Andy Eklund – Andy Eklund [1993]

andy-eklund-feat-tommy-denander-house-of-shakira-aor-24e3cCountry Sweden

Style AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members Andreas Eklund – Vocals, Tommy Denander – Vocals,guitars

Tracks 01. I am Untouchable, 02. Don’t you Know, 03. On my Own, 04. With a Little Love, 05. A Longtime Lover, 06. I Believe, 07. Talk to me, 08. Living with a Hunger, 09. Time Passing (Instrumental), 10. The Stereo Song (Instrumental)

Profile Rare 1992-1993 project featuring Andreas Eklund from House of Shakira and Tommy Denander who is also responsible for the songwriting. Denander is a fantastic composer and have some quite intristing ideas aswell on his solo albums, but aswell on every band he was involved in. All tracks are great not a single weak moment here, fascinating song writting, catchy and damn well played, and Eklund shining with his vocal range.

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Supranova – Better Than Gold [1984]

nghjmgkmyuCountry Puerto Rico

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Ivan Serrano – Vocals,guitars, Lou – Drums, Carlos – Guitars,backing vocals, Issie Dones – Vocals, Joel – Bass

Tracks 01. Children of the Other Side (4:46), 02. I Feel all Right (5:56), 03. I’m Living Tonight (4:38), 04. La Playa (5:00), 05. Lizzy (3:32), 06. Eres Mia(Todavia) (3:41), 07. Nena,Nena (Perdoname) (4:28), 08. La Chica de mis Suenos (5:00), 09. Cuando Llega el Amor (3:50), 10. Lost in France (French Connection) (5:15)

Profile Extremely rare vinyl only came out in 1984 from Performance Records, featuring two vocalist, Ivan Serrano and Issie Dones, who are also the main songwriters of the album. The sound quality are not good but the songs definetely need your attention. The band sound cross between melodic rock and pop. There’re some really cool and catchy tunes, lots of harmonies, rhythm backing vocals and some radio friendly ballads.

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Roxx – Shout / Imitations Of You [1983]

r-6394317-1418148798-3626-jpegCountry USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 81/100

Band Members Charles Buckland – Bass, Ike Heartmore – Drums, Michael Alexander – Guitars, Yul Vaz – Guitars, Tracey Davenport – Vocals

Tracks 01. Shout (4:02), 02. Imitations Of You (2:56)

Profile Obscure and killer private hard n heavy from 1983 came out from HOT Records in very limited copies. No relation to the Tennessee group with the same name. The band hailed from Florida but they recorded this single in Puerto Rico. The band played in Georgia/Florida club circut with lots of fans but never got the big step although the quality of their song worth it. Later vocalist Tracey Davenport played with another Florida metal band called Augur.

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Rock Shott – Heart Breaker [1986]

7i67io78o89Country Puerto Rico

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members Mart Benz – Vocals, Ramon Carlos – Guitars,backing vocals, Ariel Benitez – Bass,backing vocals,  Abby Garcia – Drums, Leo Alvarez – Keyboards

Tracks 01. My Frist Love, 02. Heart Breaker, 03. My First Love (Inst. Version)

Profile Extremely rare single released in 1986 through R.C.N. Records in very low vinyl numbers and definetely worth a place in your collection. The heartfelt ballad “My First Love” and the rockin “Heart Breaker” are two well arranged and performed tunes, with stellar musicianship and quit good production for an indie release. The keys are outstanding as the guitar riffs. The band gain lots of fame in their country but also in U.S. with airplay and TV appearances. They wrote few more songs they performed live but none of them released official. Leo Alvarez later appeared in another Puerto Rico band Mattador release one worthy album.

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Tess – Emotional Bite [1995]

tessemotionalbiteCountry Liechtenstein

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 81/100

Band Members Consty Athanasopoulos – Vocals, Alex Feger – Guitars, Werner Noll – Bass, J.P. Lips – Drums

Tracks 01. Emotional Bite, 02. Innocense, 03. When The Eagles Fly, 04. Fight For Love

Profile Tess were a Vaduz based band formed in 1989 featuring vocalist Consty Athanasopoulos and guitar/Keyboardist Roland Ammann both members of  the Swiss hard rock band Anexxe and Lava later. Self release mini album in limited 1000 copies that worth your attention, reminds bands like Satrox, Victory and Ruckus. Great dynamic guitar riffs, strong vocals and top notch production. The band manage to release two demo tapes and one ep before split-up in the mid 90s.

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Aces And Kings – No Hard And Fast Rules [2015]

oapdcdymCountry United Kingdom

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members Andy Trevelyan – Guitars,bass, Duncan “Joe” Henshall- Vocals, Gary Wells – Vocals,backing vocals, Kev Hardy – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Once In A Lifetime, 02. One Step, 03. Heartbeat Of America, 04. Everytime, 05. Where’s The Action, 06. Do You Believe, 07. Don’t Stop, 08. Dancing With Your Heart, 09. DOA, 10. West Coast Crazy

Profile Aces & Kings is Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire base rock band active in England in the eighties and after years they signed contract with the record CTM Records to release their debut album, “No Hard & Fast Rules” in 2015. They play melodic hard rock having two vocalists. In their shows, in addition to their own compositions, they play covers of Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Journey and Alice Cooper, among others. After their reunion in 2014 at the Rock On The Rocks Festival, the musicians decided to resurrect their songs and write new material in order to do some live shows and finally to edit what can be considered the debut album. Most of the songs were written in the 80s, so as you can imagine they have a sound that relates directly to this British-style era, but also to various American school cues with attractive keyboards, good melodies, direct guitar riffs.

