Special Division – Bonds of Trust [1989]

$T2eC16ZHJFsFFSSYQD0VBScn7dz!Bg~~60_3Country Canada

Style CCM AOR

Rating 76/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Bonds of Trust, 02. Take my Hand, 03. Free her Lord, 04. Let it Go, 05. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, 06. Maybe Somehow, 07. I Wanna See you Momma, 08. Keep Searching, 09. Angel, 10. If I had Wings

Profile Here is one of the rarest album out there titled “Bonds of Trust” by Ontario based AOR act Special Division came out in 1989 through Exaire Records. Fans of Eight Seconds, Eye Eye and Paradox will love this high-tech wonder from ’89. The songs varies from hi-tech to pop and some new wave influences but full of melodies and good songwriting. Clean production, soaring vocals and catchy melodies make this a melodic fan’s dream come true. The band gain also airplay attention from CHRW radio station back then.

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Rodeo Drive – Heaven’s Plains [1994]

ghrthCountry Canada

Style WestCoast AOR/Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Gary Burr, Jack Sundrud

Tracks 01. One Broken Heart, 02. I Feel the Rain, 03. Don’t Forget about me, 04. Heaven’s Plains, 05. He’s my Dog, 06. Too Close, 07. When I Fly Away, 08. Queen of the Mountain, 09. Don’t be Afraid of a Little Heartache

Profile Very rare Westcoast AOR release from Canada’s Rodeo Drive entitled Heaven’s Plains came out in 1994. Easy listening tunes with soulful and nice acoustic guitar are the trademark of this album. Don’t expect to hear something spectacular but indeed is quite pleasant. Any fan of Timothy B. Schmit, Poco and One Horse Blue will appreciate this indie gem. 

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Jesse Bolt – The Revelation [2003]

JESSEBOLT_TRCountry USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Max Hill – Drums, Don Stacy – Lead Guitar, Jeff Shinn – Lead Guitar, Keith Stacy – Rhythm Guitar, Craig Hatley – Bass, Gregg Woodcock – Lead Vocals

Tracks 01. We Will Rock, 02. When Hell Freezes Over, 03. On and On, 04. Death Run, 05. Faded Glory, 06. Kamikazi, 07. The Revelation, 08. He Wore Black, 09. Law Speaker, 10. Hold On, 11. Rock-N-Roll Man

Profile Jesse Bolt formed in 1974 out in North Carolina but their one and only work so far released years later in 2003, and definetely worth the waiting. 70’s and early 80’s traditional hard rock, best describes the music of Jesse Bolt. The band features two lead guitar players and has opened concert shows for some of the biggest names in rock music, including Kiss, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, U2, Judas Priest, the Rossington Collins band and many others. The band has produced a 60 second commercial for tv that is currently being showed on various cable channels. Bolts music has been described as “Arena Rock” and the album track “We Will Rock” as a “call to arms rock anthem”. In any case this albums rock hard, with blasting guitar riffs and powerful hooks that worth your attention.

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Life Explodes – Pulse [1991]

rad7159DLifeExplodes2DPulseCountry USA

Style CCM Hi-Tech AOR/Pop/Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Tied And Bound, 02. The Picture Is Clear, 03. Mind Is Alive, 04. The Color Of Life, 05. Left Behind You, 06. Once In Your Life, 07. Small World, 08. Time Of The Season, 09. Send Lightning, 10. Life Of A Dog

Profile Indie Melodic Rock/Hi-Tech AOR released from this Colorado based act called Life Explodes with their one and only rare release entitled “Pulse” and came out in 1991 through Action Records.They have a Hi-Tech AOR 80s style with heavy usage of keyboards! The closest comparisons are Split Image, Images in Vogue, and 1927. The anthemic “The Color Of Life” and “Once In Your Life” are highlights that could have been found off of any of the above mentioned bands. Very rare nowdays…

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Chacko – Chacko [1986]

ChackoCountry Australia

Style Melodic Rock/AOR/Pop/Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Lori Chacko – Vocals, G.E. Smith,John McCurry,Jeff Golub – Guitars, Alan St. Jon – Keyboards, Leigh Foxx – Bass, Thommy Price – Drums

Tracks 01. Once Bitten, Twice Shy (2:55), 02. Life on the Planet (3:18), 03. What’s New (3:17), 04. Out of Time (Song for Margo) (3:37), 05. I Know (3:24), 06. Viva la Difference (3:24), 07. Exception (2:52), 08. Somewhere in Between (3:13), 09. Pushing and Pulling (3:30), 10. At a Time Like This (4:23)

Profile Lori Chacko founded by producer Joey Balin known for his co-operation with Warlock, when  he saw her performing with a local London band called Amazon. Joey Balin help her with her self-titled debut album came out in 1986 where we met among others keyboardist Alan St. Jon from Billy Squier, bassist Leigh Foxx of Franke & The Knockouts, Scandal fame and drummer Thommy Price of Scandal, Price/Sulton fame. The opening song “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” nothing to do with the theme of Great White gain TV attention on MTV played regularly for a long period while it was released as a single also with several sales. “Pushing and Pulling” is personally the best moment of the record with great riff melody, super catchy chorus that in parts reminds Simple Minds. The rest of the songs varied between pop, rock and new wave style, also quite remarkable as the two ballads “Out of Time (Song for Margo)” and “At a Time Like This”. Very enjoyable album that worth your attention…

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