Rik and Gil are 70 now, so doing a bigger tour is probably not in the cards.

CD: Ezra - The Key
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 18, 2024 at 6:21
I thought the comments section was slowing down on HH, until I clicked on the satellite site HeavensMetal.com and there is 2 year time gap between the last 2 new/old comments (blow off the dust). This band's album rating on 'HM' appears to have been hacked more times than the 2020 U.S. presidential election. As it must be pretty easy to ratings hi-jack on HM.com with no login name/password needed. Ezra in my book would be rated on the south side of heaven. This release is definitely not even in the top 50 Christian HR/Metal releases, let alone #1 with allegedly (159 ratings) on HM.com. The singer is good, sounds a bit like a poor man's David Coverdale, with thin/muddy production. After the first 2 tracks the album takes a major tailspin in quality. Nothing to get too excited about unless your a collector. This UK band indie release CD is semi-rare, going for $40 range on Ebay/Amazon.

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