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CD: Jackyl - Cut the Crap
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 28, 2017 at 21:23
... and MAYBE the title track are the only ones from Cut The Crap to make the cut. The last time I listened to the album in its entirety, I found it a hard slog to get through, which should never be the case with a Jackyl record.

CD: Jackyl - Cut the Crap
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 28, 2017 at 16:49
Something has always just seemed off about this record to me. The production lacks bite, almost like it's coming from inside a box or something, or maybe somebyd draped a towel over the speakers. Jackyl has always represented wild, hell-raising, rednecky fun to me, but a lot of that has been replaced by a bitter, put-upon feel. I understand it: 1997 was a tough year to be Jackyl. Maybe it was the first rumblings of middle-age malaise, as Jesse was well into his 30's when this came out, and maybe looking around at a world he suddenly didn't recognize. He rails against complaint-rock and the bean-counting suits at labels and radio who were pushing it, but he unintentionally becomes what he most detests: a whiner. He's always been at his best when singing about his dick, so a lot of the material on Cut The Crap comes off as oddly downcast. And the lackluster songs that make up almost half the album don't help either. If I were making a Jackyl compilation for someone, "Locked And Loaded" a

CD: Jackyl - Cut the Crap
From: hair metal again Date: May 26, 2017 at 14:02
excellent release once again for JACKYL back in 97 ,a band that from the start did its thing in a unique way combining the AC DC thing ,with country and hair metal approach at the same time!many great songs as always like "push pull",'let s don t go there","dumb ass country boy","twice as ugly"!great band that JACKYL

CD: Tequila Sunrise - Danger Zone
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 25, 2017 at 16:26
Decent album with some decent tracks in the shape of 2,3,5,8(AORish) & 9...This act comes from Madrid(Spain)and it reminds me a bit of bands such as,for example,Trixter.75/100

CD: Gary Moore - Scars
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 25, 2017 at 15:47
A really pleasant edgy Blues Rock album rather than Hard Rock one i may say...great vocals by Gary in here ...tracks 1,2,4,9 & 10(nice)are the ones for me.85/100

CD: Ray Gillen - 5th Anniversary Memorial Tribute
From: hair metal again Date: May 25, 2017 at 10:33
the last recordings before Ray s death and as always his voice shines and gives a certain quality to each song!fans of RAY GILLEN will apreciate this one for its music and cause Ray is not with us anymore

CD: Warrant - Louder Harder Faster
From: Doug Date: May 24, 2017 at 19:21
I have been listening to this CD all day today, and it's a solid release, IMO. I know many scoff at Robert Mason now at the mic, sometimes never allowing the band to move beyond Jani Lane, but I have to say I think "Louder, Harder, Faster" is mighty good. "Rockaholic" was/is fantastic, and while not quite as strong as that one, this new release rocks. Worth a spin.

CD: Falcon Scream - Falcon Scream
From: hair metal again Date: May 24, 2017 at 8:43
sensational debut for FALCON SCREAM one of the best releases ever from Canada!ercial hard rock music with great skills in terms of musicianship & songwriting and a result that will satisfy all die hard fans of the genre!"shadow in the night","locked up","damn well " are the highlights of an essential indie

CD: Fat Nancy - Pure American Muscle Baby
From: hair metal again Date: May 23, 2017 at 8:23
pretty good release for FAT NANCY with their sound being somewhere between CIRCUS OF POWER and MASTERS OF REALITY!the songs sound ok and the band seems to enjoy ...nothing blowminding ,but a nice one if you like plain rock n roll

CD: Inglorious - II
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 22, 2017 at 18:20
If you are into the likes of Whitesnake then this act is ready for you to kick your ears off ...tracks 1,2,7,8,9 & 12 are my faves.83/100

CD: X-Sinner - World Covered In Blood
From: hair metal again Date: May 22, 2017 at 4:09
very very good release for X SINNER once again in their ususal style and def in the ACDC territory!the perforvance is convincing ,the songwriting is pretty good and the whole result is satisfying!"ready to go",'forgive them","what rock is for" are the highlights!

CD: Hericane Alice - Tear the House Down
From: Palash Date: May 13, 2017 at 14:11
The songs of this album are not so good except the ballad Dream Girl.

CD: Warrant - Louder Harder Faster
From: 123charpenay Date: May 12, 2017 at 17:53
honestly i ve never understand the great reputation of this band.all their cd s was decent but not more.never extraordinary ,never a spark of class.not bad but only decent no more.i m fan of robert mason ,he is an excellent singer with silent witness he have made a super job.ok with him warrant is better but they stay a second zone hard rock band.they don t plays in champion s league.

CD: Art Nation - Liberation
From: 123charpenay Date: May 12, 2017 at 17:39
After gotthard and house of lords this is the third big deception of 2017.their first album was really excellent ,you can read my comment about revolution on h h.i was really exciting about this record but it s a deception.it s a very average and sometimes a strange realise.not really a bad album but absoluty not at the same level than their debut album.the best track (a killer song) is track 12 ,the japan bonus track "walk my own way".it s a shame and totally incomprehensible!!!!!!!!!

CD: Saddletramp - Get Me Off Or Get Off Me
From: hair metal again Date: May 11, 2017 at 2:48
indie hard rock release that i bought back in 92 or 93 and now it s become a rarity!rough,sleazy hard rock music with some potential ,but not as solid and not as pro to go to the next level and stand near the many excellent ones that were on at the moment!"psychic reaction " and " come tramp with me" are the highlights!

CD: Cinderella - Heartbreak Station
From: Palash Date: May 9, 2017 at 13:10
All time great album. Excellent spirit voice from Tom Keifer. The great songs are dead man's road, electric love, winds of change etc. The album cover is also very good.

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

CD: Eclipse - Monumentum
From: Doug Date: May 8, 2017 at 13:53
Not quite as heavy as I would have liked, but still a strong release. Erik Martensson is so underrated, the guy is really talented.

CD: Robby Valentine - Valentine I
From: Ydol eM Date: May 8, 2017 at 12:17
Yeah, it seems like European compilation of the first three albums but the imbalance between these albums (2-3-9) and the same artwork as preceeding "Valentine" album rather refers to European version of the 95's work without Japanese exclusivity. If you are not heavily into RV music and you own this disc, getting the previous album might be considered.

CD: Aces High - Aces High
From: hair metal again Date: May 8, 2017 at 3:49
excellent hard rock debut for ACES HIGH and by far their best!feelgood guitar driven commercial hard rockin tunes,with great musicianship,songwriting ,hooks & looks!this one will satisfy all hard rockers with songs like "jungle of love',"nobody s fool",'remember' and "heartbreak breakdown"!highly recommended

CD: Heavy Pettin - Heavy Pettin
From: underworld king Date: May 8, 2017 at 0:01
A friend of mine picked this up on cassette back in 84 and we really enjoyed it back then along with Great Whites self titled debut and Pantera's Projects in the Jungle. All three were great releases and made that summer memorable along with the other great releases that year.

CD: Jake Thomas - Rebel With A Cause
From: Swazi Date: May 7, 2017 at 13:39
Best song by far is "Burning Heart".

CD: Vanilla Ninja - Single Collection
From: CC Date: May 7, 2017 at 9:09
While there is nothing really new on these discs, its worth picking this box set up as some of these singles sell for higher costs on their own (they are actually fully packaged jewel case singles in a slip case), plus the slip cases are all hand signed by the band. Prices are relatively low if you buy direct from Estonian sellers or other countries close by.

