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CD: W.A.S.P. - Live...In the Raw
From: hair metal again Date: January 19, 2021 at 16:23
classic live release for WASP and for me that was my first listen to their music!excellent performance ,songs ,guitar solos and those unique Blakie vocals that always do it for me!brilliant 80 s metal live in your decks

CD: Soundtracks - The Wild Life
From: edwithmj Date: January 19, 2021 at 14:57
Interesting soundtrack this. EVH not only contributed a song to this, he also added various other tunes to the film that aren't on this soundtrack - one of which sounds suspiciously like the piano intro to Right Now from the F.U.C.K. album. As for the film, it's a fairly decent 80s teen flick reminiscent of Ferris Bueller or St. Elmo's Fire.

CD: Unruly Child - Our Glass House
From: titothetitan Date: January 19, 2021 at 13:08
After a great comeback album (When Worlds Collide) for some reason they decided to follow a very different and confusing path where the quality of the songs dropped a lot. The only song that caught my attention here was 'Underwater' and even that doesn't compare to the highlights of the comeback album. Even the re-recordings of 'To Be Your Everything' and 'Lets Talk About Love' sounds messy. What happened to this band?

CD: Crash - Crash
From: hair metal again Date: January 19, 2021 at 7:51
very good release for CRASH from Sweden that reminds me of PANGEA with those great harmonies and outstanding guitar work !not easy to find but surely worth it with songs like "close at hand","eyes dont lie","staranger s kiss" and "livin on lovin you"!the Swedish 90 s hard rock scene had plenty of great bands

CD: Wildness - Ultimate Demise
From: 123charpenay Date: January 18, 2021 at 19:01
hello the rocker.how can i do that?This super song is not on you tube.

CD: Ocean Hills - Santa Monica
From: heavenlylion Date: January 18, 2021 at 18:14
Good, if unspectacular release. The vocals take some getting used to as it doesn't seem to be the usual with this type of music. Seems a bit out of place. They are not bad, but not the pairing you'd expect.

CD: Black Bambi - Black Bambi
From: Deadboy Date: January 18, 2021 at 15:54
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CD: Best of 2019 - Best of 2019
From: Auslander Date: January 17, 2021 at 23:48
C'mon mates! When's the best of 2020 coming out?! Here's mine (no order): Waiting for Monday - Waiting for Monday Notorious - Glamorised H.e.a.t. - II The Struts - Strange Days Stryper - Even the Devil Believes Girish & The Chronicles - Rock the Highway Tokyo Motor Fist - Lions AC/DC - PWRUP Those Damn Crows - Point of No Return One Desire - Midnight Empire Michael Grant & The Assassins - Always the Villain Black Swan - Shake the World Passion - Passion

CD: Kick Axe - Welcome to the Club
From: hair metal again Date: January 17, 2021 at 18:34
Amazing release for KICK AXE in the mid 80 s with great songs and a fine performance! maybe with an other artwork Welcome To The Club could have a bigger impact!all the songs are remarkable and i really dont see any fillers at all!flaws Pretty good after so many years as well

CD: Perfect Plan - Time for a Miracle
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 17, 2021 at 17:11
A superb and solid nice piece of AOR. But slightly overrated from my opinion. For example i prefer the Stardust in 2020. But maybe i become a little bit deaf 😇. Finally a very pleasant and high level AOR. Buy it !

CD: DGM - Tragic Separation
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 17, 2021 at 17:07
Another masterpiece from DGM ! What to say ? Nothing ! Won't be disappointed, everything is at the top like usual.

CD: Arc Angels - Arc Angels
From: Auslander Date: January 16, 2021 at 23:16
Hey, it's pretty cool to have this here. Nice, commercial, southern hard rock. Of course "Living in a Dream" is a standout track - a real mid-tempo rock anthem with some tasty guitar soloing. If you like bands like Black Crowes and Georgia Satellites then you should enjoy this release. Highly recommended.

CD: Sky of Forever - Sky of Forever
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 16, 2021 at 16:23
Classic AOR, well done but lack of conviction and sparks to get more than this rating. It's well produced but the album is finally enough anonymous . You can listen it while doing some other things. Pleasant.

CD: The Lethal Idols - Sounds Illegal
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 16, 2021 at 14:09
An excellent surprise of this italian band. A strong piece of Sleaze in the pure vein of Crashdiet or HCS. No filler, each track is strong.

CD: Code Red - Incendiary
From: Rocknroller Date: January 16, 2021 at 8:52
Amazing album! Can't wait to hear more from these guys!

CD: 99 Crimes - 99 Crimes
From: Metaldad69 Date: January 16, 2021 at 8:50
Highly recommend this release.

CD: Black Bambi - Black Bambi
From: Metaldad69 Date: January 16, 2021 at 7:32
I've been looking on Ebay for a long time for this CD. I don't know if it was ever officially released and I'm looking for it. Can anyone help me out or willing to sell me your CD or Album? A great band and great release...The should have been huge if it wasn't for the crash of Hair Metal which I wouldn't categorize this as 80's Hair Meta. For the record I love the 80's hard rock hair metal so it's not a knock on the band.

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

CD: Adrenaline Rush - Soul Survivor
From: rockonchina Date: January 16, 2021 at 4:40
Britney Spears meet Hard Rock

CD: Wildness - Ultimate Demise
From: the rocker Date: January 15, 2021 at 22:19
Anyway you can share Sharp Shooter??!!

CD: Wildness - Ultimate Demise
From: 123charpenay Date: January 15, 2021 at 18:03
sorry ,cause they have change their very good singer.no problem the new singer is still better.this record is an atomic bomb of hard fm,the best record of 2020 with stardust.perfect production,only killer songs.these guys are some genius.it s a real masterpiece.the japan import is hightly recommanded cause the bonus track n°12 "sharp shooter" is an extraordinary hard rock song.agree with edukiki ,it s not very easy for describe this fantastic album.i can say only one thing: buy buy buy.trust me impossible to be disapointed for any hard fm s fan.