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Stitch – Freakshow Box [1994]

stitch_fbCountry Germany

Style Sleazy Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Andreas Rasche – Vocals, Stephan Klopfel – Guitar,backing vocals, Carsten Collenbusch – Guitar,backing vocals, Kay Schillemat – Bass,backing vocals, Thomas Nussbaum – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Dancing With the Neighbourhood, 02. Mr Got It All, 03. Heartaches, 04. Welcome to My Freakshow, 05. Back Street Bitch, 06. Kids Get Rocked, 07. Mister, 08. Rock the Night, 09. Sweet Little Suzi, 10. Dancing to the Radio, 11. When the Wind Blows

Profile Stitch were a Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia based band formed in 1985. Actually this is a German-Austrian project release two albums, “The Queen Is Back” in 1988 and “Freakshow Box” in 1994. Their second move to more hard rock paths than the heavier first. The guitar work is outstanding as the bass line. The production for an indie is also worthly while the vocal range of Rasche is really impressive that in times reminds of Vince Neil. In the record there’re also some re-recorded songs from their first record. They sound as a mixture of Steeler, Axel Rudi Pell, Jillson and Illusion.

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Quattro – When The Dreaming Ends [1991]

bhftjrtyCountry USA

Style Melodic/Blues Rock/AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members J. Bradley Quattro – Drums,percussion, Jason W. Quattro – Guitar, Jeffrey F. Quattro – Synthesizer,piano,organ, Scott Ambush – Bass, Mark Williams – Vocals

Tracks 01. When The Dreaming Ends (2:44), 02. Running In Circles (3:42), 03. Feels Like I’m Falling (5:29), 04. Don’t Hold Back (4:36), 05. Heavy Metal Hair (3:59), 06. Watch The World (4:11), 07. Make It Happen (4:11), 08. Fade Away (3:34), 09. Visions (3:47), 10. Prisoner Of Rock-N-Roll (4:48)

Profile Quattro were a rock band from Oil City, Pennsylvania acted in the early 90s. This mega rare 10 track album was released in 1991 on a small US indie label (Rainman Records). The Quattro Brothers, led by Jason Quattro, also known as Justin Thyme, play excellent melodious rock, filled with layered, soaring vocal harmonies and some excellent guitar work balanced with some sweet keyboards. Fans of Justin Sayne will dig this release! The album selecting from NVR’s Don Tabler as best rock album for 1992.

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Justin Thyme – Serious Decision [2002]

6y75utyjCountry USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Jimmie Ping – Guitars

Tracks 01. Hurtin’ And Sorrow (4:10), 02. Serious Decisions (3:15), 03. Diamond In The Rough (3:59), 04. Sorceress Of Love (6:21), 05. Black Carousel (4:05), 06. Thirteen Steps (5:08), 07. Wish You Were Coming Back (4:31), 08. Two-Hearted Woman (6:41), 09. Do You Even Know My Name (3:11), 10. Baggage (3:59), 11. Crash and Burn (4:35)

Profile Justin Thyme were a Lynchburg, Virginia based rock band formed in the mid 70s with several independently releases through the years until 2002 the band ended due to the death of Jimmie Ping, “heart” of the band. With their last release “Serious Desicion” the band plays a wonderful array of Rock, Hard Rock and AOR styled tracks – 90s style always with a fusion touch that worth your attention. The album released in very low numbers and it is very hard to be found nowdays.

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Razar – Decadence & Disciple [1984]

razarCountry Alaska

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 72/100

Band Members Alan – Guitars,keyboards,backing vocals, Graig Richard – Guitars, Louie – Vocals, Ron Lahr – Drums,percussion, Ken – Bass,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Do it All Night (4:11), 02. No you Don’t (4:31), 03. Over and Over (6:42), 04. Name of your Game (5:19), 05. Quest for Strange (3:46), 06. On the Hunt (5:06), 07. Dragon (3:41), 08. Long Shadows (4:29)

Profile Self release from 1984 by Razar, a rock outfit from Anchorage, Alaska formed in the early 80s by drummer Ron Lahr. Made up of talented musicians with a wild penchants for booze and broads, Razar took the state of Alaska by storm. The first, and for a while, the only band to crank it to 10 and play the music seen on MTV, Razar leaped to local stardom. Then began a long journey into the decadence of sex, drugs, and rock and roll – Alaskan style. What would become them would also defeat them. They recorded and produced an album, made a video and went on tour. They had the music and they had the fans. With a better songwriting they would become huge.

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