CD: Joey C Jones - Best Of Volume One
From: CC Date: May 7, 2017 at 9:05
Bit of a strange release. Looking at the track list, there are a few different songs on it, but overall its pretty much the same as the previous "best of" album released 11 years ago. Not quite sure the point of this one as it really adds nothing to the previous release. Surely better to reissue full releases rather than another compilation, or a compilation of songs NOT on the previous one.

CD: Playground Fatalities - Playground Fatalities
From: Nelson Date: May 6, 2017 at 21:28
Well, I had this submitted here through a friend then I guess I have to comment on this. A definite hair band by their looks. They're from Winterburn, Alberta, Canada. Not really the greatest, especially the vocals. In fact, there was a "Forward March!" intro on Death March and the sound of the vocals was pathetic. Or at least vocalist sounded like a teenager. It also has this guitar solo that will make you say "hey, where did I hear that fast lick before?" From Judas Priest? Ratt? But the guitars are crunchy so if you're into that.... I don't know how much of this was distributed? Probably only during their shows. If you want rare, then this is it. Try finding it. Like what I wrote, not the greatest but I've heard worst like Norway's Sunset Strip (the band). If you want great, then look somewhere else.

CD: Roxus - Live
From: 123charpenay Date: May 6, 2017 at 16:18
i m not fan of e p generally but here.....wow the sound of this very (too) short live is exceptional.the songs are fantastic ,track 2 is is a real excellent clone of bon jovi the three others songs are fabulous.only track 4 stand back is present on nightstreet.

CD: Evil Cinderella - Dangerous Inside
From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 6, 2017 at 11:05
Very Pleasant modern Melodic Hard Rock/AOR Ep...nice vocals and catchy songs indeed ...."Dangerous Inside" & "Pretend You Died" are the ones for me.85/100

CD: Art Nation - Liberation
From: Crazysam Date: May 6, 2017 at 9:58
I was looking forward to this release as I thought their debut was really good. The opening track kicks things off nicely, reminding me a bit of Eclipse. But then things seem to vary in style and quality for the next several songs. I didn't like the mix on a lot of the tracks. Sometimes the keyboards overwhelm the song. After a few songs in a row that fell flat for me, When Stars Align, picks things back and is a solid ballad. Then we get the song that in my opinion should have been the lead single, A Thousand Charades, saves the record from being a complete disappointment. The last three tracks keep some of that momentum and finish things up nicely. It isn't a bad album when taken as a whole, but if I'm being honest I only liked about half the songs. My score is 66/100.

CD: Misslead - Gentle Persuasion
From: angel50 Date: May 6, 2017 at 3:01
another great cd i had to dig deep in my boxes to find this one i really dont like female singers but she fits the band perfect but not worth 400.00 i guess thats what happens when you keep a lot of cds in boxes because of space

CD: The Catz Ass - Ride This!
From: angel50 Date: May 6, 2017 at 2:53
this is not bad i bought this one years ago at a used cd store for 2.99 its amazing on these old releases how how they go for years later its crazy

CD: Flash - Hot 'N' Wet
From: angel50 Date: May 6, 2017 at 2:30
this is ok the singer reminds me of britny foxes singer

CD: Purple Raven - Crazy Train
From: angel50 Date: May 6, 2017 at 2:11
boy i ave been looking for this for almost 10 years no wounder i am getting old i would even be happy with a copy of it

CD: H.E.A.T. - H.E.A.T.
From: titothetitan Date: May 5, 2017 at 12:53
Hi Zoner, do you refer to the 3.29 min long version of the song? It's diferent indeed, there are more keyboards.

CD: H.E.A.T. - H.E.A.T.
From: titothetitan Date: May 5, 2017 at 12:50
There's only 1 song I like: Keep On Dreaming

CD: Eclipse - Armageddonize (Deluxe Edition)
From: Eric3 Date: May 4, 2017 at 21:50
I'm not usually one for reissues but this one is definitely worth it. A whole set full of live material (which has some value since there is no de facto Eclipse live album), two bonus tracks that could easily have made the cut on the original version, and three imaginative acoustic takes. If you don't have Armageddonize already, I would highly recommend spending the extra few dollars and getting this deluxe edition for the added content.

CD: Treat - The Road More Or Less Traveled
From: titothetitan Date: May 3, 2017 at 16:10
Hi Eric, and there's also a Dvd!

CD: 220 Volt - Mind Over Muscle
From: hair metal again Date: May 2, 2017 at 4:41
ok release for 220 VOLT back in 85 full of great riffs and howling vocals and some good songs!European heavy metal with big guitars everywhere and some interesting lines ,but nothing to die for!no standout track ,but solid as a whole!

CD: Art Nation - Revolution
From: papalou1970 Date: May 1, 2017 at 5:36
'Start a fire' is a monster. best song of 2015 in my book...

CD: Rush - Power Windows
From: Eric3 Date: April 30, 2017 at 20:20
Absolutely perfect. Perfect musicianship (of course), perfect songwriting, and the best production Rush has ever had. What makes this band great is the longevity of their career and the diversity of their recordings...what makes them timeless is how the neverending discussion of their discography keeps pulling in new fans to this day. Call me a fanboy, but to me there's Rush, and then there's everyone else. Transcendent band and album.

CD: Survivor - Vital Signs
From: Eric3 Date: April 30, 2017 at 20:17
To my ears, the best AOR album ever recorded. I'm obviously way late to the party here so there's not much I can say that hasn't already been said, other than Vital Signs makes me miss the '80s-a decade I wasn't even alive for. That's the power of great music.

CD: Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice
From: 123charpenay Date: April 29, 2017 at 18:30
yes rick my friend track 7 " snakes in paradise" looks like when reckless love plays a o r.beautiful, yes top class a o r.

CD: Doc Holliday - A Better Road
From: 123charpenay Date: April 29, 2017 at 18:27
track 7 "dead s man road" is the more beautiful song of the history of the rock music.in france we says "c est ŗ pleurer tellement c est beau".i can try the traduction "it s so beautiful we will cry".it s a shame, i m the first ,the lone (a poor french die hard fan of the doc)to comment this jewel.what s are doing american fan s of rock music?stop sleeping friends wake up for the doc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Cyanide 4 - Nekyia
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 29, 2017 at 15:24
Quite a lovely modern Sleaze Glam release!!!...my face tracks are 4,5,9 & 10 but the whole album is pretty enjoyable to be honest.85/100

CD: Viana - Viana
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 29, 2017 at 15:07
Sounds like what Bon Jovi is doing right now in terms of music,vocally alike as well...tracks 1,2,3(nice cut),8 & 9(nice cut)are the ones for me...80/100.

CD: Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 29, 2017 at 14:51
A new cool album by this very enthusiastic act!!!...my fave tracks are 1,2,5,6,7(nice AOR cut) & 9...enjoyable stuff .85/100

CD: Adam Bomb - Grave New World
From: hair metal again Date: April 29, 2017 at 0:54
excellent release by ADAM BOMB ,a great hard rocker and a very under rated one!great hard rock songs with a 70 s glam feel ,very well performed and delivered !i d say that this is a def grower and when you get into the songs you ll understand the quality!all the songs are remarkable and overall a highly recommended release

CD: Treat - The Road More Or Less Traveled
From: Eric3 Date: April 28, 2017 at 18:29
DO NOT BUY THIS. This is not a live album. The vocals are overdubbed to the point where they sound EXACTLY like they are in the studio. Everything is polished to high heaven. If I didn't know any better I'd say the crowd noise is probably fake too. There is no point of this album's existence other than it being a greedy, dishonest money grab by Frontiers. Infuriating.