CD: Wildness - Ultimate Demise
From: 123charpenay Date: January 15, 2021 at 17:55
receive today this jewel in japan import from italy!!!!their first record was a must have.here i was a little worried c

CD: Masquerade - Masquerade
From: TheMetalChurch Date: January 15, 2021 at 9:49
MASTERPIECE!!! Nuff Said!

CD: Gamma - Gamma 2
From: Doug Date: January 14, 2021 at 23:18
"Mean Streak" and "Voyager" are my faves on this one.

CD: Far Corporation - Division One
From: hair metal again Date: January 14, 2021 at 16:13
pretty good debut for FAR CORPORATION ,an all star band or project that mid 80 s pop rock sound that strongly reminds me of TOTO of course with some good songs like "you are the woman" ,'one of your lovers" and "no one else will do" !overall i expected that one to be a lot better i must confess

CD: Roxx Gang - The Voodoo You Love
From: steve72 Date: January 14, 2021 at 7:50
According to an interview with Kevin Steele this album was recorded on the heels of 'Things You've Never Done Before' with the TYNDB lineup. They split with Virgin, took the tapes & it was released through Perris a few years later after member changes. Stacey Blades plays on only 2 songs that were added (Time Bomb & Thick As Thieves). Worth a revisit with all this in mind.

CD: Saga - Wildest Dreams
From: Leykis101 Date: January 14, 2021 at 0:12
NO this is not a regular Saga album, but get over it and listen to it as an AOR album, it's awesome, Wildest Dreams is one of the best songs ever.

CD: Heartwind - Higher and Higher
From: 123charpenay Date: January 13, 2021 at 18:46
top class scandi aor in the vein of clockwise or token.only track 10 is a little average.the other songs are really excellent.great production,different singers but all are excellent.i recommand the japan import cause the bonus track n°12 "just a lie" is a super song at the same level than the rest.

CD: Shotgun Symphony - Shotgun Symphony
From: mr.shoemaker Date: January 13, 2021 at 15:55
Not bad, but all in all useless. OK AOR, nice vocals, but most songs are boring and the production is powerless.

CD: American Bombshell - Tattooed n Bruised
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 13, 2021 at 3:42
This is a pretty enjoyable disc. They remind me a bit of Bombay Black (MIA - where the hell are they?). I hear the same type of self-aware, winking take on sleaze rock in songs like "Stupid = Famous." I do hear a bit of Jackyl here, but American Bombshell don't come off as particularly southern, which has become an increasingly dominant part of Jackyl's sound now that Jesse fancies himself as hard rock's Jeff Foxworthy (complete with outdated punchlines). Also, they do the same bastard/bitchscratch my itch lyircs from "Just like A Devil" here in "Degenerate Love Song." "Pretty Fucked Up" is a cover of the too-cool Gen-X kid's favorite rock 'n' roll band, the Supersuckers. Vocals are melodic, but not cloying like the Swedish AOR crowd can so often be. Production is great, but in today's world, there's no excuse to have badd sound except on purpose. I liked this enough where I think I need to track down theier debut.

CD: Airrace - Shaft of Light
From: TheMetalChurch Date: January 12, 2021 at 7:50
The PERFECT album!!! BRILLIANCE... a MASTERPIECE... 100 RATING... Crazy vocal performance, awesome guitar tone and playing... Hooks for days!!! Unbelievable!

CD: Compilations - Legends Volume 1 - The Music of Desmond Child
From: Auslander Date: January 11, 2021 at 0:56
I recently picked up this rarity for a bargain price. It is an interesting concept - a compilation based on a songwriter. When you read down the tracks, it is hard not to be impressed by the genuine amount of hit singles on offer here. Mr Child certainly had a hand in re-establishing some big acts (Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Cher), and launching middle-tier acts to massive heights (Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Joan Jett). Most of these tracks are overplayed but it is still a nice document to have on the skills if an above-average rock songwriter. Pity there was never a Volume 2.

CD: Eric Steel - Infectious
From: darkrage6 Date: January 10, 2021 at 21:44
Pretty solid release IMO, nowhere near as bad as it's made out to be.

CD: Gamma - Gamma 2
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 10, 2021 at 17:12
A solid piece of Rock ! Not my favorite style but very well executed , great singer , good guitar , and strong production for this year. If you like classic hard rock in the vein of Y&T and others, buy it !

CD: Heaven Below - Good Morning Apocalypse
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 9, 2021 at 17:04
A good mix of modern and powerful Hard Rock with a solid guitarist . Recommended !

CD: Waiting For Monday - Waiting For Monday
From: Doug Date: January 8, 2021 at 17:30
To be honest with you "Auslander" I had never heard of these guys, but am glad you commented. Listening to some of the clips, I like it!

CD: Waiting For Monday - Waiting For Monday
From: Auslander Date: January 8, 2021 at 3:04
No comments on this one? Well, it just arrived in my mailbox so I am currently listening to it. First listen comments then now. It has that competent, AOR-like sound that one comes to expect from a lot of Frontiers label bands. The singer has a clean but slightly gritty voice so that he sounds "rock" and not like a choirboy. The keys are ever-present but not too distracting. The guitars are nice, especially the soloing, which on standout songs like "End of a Dream" really adds to the track, making it better and fitting with the overall feel. I must admit, in said track, what was distracting was the record-player crackle effect at the start and end. I thought for a second my cd was scratched lol. Nevermind. This is a good release to see out 2020 for me. Listening to this I could close my eyes and pretend it was still 1983. And I like it that way!

CD: The Night Flight Orchestra - Internal Affairs
From: hair metal again Date: January 7, 2021 at 13:58
very good debut for NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA a band that is quite experimental as they mix many sounds mostly out of the 70 s offering long songs with interesting jams!most of members have a career in heavy metal music and in this one they do a sudden change of direction which in general i dont praise as i like when some musician stick to their guns!"transatlantic blues","glowing city madness" and "internal affairs" are fine songs but the rest is also remarkable and overall a pleasant and interesting listen

CD: Tygers Of Pan Tang - Live at Nottingham Rock City
From: Japangea Date: January 6, 2021 at 0:38
As this was not released in 1981,writing "Reissued on Neat Metal Records in 2001" sounds a kinda strange.

