Sam Alex – Believe [2001]

Country Germany

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 80/100

Band Members Sam Alex – Vocals, Bobby Altvater – Guitars

Tracks 01. Dancing With Tears, 02. Hold On, 03. Lonely

Profile This rare 3 track mini album was privately produced and released in Germany by Samha Records. Alex Asu Samha (Sam Alex) and guitarist Bobby Altvater (ex Cinnamon, Slappy White, Affair and many others) have put together an awesome AOR mini album. Lush keys and excellent vocals create an atmosphere of total AOR/melodic rock bliss. It’s very passionate and in the vein of early Bon Jovi, Affair and Roko.

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GRK – Timewarp [1995]

Country Sweden

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Peter Andersson – Bass,backing vocals, Bjorn Hellmark – Guitars,backing vocals, Rolf Hellmark – Vocals,guitars,flutes,krummhorn, Richard Lundgren – Drums,backing vocals, Goran Sonesson – Piano,organ,synthesizers,backing vocals

Tracks 01. All The Way, 02. Tarot Woman, 03. You Got To Roll, 04. Burning Bridges, 05. Bright Nights City Lights, 06. Mean, 07. Blood On Blood, 08. Pictures Of You, 09. 1999, 10. Everytime, 11. Givin’ It All, 12. Children Of The Revolution, 13. Ride The Night, 14. In The Name Of Liberty, 15. To You

Profile The Hellmark brothers in the mid 80s played in Hard n Heavy band Hellmark before forming GRK. Here we have another excellent Swedish melodic hardrock indie album, released by the band themselves and produced by GRK in extremely small piece count in 1995. Their music style and influences varies from song to song, remind of bands like Gambler and Silver Mountain.

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Spellbound – Spellbound [1999]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 77/100

Band Members Mark McNelley – Vocals, Mike Caldwell – Drums

Tracks 01. Little Angel (4:00), 02. Pick Up the Pieces (3:33), 03. Seeker (3:28), 04. Blessed Child (2:59), 05. Don’t Come Easy (3:52), 06. Road to Nowhere (3:32), 07. Bitter Cold (3:33), 08. My Imagination (3:51)

Profile Out of print and hard to find nowdays self-titled debut album from this Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based outfit released in 1999. Spellbound was an original act who shared the stage with national acts such as Skid Row, Slaughter, and Jackyl, and swapped many gigs with the at the time up and coming Halestrom.

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Chrysalid – License To Kill [1995]

Country France

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Gilles Thiebaut – Bass,Backing Vocals, Carmine Perrone – Drums,Percussions, Vincenzo Perrone – Vocals,Guitar, Rodolphe Chamarande – Backing Vocals,Keyboard, Christophe Thiebaut – Guitar,Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Dream In Tokyo, 02. Till The End Of Time, 03. License To Kill, 04. Last Grip, 05. Comic Clown, 06. Dance, 07. Back For More, 08. Chills On The Night, 09. Starlight, 10. Big Money, 11. Stop Trail

Profile Mega rare release from 1995 on Krystaline Records. The band formed in the early 90s in Saint-Dizier, Champagne-Ardenne, having a sound similar to bands like Sweet Lips and Dirty Side. They difinitely have a somewhat unique/different sound, the drums are a little muffled and the multi-layered background vocals are simply astounding. Not great, but pretty good for solid hard rock. Christophe Thiebaut passed away in 2015.

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Lisa De Luxe – Instinct de Luxe [1996]

Country France

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Eric Cardell – Drums, Phils Le Chaix – Bass,drums,keyboards, Miguel Torres – Vocals, Bruno Da Sylva – Guitar,Backing Vocals

Tracks  01. Interlude Sonore, 02. Encore (4:19), 03. Un dia sin ti (4:11), 04. Quand t’es pas la (3:47), 05. I’m a man (3:15), 06. L.O.V.E. (3:59), 08. Open your eyes (4:04), 10. Don’t let me down now (2:53), 11. That’s why (4:02), 13. S’i est trop tard (4:39), 14. Wild night (4:14), 16. Si te vas (3:08), 17. Burning love (4:16)

Profile Lisa De Luxe formed in 1993 in Strasbourg, Alsace. Their first work was a self produced demo in 1994 while the single “Requiem in the Wind” mixed by Tony Visconti (producer of T. Rex, David Bowie, U2…) help them to gain a contract with Brennus Music where in 1996b released their first album “Instinct de Luxe”. The band cross hard ‘n heavy tunes with speedy guitar riffs, powerful bass line and spell-binding vocals. With the song “That’s Why” appeared in 1997 compilation “Vae Victis”. The band where active with many live appearances in France and Germany but also appeared on many TV shows.