CD: D.A.D. - Draws A Circle
From: dany69 Date: April 28, 2017 at 18:18
nonesense and crap ????? Damn this album is great,,,,this is just that some peoples can't understand this band for me,,,this guys can play,,,Country,,!!! Punk,!!!! Hard Rock,!!! Metal,!!!! Blues,!!!! Jazz ,!!!! with some Flamingo in Simpatico albums,!!!! i think this guys can play,, Not,,,, Anyway,,go listin Some ACDC or MAIDEN who made the same damn things since 40 years,,,Thanks

CD: Circus of Power - Still Alive...
From: hair metal again Date: April 28, 2017 at 3:41
live ep for CIRCUS OF POWER ,surely a release that had no meaning of existence ,but we fans appreciated by buying it!6 songs ,1 cover ,some good vibe but no more!only for collectors

CD: Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice
From: 123charpenay Date: April 27, 2017 at 11:59
i was not a big fan of this band.their others albums are some decent hard rock records in the vein of wig wam,motley crue or ratt.not more.so when i see a new crazy lixx s realise i was not very excited.but when i listen the samples ,i think wow they have made lot of progress.receive today this jewel from cd japan.i m absoluty not disapointed.they plays a top class melodic hard rock.the production is perfect,the singer is excellent and the songs very catchy and varied.tracks 5 and 8 are two superb hard rock ballads.tracks 9 are pure melodic irresistible hard rock songs.tracks 3.7 and 10 are top class a o r songs.track 11 ,the japan bonus track is the remix 1987 version of the super song 'walk the wire'.first part of 2017 is very poor in excellent new records (except white widdow)so this masterpiece is a light in the night.for sure in the top ten or the top five of 2017.

CD: Far Cry - Far Cry
From: hair metal again Date: April 27, 2017 at 4:05
very good debut for FAR CRY and i agree on most of the above comments!'kari -ann' & 'lost without your love' the best songs!totally agree with the 1 st commnt too that they dont need to yell that their singer got to another band later on cause they have good stuff

CD: Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice
From: the rocker Date: April 26, 2017 at 16:03
SOoo Good! I love all of their albums,(of course some more than others). As mentioned aove 3 come from a video game(all 3 are awesome) and a cover song(Shot With A Needle) also very good. There is not one skipable song on here. This is a must have album!

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 26, 2017 at 14:55
It would be like adding Tori Amos based on her having been a touring keyboardist for Billy Idol, and fronting a glam band called Y Kant Tori Read? Or Weezer, because of Rivers Cuomo's youthful hair-metal aspirations and because 'Hash Pipe' sounds a little like '80's metal. It's a bridge too far, man. Or, to quote another soft-rock act who enjoyed moderate success on AOR radio in the early- to mid-'80's (consult your Billboard chart archives ...) 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do).'

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 26, 2017 at 14:50
See, this is a prime example of where the Cher Doctrine fails. If I recall, someone made the point on Bolton's '87 album, 'This was his last AOR album.' And then Soul Provider got added, and someone else said, 'I can see the AOR-ness of this, but not the next one.' And now here that next one is. So why not add the one after that? It probably features the same stable of AOR session players and 'song doctors.' Because he's already in, after all--despite being widely regarded by rockers as the polar opposite of anything rock at the time and ever after. Does Garth Brooks get on here with his Chris Gaines alter-ego, just because it was a stated attempt at a 'rock' album? I know Dan and Co. hate this argument, but to be honest, they built this monster, and they built it with Bolton, Cher, and yes, Shania Twain too--artists who are overwhelmingly known for styles outside of the sphere of this site, but who maybe had one or two albums that qualify, often under the loosest of parameters.

CD: Best of 2016 - Best of 2016
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 26, 2017 at 14:22
We're getting a bit far afield here, but regarding Risk, I'm not into splitting up a band's discography between two sites. It just doesn't make good sense to me to take a band like Megadeth, whom everyone recognizes as predominantly a BrutalMetal band, and shift a couple more hard-rock albums over to HH. I would even argue fo rkeeping Pantera's albums together, just because their early glam releases are mostly just a curiosity, and only a minority of fans would even know they exist were it not for the band's later success as a completely different animal. Now extend it to Priest: you really think British Steel and Point of Entry should be on one site, and Painkiller and Defenders of the Faith on another? The line between 'hard rock' and 'heavy metal' is just too blurry (and even depends on the context of the time when a record came out), and too many bands have straddled it at various points in their careers. If you'll pardon the phrase 'straddled it' ...

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: edwithmj Date: April 26, 2017 at 12:48
MetalllianStallion, the fact that you take all this far too seriously beautifully explains why you didn't notice the obvious sarcasm/irony in MysticHealer's post (check the ratings).

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: edwithmj Date: April 26, 2017 at 12:44
Having listened to this album, the only song that does anything for me is New Love as it seems to be the most AORish song on here and the vocals shine. The rest is a bit too soft even for me. I also dislike the backing vocals on a lot of the songs which sound a bit poppy. Definitely not my cup of tea but I'm not bothered by its being here.

CD: Q5 - New World Order
From: hair metal again Date: April 26, 2017 at 2:50
very good comeback for Q5 ,a band that had a certain potential but didnt hit the spot!their sound is between hard rock &oldschool heavy and tgheir latest has many great riffs and some anthemic songs like 'we came to rock','the right way'!i had the pleasure of catching them live twice the recent years and i m tellin ya they really deliver!

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 26, 2017 at 1:24
Mystic Squealer - is this a death bed confession that you submitted this elevator music? What about the Mr. Mister submissions, which album rocks the most? Doghouse is spot-on as I will destroy Dan-O's wiggle room on my next post.

CD: Bryan Cole - Sands of Time
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 25, 2017 at 23:30
Bryan Cole is another Aldo Nova as he sings and plays all the instruments on this release. I'm not big on the Pride of Lions covers, but overall this is a catchy release drifting from edgy AOR to a few HR tracks. He reminds me a bit vocally of Richard Marx (with balls comparably). Cole never got a big label deal back in the day as here is some 80's trivia. Cole is from the same stomping grounds (Pittsburgh, PA) as the Winger axe man, and was a singer for 15 minutes in Reb Beachís solo band.

CD: Steel Panther - Lower the Bar
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 25, 2017 at 22:56
The album title is an appropriate 3 word review. The problem with S.P. is where do they go from here to push the envelope? Snuff film, bestiality, and pedophile lyrics? I remember as a young kid listening to the the cover track by Cheap Trick thinking I was dancing with danger. Around the same time I sneeked into the movies to see the R rated Revenge of the Nerds. Now I we here about 11 year porn addicts addicted to TRANNY'S GONE WILD. Our 'Kardashian' culture is degrading/ dumbing-down at warp speed.

CD: Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice
From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 25, 2017 at 22:41
This band has been banging around now for a decade with only the singer and drummer left of the original lineup. This album IMO is the band's most melodic and polished (non-Ruff) release to date. The opening track sounds like a poor man's 'Dream Warriors' (Dokken-esque). Maybe a touch of a concept album for a paycheck as 3 songs appear on the ďFriday The 13thĒ video game soundtrack. The band even dives into keyboard driven AOR territory on a few tracks 'Walk the Wire' (japan bonus remix track). but C.L. glam/sleaze roots remain intact on this consistent release.

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: MysticHealer Date: April 25, 2017 at 16:40
But its got Mike Landau and Michael Thompson on guitars, Randy Jackson on Bass, Jeff Porcaro on drums and Terry Brock And Joe Lynn Turner doing the harmonies, what else do you want? And i didn't even mention that other guy. Howz that?

