Jackbox – Kiss the Bride [1994]

Country Germany

Style Hard Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members Stefan Kirch – Bass, Thorsten Behrs – Guitar, Lars Subbe – Drums, Andreas Pelzer – Vocals,Guitar

Tracks 01. Weddddding, 02. Kiss A Bride, 03. Give Your Smile To Me, 04. If You Know What Love Is, 05. Don’t Go, 06. Rock Me, 07. Here Comes The Night, 08. I Believe, 09. Lonely, 10. Still The Only Heart, 11. Friends

Profile It all started back in 1986 in Hamburg, in the competition of “Battle of the Bands” were three musicians from two different bands join forced to recorded songs for this competion under the name “Spontaneous” and a demo cassette produced. They enjoy the work together and with the addition of Rainer Holstein on bass they change name to Jackbox and started on new songs. After two demo the band released their first full-lenght work titled “Kiss the Bride” via Crossroads Records in 1994, while the titled song shot as a video. The album contain three ballads and eight high energy rockers with some sharp guitars and hooks that will make your day. Their style reminds bands like Autograph, Mydra and M.T. Eyes. They are active till today continue writing songs and perform around.

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Upfront – Upfront [1991]

Country USA

Style CCM Lite AOR

Rating 76/100

Band Members Tim Halbin – Guitars,backing vocals, Mark Bevis – Bass,backing vocals, Paul Catron – Drums, David McCoy – Keyboards, Brian Fuller – Vocals

Tracks 01. Draw the Line, 02. We Are the Young, 03. Can’t Live, 04. Human Condition, 05. Hollow Heart, 06. I Wish

Profile Upfront was a Christian rock band acted in the 80s and early 90s.  In 1991 they self-produced and released this six tracks mini album, a demo work of them loaded with some excellent keys and melodies. The style is a mixture of melodic rock, arena rock and westcoast reminds bands like 8084, Airkraft and early White Heart. In 1991 after eight years in the band vocalist Brian Fuller left for a solo career.

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Narnia – Aslan [1987]

Country Canada

Style CCM AOR/Melodic Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. The Archer (Oceania), 02. Under Your Spell, 03. Take Me, 04. Truth, 05. Hungry Eye, , 06. Falling, 07. Digital Dream, 08. Everlasting

Profile Narnia out from Ontario released “Aslan” in 1987 via The Master’s Collection playing melodic rock with a pop touch. Very rare nowdays be on the top of many 80s rock collector’s lists reminds bands like Whitecross, Halo and Mastedon.

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Desert Eskimo – Desert Eskimo [1982]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Mark Price – Vocals,guitars,synthesizer,keyboards, Gilbert Moreno – Bass,synthesizer, Adrian Campos – Drums,percussion

Tracks 01. Always Falling in Love, 02. Can’t Go Back, 03. Into the Dawn, 04. Runner, 05. Eskimo, 06. Marylyn, 07. It really is Something, 08. Make me Feel so Good, 09. Danger Zone, 10. How do you Tell, 11. Brand New, 12. Blues is the Music

Profile One of the rarest US Hard Rock albums around, released in 1982 in a handful of copies, by their private North Star Records, based in sunny California. The band play hard rock with a 70s sound, aggressive guitar riffs with some prog parts, reminds bands like Destiny, Daniel Band and Dirty Tricks.

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Gold Dust – Gold Dust [1986]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members S. Couper, J. Couper, G. Barrett

Tracks 01. Never too Late, 02. Hard Road, 03. The Power and the Glory, 04. The Maze, 05. You Steal from Me, 06. Take the Good with the Bad, 07. Leaving Again, 08. One of the Few, 09. Dreams, 10. It’s Over, 11. The Truth, 12. Out on the Streets

Profile Gold Dust was a power trio from Massachusetts, that self released their debut album in 1986 on Gold Dust Records and was limited to only 300 copies worldwide. The music is a mixture of metal, psych and hard rock with Sabbath elements in guitars, fuzz bass, raw vocals, massively thick power chords and amazing solos. Sound is similar to bands like Legend, Crowhaven and Monarch. Very strange and unique sound.