CD: Under Fire - Under Fire
From: TheMetalChurch Date: January 5, 2021 at 21:36
"Under Fire’s sole release is something of a lost AOR classic, and the making of what might have been a minor super-group. The band was originally put together when New England and Alcatrazz keyboard player Jimmy Waldo met Billy Squier guitarist Cary Sharaf, and quickly formed a strong writing partnership, way back in 1988. They were joined by vocalist Moki Demarco, settling on Steve Schwartz and Greg Wise for drums and bass. With a modest budget the band recorded this eponymous album and played only one show, at The Roxy in Los Angeles. At the time, Jimmy Waldo had also been writing and recording with Quiet Riot for their “QR” album, and as the latter retained a major label deal, Waldo decided to throw his lot in with Quiet Riot, and “Under Fire” sadly languished on the shelf." https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/under-fire-under-fire-2cd-expanded-edition/

CD: Victory - Hungry Hearts
From: hair metal again Date: January 4, 2021 at 16:13
excellent album as usual for VICTORY a band that somehow didnt got the praise it should!anyway this is guitar driven commercial hard rock with great riffs , many hooks and those unique Charlie s vocals along with fine songwriting as in every of their ralbums!"tough on love","look in the mirror","you run away","feel the fire" are fine songs but the rest is also very good!recommended of course

CD: The Godz - The Godz
From: Steve123 Date: January 3, 2021 at 15:25
One of the greatest records ever made. Reissue on cd by Rock Candy is a must own for anyone using this site.

CD: Seduce - Too Much, Ain't Enough
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 3, 2021 at 14:42
Much better than the 1st record, a good album .

CD: Alpha Souls - Carousel of Emotions
From: Diamonddave777 Date: January 3, 2021 at 12:29
A nice surprise from this spanish band. Very good melodic Hard-Rock in the style of 80's . The singer sound likes Jorn or Coverdale and the guitarist is a killer !

CD: Tandym - City Out of Time
From: hair metal again Date: January 2, 2021 at 21:34
Very good debut for TANDYM with a classic sound from bands like SURVIVOR for,LOVERBOY and some good songs like "don t walk away","cant blame the world" andcity out o. time"! recommended

CD: The Arrows - Stand Back
From: Leykis101 Date: January 2, 2021 at 4:35
Just discovered this, exactly the type of shit I love, shoddy production which is very strange for Hi-Tech AOR, usually they are very detailed about production, oh well, at more then a few times during this album I thought "am I listening to The Tubes" as this is almost a mirror image of Outside Inside/Love Bomb era Tubes, awesome album I love it.

CD: East Temple Avenue - Both Sides of Midnight
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2021 at 22:38
Very good album!!!...AOR ala Pride Of Lions...my fave tracks are # 2,4(nice),5,7 & 8...recommended stuff...85/100

CD: LastWorld - Over The Edge
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2021 at 22:20
Pleasant release for sure,modern melodic Hard Rock with modern AOR...the ones for me are #2,3,5,6,7,9,10 & 11...82/100

CD: Ocean Hills - Santa Monica
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2021 at 21:37
Cool band that for me is like a wild mix of Saigon Kick and Boston!...my faves are #2,4,5 & 8...enjoyable stuff...80/100

CD: Lionville - Magic is Alive
From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 1, 2021 at 21:18
Decent release by LV...maybe not as strong as previous ones but still has got the 'MAGIC'...my fave tracks are #6,7& 11 but tracks #1,4(nice)& 5 are also appealing to me...80/100

CD: Stardust - Highway To Heartbreak
From: 123charpenay Date: January 1, 2021 at 17:45
happy new year to all of you!!!!!!!!!rock on!!!!!!!!!friendship from france!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Stardust - Highway To Heartbreak
From: 123charpenay Date: January 1, 2021 at 17:43
best record of the year 2020.stardust "highway to heartbreak".best song of 2020 "bullet to my heart".

CD: XYZ - Letter to God
From: dany69 Date: December 31, 2020 at 21:40
Yeah my Best Bro,,,, Une Belle Et Magnifique Nouvelle Année Pour Toi,,,,

CD: Tesla - Psychotic Supper
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 31, 2020 at 21:21
Responding to my own comment from 12 years ago: No, Pyschotic Supper is not better than Great Radio Controversy I still love the diversity on display, and in addition to the singles (four out of five of which are classics), some of the band's best, most overlooked songs can be found ("Don't De-Rock Me," 'Freedom Slaves," "Had Enough"), but ... unlike Controversy, there are some definite fillers here. "Government Personnel" should have been a hidden track at the end, if anything. "Toke About It" is too much of a novelty, joke song to be anything but a B-side. "Change In The Weather" is musically good, but the lyrics too obviously pander to late-baby boomers, like, "Hurray for our generation! We'll never get old - really, we won't!" "Stir It Up," again, pleasing melody, but trying too hard to be an Up With People kind of thing, and Jeff's voice is bizarrely pinched/choked. And "Time" has just never been a favorite of mine. I guess I just made this album sound a lot worse than it is.

CD: XYZ - Letter to God
From: 123charpenay Date: December 31, 2020 at 18:44
pour mon cousin canadien mister dany"vive le québec libre"!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Steelhouse Lane - Metallic Blue
From: 123charpenay Date: December 31, 2020 at 18:42
i can add that the only bad point is the production.the production is weak,i ve the feeling to hear some demos with a good sound."slaves of the new world" have a real great production.if you listen their first album and then the second ,the difference is obvious.

CD: XYZ - Letter to God
From: dany69 Date: December 30, 2020 at 17:25
Avec Un Petit Faible pour quebec Mon gilles )))

CD: Angel - Risen
From: underworld king Date: December 30, 2020 at 7:40
Good LP but the keyboards are a little too low in the mix. A good mix of everything that was great about Angel. Some hard rock, prog and pop. 1975 is the standout track for me.

CD: Notorious - Glamourized
From: 123charpenay Date: December 29, 2020 at 18:17
wow!!! what slap!!!!!!!!!!i ve listen this record this morning on you tube,and immediatly i ve order it.you love guitars?this album is for you!!!!!!at the same high leval than aerodyne "breaking free".