CD: Treat - The Road More Or Less Traveled
From: titothetitan Date: April 25, 2017 at 9:20
They used lip sync in most of it. Letdown.

CD: Newman - One Step Closer
From: edwithmj Date: April 24, 2017 at 18:44
Where hs this been hiding? I got the first three Newman albums at the same time recently and this is easily the best of them. This one seems to have that certain something that the others lack. My picks are One Step Closer: great melody, rhythm and solo; Newman's vocals sound slightly strained on Don't Walk Away but I still really like this; Judgement Day: great atmosphere and bass; SHould've Been Me: easily my favourite, a super ballad with brilliant guitars and emotion; Fire of Love: a very decent rocker; and finally The Call with its heavy riff. The vocals are a little strained at times but the songwriting and musicianship more than makes up for it.

CD: Harem Scarem - Mood Swings
From: edwithmj Date: April 24, 2017 at 18:34
Timw to expand: The album is definitely a lot heavier and less easy to get into than the first but once gotten into, it's easy to see why this is arguably their best and one of the best album's of the genre. My picks from this one are Stranger Than Love: very melodic; the wonderful Jealousy: Hess's vocals exude passion on this; Sentimental BLVD: for some reason Darren Smith decided to sing on this one and it's really, really good, the vocals are catchy as hell; Mandy: one of the most emotional instrumentals I've ever heard, it has to be heard to be believed; If There Was A Time: probably my favourite, it has one of those solos in the middle that keeps going and surprises you th its direction, one of my all time favourite songs. The quality from the first album is here coupled with some maturity and unique songwriting.

CD: Tyketto - Reach
From: Wardy Date: April 24, 2017 at 4:45
While REACH offers some of the best Tyketto since the debut & sophomores, where it falls short of those is its inconsistency in staying on track with too many departures into territory that falls well short of the Tyketto fabric. Sure all bands must move on particularly given the years between but the first Vaughn records maintained a more consistent Tyketto style than the actual band have on these last 2 records. That said when they get it right as they do often here, Tyketto nail it! Reach and Tearing Down The Sky noteworthy for being later-day Tyketto classics, the beautiful Letting Go rules Circle The Wagons a nice touch and The Run finishes the album on another number that could have, had it not been heavily borrowed from themselves another classic Tyketto number. Huge props for Danny's never declining vocals and new six stringer actually more than ably fills the required shoes left behind, the band sounding refreshed and on point! A 70 but the more Tyketto songs all 90 quality!

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2017 at 23:14
Now we all know what's coming. Dan or one of the other inner-circle cats will come on and be all super-defensive and ham-fisted, and tell me to get fucked if I don't dig it. Maybe some of the AOR wimps will try to school me in what a masterpiece TL&T truly is. So I'll just head that off with this: the justification for Soul Provider was already paper-thin; it's virtually nonexistent here. I challenge you to justify its addition without referring to Blackjack, Desmond Child, co-writing songs for Kiss, or past solo albums, or any of the other flimsy bullshit that typically props this guy up.

CD: Michael Bolton - Time Love And Tenderness
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2017 at 23:03
Okay ... the case, however tenuous (and it is indeed VERY tenuous) has been made for why Bolton's previous soft-rock soporific, Soul Provider 'deserved' to be on this site. The argument was based largely on Bolton's hard-rock pedigree and a smalll handful of more AOR-ish album cuts. With Time, Love And Tenderness, the argument doesn't wash. This is pure adult-contemporary, dentist-office/elevator music, through and through. How do I know? Shit, I had to listen to the damn thing in the car on the way to school for about a year, alternated with Rod Stewart's album that had 'The Motown Song' on it. That's right: even at the time of its release, this was music middle-aged women liked. In other words: an extremely questionable inclusion on HH, flying in the face of the Cher doctrine, cherry-picking a mom-rock artist's more AOR-related works.

CD: Junkyard - High Water
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2017 at 22:49
... Stonesy rockers like 'Cut From The Same Cloth' and 'Styrofoam Cup,' to a couple more AC/DC-ish songs like 'Faded' and 'Kindness To The Dead,', to the aforementioned punked-up tracks, and a few southern-fried touches here and there (most notably 'Don't Give A Damn,' which hardcore fans will remember in a different form from the XXX demo compilation). 'We Fuck Like We Fight' is a classic, snide Junkyard relationship song, David bitching about his girl being glued to her iPhone--and somehow not coming off like a desperate plea for relevance like some oldeer artists who throw around the latest tech terminology to try and seem hip. So--after listening all weekend to not only this, but also the new Rhino Bucket and Broken Teeth releases (all released Friday), High Water is a good, satisfying, but not quite great album.

CD: Junkyard - High Water
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 23, 2017 at 22:44
Junkyard's debut is on my short list of late-'80's hair-era overlooked classics. Just love that disc. Everything else they've done has been at least enjoyable. So here, a quarter century after their last proper full-length studio album, we have eleven new Junkyard songs (due to a screwup with the printing of the limited edition, I don't have the bonus tracks yet). Honestly, High Water sounds about like I expected it would. Songs like 'Walk Away' and 'Wallet' try for that punky, uptempo 'Life Sentence' feel, while most other songs remind more of the more laid-back feel of Sixes, Sevens and Nines, ratheer than the nitro-fueled debut. All the songs are good, but nothing is as indelible as 'Blooze,' 'Hot Rod,' 'Hollywood,' etc. And that's all right--the band never promised us a carbon copy of the first album. Instead, it sounds like what you would expect Junkyard to sound like at age 50. For a style as seemingly limited as theirs, there is surprising diversity among the songs, from almost

CD: Rozy Coyote - Sharp-Edged and Sweaty
From: hairmetalhaven Date: April 23, 2017 at 17:33
Just so there is no confusion, Rozy Coyote's singer is Tim DAVID Kelly and NOT the same Tim Kelly that was in Slaughter. Tim David Kelly is very much alive and still plays music. He currently sings for the band Kicking Harold.

CD: Harem Scarem - Mood Swings
From: playhogan Date: April 23, 2017 at 17:09
So from what I read in the previous comments I decided to take a chance and purchase this release. I must say I am a big fan of Pete Lesperance guitar playing from the first album. With this release some of his playing is once again killer stuff. Then Hess starts to sing and it is like WTF happened? Way to alternative sounding and that modern rock sound which I despise. Too bad, their 1st release is amazing.

CD: Junkyard - High Water
From: i****i Date: April 23, 2017 at 15:17
This CD isn't the old Junkyard we knew. I say avoid. IMHO..

CD: Michael Bolton - The Hunger
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 23, 2017 at 12:49
Lovely album with splendid songs in the shape of 'Hot Love','Wait On Love' & 'Gina'(these are my fave ones)...'That's What Love Is All About' & 'Walk Away' are beautiful by all means...enjoyable stuff by one of the greatest singer in the history of contemporary music.88/100

CD: Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 23, 2017 at 12:44
Good follow up to its debut ...tracks 2,3,5,6 & 10 are pleasant ones with that particular sound of the band...LOVE IT!!!...80/100

CD: Vanilla Ninja - Vanilla Ninja
From: CC Date: April 22, 2017 at 11:58
Only worth having if you are a completionist as it is nothing like the rest if their catalogue. This one is pure dance pop, with no real hint of rock.