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Mainline – Mainline [1983]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 72/100

Band Members Mike Hopkins – Bass, Pete Garofalo – Drums,percussion, Michael David Simons – Vocals, Michael Florman – Guitars

Tracks 01. Queen of the City, 02. Fool Tonight, 03. Tonight the Wind, 04. Too Late, 05. Maria, 06. Coming on Tonight, 07. Back Street Driver, 08. Crank it up, 09. Shadows

Profile Obscure and very rare album from Mainline, a Nebraska based band acted in the early 80s formed by guitarist Michael Florman. Their one and only release came out in 1983 from Deal With It ! Records in limited copies. The album contain nine hard rock tracks with a metal edge guitar riffs and gritty vocals but the production and the quality of the songs are flow. Their style reminds bands like Hyper, Cryer and White Hott.

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Unbound – Unbound [1996]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Eddie Vest – Guitar,backing vocals, Charlie Grau – Bass,backing vocals, Randy Reigelsperger – Drums, Doug Bertram – Vocals, Duane Harmon – Guitar,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Time On The Run, 02. Chasin The Wind, 03. Make It Through, 04. Unbound, 05. In Your Face, 06. Take No Prisoners, 07. Pressure, 08. Shit Comin Down, 09. Loser, 10. Anymore, 11. Overdrive, 12. Societys Child

Profile Unbound hailed from Mason, Ohio acted between 1992 to 2002. The band’s self-titled debut album released by J-Bird Records in 1996 and very difficult to be found days. The band’s songs varies from hard rock tunes to melodic metal with some prog influences. The band played in many local clubs around Ohio area playing original and cover songs gain lots of success and a small fan base.

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Heartcry – Okenland [1997]

Country Sweden

Style CCM Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Anders Johansson – Guitar,Vocals, Mick Nordstrom – Drums, Mike Sand – Bass, Irene Myrberg – Backing Vocals, Anders Carlson – keyboards

Tracks 01. Oken Land, 02. Falsk Profet, 03. Blind Leder Blind, 04. Lottofeber, 05. Skoter Mej Sjalv, 06. Vass Penna, 07. Marg Och Ben, 08. Avbild, 09. Jordens Salt, 10. Seglar

Profile Rare sophomore album from Heartcry released by Vital Music in 1997. The band formed in the late 80s by Anders Johansson members of Green Sleeves and Johannes who wanted to try something new. Many live show took part between 1991 till 1996 with the release of two album without good sales due to the luck of a good promotion, before “Okeland” released where thanks to Janne Stark (Stark Music) the band got some success in Japan. Here we have a combination of classic rock and heavy metal reminds the style of bands like Judas Priest, Scorpions, Rainbow, etc.

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Snake – My Oh My [1993]

Country Switzerland

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members F. Förster, J. Förster, H. Burmester, M. Jessen

Tracks 01. My Oh My, 02. Rebell Yell, 03. Prowler, 04. Skywalker, 05. More Than A Number, 06. Fighter, 07. Rockin, 08. That Is What I Want, 09. Holy Places, 10. Kocking On Heavens Door, 11. Smoke On The Water

Profile Extremely rare album by hard rock artist Snake titled “My Oh My” released in 1993 via Fortune y in limited quantities. They play the typical 80s hard rock with some sleazy elements, having nice vocals, musicianship and very good songwriting for those guys that manage to be strong and melodic at the same time, reminds bands like Satrox and Witnezz. The album has three covers from Billy Ido, Bob Dylan and Deep Purple, while their version of “Smoke On The Water” has been issued on a number of compilations. 

 

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Tropic of Cancer – Telephone Angel [1994]

Country Germany

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 75/100

Band Members Uwe Buchczyk – Guitars,vocals, Manfred Egner – Bass,backing vocals, Achim Seefelder – Keyboards,backing vocals

Tracks 01. What a Shame, 02. Telephone Angel, 03. Time, 04. Please Never Cry, 05. Tom Voice, 06. Lighteers in the Night, 07. So Lonely, 08. Time For the World, 09. Opening, 10. Wait For You, 11. Little Boy

Profile Here we have an ultra rare album of the Munich based indie band TOC (Tropic Of Cancer) with the title “Telephone Angel”. The band plays finest AOR in the style of Valet Parking, Seasons In Color, Surprise, Unique, Raindancer and Made in Heaven. This record is a very unknown gem and a collector album, released in 1994 privately by the band. Their style can be described as a modern rock music in the spirit of the 70s and provide their audience with earthy grooves, hard riffs, rousing ballads and funky instrumental pieces.

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