CD: Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night
From: hair metal again Date: December 29, 2020 at 13:49
Excellent album for MAGNUM and the first one i got in vinyl back in the day !a clear commercial approach in many songs But with out losing their pomp thing with many fine songs and actually no fillers!a must have i guess

CD: XYZ - Take What You Can...Live
From: Auslander Date: December 29, 2020 at 0:21
Was researching XYZ and saw this HG Wells album cover. Awesome art, almost makes me want to track it down just for that! Sadly, it appears there is no cover version of a Jeff Wayne track to be found.

CD: Notorious - Glamourized
From: Auslander Date: December 29, 2020 at 0:03
Nice to see this on here! Good sleazy release in the tradition of early Crue. Standout track is "Friday Night" but really all the tracks are worthy. You won't be disappointed if you take a punt on this new release for 2020.

CD: Stardust - Highway To Heartbreak
From: 123charpenay Date: December 28, 2020 at 17:35
receive this jewel today.it s an excellent idea for my birthday.this record is an atomic bomb.11 tracks,11 killer songs.the production is absoluty perfect.i ve the feeling to be in the studio with the musicians.certainly (with perfect plan) the best record of the year.some influences from steelhouse lane and the masters def leppard.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Elements Of Friction - Elements Of Friction
From: hair metal again Date: December 28, 2020 at 15:50
excellent release for ELEMENTS OF FRICTION just as expected with all these rock stars involved in songwriting and performing!the songs are very good and with a bigger production they d shine more but besides that you ll be satisfied with the quality!"king of fools ","forever","i got loaded",and of course this version of "who is this talkin" are fine songs!for me one of the best of the new millenium

CD: Perfect Plan - Time for a Miracle
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 23:59
Yeah this album is quite a good one...a mix of AOR songs with some edge on them...my fave ones are #3,4(nice),5,6,7,8,9,10,11 & 12(solid soft)85/100...enjoyable stuff.

CD: Stardust - Highway To Heartbreak
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 22:42
Pleasant releases with nice and catchy modern AOR songs...tracks #2(good Pat Benatar cover) & 7(nice) are the ones for me but the whole plastic is fine with me.83/100

CD: Fierce Heart - War for the World
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 22:15
After 35 long years came this second release and it is a real goodie one indeed...solid songs all over and following the same scheme as release one...tracks #1(great guitar work),2,3,4,6,7 & 9(my fave in here)are the ones for me.80/100

CD: Palace - Rock and Roll Radio
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 21:55
Fantastic album!!!...already a masterpiece...all the songs are simply brutal...mind blowing AOR by the 4 sides...'Eleonora' ufff...90/100 to say the least.

CD: Magic Dance - Remnants
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 20:58
Pleasant release...AOR with a modern appeal typical of these days...tracks #5,6,7,8 & 11 are the ones for me...84/100

CD: Pride of Lions - Lion Heart
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 20:33
Great release,maybe nothing new under the stars but the formula did it again...my fave ones are #9,10 & 11 but the whole album is quite the whole package...#12 a nice mellow cut.85/100

CD: Unruly Child - Our Glass House
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 17:19
Not a solid release but still acceptable as the compositions have that trademark named Free...my fave tracks are # 1,2,4,6 & 9...the remakes are also pleasant ones...75/100

CD: Fortune - The Gun's Still Smokin' Live
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 16:57
Very nice to have them back on track again...my fave ones are the classic ones...my list goes like this # 1,5,6,7,9 & 10...enjoyable stuff but not superb...only a pleasant live release of band that deserved more recognition when they really needed.80/100

CD: Saga - Heads Or Tales
From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2020 at 16:27
A very nice release of a band that has an unique and distinctive sound...my fave cuts in here are #1,2,5,6,8 & 9...recommended stuff...84/100

CD: Krokus - Hardware
From: hair metal again Date: December 25, 2020 at 12:43
excellent hard rock release once again for KROKUS with that classic sound,crispy vocals,catchy songs and a rock n roll vibe almost everyone should like!not easy to write down so many good songs with no fillers !love it

CD: Alien - Into the Future
From: aTomiK Date: December 24, 2020 at 20:56
Late arrival but i have to say that Into the Future gets my vote for the album of the year 2020. These good old boys just know how to do it and i don´t care if you call this melodic rock, hard rock or aor. Thanks for giving us great music once again, long live Alien!

CD: Sandra Dee - Visions of Pain
From: hair metal again Date: December 21, 2020 at 17:56
very good release for SANDRA DEE , a band that existed in the Chicago hard rock scene back in the day that finally got its songs properly released!their sound is somewhere between EVERY MOTHER S NIGHTMARE and WARRIOR SOUL if you can imagine that and it s very electric,raw and strong music with excellent guitar work and rough vocals !not any big songs ,but many hooks and a fine vibe that will satisfy oldschool hard rockers!'GOING DOWN","CASANDRA" AND "PEACE,POT &POLITICS" are the highlights

CD: Black Paisley - Rambler
From: 123charpenay Date: December 21, 2020 at 9:05
bluesy hard rock?no ,absoluty not.only "falling " have a trace of blues influence.only 8 songs!!!!!!but 8 killers songs of perfect melodic hard rock,with irresitible choruses.this record is a must have ,one of the best realise of 2020.in all top ten!!!!!!!!!this record is not easy to find.not available on ebay and discogs.finally i ve find it on facebook at the black paisley merchandise.

CD: Tempest - Lost in the Storm
From: Auslander Date: December 20, 2020 at 23:58
This is a terrible lo-fi release. I know cause I have it (until I sell it soon). I only bought it cause you can't find copies of legitimate Tempest albums on cd for realistic prices. Some songs are demo quality, others sound like they are 8th generation clones of demo cassettes. The songs themselves... average at best. Avoid it like it has Covid!

CD: Trillion - Trillion
From: Auslander Date: December 20, 2020 at 23:51
Can't find out much about this album anywhere on the net, but it got a sweet Rock Candy reissue. So when I saw it listed on ebay I took a punt and hoped it would pay off. Well, it does. It reminds me a little of Angel or Starz or even a harder-edged Toto. Well worth checking out if you like that pomp-rock sound. A hidden, forgotten little gem! Essential track is the lead off track Hold Out.