CD: Sebastian Bach - ABachalypse Now
From: nobycane74 Date: April 22, 2017 at 8:24
So Baz released a double live album with an accompanying DVD. Awesome. The DVD live show is basically the same as the double cds, which from a packaging standpoint - good move. However, what bothers me here is it contains really the same set list on both cds/shows, just different commentary to the crowd. Its hard to listen to 'Big Guns' on a shuffle because you don't know which show set its from - plus they sound exactly the same. For collectors and avid fans this is a must...otherwise its a mediocre live release that offers nothing too special between the two shows (cds). MY RATING: 70/100

CD: Stephen Pearcy - Smash
From: nobycane74 Date: April 21, 2017 at 18:51
I have been sitting on this album for awhile now, trying to let it absorb in many different ways. Really never been a fan of SP solo stuff, but a huge RATT fan. With being signed to Frontiers' I had hoped for bit more from this release - I was ultimately disappointed. This is a very sonically confusing album...not hearing too much flow of consistency here. Many tracks have that element of RATT (which could easily be RATT tracks), some are more modern type like the 90's version of SP solo stuff. The album appears to be more unfinished than anything and almost rushed in collection of songs - no consistency in sound. An easily forgotten album in 2017, a few listens and shelved IMO.Unfortunately, this album did not do much to impress me for constant return listening. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #2,4,5,6,8,11. MY RATINGS: 60/100.

CD: Night Ranger - Don't Let Up
From: nobycane74 Date: April 21, 2017 at 18:39
Well, this is the first NR album that might actually fall into the 'easily forgotten' category. Relatively disappointing as it falls short in so many ways. There are some real good tracks on here (as noted below) that offer that classic NR vibe and sound, but the rest just appears to be fillers. This is their first album with a recent guitar lineup change too...here is missing Joel Hoekstra's influence and instead is replaced by Keri Kelli (Shameless, Pretty Boy Floyd, Etc.). Which changes the dynamics of the band's sound in some cases. Really only impressed with about 500f the album, and the rest is uninteresting IMO. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,2,4,6,8,10. MY RATING: 65/100.

CD: House of Lords - Saint of the Lost Souls
From: nobycane74 Date: April 21, 2017 at 18:25
Being a huge HOL fan, I tend to be a little bias with my excitement regarding their albums. Now comes 'Saint of the Lost Souls'...it is a real solid enjoyable album. Not perfect, as many elements of the album seem too familiar and rehashed in come fashion or another from previous releases. Nothing to ground breaking here, as it is appears to be another album that falls right in line with previous efforts. I enjoyed this album a little more than the previous one 'Indestructible', as this release seems to have a little more light-hearted energy and steps away from the more heavy and aggressive sounding HOL. This album seems to hark back to the early days (1988-1992)more so than the last few albums. The only negative is the unnecessary instrumental (and quiet boring) to the beginning of Harlequin...which should be a separate track in itself, especially clocking in at 1:30 +/-. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,2,4,5,6,10,11. MY RATING: 89/100

CD: Gotthard - Silver
From: george_the_jack Date: April 21, 2017 at 18:15
Gotthard? There's no such thing anymore. If ''bang!'' and ''Firebirth'' had their few good moments, this is by all means totally unbearable modern crap! Time proved clearly the continuation of the band after Steve's tragic loss was not the wisest thing on their part. Not only Lee was a one-of-a-kind singer but his songwriting is also irreplaceable and missed from the band's recent works. If only they had chosen another singer (Tommy Heart maybe?) or at least had continued under a different name/ moniker...However, history does not form on an ''if'' basis and facts are those that matter. Again, this is not Gotthard. This is just SAD. A band who abase Gotthard heritage, that is.

CD: Gotthard - Silver
From: 123charpenay Date: April 21, 2017 at 17:49
the problem is not the changing of vocalist ,the problem is when you loose your inspiration and when you re not able in 2017 to make a better production than in your debut album in 1992.........................................

CD: Brighton Rock - Love Machine
From: 123charpenay Date: April 21, 2017 at 17:45
i admit honestly that i m not fan of this canadian band.i ve nothing against brighton rock but this band is a second zone hard rock band.i know one thousand band on this planet wich plays the same very common melodic hard rock.this record is their weakest effort.love machine is only reserve for die hard fan of this combo.

CD: Gotthard - Silver
From: nobycane74 Date: April 21, 2017 at 12:35
Gotthard has IMO, struggled to stay musically relevant since the passing of Steve Lee. With that said, their 3rd release with new vocalist Nic Maeder, offers us the same 'ol same old style of mediocre music. Every now and then there is a track or two on these last three releases that stand out - whether it is a ballad or hard hitting rocker (e.g. Tequila Symphony No. 5) - but they are just not enough to save the entire album from a boring and dry listen. I have struggled with Goatherds last three releases with Nic Maeder, and have given it a fair and honest chance. But these album, while providing a couple of standout tracks, are swallowed up underneath the dismal lackluster tracks on the remaining of the albums. I am really not sure if Gotthard will survive much longer before either changing vocalists, or calling it a day. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #3,6,9,14. MY RATING: 65/100

CD: Eclipse - Monumentum
From: nobycane74 Date: April 21, 2017 at 12:18
Eclipse returns for another near-perfect stellar album. Keeping with the same formula in their previous releases yet expanding their musical en-devours ever so slightly without alienating their fan base and listening audience. It must be a struggle to top their perfect album, (2012 Bleed & Scream). This album falls in-between 'Bleed & Scream' and 'Armageddonize'. This album has it moments that shine above all, and some other minor moments that fall short from my perspective. This is an album that definitely is something that should not be ignored by anyone...it is that good.I just hope that the band can continue to produce quality and top notch releases. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,2,4,6,7,9,11. MY RATING: 90/100

CD: Def Leppard - And There Will Be A Next Time... Live From Detroit
From: nobycane74 Date: April 21, 2017 at 11:19
Another live album??? Is Leppard taking notes from KISS? Not sure why there is a need to release another live album so close to their other live releases. DL was criticized along time ago about not having live releases and now it seems they are flooding their catalog with them so close together. The purpose of a live release is showcase their talents in a live format, a unique listening experience and the release should be something special to the purchaser. We had 'Mirror Ball' in 2011, 'Viva! Hysteria' in 2013 and even two live additions on the Hysteria and Pyromania remasters a few years back. Now comes another one. It is good live release for what it is...again not sure what the point is though. So we have some live cuts from their ST release - ok, great to hear those live - not warranting a whole release again. IF and When 'Viva! Pyromania' comes our way it might not be so welcoming as DL releases more and more live albums back-to-back over time. MY RATING: 70/100.

CD: Chickenfoot - Best Plus Live
From: nobycane74 Date: April 21, 2017 at 10:15
Yea, I am really not sure the whole purpose of this compilation, there is nothing here that is new or warrants a 'Best of & Live' album release, especially considering there is only 2 albums under their belts...with the exception of the new track 'Divine Termination'...which isn't that spectacular in the first place. In addition to the 'new track' there is the two cover tunes, which is not bad considering they are covers, then there is the live portion of this compilation... which technically is their third offering of live material being released. What is missing here is the two bonus studio tracks 'Bitten by the Wolf' and 'No Change', even though Wolf is represented here in a live format, it would have made more sense to add them in the track-listing. This is really only meant for extreme die-hard fans who want to collect anything & everything Chickenfoot. IMO, its just a cash grab. MY RATING: 60/100.

CD: New England - 1978
From: hair metal again Date: April 21, 2017 at 9:17
great collection of demos mostly of their debut and a great way to come back from a long period!NEW ENGLAND prove that they were a fine hard rock act with excellent musicianship and vocals that remind me strongly of ANGEL!'candy','dnt ever wanna lose ya','alone tonight' and 'turn out the light ' are the best moments of this interesting cd!

