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HOUSE OF LORDS – Precious Metal

HOUSE OF LORDS – Precious Metal

House of Lords’ self-titled debut from 1989 is somewhat of a melodic rock cult classic.  The combination of Chuck Wright’s meaty bass work, Lanny Cordolla’s nifty-yet-melodic guitar shredding, Greg Giuffria’s bombastic keyboards and James Christian’s commanding vocals pull together excellently – like listening to a melodic rock supergroup, even though the original project was never […]

JIZZY PEARL – Crucified

JIZZY PEARL – Crucified

In terms of consistency Love/Hate kind of fizzled out after the release of the somewhat under-rated ‘Let’s Rumble’ in 1993.  The band soldiered on for another six years (with varying line-ups, issuing another three records), but despite best efforts from those later years (and the band almost blowing Gilby Clarke off stage in London during […]

IMPERA – Pieces Of Eden

IMPERA – Pieces Of Eden

In 2012, session drummer JK Impera’s eponymously named band released ‘Legacy of Life’, a solid melodic rock offering also showcasing the talents of much-loved guitarist Tommy Denander and European vocalist Matti Alfonzetti (best known to most as the frontman of Myke Gray’s Jagged Edge in the early 90s).  With a first class guitarist and a […]

WHITE LION – Return Of The Pride

WHITE LION – Return Of The Pride

Back in the late 80s/early 90s, White Lion released a couple of great albums in ‘Pride’ and ‘Mane Attraction’. By more modern standards, the production on ‘Pride’ is a tiny bit trebly (okay, maybe a lot trebly), but it had the songs to back up any technical shortcomings.  A couple of ‘Mane Attraction’s songs were […]

HAREM SCAREM – Mood Swings II

HAREM SCAREM – Mood Swings II

Almost any melodic rock fan will tell you that the first two Harem Scarem albums are classics.  The band’s 1992 debut and ‘Mood Swings’ – their harder sounding follow up from 1993 – set out the Canadian outfit’s stall as a band to be reckoned with.  Twenty years on from ‘Mood Swings’, someone in the […]

UGLY KID JOE – Stairway To Hell

UGLY KID JOE – Stairway To Hell

At the beginning of the 90s, it seemed almost impossible to watch MTV’s ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ or listen to the BBC Friday Rock Show with Tommy Vance (RIP) without encountering Ugly Kid Joe.  Their best-known singles ‘Everything About You’, ‘Neighbour’ and ‘Cats In The Cradle’ were huge.  Despite such success, the band’s time in the sun […]

GIUNTINI PROJECT – IV

GIUNTINI PROJECT – IV

Tony ‘The Cat’ Martin rarely gets any credit for his time in Black Sabbath between 1987-90/1993-97.  That’s a pity, since he always did his absolute best with the given material, while tackling a job that – in rock terms – was the epitome of “dead man’s shoes”.  Maybe those six studio records would now be […]

WHITESNAKE – Made In Britain/The World Record

WHITESNAKE – Made In Britain/The World Record

During Whitesnake’s 2013 co-headlining tour with Journey, the band were sloppy.  Guitarists Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich bought a fair amount of weight to the live sound, but their constant gurning was a little embarrassing.  Not as embarrassing as the vocal performance from David Coverdale, however, who – at least during their London show – […]

KING KOBRA – King Kobra II

KING KOBRA – King Kobra II

King Kobra’s 2011 comeback disc turned its back completely on the brilliant AOR sounds that filled the grooves of the band’s 1985 classic ‘Thrill of a Lifetime’, preferring instead to indulge in shameless musical chest-beating and overly macho clichés.  Overall, it wasn’t as bad as 1988’s absolute stinker ‘King Kobra III’, but it represented a […]

MAGNUS KARLSSON – Free Fall

MAGNUS KARLSSON – Free Fall

Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson will be familiar to some rock fans as a collaborator on Jorn Lande and Russell Allen’s trilogy of albums, having lent some meaty musical chops to the works of those powerhouse vocalists.  ‘Free Fall’ – Karlsson’s solo debut – follows in the melodic power metal tradition, with a roll call of […]

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