CD: Kix - Midnite Dynamite
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 20, 2020 at 5:06
... just a little better after all.

CD: Kix - Midnite Dynamite
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 20, 2020 at 5:04
On the plus side, the title track is even more of a monster than before, and remains an all-time favorite Kix song of mine. Also - "Scarlet Fever!" This is one song that's definitely improved by the remix. On the minus side: "Walkin' Away" is just not a very good song, except for that riff in the middle. "Cry Baby" is pretty cheesy and dated, in both its execution and general idea - a guy belittling a girl for crying all the time? "Cold Shower" seems to be slowed down just a hair so it doesn't funk quite as hard, and there are some really dated 1985 keyboard sounds now very audible after the solo (still another favorite Kix song though). The bonus disc is, as expected, good for one listen, and would have been better used for a full, vintage live show. And the packaging: when I attempted to put the booklet back, the sleeve came completely unglued, so now the flap is loose. I used to claim this as my favorite Kix album, and still do love it, but now I wonder if BLow My Fuse might be ...

CD: Kix - Midnite Dynamite
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 20, 2020 at 4:53
After a one-month delay for a manufacturing issue, I got my copy of the new version yesterday. Just like the Blow My Fuse remix, the sound is much improved. It still sounds like it could have been released this way in '85, but is without most of the echo and reverb that drenched the original. The guitars are louder and beefier. However, I don't think this remix is as big a success as Fuse Reblown, and I'm not really sure why. There are fewer "new" things that you couldn't hear before, like some of the extra solos on Fuse. Also, without the echo and triple-tracking, Steve Whiteman appeared to be shouting his vocals more than singing them, so there aren't as many immediately ear-grabbing melodies. The hooks are more in the riffs, and the chant-like vocals.

CD: Fanatix - Fanatix
From: hair metal again Date: December 19, 2020 at 8:34
pretty good indie release for FANATIX back in 92 offering a classic hard rock sound with nice guitars and some good songs like "i pulled thru" and "wrong side of the law" !worth tracking down but dont go big bucks on it

CD: XYZ - Rainy Days
From: 123charpenay Date: December 18, 2020 at 21:44
one half of this record was recorded in lyon in 1984(my town) studio lazar juste below "notre dame de fourvière".the virgin marie protect our town.

CD: XYZ - Letter to God
From: 123charpenay Date: December 18, 2020 at 21:40
don t like this record.it s sound too modern,not melodic.

CD: XYZ - Letter to God
From: 123charpenay Date: December 18, 2020 at 21:35
terry illous and pat fontaine are from lyon france.my town.i m born and i live in lyon!!!!!!

CD: Biloxi - Let the Games Begin
From: hair metal again Date: December 17, 2020 at 16:46
excellent debut for BILOXI offering some commercial hard rock with their sound being somewhere between LILLIAN AXE,FIREHOUSE and STRYPER(Against The Law era )!the musicianship is very fine ,the production clear & polished ,the guitar work & the vocals very good but the songwriting could be better especially in the choruses!"here and now","don t cry no more","angel" and "magic" are fine songs indeed

CD: Sunshine Jive - Sunshine Jive
From: hair metal again Date: December 16, 2020 at 7:52
very good album for SUNSHINE JIVE that is what IN THE PINK became a few years later !nice warm commercial hard rock sound with the band sounding somewhere between EXTREME and JOURNEY with some great songs like "fool s parade" and "lost in love" but also a few fillers!overall it will satisfy you with its musicianship and performance

CD: I-Ten - Taking a Cold Look
From: hair metal again Date: December 14, 2020 at 9:10
a def masterpiece for I TEN back in 83 that is kinda funny how it didnt hit the charts with all those hits ,big production by Keith &Steve and in general with so much quality in every tune!no fillers,killer melodic lines & hooks all the way,amazing solos from Steve and genious songwriting by Kelly /Steinberg!essential

CD: Tesla - Shock
From: mr.shoemaker Date: December 12, 2020 at 20:35
This sucks, has nothing in common with the great band TESLA. Boring radiorock.

CD: Roxanne - Radio Silence
From: mr.shoemaker Date: December 12, 2020 at 20:31
Solid comeback!

CD: Blue Oyster Cult - The Symbol Remains
From: mr.shoemaker Date: December 12, 2020 at 20:28
I´m with tentacle!

CD: The Perpetrators - Porno Rock
From: mr.shoemaker Date: December 12, 2020 at 20:25
Ron Perry wasted his great voice for this ??? Maybe Steel Panther enjoyed it.

CD: China Sky - II
From: mr.shoemaker Date: December 12, 2020 at 20:20
Good album. Opener "One Life" is a killer.

CD: Babylon A.D. - Revelation Highway
From: mr.shoemaker Date: December 12, 2020 at 20:14
Normally I´m disappointed by old bands comeback albums. But not in this case. Very strong album, in my opinion better than the 80ies stuff, because the songs have a raw energy and not that Jack Ponti radio-pop sound.

CD: Whitesnake - Trouble
From: TheMetalChurch Date: December 12, 2020 at 6:11
Yeah, I'm currently going down a pre-1984 Whitesnake rabbit hole and despite what Coverdale says regarding "Come'an Get it" being the best, (it's not BTW), this one is the best I've heard, so far.... I have not reviewed "Ready & Willing" yet. But this one is WAY better than the "Mail-In" albums from the early 80's. I can actually hear both guitars in this one and the songs are SOOOO much better constructed!

CD: Broke N Blue - Northern Light
From: AOR1 Date: December 11, 2020 at 20:57
Lightyears better than their 2nd release. Yes, production and sound haven't the same level as the MTM release. But the songs are simply stunning. Perfect scandi melodic rock.Can't get much better. Melodies that will stuck in your head forever.