CD: Eclipse - Monumentum
From: Crazysam Date: April 20, 2017 at 22:49
These guys have established themselves as one of the best and most consistent melodic hard rock bands over the last 10 years. I'll agree with a few of the recent comments that mentioned this one isn't quite as strong as the last two albums. But if you liked Bleed and Scream and Armageddonize you can buy this without hesitation. It is more of the same. Great production, quality song writing and musicianship with upbeat, guitar driven hard rock anthems. Monumentum will almost certainly end up in my top ten list for 2017. My score is 87/100

CD: Black Star Riders - Heavy Fire
From: nobycane74 Date: April 20, 2017 at 18:47
Another Thin Lizzy, er I mean Black Star Riders album has fallen upon us. Really nothing too earth shattering here, an enjoyable album to listen too, as it is pretty much the same elements and formula as the previous two albums. However, I was more impressed with track #11 (the bonus track) as it really offers an alternate element to the bands writing style as it meanders off the beaten path of the more recognizable sounding tracks on the album itself. Its a little more maturer album than the previous two (not too much), but there is a learning curve I can tell they are trying to establish without repeating themselves too much. HIGHLIGHT TRACKS: #1,2,4,6,8,10 (11,bonus track) MY RATING: 75/100

CD: House of Lords - Saint of the Lost Souls
From: Eric3 Date: April 20, 2017 at 14:51
House of Lords returns to show us what a good ballad sounds like. This album is more in the vein of 2006-2011 HoL, and it's just as good as any of those releases, why? Because James Christian writes and sings with SOUL. Tracks like 'Hit the Wall' and 'The Sun Will Never Set Again' are incredibly moving and classic Christian, and right away you can tell they were used for far more than just the sake of being ballads. Jimi Bell absolutely rips on this one, fantastic guitar work. My favorite track is probably Reign of Fire. Love seeing these guys still going strong.

CD: Eclipse - Monumentum
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 20, 2017 at 11:23
Iīm quite in agreement with Eric3's comment...this album is not as solid as previous ones but still manages to be pleasant and overall catchy ...tracks 1,4,6,7,8 & 9(rocks good!)are the ones for me...85/100

CD: One Desire - One Desire
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 20, 2017 at 10:54
I feel more of a Work Of Art or Lionville direction in here ...modern AOR with some Pop inches in it...my fave tracks are the 'rocking one' named 'Buried Alive' and the nicest 'This Is Where The Heartbreak Begins'...some other fine moments are cuts 1,2,3,4 & 7...enjoyable stuff...85/100

CD: Treat - Coup de Grace
From: titothetitan Date: April 20, 2017 at 9:44
This is their best album and one of my favourites of all-time!

CD: Treat - Ghost Of Graceland
From: titothetitan Date: April 20, 2017 at 8:58
Not as good as Coup de Grace but it's a nice follow-up. There were no up-tempo songs here and I was a bit disappointed. 'Do Your Own Stunts' is my favourite song. 85/100

CD: Treat - Ghost Of Graceland
From: titothetitan Date: April 20, 2017 at 8:54
Forget what I said, I'm was in the wrong page.

CD: Treat - Ghost Of Graceland
From: titothetitan Date: April 20, 2017 at 8:54
This is the only album I liked by them.

CD: Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2017 at 20:45
The album with the song that put the band at the top (u know the one i'm talking 'bout) ...'Feels Like Love' & 'The One That Really Matters' are my faves...tracks 1(classic!),7(beautiful)& 8 are also on my list.85/100

CD: The Outfield - Voices of Babylon
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 19, 2017 at 20:40
Fantastic album by The Outfield!!!...'My Paradise' & 'Part Of Your Life' are my fave cuts ...tracks 1,5 & 7 are also good ones.87/100

CD: King Kobra - Hollywood Trash
From: titothetitan Date: April 19, 2017 at 15:30
God, how could they call this garbage King Kobra? Only tracks 5 and 8 - two nice melodic rock songs - and the two demos - sang by Mark Free and recorded with the original line-up in the 80's - are worth listening. The rest is pure garbage. Damn, even Kelly Kelling is completey lost here. Why won't they release an album with the qualities of the first two instead of releasing a sh*tty one that nobody will like?

CD: Guns N' Roses - GN'R Lies
From: titothetitan Date: April 19, 2017 at 14:28
I listened to the first 4 songs and they are boring as hell.

CD: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
From: titothetitan Date: April 19, 2017 at 14:03
Hi Doug, I just can't get into the songs of this album. Only tracks 1,6,9 are worth listening, the rest is forgettable. This is a boring album imho.

CD: Motley Crue - Girls, Girls, Girls
From: titothetitan Date: April 19, 2017 at 12:37
Another more of-the-same-boring album by Motley Crue. I can't get into the songs. I don't like the the vocals either, although in 'You're All I Need' he sounds nice. Only a few songs are worth listening, the rest is pure garbage as their other albuns are.

CD: Brighton Rock - Love Machine
From: dany69 Date: April 19, 2017 at 6:33
Never wanted to buy this one,,but i see this in a low price,,and WTF,,,what a great album,,,just pure hard rock right in your face with one of the best ballad that i hear ( Still The One ),,,,got the 2 first 2,,,,but this one is Killer,,,,One of the best Canadian Band so far with the Dwarfs Dudes,!!!!

CD: Circus of Power - Vices
From: hair metal again Date: April 19, 2017 at 5:54
excellent 2nd step for CIRCUS OF POWER in their usual style &approach !some great riffs here like in'gates of love','desire/fire in the night','vices','temptation' ,a cool ballad like 'don t drag me down' and a classic rocker like 'last call rosie' are offered !their sound is like MASTERS OF REALITY &D.A.D. are riding their bikes and getting downtown!always liked them and i m very excited about seeing them live (what s left of them) this summer after so many years of being a fan

CD: Walk On Fire - Mind Over Matter
From: george_the_jack Date: April 18, 2017 at 16:06
From where and how did you get to listen to this? This is going to be released in a few days and only preorders can be placed at the time of writing these lines... Record companies should reconsider the way they spread advance/promo copies if they want this music to survive.

CD: Danger Zone - Undying
From: 123charpenay Date: April 18, 2017 at 12:41
very interesting 2017 japan reissue and reorchestred of this jewel.this version have two bonus tracks.track 13 'tomorrow now' is an excellent aor song typically in the vein of this exceptional italian band.track 14 'fire fire' is dark and not very melodic.you can forget this song.

CD: Pride of Lions - Fearless
From: tentacle Date: April 17, 2017 at 3:48
Excellent back to form album after the very weak Immortal (2012). Fearless offers a good selection of heartwarming old school AOR songs. Some are touching in their melancholy (The Tell) while some boost you with uplifting power (Fearless, Rising Up). There are some weaker tracks on the latter half of the album but overall this is good stuff.

CD: Vanilla Ninja - Blue Tattoo - Limted Edition
From: CC Date: April 15, 2017 at 19:18
Just got the debut album and submitted it to the database. Totally different to their other albums. Not really any rock on it at all. Kinda dance pop, and the accents are a lot stronger on it. Certainly something they recorded before finding their niche.

CD: Def Leppard - Slang
From: Palash Date: April 15, 2017 at 12:51
One of the best album of Def Leppard. The great songs are where does love go when it dies, pearl of euphoria and breathe a sigh. Excellent performance by the one hand drummer Rick Allen, it's really amazing!