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Naughty Jane – Keep It Alive [2015]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Michael St James – Guitars, Richie Delise – Bass,vocals, Robert Jantzen – Vocals, Damien Montecarlo -Drums, JD Lee – Drums,keyboards,vocals

Tracks 01. Keep It Alive, 02. To the Top, 03. Love Me Tonight, 04. Hard Time, 05. No Remedy for Heartbreak, 06. Ain’t Nobodys Business, 07. Paradise, 08. Back On the Streets, 09. Wildride, 10. Naughty Jane, 11. Against the Wall, 12. Food for Your Love, 13. Fantasy, 14. Tell Me About It, 15. Take Me Home, 16. Something ‘Bout the Way, 17. Feed the Fire, 18. Naughty Jane (Rough Mix), 19. Let Me Be the One (Rough Mix), 20. I’m On Fire (Rough Mix)

Profile Naughty Jane was formed in June of 1990 in Philadelphia. The real treat is seeing the boys live, where they use one of the largest stage productions ever to be squeezed in a club. This, along with their hordes of loyal followers, attracts a crowd not to be rivaled in size or enthusiasm.The live shows feed off the crowd’s energy and allow the band to showcase a wide variety of material.

Naughty Jane has signed a deal with FNA Records that finds the band back in the studio recording. It has been 20 years since Naughty Jane has played together and now Robert Smith (vocals), Michael Corsaro (guitar) and Rich Delise (bass) are back together with the help of drummer Damien MonteCarlo from the band Mach 22 and are recording songs that have never been released from their days as a headliner on the Philadelphia and New Jersey music scene.

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Partner – Partner [1993]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Dana Anton – Vocals,piano, Trog – Drums,guitars, Bill Allyn – Guitars,keyboards,backing vocals, Scott Slack – Bass, Darik Peet – Guitars, Phil – Guitars,keyboards

Tracks 01. What Is The Meaning?, 02. One For All, 03. Pounded Too Hard, 04. When I Was young, 05. Opus I, 06. Never Give Up, 07. You Live Your Life, 08. Easy As Sin, 09. Better or Worse, 10. Information, 11. Opus II, 12. Dance, 13. Radar Love

Profile Mega rare female fronted hard rock indie from Seattle came out in 1993 through CM Records. The band plays straight-ahead US indie sounding hard rock with some 70s influences and some shredding guitar solos. The production for an indie is good as Dana Anton on lead vocals. The band does a very nice cover of Golden Earring’s “Radar Love”. 

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Bombay Cafe – Corporate Mind’s Eye [1994]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Brian Kostic – Keyboards,Guitars,Backing Vocals, Jamie Wanzenried – Vocals, Marty Gass – Drums,Percussion,Backing Vocals, Rege Zirngibl – Guitars,Backing Vocals, Terry McHugh – Bass,Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Even Plane (4:39), 02. Feel It (3:43), 03. Lies (3:11), 04. Corporate Mind’s Eye (4:09), 05. Leave You Cold (3:36), 06. It’s Not Real (4:06), 07. It’s Never Enough (3:55), 08. Sole Survivor (4:11)

Profile Awesome female fronted US indie and very hard to be found nowdays released by the band in 1994, produced by the band and David Thomas. Predominantly uptempo melodic hard rock with great soaring female vocals, some nice keys and guitar work and….some awesome harmony backing vocals. A rare treat that must be experienced to appreciate. In the vein of bands like Blue 46, XPress and Hammered Blue.

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Heartache City – Heartache City [2001]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Stephen Fontaine – Vocals, Ron Sachs – Guitars, Wanda Ortiz – Bass, David White – Drums,percussion

Tracks 01. If I Could Fall In Love Again, 02. Intrigue, 03. Last Chance, 04. Thunder And Lightning, 05. It Won’t Be Long, 06. Respect, 07. Gonna Love Her Anyway, 08. Even Up The Power, 09. Some Gotta Win, 10. Throw It All Away, 11. No More Lies, 12. Echoes

Profile Hailed from Garden Grove, California formed in 2000, Heartache City is a powerful song-driven rock band comprised of outstanding musical talents fronted by Stephen Fontain who was vocalist of Joshua and later with Uriah Heep. Their dynamic sound is achieved through the complex integration of stunning guitar riffs, dynamic vocals, and creative keyboard arrangements. The band’s high energy live shows are exemplified by an aggressive theatrical performance and superior musicianship.

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Under Your Skin – In Time [2001]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members  Mike Nelson – Drums, Brian Broglie – Guitar,Slide Guitar,Keyboard,Background Vocals, Jude – Lead Vocals, James Michael – Bass, Bobby Roxon – Guitar,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals

Tracks   01. Irresistible (03:53), 02. He’s Gone Away (03:23), 03. In Time (03:44), 04. See you Again (04:01), 05. Don’t Give up (04:12), 06. Chosen One (04:10), 07. Let me (02:51), 08. Hungry (02:59), 09. U, Need, Me (03:07), 10. Wasted (03:10), 11. Hypnotized (02:38), 12. Pray for Rain (03:27)

Profile Mega rare US indie release from 2001 on Blue Dot Records. Another worthy female fronted hard rock band, a little too polished and produced but Jude’s voice and the songs make up for it. They play hard rock with some country influences reminds bands like Phanotm Blue and Femme Fatale.

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