CD: Heaven's Edge - Heaven's Edge
From: hair metal again Date: December 11, 2020 at 14:31
sensational hair metal debut for HEAVEN S EDGE back in the early 90 s with Neil Kernon polished production and useful guidance make them sound sleazy & smooth in the same time!i recall seeing the Skin To Skin video on Headbanger s Ball i was shocked and just went to the record shop and picked it up!many big songs from rockers to midtempos ,passionate vocals and exceptional guitar work ,this one became easily one of the best around in the genre!essential

CD: Bad Company - Burnin' Sky
From: Leykis101 Date: December 11, 2020 at 2:05
my favorite BC album by a mile, because they werent trying to score a hit, they just play, and they play well, and maybe it's cause this is about the only album that hasnt been completely burnt out

CD: Clockwise - Nostalgia
From: 123charpenay Date: December 10, 2020 at 18:04
unfortunately no bonus track on the very rare japan import.

CD: Sic Vikki - Kiss Me in French
From: 123charpenay Date: December 10, 2020 at 17:59
to rick.when a woman with a sensual voice says "parlez vous français?"(do you speak french)" i answer:YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Clockwise - Nostalgia
From: AOR1 Date: December 9, 2020 at 20:39
Very surprised about this average rating and these comments. 123charpenay hits the nail on the head. Perfect melodic hardrock, no fillers, a great vocalist and only memorable tracks. Own all that scandi stuff like Treat, Alien, Find Me, Stage Dolls. This one will remain in my top 10 forever.Killer release. Essential!

CD: Living Colour - Stain
From: hair metal again Date: December 9, 2020 at 15:05
very good release once again for LIVING COLOUR with sensational musicianship ,many ideas & hooks and strong songs !truly unique band since their start , i d love to catch em live sometime!!

CD: Soundtracks - Rocky IV
From: CC Date: December 8, 2020 at 21:45
I know these are old comments, but laughing at the guys denying that it is Marq Torien on the song Sweetest victory. Just today he tweeted the link to the song saying it was him singing on it, and what a big deal it was for him when he was 21. And to say it sounds nothing like him, I guess you need to get your ears retuned as it certainly sounds like him.

CD: Slaves Of New Brunswick - Slaves of New Brunswick
From: hair metal again Date: December 5, 2020 at 14:19
pretty good release for SLAVES OF NEW BRUSWICK which is rather a Glen Burtnick s solo release recruiting many of his fellow musicians of the New Jersey area and offering rock songs with a strong classic US rock vibe!"kinky" and "easton avenue fever dream " are the highlights of this unique release ,without being blowminding

CD: Eric Martin - Mr. Vocalist 2
From: Doug Date: December 4, 2020 at 21:46
Was listening to this today, he covers some heavyweight pop female vocalists (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Karen Carpenter, to name a few, and no slouches when it comes to vocal prowess) and does a pretty decent job. IMO, it's an album you have to be in the right mood for.

CD: Sharx - On the Rock
From: hair metal again Date: December 4, 2020 at 6:44
very good release for SHARX offering that mid 80 s radio friendly rock sound mixing hard rock,aor & pop !some great songs like "maybe(we lost our love),"i cant rock (without you)" and "the game" is making this one worth having i guess

CD: Chime - Darkness
From: Leykis101 Date: December 4, 2020 at 3:42
Pretty killer demo here, excellent pure heavy metal, probably should have this in brutal metal and not here, whoever submitted this thanks, sad, would've loved to hear what this band could've done with a big budget, as for as low quality as this is(good for a demo) the songs on here really stood out, I like them to another unknown German band called Tusk, if anyone's ever heard them. I'm still trying to get this again.

CD: Blue Oyster Cult - The Symbol Remains
From: tentacle Date: December 3, 2020 at 16:55
Truly exceptional album. 14 tracks and not a filler in sight. There's something for everybody with great variety. I didn't except this to be so good.

CD: Pride of Lions - Lion Heart
From: tentacle Date: December 3, 2020 at 16:48
Best collection of traditional old school AOR I've heard in years. Nothing to do with modern bullshit power aor or such nonsense. Melodies soar with high emotional context. Jim ja Toby both sing their hearts out. I love this record from start to finish.

CD: Preview - Preview
From: TheMetalChurch Date: December 2, 2020 at 22:45
Awesome release! Who ever is responsible for the song writing, hit a grand-slam! Fiore did a great job on this, but his solo releases are clones of Harem Scarem, (not so good)... and what happened to the Guitarist??? Should have more material from these guys!!!

CD: Eric Martin - I'm Only Fooling Myself
From: titothetitan Date: December 2, 2020 at 13:24
"Crazy World Like This" was re-recorded by Alien, Robin Beck, Tone Norum...

CD: Hairdryer - Off To Hairadise
From: Leykis101 Date: December 1, 2020 at 20:45
Exactly what I thought, this dude sounds like Keifer, almost to a tee, seeing the photo of these guys I about spit Mountain Dew out, how fucking hilarious is that? they look like Weezer or some suburban white boy band. OK album, worth a listen.

CD: Yes - 90125
From: Auslander Date: November 30, 2020 at 10:39
This is an essential 80s AOR Prog album. While it sold bucketloads at the time, it got a lot of hate in the 90s and 00s. I think the time is ripe for critics to reassess this album even if just to recognise the superior musicianship and songwriting quality. This is one of those mighty prog crossover albums that happened in the early 80s and just as essential as the Asia debut or Genesis "Invisible Touch". Essential track: Leave It.

CD: Lovetrick - Lovetrick
From: hair metal again Date: November 29, 2020 at 13:31
excellent debut for LOVETRICK offering some thrilling commercial hard rock music with a fine balance between keys&guitars!if i had one band to choose to describe their sound i d say that FATE s approach is quite similar and you get an idea of how good these guys were and especially that sdmoking guitar player!no fillers here and to put it simply LOVETRCK is a criminally underated act of the German scene!essential

CD: New England - Explorer Suite
From: Auslander Date: November 29, 2020 at 2:22
Apparently the first album is amazing but it is impossible to get so I managed to pick up this, their second album, and I am greeted by a highly polished ELO sound. The liner notes of this Rock Candy reissue point to The Beatles as the major influence, but I only hear Jeff Lynne all over it. Maybe a bit of Queen when the guitar occasionally kicks in, like on "Hey You're on the Run". If the idea of ELO with more guitars appeals to you then you should do yourself a favour and pick up this enjoyable release that also has that always-good Rock Candy remastering. Essential track: Explorer Suite or Livin' in the Eighties.