CD: The Radio Sun - Outside Looking In
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 15, 2017 at 11:12
Not as solid as the 'Heaven Or Heartbreak' one but still pleasant enough for our subtle melodic ears ...tracks 1(catchy),2(nice),5(nice),6,8(nice),10(nice) & 11 are the ones for me.84/100

CD: NiteRain - Vendetta
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 15, 2017 at 10:52
If you like Crazy Lixx with a vintage Skid Row but at the same time adding a modern sound then this act's 4 ya ...my fave tracks are 2,3,4,7,9 & 11...'nuff said...82/100

CD: Stormwave - Heroes of the Night
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2017 at 13:11
Decent HR album ...the AORish cut 'Purple Light' is my fave of the release but tracks 2,4(catchy),5(like it),7(like it) & 8(catchy,like it)are also in my book of music.82/100

CD: Modesty - Pieces of Modesty
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2017 at 13:06
Hi Tech AOR/Lite AOR/Melodic Synth Pop in the line of bands such as Think Out Loud & Seven Seven but even poppier than those tracks 1,2(nice),5(smooth),6,8(nice),9(great!)& 11(great!)are in my list of music.90/100

CD: Rush - Exit...Stage Left
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2017 at 12:58
Classic live album!!!...tracks 1,3,4(nice),5,8(excellent!),10,11 & 12 are simply wonderful cuts of subtle Prog Rock music.87/100

CD: U.F.O. - Mechanix
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2017 at 12:44
Great album!!!...basically it rules all the way but i take tracks 6,7,8(nice) & 9 as mine .88/100

CD: U.F.O. - No Place to Run
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 14, 2017 at 12:41
A pretty good album with 2 songs that are really awesome ones that go in the shape of 'Mystery Train' & 'This Fire Burns Tonight'...tracks 1,6 & 9 are also pleasant ones.86/100

CD: Bonfire - Byte The Bullet
From: Crazysam Date: April 13, 2017 at 23:19
This is the heaviest I remember Bonfire ever sounding. They still retain plenty of melody though and there are several songs that should appeal to long time fans. I think the change at vocalist is a good move. While I think David Reece is a good singer and enjoyed Glorious, his vocal style just didn't seem like a good fit with the band. I could do without the Jethro Tull cover and another version of Sweet Obsession, but all in all this is a pretty good album. My score is 82/100

CD: One Desire - One Desire
From: Crazysam Date: April 13, 2017 at 22:10
The first time I heard this I felt as though I was listening to a greatest hits album not a debut. Like Eric3 pointed out in his comment, the songs are very energetic and youthful sounding. These guys fit the definition of 'pop' metal. Every song is catchy as hell. And I guess that is my only hang up with these guys, they almost sounds too polished, if that's possible. I highly recommend them unless you prefer a rougher, rawer sound to your hard rock. My score is 85/100

CD: U.F.O. - Obsession
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 13, 2017 at 17:08
Lovely & solid release!!!...many good tracks for me in here in the shape of 1,2,5(nice),6,7,8,10 & 11...basically the whole album is quite enjoyable .84/100

CD: U.F.O. - Force It
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 13, 2017 at 17:05
Decent and basic HR album by one of my all time fave acts!!!...tracks 1,4,5,6,8( )& 9...75/100

CD: Living Colour - Time's Up
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 13, 2017 at 17:02
Cool album being 'Elvis Is Dead' my fave cut and probably the best of it as well ...some other fine moments are tracks 2,3,8,10 & 14...a band that i had the chance of seeing live back in late 80's.80/100

CD: Wild Rose - 4
From: juan carlos Date: April 13, 2017 at 10:53
What? This is a Great AOR album with a fantastic 80's production. 'Desperate Heart' is one my favourite tracks but the ballad 'Save the Night' is a clear winner as well, or 'Broken Hearted'. The bonus hellenic track 'When it Comes to You' is a bloody great track! A must to have this one! 90/100

CD: Steel Panther - Lower the Bar
From: CC Date: April 13, 2017 at 6:43
Have been a huge fan of these guys since way back in the Metal Shop days, but this album did nothing for me. Sadly for me what has hurt them is they have actually toned the humour down. Yes, there are still songs with that trademark Panther vulgar humour, but other songs seem to have toned it back. Still rude, but not as rude as previous efforts. I always said when people said they should just get rid of the humour and vulgarity, that they would just become another rock band and lose what made then unique and stand out, and this album is kinda proving that. If this is a step in that direction, and they are going that way gradually, I think the ride will be over soon for them. Over here, the venues they play have got bigger and bigger over the years, but I can see them going back to the smaller venues at this rate.

CD: Shark Island - Gathering Of The Faithful
From: hair metal again Date: April 13, 2017 at 5:33
excellent release for SHARK ISLAND with old demos re recorded and a great come back for the band and the fans like me who bought their debut back in the day!their quality in songwriting and mussicianship is obvious ,even thogh there s less edge and things arent like before!'blue skies','the stranger','go west','down to the ground' are superb songs and the rest is remarkable stuff also!no need to say more a fine hair metal act is back

CD: Steel Panther - Lower the Bar
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 12, 2017 at 12:50
In a way, Steel Panther does what all the Swedish meatballs have only occasionally managed to do: absolutely nail the hair-metal sound in just about every way. And why shouldn't they? They're old guys who experienced it firsthand. Lower The Bar, however, isn't their best album, with a higher-than-usual percentage of songs that just sound like vehicles for dirty jokes. They know that the best schtick is the one you never admit is a schtick, and so they play their parts to the hilt. But ... sometimes I feel like they would do better if they just released six-song EP's instead of full albums, and Lower The Bar makes that argument pretty well.

CD: Steel Panther - Lower the Bar
From: Doug Date: April 12, 2017 at 11:57
I get it, the Panthers are intentionally satirical. I love these guys sound, vocals and Satchel's guitar playing is fantastic, but (and I know I have said this before), it is just so difficult getting past the vulgarity of it all. It's not like one can listen to these songs over and over. Track #1 is my favorite and the Cheap Trick cover is good, but so many other better songs they could've picked from their catalog (but again, I can see why they did).

CD: Shameless - The Filthy 7
From: CC Date: April 11, 2017 at 15:59
Seems the details on this are somewhat sparse. Considering Frankie Muriel sings on several tracks, and both Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns appear as well, they should be listed.

CD: Tokyo Motor Fist - Tokyo Motor Fist
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2017 at 13:50
Pleasant & catchy Melodic Hard Rock release by Ted Poley(of Danger Danger fame) and legendary drummer Chuck Borgi...my fave tracks are 6,8,10(nice)& 11...enjoyable stuff...85/100

CD: Cher - Love Hurts
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2017 at 13:31
The last album of the AOR trilogy recorded by Cher...fine tracks in the shape of 1,3,5(solid mid tempo),9.10(nice),11(nice)& 12...85/100

CD: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
From: Doug Date: April 11, 2017 at 13:31
'titothetitan' you just want to stir up the pot, eh?

CD: Unruly Child - Can't Go Home
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 11, 2017 at 13:25
There's an album released in 2003 named 'Down The Rabbit Hole-Side One' that contains only 7 tracks and hasn't been posted here yet.The album has passed unaware...

CD: Two-Bit Thief - Another Sad Story... In the Big City
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 10, 2017 at 23:38
It's funny to see several comments above me scoffing at the idea that Two-Bit Thief have any punkiness. Three of the bandmembers were in a punk band, and tha tinfluence is all over this album, despite the new unit aiming for a more sleazy, biker-metal sound, a la Circus Of Power. The punk makes itself heard in the fast tempoes, simple shouted choruses and fairly basic riffs, and the general preference of energy and aggression over songwriting and instrumental prowess, and that punk need to have Something To Say. Someone described it as 'commercial,' but that's not true at all. This was way more abrasive than the stuff that actually WAS commercially successful, even moderately, in 1990. In a way, they remind me of an even rougher Warrior Soul, if every WS song was like 'Wasteland' or 'Ass-Kickin'.' This album is more consistent than the follow-up, but the flip-side of that is the overall lack of variety across twelve songs. Good at high volume while drinking, driving, or pissed off.

