Discovery Heart of Stone [1993]

discoveryCountry Germany

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 88/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Ready for Rock (1:15), 02. Magic Nights (4:18), 03. Heart of Stone (4:05), 04. Back to the Start Again (4:23), 05. Hold back the Seasons (4:33), 06. Baby (4:42), 07. Way of the World (3:23), 08. Born to Rock on (3:29), 09. I know you (3:16), 10. Dangerous Eyes (4:29)

Profile This mega rare 10-track album was released in 1993 on MSB Records of Germany and is self produced. With a rougher sounding Bon Jovi or Johnny Lima like vocals, DISCOVERY play some excellent AOR/melodic hard rock. The band uses some great keys along with some nice guitar work, plus alot of catchy melodies and hooks. The album opens with a bombastic intro: great guitar fills and bombastic keys here. Then the first track “Magic Nights” starts with a cool lead guitar and swirling keys – wow! this is how AOR should sound like! With a huge hookline this song sounds very close to Robert Louden meets Michael C. Dragon. It goes on with an awesome ballad that could’ve been taken from Kirka’s “The Spell” and the great up-tempo track “Back To The Start Again” that comes along with a perfect mix of smoking guitars and full blown keyboards, reminding of Shelter. It’s an extremely rare release that is deserving of a place in your collection.

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Second Wind – Self Titled [1992]

1_b5f186cc5b94c101f3a5beb9b1e1322dCountry Canada

Style WestCoast AOR/Pop/Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Glenn Domina – Lead Vocals,Guitar, Paul Esquivel – Keyboards, Mike Haffey – Drums, Dave O’Brien – Lead Vocals,Keyboards, Dave Wallance – Backing Vocals,Bass

Tracks 01. Apple (03:42), 02. Wrong Side (02:47), 03. With You (03:36), 04. Surrender (03:45), 05. Secret (03:35), 06. Can’t Say No (03:16), 07. Get Your Way (03:26), 08. When You Dance (03:27), 09. Seraphina (03:54), 10. Total Control (03:45), 11. New Direction (03:11), 12. Run Away (03:31), 13. Farthest Thing (03:53), 14. On Our Side (04:06), 15. Where’s Beaver Tonight? (04:04), 16. Answer (05:51)

Profile Hyper rare and impossible to find great Indie AOR. Like so many other bands, they were a little late and released an album full of melodic AOR songs, a real great one for fans of 80’s AOR!  Opener “Apple” for example is a good song in the vein of Be Sharp, but it’s far not the best song here… “Wrong Side” for example comes along like Endless meets Seasons In Color with a catchy chorus and big keys all over, “With You” could have been taken from Shelter (great hookline again), while “Surrender” rocks big time in the vein of Curfew meets Shelter and “Secret” comes along with sligzht Hi-Tech elements and some huge keyboards that remind of Fingerprints. “Can’t Say No” and the great “Total Control” bring back pure AOR with a great mix of rocking guitars and smooth keyboards…  A great indie AOR gem – really hard to locate anywhere and a cool find for fans of indie AOR who are looking for obscure AOR bands.

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Soul – Soul [1994]

1_7d1b0738ec531166a0685004e7c27bb6Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Kevin Roentgen – Vocals,guitars, Tristan Greth – Bass,backing vocals, Kenny Pierce – Drums,backing vocals, Rudy White – Guitars,backing vocals

Tracks 01. I Don’t Need you, 02. This World, 02. Religion no More, 04. Hang on Lttle Sister, 05. Crucify me, 06. Bad News

Profile This hyper rare 6-track mini album was released in 1994 on a US indie label. Fasten your seat belts for one of the best ever hard rock indies to ever exist from the mid-90’s. We’re talking ground-breaking LA style hard rock blended with traces of a Southern tinge and a drop of sleaze. Imagine the best parts of Phantom Park, Newcastle XXX, Bad Angels, Railjack Union blended together with a slab of Aerosmith “Permanent Vacation” era but with a bombatic heavier sound. I can not begin to describe to you how insanely killer SOUL rocks. The band eventually grew to be American Pearl. The album has a tight, punchy, crunchy, well produced sound. A few collectors can boast owning this all-time treasure.

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Lost Cause – Over The Edge [1992]

LOSTCAUSE_OTECountry USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Ray Hesson Jr., Ben Hesson, Michael Hesson, Tim Kane

Tracks 01. Lady Of The Night (3:10), 02. Over The Edge (4:02), 03. Seaside (3:12), 04. Party Line (3:32), 05. Mental Case (4:15), 06. Walking Alone (5:28), 07. Daydream In A Dark Time (3:50), 08. Johnny B. Trayer (4:50), 09. The Traveler (3:40), 10. Pain Of Tomorrow (3:11), 11. ‘Til I Found You (3:54), 12. Tonight (3:38)

Profile This super rare 12-track album was released in 1992 on a small US indie label. This band is totally awesome and features breathtaking melodic hard rock. Right off they remind of the Canadian Band Midpoint with some tasty tidbits of Shakra meets Helix and Violin Key in style. The vocals are different (but in good way) and are more aligned with the German band Frozen Heart blended with Code Blue. The pitch is higher and there is a layered harmony. Ray, Ben and Michael are the sons of bluegrass great Ray Hesson. Near impossible to find nowdays.

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Paradize – She’s Breaking My Heart Again [1990]

qdadfqaCountry Sweden

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 92/100

Band Members L.J. Roger – Vocals,guitars, F. Sunny – Guitars, Fred Fuze – Bass, U. Jensen – Drums

Tracks 01. She’s Breaking my Heart Again, 02. I Can Hear you Whisper my Name

Profile Paradize were a short-lived hard rock outfit from Alingsås release this rare 2-track single back in 1990 through New Music House Of Sweden, while the songwritng and production made by Peo Pettersson from Leviticus, Axia, Peo fame among others. Not much to be said as this single is a must for your collection. Two powerful and catchy tunes that will explode you and stack into your head for a along time.

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