Kidskin – Murder In A Tight White Dress [1985]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members “Wreckless Wricky” Ricky Dunn,Johnny Vee – Guitars, Joe Shikany – Vocals, Rick Troppman – Bass, Ozzie,Steve Adamek – Drums

Tracks 01. One Nite Stand, 02. Twist Of The Blade, 03. Murder In A Tight White Dress, 04. The Edge Of Wetness

Profile Very rare release from this Seattle, Washington based band came out in 1985 through Wreckless Records. The band formed in 1980 features the ferocious twin guitar attack of Johnny Vee and Wreckless Wricky Dunn, appeal for fans of Kiss and Sammy Hagar works. With a better work on songwriting they would be up more levels. They were active till 1986.

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Dysembark – Dysembark [2017]

Country Spain

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Francesco Caporale – Vocals, David Yáñez – Guitars,keyboards, Jesús Ruiz – Bass, Edu Citrores – Drums,  

Tracks 01. Keep On… (4:28), 02. Road to Love (4:14), 03. Dancing with you (4:32), 04. Liar (Burning Love), 05. Lost in the Sea (4:02)

Profile Dysembark is a melodic rock band from Madrid formed in 2014. They play Melodic Rock inspired by 80s bands, with actual sounds. Killer and melodic guitar riffs, keyboads, solid and technical drum and bass…sweet and harmonized voices and choruses… for the best feelling in this style of music, inspired by bands like Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Hardline, Airless, Bad English, etc.

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Hall of Fame – A New Adventure [2004]

Country Australia

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Jimmy Georgopoulos – Lead/backing vocals, Bill Georgio – Drums,backing vocals, Anthony Villani – Guitars, Adrian Pannella – Bass

Additional Musicians Shane Harman – keyboards,backing vocals

Tracks 01. A New Adventure (3:37), 02. The One I Need the Most (4:53), 03. Why? (4:00), 04. Headlines (3:21), 05. Where It Takes Us (3:57)

Profile This band hails from Reservoir, Victoria and they play catchy, infectious Melodic Rock/AOR.  This band features former members of the band Safire that released the mega rare self-titled mini album in the mid 90s.  All 5 songs have stunning melodies and catchy choruses.  The unique sounding metal voice of the vocalist Georgopoulos gives a powerhouse performance to AOR. A must for all collectors of rare indies.

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1Way – Walk at a Run [1986]

Country Canada

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Jonathan Lane – Vocals,bass, Dale Anderson – Keyboards,backing vocals, Mike Lane – Drums,backing vocals, Mark Jeffrey – Guitars,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Walk at a Run, 02. Do it for Love

Profile Mega rare private single release from 1986 on Urlinker Records. The band hailed from Quebec, has every 80s hard rock cliche going with some glammy touches, songs done with attitude and authority.

 

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Sherman Spike – Sherman Spike [1997]

Country Canada

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members Joe Desmond – Vocals, Ronan Reinart – Guitars

Tracks 01. Something Is Happening, 02. I Don’t Really Care, 03. Nothing Works, 04. House Of Sand, 05. I’ve Got A Feeling, 06. I Never Said, 07. Mary Anne, 08. Some Reality, 09. The Traveller, 10. I’m Happy, 11. Something Is Happening (Reprise)

Profile Hard to find self-titled released on Smiling Mummy Records came out in 1997. The band hailed from Vancouver play melodic rock with some seventies influences similar in style to fellow Canadian band Prism. The song “I’ve Got A Feeling” is a cover from Beattles.

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Kid Charlemagne – Kid Charlemagne [1996]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Lake Without A View (3:31), 02. Drive The Sky (4:24), 03. The Storm (4:53), 04. Memory (4:40), 05. Three To The Wind (4:46), 06. Forward Movin 3:47), 07. In Chicago (4:49), 08. Insecurity (3:45), 09. Lock And Key (5:33), 10. My Final Day (4:26), 11. Lake Without A View (Reprise) (1:26)

Profile Very hard to find melodic hard rock indie release. Great musicianship, strong vocals and catchy hooks make this an indie worth owning.  “Lake Without A View” is a great opening track, “The Storm” is a solid melodic tune, “Insecurity”  is a keyboard driven track bringing back a flavor of old school Chicago. “My Final Day” is a beautiful keyboard driven ballad and one of the best track on the record. Their style reminds of Ask a Stranger.