CD: Escape - Unbreakable
From: 123charpenay Date: April 10, 2017 at 13:23
this record looks like a little to pulse.but only a little.pulse s realises are far better.agree with psyborg the production is a pity and the singer is not the best of the world.

CD: Bridger - Bridger
From: 123charpenay Date: April 10, 2017 at 13:16
decent modern melodic rock record.not more.even the superb voice of terry illous (remember x y z)can t save this album.

CD: Unruly Child - Can't Go Home
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 10, 2017 at 12:08
It took the band 7 years to release a new album and as always is pretty pleasant to hear Marcie's voice active but shamely the songs aren't as solid as the ones in the previous 'Worlds Collide' record.tracks 1,3,5(nice),9 & 11 are the ones for me.80/100

CD: Cher - Heart of Stone
From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 10, 2017 at 11:49
Yep!!!...this is indeed a great release some of the songs in here are covers of Ken Roberts,Michael Bolton & Desmond Child(who produced this Record)...my fave tracks are 1,2,3,4(killer!),5,7,11(nice)& 12(nice)...recommended eyes closed...88/100

CD: House of Lords - Saint of the Lost Souls
From: Wardy Date: April 10, 2017 at 10:08
The singles for this one were misleading in fact those alone did squat fer this fan, but flawed I am. Back to back in record form and the whole record makes for a fantastic listen, an improvement on the back to form Indestructible even. And it's Jimi Bell's soloing that wins ya over take Reign Of Fire's nod back to the Skyscraper era of DLRoth, uplifting and enhancing an already great song. That, New Day Breakin and the Art Of Letting Go all essential modern-day HOL and both the heavy title track (woulds been my preferred album opener) and Oceans Divide are pure gold (n and neither did much fer me as promo singles, go figure!). Barely a weak track, Grains Of Sand a nice departure and The Other Option a real nice finish. Put simply the songs are strong and Jimi kills! But don't be fooled, this one's an album listen fer sure. Sure they likely won't release another heyday record but this will do just fine thankyou very much. Rating this a solid 80+ soon to be much higher no doubt!

CD: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
From: titothetitan Date: April 10, 2017 at 7:59
There are tons o Hard Rock albuns better than this one.

CD: Eclipse - Monumentum
From: Eric3 Date: April 9, 2017 at 23:01
Not bad by any means, but IMO overhyped. There is an even stronger emphasis on riffing on this album, and it makes the songs sound derivative from their past 2-3 albums. The choruses are not nearly as strong as the ones on Armageddonize or Bleed & Scream, either. There's nothing on this album that jumps out and grabs you. It's well-produced and well-played, no doubt. But there have been better releases this year already.

CD: One Desire - One Desire
From: Eric3 Date: April 9, 2017 at 22:43
Really solid. Reminds me of Treat somewhat but with a less flashy lead guitar. The voice is warm and the songs are energetic and youthful. If you liked '80s AOR in any capacity, this should be like ear candy to you.

CD: AC/DC - Ballbreaker
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 9, 2017 at 22:14
Keep in mind that I was 15 years old when Ballbreaker was released. But I dug them and understood their importance. However, when I heard 'Hard As A Rock' on the radio, for the first time, they sounded old. A big part of it is Rick Rubin's production: it's muted and muffled and just kinda limps out of the speakers. It would be fine production, for something twenty years earlier, and not to say that AC/DC ever did much to update. But the returning Phil rudd's drums sound like somebody punching pillows, andj the guitars lack that essential bite. Forget 11, this is cranked to maybe 7. And then there's poor Brian Johnson now plainly showing signs of wear on his poor, cigarette-ravaged, nearly-50-year-old pipes. Some good songs here, but most are mediocre at best, and a few are just plain weak. The band continues to lose energy and velocity as well, falling further into midtempo plodding.

CD: Phantom 5 - Phantom 5
From: Crazysam Date: April 9, 2017 at 21:44
As you can see from the personnel list this is a German supergroup, with members from some of that countryís best melodic rock bands. With Clausí distinctive vocals the comparisons to Bonfire are only natural. The stellar production and standout opener, All The Way, had me thinking this might be as good or better than anything Claus and his former bandmates have released since the 80's. However most of the remaining tracks seemed to all blend together. Mostly mid-paced rockers. All solid tunes, but not many that stuck in my head or had me reaching for the repeat button. At the same time, there isnít much I would consider filler either. It is worth checking out for fans of Bonfire (or the other memberís respective bands). If you go in with modest expectations rather than hoping for the second coming of Bonfire's Fire Works or Point Blank, you should be pleased with your purchase. My score is 74/100.

CD: Tokyo Motor Fist - Tokyo Motor Fist
From: Crazysam Date: April 7, 2017 at 23:38
This one took me by surprise. After being a little disappointed with Tedís latest solo album, Beyond The Fade, I wasnít sure what to expect. Iíve always liked Steve Brownís work with Trixter and even some of the modern rock bands he formed like 40 Ft. Ringo and Stereo Fallout, but I didnít think he was capable of writing as strong of an album as this. TMFís debut is my favorite album of 2017, so far. The album doesnít quite reach the level of Tedís work with D2 and it isnít overly original. But if you like Tedís solo albums mixed with some 80ís Def Leppard style guitar riffs and melodies, then I highly recommend you pick this up. My score is 88/100.

CD: Deep Purple - Infinite
From: i****i Date: April 7, 2017 at 23:03
I like this CD. I never seem to get tired of Deep Purple. Favs Time For Bedlamn, All I Got Is You, Get Me Outta Here, On Top of the World..

CD: Victory - Two Years and a Few Beers Later
From: Metal T Date: April 7, 2017 at 18:19
Not even a single original member left in the band at this point.Basically Herman Frank and a bunch of scabs.The overall sound is very good and the setlist is okay but Jioti's live' vox leave a lot to be desired-especially on the Huhn' material.He sounds decent enough on the Garcia songs I guess.'That's Live' was a way better live record imo

CD: Nasty Ratz - First Bite
From: hair metal again Date: April 7, 2017 at 4:43
ok hard rock release for NASTY RATZ that has some good moments and the band seems to enjoy ,but on the other hand the singer isnt good as a voice and cause of his accent!their strong thing is that they are true and they really love the music and the guitar work is very good ,but the songs arent so catchy to push things further!overall this is ok cause it s fresh and innocent but they need to work better!waiting for their next step

CD: Rebelene - In The Middle Of Nowhere
From: hair metal again Date: April 6, 2017 at 4:55
ok hard rock with a southern feel from Germany,now this is not so often!must say that is a good effort and it kinda reminds me of FOUR HORSEMEN a bit!some good songs here and ther ,but nothing special and overall a nice indie that you can live without

CD: Vanilla Ninja - Best Of
From: CC Date: April 5, 2017 at 19:35
This was a cash grab release from the record label and their manager as the band had left them. This is why there is nothing new on the album and only features songs from the two albums released by this label. The three songs at the end were previously available on singles (megamix also being a cash grabe single by the label). The band at the time even told fans not to buy it, thats how little they had to do with it. Fact is, its actually missing some of their best songs anyway.

CD: Vanilla Ninja - Love Is War
From: CC Date: April 5, 2017 at 19:28
More rock than previous releases, but not quite as catchy. Some great songs on it though. Dangerzone is a fantastic song, and easily on par with previous releases


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