Vivid – Driven [1995]

VIVID_DCountry United Kingdom

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Alan Ramsey – Vocals, Chris Tarrant – Vocals,Guitar, Chris Bracebridge – Guitar, Greg Humble – Guitar, Dave Bradley – Bass, Stuart Mee – Drums

Tracks 01. Too Much (4:12), 02. Finger On The Trigger (4:11), 03. Heart Of America (3:45), 04. Moving On (3:37), 05. What Do You Say? (4:36), 06. Just For Once…. (4:22)

Profile Vivid were a University rock band from Leicester, Leicestershire band formed in early 90s. Solid writing, recording and touring the small venue circuit finally bore fruit when we signed to Cargo Records. Subsequent releases were aired regularly on BBC Radio 1 and led them to tour with Bon Jovi, Skin, Tyketto, FM, Gun, Joan Osborne and Brian Roberston (Thin Lizzy) among others, in venues and stadiums across Europe, culminating with the band winning a Kerrang Award in 1997.  A pleasant surprise in the vein of Harlot’S Webb, Syre and T.O. Joker.

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Surface Tension – Jump The Gun [1992]

SURFACETENSION_JTG2Country Canada

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Fab Formisano – Bass,backing vocals, Pat Gagliardi – Vocals,acoustic guitar, Ron Horton – Lead/acoustic guitar,backing vocals, Paul Tomori – Drums,keyboards,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Jump the Gun, 02. Take It to the Heart, 03. All I Need, 04. Snakes and Ladders, 05. Need to Know, 06. Photographs

Profile This rare 6 track mini album was released in 1992 on Noisnet Songs. These guys had the look but they also had the talent to back up their image. Crisp guitars, catchy hooks, good choruses and cool backing vocals is what you’ll find here with Surface Tension. Only problem the production, as it’s a bit of a sore spot here. Fans of Slik Toxik, Dirtyworks and Southgang will find this indie treasure pretty impressive . 

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GreX – Stop It Now [1993]

rfgergeCountry Germany

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members Wolfi Rieder – Vocals,guitars

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Profile Extraordinary AOR/melodic rock mini-album released by this Stuttgart based band in 1993, printed in extremely small number. This great indie contains 7 amazing tracks with both male and female vocals covered by tons of keys. It’s highly recommended for collectors of top rarities like Heat, Tindrum, Skorgan, Paranoja, Sweet Revenge, TC Kross and others. The band debut in 1991 with the single “Warfever” and they were active till 1994.

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PM – Street Of Dreams [1990]

grgrCountry USA

Style WestCoast AOR/Pop

Rating 87/100

Band Members Jim Mayer – Bass,vocals, Roger Guth – Drums,keyboards,vocals, Peter Mayer – Guitars,keyboards,vocals

Tracks 01. Wind On the Water, 02. Right Time to Tremble, 03. Tender Moments, 04. River City Sunday, 05. My Intuition, 06. Love Blue, 07. Nothing to Lose, 08. Restless, 09. Between Love, 10. Bang! Bang! Bang!, 11. Street of Dreams, 12. Sister Annie, 13. Kiss and Tell, 14. Cowboys and Indians, 15. Roses in the Rain

Profile Original 1990 cassette only release of PM’s second album. Includes the song “Room For Love” which was deleted when the album was later released on cd format in 1993. Street Of Dreams offers a mix of classic rock themed songs with metaphoric lyrics. Songs range from all out rock to sensitive ballads. First release after Warner Brothers. “Wind On The Water” is a catchy tune and a great opening song for this record. while”Right Time To Tremble” is one of those songs you find yourself singing when you least expect to, causing you to want to listen to the album again. Both are two songs that worth your attention of this record among with”Nothing To Lose” an upbeat tune with a great mix of bass, keyboards, guitar and percussion. A true dream for any AOR/westcoast fan, only 2500 were pressed.

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Aris – Epilog [1992]

ariscoverCountry Germany

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Andy Radecki – Guitar, Sven Gallinsky – Keyboards, Alex Joe Krauss – Vocals, Frank Will – Drums, Markus Herter – Bass

Tracks 01. Best Of My Life (3:52), 02. White Eagle (3:50), 03. Anna (5:25), 04. Face To Face (4:08), 05. Epilog (2:59)

Profile In the year 1984 ARIS was founded by Sven Gallinsky and his friends. They played all around the South of Germany and won the Rock Testival in Reutlingen 1991. The winning price, was a CD-recording. The album with the title ARIS “Epilog”, was recorded 1992. In the year 1993 the band split. In this time, Sven G. played keyboards in several different bands, and in 1997 he recorded the CD “Open Your Eyes” with the band Destiny.

In the year 1998 Sven G. left the band Destiny built with his brother Carsten G. the ARTist Tonstudio, and founded the new ARIS band with Carsten G. and some musician friends from the old ARIS and some other bands. In 1999 the new ARIS recorded their professionally album ARIS “Rain Dries” ARIS plays melodic, soft rock, with slight progressive influences. The music comes straight from the heart. The vocals of Carsten are crystal clear, and very very good to listen to as he has a wonderful affectionate style.

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