CD: L.A. Guns - Renegades
From: edukiki Date: November 28, 2020 at 22:38
L. A. Guns one of my favorite groups all the times But this album is not l. A. Guns, very poor

CD: Scorpions - Face The Heat
From: ghettonation73 Date: November 27, 2020 at 22:36
This is a good album, it just came out in the wrong year. By 1993, True rock bands like this were basically a distant memory as they gave way to the Grunge movement.

CD: Wildness - Ultimate Demise
From: edukiki Date: November 27, 2020 at 19:04
Incredible, for me the best aor disc of 2020, no words to describe this cd, it`s simply the best of 2020

CD: Pride of Lions - Lion Heart
From: playhogan Date: November 27, 2020 at 3:29
Sorry to say but Mr. Peterik is hearing something that I di not. Toby is, well lets say not very good. Just my opinion folks. Great music though!!

CD: Alien - Into the Future
From: titothetitan Date: November 27, 2020 at 2:26
[CONT]What bothered me a little was the muddy production and Jim's voice sounds a little weak for the heavier songs but the second half filled with AOR songs and ballads do stand-out.

CD: Alien - Into the Future
From: titothetitan Date: November 27, 2020 at 2:25
It's a great pleasure to be the first one to comment about the new album of one of the best AOR bands in history and my all-time favourite AOR band! Overall Alien plays a heavier sound here, with heavier guitars, without losing their signature melodies and catchy choruses. First three songs are the heavier ones. There's some great guitar riffs and solos it. Then track #4 is more a traditional Alien song with some more keyboards. Track #4 is also a heavier one and Tony Borg's guitar riffs dominate throughout the song. In the second half of the album we got more traditional AOR songs. Specially tracks 8,9,10 which are the highlights for me. The last song "Children" is a beautiful ballad where Jim's voice is driven by the sound of a piano and ends with a great guitar solo by Borg. Track #12 is a bonus-track for Japan, another beautiful ballad but this time played accousticaly. Overall, I really liked the album. There are no fillers. Obviously some songs are better than others. What bother

CD: Tattoo - Out Loud
From: hair metal again Date: November 26, 2020 at 13:48
excellent live performance for TATTOO from Chicago bringing to your ears some classoc 80 s hard rock music !the band is very solid and those guitars are really blowing!TATTOO sound like a mix of KIX,HELIX or BLACK N BLUE and i m sure you ll be satisfied with this one if you dig classic US hard rock of the 80 s

CD: Pete Sandberg's Jade - Origin
From: titothetitan Date: November 25, 2020 at 20:52
Many of the songs are re-recordings of Madison unreleased 3rd album.

CD: Hiroshima - Hiroshima
From: titothetitan Date: November 25, 2020 at 14:02
I like the keyboards and the 80's vibe, but the lead & backing vocals annoys me at times.

CD: AC/DC - Power Up
From: visitor Date: November 25, 2020 at 9:11
Yes, finally! The best thing to come out of 2020 so far and by far. After initially feeling slightly disappointed for some reason the album has really grown on me with each listen and I can honestly say that this is a killer! I like this a lot more than their previous Rock Or Bust. Absolutely no fillers here, and highlights for me include Realize, Shot In The Dark, Through the Mists of Time, Kick You When You're Down, Demon Fire, No Man's Land and Money Shot. It feels surreal to still be able to enjoy new music by AC/DC after decades of loving them and after everything they've been through in the recent years. Malcolm would be proud of the boys!

CD: Hideaway - Hideaway
From: kinghanuk Date: November 25, 2020 at 8:17
This album came out of nowhere and rocked my world. All the songs are so well written and executed, and sound really good with flawless production. Imagine '80s Journey with a touch of Dokken and White Lion. If you're a fan of AOR/melodic rock/melodic hard rock/melodic metal, chances are you won't be disappointed.

CD: Europe - Secret Society
From: titothetitan Date: November 24, 2020 at 18:53
bad songs, boring. Zero keyboards and melodies.

CD: Tony Liddle - Heart's Desire
From: titothetitan Date: November 23, 2020 at 20:20
nope, the first Strangeways singer was named Liddell and not Liddle.

CD: Orianthi - O
From: Doug Date: November 23, 2020 at 20:19
I know she's had her critics, and I hated her collaboration with Sambora (RSO), but I've always been a fan.

CD: AC/DC - Power Up
From: Doug Date: November 23, 2020 at 20:17
Finally, a bright spot in the chaotic year of 2020! Straight up rock and roll from the legends.

CD: L.A. Guns - Renegades
From: Rob Rocker Date: November 23, 2020 at 17:25
Been a fan of the band (all line-ups) since the debut, and despite not having the "signature sound" of Lewis/Guns, Renegades sounds like "L.A. Guns". All the songs are very good to solid, "Crawl" is a standout song and I also really like "Lost Boys", "Witchcraft", "All That You Are" and "Renegades". Production is good, the CD sounds "better" (more full/more depth) than the online clips. Steve Riley has put together a great band with the return of original bassist Nickels, Scott Griffin switching to guitar and new vocalist Kurt Frohlich. Overall a solid, well written and performed hard rock album.

CD: Zebra - Zebra
From: hair metal again Date: November 22, 2020 at 8:55
Excellent debut for ZEBRA with songs that were written in the late 70 s and that shows! their sound is between LED ZEPPELIN,TRIUMPH & RUSH with fine musicianship and those great vocals by Randy creating a certain atmosphere!"tell me what you want","one more chance" and " who s behind the door" are great songs indeed! Great debut from a great act

CD: Khymera - The Grand Design
From: titothetitan Date: November 20, 2020 at 20:19
Great album! Better than the first two, but it's not as strong as the third one ("The Greatest Wonder"). That third album is a masterpiece. Still, highly recomended!

CD: Joe Lynn Turner - Rescue You
From: titothetitan Date: November 20, 2020 at 19:58
Just an ok album, nothing more. I'll give it a few more spins because there's isn't any song that cought my attention that much. I'm not a big fan of Turner early years, not even with Malmsteen (Odissey). I thinhk the album he has released with Sunstorm are better.