 

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Coast Of Mercy – The Monkey Never Dies! [1993]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Garey Shelton – Bass,backing vocals, Cynthia Adamek – Vocals, Steve Adamek – Guitars,vocals,piano, Jerry Battista – Drums, Joe Shikany – Guitars

Tracks 01. The Monkey Never Ends, 02. It’s Not The End Of The World, 03. The Selling Of Jesus, 04. Dirty Lies And Nasty Secrets, 05. Shipwrecked, Moving In Slow Motion, 06. Love Me To Destruction, 07. Love Affair, 08. The Coast Of Mercy, 09. Animal Attraction, 10. Baby I Lied

Profile Coast of Mercy were a short-lived band from Seattle acted in the early and mid 90s. Coast of Mercy is a cool, uptempo female fronted Hard Rock band that plays music similar in style to Partner. Shikany, Shelton and Stevie Adamek were also members of the Seattle band The Allies from 1979-1985. Their one and only album came out in 1993 via Stonehenge Records, an album with some really worthy moments and compositions while they received a fair amount of airplay on college radio stations.

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A21 – Aurora 21 [1997]

Country Brazil

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 79/100

Band Members Kid Azevedo – Vocals,guitars, Ted Azevedo – Drums,backing vocals, Ricardo Pain – Bass,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Ilha, 02. Guarda-Costas, 03. Forasteiro, 04. Quando a Chuva Termina, 05. Ave de Rapina, 06. Eterno Enquanto Dure, 07. Leopardos Sujos, 08. Um Dia de Rock ‘N’ Roll, 09. Guerra de Canudos

Profile A21 hailed from Curitiba release this mega rare and obscure album back in 1997. An undiscovered melodic hard rock gem with AOR touch, catchy melodies and stellar musicianship remind bands like Joker and Gypsy Dream. A very interesting and extremely personal pure sophisticated hard rock in arrangments with a technical and remarkable rhythmic session that worth your attention.

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Heart 2 Heart – Never Gonna Stop [2016]

Country Spain

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Javi – Drums,backing vocals, Liuis – Guitars,backing vocals, Sara – Vocals,keyboards, Joncar – Guitars,backing vocals, Miky – Bassbacking vocals

Tracks 01. We are one, 02. Strangers, 03. Bad Taste, 04. Wet, 05. Partners in crime, 06. Take my hand, 07. My intimate enemy, 08. Dream until the end, 09. Take my hand (acoustic)

Profile Heart 2 heart was born in Barcelona in 2013 where influences go from classic American Rock bands until Scandinavian Rock. Bands like Journey, WET, Europe, Bon Jovi, The Poodles, Eclipse… They did some concerts and they won a song contest where the prize was recording a demo. Then the vocalist left them behind. So they contacted a singer that they knew from another band that had recently split up and decided to record the demo “From Now on” with him. After a year and a half, the singer left because of his job and the band decided that Sara would be the best option as she knew all the songs.It was the right time to recorded an album as it happened with bombastic keyboards, catchy chorus and strong guitar riffs where  lovers in general will enjoy the band’s music.

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Fire Rose – Devil On High Heels [2016]

Country Switzerland

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 81/100

Band Members Pascal Dahinden – Vocals, Simon Giese – Guitar,backing Vocals, Florian Giese – Guitar, Janick Schaffner – Bass, Daniel Kopp – Drums

Tracks 01. Wheels On Fire, 02. Fire ‘n’ Ice, 03. On The Edge, 04. Don’t Need Somebody, 05. Heavy Metal Still Burns, 06. Fades To Grey, 07. Falling, 08. Devil On High Heels, 09. I Love You, 10. Light Of Hope, 11. Tequila, 12. Together We Stand, 13. We Are Wild

Profile Formed in 2005 Fire Rose is classic 80s Hard Rock but with a punchy modern production. With their pounding songs, with the very catchy choruses and the powerful stringlines and two-part guitar riffs, they know how to make the booth rock! Their influence is undoubtedly in the hard rock and metal of the late 80s. Witht the complete line up in 2006 followed the first concert at the Meh-Suff Festival in Widen AG and further pub gigs followed, while 2007 was a successful concert year, playing with various other bands like Shakra, Charing Cross, Kharma, Me And The Rest among others. The band’s debut album “Devil On High Heels” is a variety of hard rockers with groove & melody, more edgy metallic numbers, ballads, all wrapped by a really good production.

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