CD: The Creek - The Creek/ Storm The Gate
From: hair metal again Date: November 20, 2020 at 8:38
excellent band &releases for THE CREEK , a band that delivered some old fashion hard rock music with a strong 80 s feel!their debut starts from when the SUGARCREEK stopped with a fine balanced sound between keys and guitars with great songs like "you don t owe me","six days to sunday" and "arthur whiteside"!recommended

CD: Every Mother's Nightmare - Every Mother's Nightmare
From: hair metal again Date: November 19, 2020 at 14:06
very good hair metal debut for EMN with a raw sound ,lots of attitude ,great looks ,some hits but some fillers also unfortunately!the guitar work and the vocals are excellent and with songs like "bad on love","walls come down" and "love can make you blind" it aint no strange that they made some buzz back in the day!bought it back then ,spinned it a lot and i got ready for what was about to happen with their next one that is a def masterpiece!essential

CD: Unruly Child - Waiting for the Sun
From: titothetitan Date: November 18, 2020 at 19:23
Great band, great singer, and an album that is quite disappointing. After a greeeat opening song (Heart Run Free ) it's level is never reached again and you'll get just some ok songs.

CD: Unruly Child - UC III
From: titothetitan Date: November 18, 2020 at 19:18
Disappointing album, specially with this line-up. It's even more disappointing than their second album (Waiting For the Sun).

CD: Sargant Fury - Turn The Page
From: hair metal again Date: November 18, 2020 at 10:52
very good release once again for SARGANT FURY , a band that offers a solid hard rock sound with fine musicianship and ok songs ,but this time the ballads are really outstanding !"no other way","time" and "without you" are great songs along with rockers like "turn the page" and "lucky day" you ll be satisfied!highly recommended from an underrated act like SARGANT FURY

CD: Eclipse - Via La Victouria
From: Holland4you Date: November 17, 2020 at 22:25
Oh how good is ECLIPSE!!!! Great band and i love every release but this one not so much. They sound great live if i was standing there but the overal mix on the vinyl i have is nog that good. The band sounds better live than recorded for sure. The best songs are the acoustic bonus tracks recorded properly.

CD: Temple Balls - Untamed
From: Auslander Date: November 17, 2020 at 21:59
This is a high quality release. For fans of that Scandi melodic hard rock sound. Distorted Emotions is the standout track. Finland is becoming the second Sweden as far as churning out quality bands in this style. Another new band, not yet on this site, called Notorious, has released a great album in 2020 called Glamorized. Also worth checking out if you are a fan of Motley Crue.

CD: Alien - Alien [1988]
From: titothetitan Date: November 17, 2020 at 20:23
They weren't huge bacause Jim quit the band so early and then they [the original line-up #2] dissolved in late 1989 before the second album could be completed. What happened later (Shiftin' Gear) is another story as bass player Ken Sandin stated in a interview: "We didn't know about Shiftin' Gear until it hit the stores. Something we were not happy about it. We thought it was going to be a Tony's solo album, not Alien!".

CD: Alien - Alien
From: titothetitan Date: November 17, 2020 at 20:22
They weren't huge bacause Jim quit the band so early and then they [the original line-up #2] dissolved in late 1989 before the second album could be completed. What happened later (Shiftin' Gear) is another story as bass player Ken Sandin stated in a interview: "We didn't know about Shiftin' Gear until it hit the stores. Something we were not happy about it. We thought it was going to be a Tony's solo album, not Alien!".

CD: Crashdiet - Rest In Sleaze
From: hair metal again Date: November 16, 2020 at 7:22
a pure masterpiece for CRASHDIET and for me is probably the best album a new band released in the new millenium and a release that could do for hard rock genre what GNR did back in 87 under the strong promotion of a big company of course!sleazy glam hard rock with a strong 80 s reference but with their own style without being copycats and most important with that enormous young feel that hatd rock is all about!essential and a milestone in the history of our beloved music

CD: Great White - Twice Shy
From: ghettonation73 Date: November 15, 2020 at 14:40
They also have a B-Side called "Slow Ride." not to be confused with the Foghat song. That song and "Wasted Rock Ranger" were on the "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" cassette single.

CD: Khymera - The Greatest Wonder
From: titothetitan Date: November 13, 2020 at 17:28
Brilliant AOR album and way better than the first two. Lots of standout songs and some AOR anthems [Beautiful Life, Burn Out, Fight For Yesterday], wonderful keyboards. Highly recomended!

CD: Khymera - A New Promise
From: titothetitan Date: November 13, 2020 at 11:25
It's a better album than the debut, with a better singer and better songs. I cant' find a filler song this album, but I think it lacks an AOR anthem song.

CD: Surgin - When Midnight Comes
From: hair metal again Date: November 13, 2020 at 8:24
SURGIN s debut is a classic mid 80 s release and sums up what was happening in the East Coast hard rock scene at the moment with that intense sound based on strong keys and howling guitars along with passionate vocals and lyrics only for the love game!brilliant from start to finish

CD: Black Stone Cherry - The Human Condition
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: November 13, 2020 at 3:48
I've been up and down with this band throughout their career - underwhelmled by their first few albums, and then really loving Magic Mountain and Family Tree. So when BSC announced they were moving away from the more rock 'n' roll feel of those two favorites, and back to what they consider to be heavier territory, I was not encouraged. Upon first listen, though, this is still fairly inline with the most recent few releases in terms of the overall feel. Maybe put it alongside the Kentucky album from 2016. My initial impression, however, is that the songs themselves are just kinda boring, with a lot of similar-sounding, singsong melodies that cause the songs to run together. This band has always had a lot of potential, but so often, they end up just sounding so bland and average. I do like "Ride," "DOn't Bring Me Down," "Keep On Keepin' On" and maybe a couple other songs, but aside from that, nothing stood out for me.

CD: Honeymoon Suite - The Big Prize
From: titothetitan Date: November 11, 2020 at 11:37
It's a great album, better than the debut and with more standout songs. It's not a masterpiece as there are some fillers inbetween. Last 2-3 songs closes the album in not a very interesting way, but the first half is excellent.

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