Vibe-A-Tribe – Tribal Instinct [1994]

VIBEATRIBE_TICountry Canada

Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Rob Higgins – Lead Vocals,Keyboards, Chris Blais – Synthesizers,Vocals, Julian Grech – Bass,Vocals, Glenn Gak Kameka – Drums,Percussion, Charlie Lambrick – Guitar,Vocals

Tracks 01. Who knows, 02. Stranded, 03. De Ja Vu, 04. Never Ever, 05. Lancaster, 06. Different Stages, 07. Real Thing, 08. Moons Eyes, 09. Old Man, 10. Posing Perfect, 11. Tribal Instinct

Profile Weird name and off-beat cover art, but inside a healthy dose of high quality Westcoast AOR awaits. I’m talking about “Tribal Instinct” by Canadian band, Vibe-A-Tribe. This band has two keyboardists so expect plenty of synth here. Fans of David Gibson, Glass Tiger and BLVD will enjoy tracks like “Stranded” is pure 80s Rick Springfield with a bit of Duran Duran flavor in the sound as well. The cool fretless bass and atmospheric synth of “De Ja Vu” makes for more refreshing Westcoast listening, and the vocals on this track also remind of Rick Springfield circa Tao.

“Lancaster” is a beautiful combination of Glass Tiger and Duran Duran.. and the absolute Westcoast perfection of “Never Ever” are some of the best moments of the record. The vocals are remarkably clean with keyboards helping out to further this smooth Westcoast cause. Co-produced by Rob Laidlaw (Platinum Blonde, Honeymoon Suite).  In 2010 Rob Higgins and Chris Blais – formerly part of Vibe-a-Tribe and No Ordinary Machine – teamed up with Dave Sinewitz and bothers Scott and Chris Holmes of Heat Mizer to form the band Drop Dead Famous, active till today.

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Saxet – Do It 1 Time [1999]

rteterCountry Canada

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members

Ttacks 01. Genious, 02. Slipping Away, 03. Tomorrow I’ll be Wrong, 04. Sister,Sister, 05. Move me, 06. Jammage, 07. Never Meant to be, 08. You Left me Down, 09. So far Away, 10. Misty Down, 11. Barfly, 12. Surfin with a Cow

Profile Rockin’ indie from Canadian power trio, Saxet. These guys combine hard driving guitar riffs and gritty vocals on their one-and-only release, “Do It 1 Time” but with the luck of the hit song that will help them to grown their reputation.

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Mr.Tiger – Identitet…Rock N’ Roll [1992]

51eZ10TML3LCountry Sweden

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Bara i Drømmen, 02. Din tunga Dansar, 03. Visst kan vi Leva, 04. Stanna, 05. Du får mig att Gråta, 06. Spegel, 07. Ta mig då, 08. Genom Tusen år, 09. Andas, 10. Du och Jag, 11. Guld, 12. Hopp och tro

Profile Mr.Tiger’s debut album released 1992 on the Danish Bums-label. What we have here is down and dirty, raw and sleazy rock and roll with many harmony melodies sung in Swedish while the production is clear and has depth which certainly serves it’s intention. The songs are fairly up-tempo and very guitar driven, backed up by cool Hammond organ. This band later changed their name to X-Union and started to sing in English with one record back in 1999.

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Heart Break – Heart Break [1989]

fergeCountry Canada

Style AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Eric Rousseau – Vocals, Claude Levesque – Bass, Stephane Desbiens – Keyboards,guitars, Christian Proulx – Guitars, Stephane Bernier – Drums

Tracks 01. We Must Go on (and Party on) (4:39), 02. Tonight (so far Away) (4;19), 03. Escape (3:40)

Profile Extremely rare and private release from this Quebec based band, escaping the mundane quality of so many of the AOR bands. There is a genuine quality here and while the songs are definitely commercial, this sounds like huge hit material, something few private pressings can boast. These guys were surely expecting something out of this, sort of a Bon Jovi lite out of Canada.

The “We Must Go On” sounds like a huge radio hit, good guitar, nice driving keys, and an excellent melody while the second track “Tonight” is the sort of edgy ballad that got that girl to kiss you for the first time at the school dance as for the last song “Escape” move to harder edged with another catchy chorus. An excellent release that worth the search and the cost.

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Lynx – Lynx [1994]

LYNX_STCountry Brazil

Style Hard Rock

Rating 72/100

Band Members Flavio Gutok – Guitar,backing vocals, Jota C. – Vocals, Fabio Xepa – Drums,backing vocals, Fredi – Bass,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Hiding Place, 02. Welcome With Your Money, 03. Lover Knight, 04. I Can’t Stand It, 05. Reasons, 06. Presidente Enlatado, 07. Preto e Branco, 08. Nao de Mais, 09. Defeito Especial

Profile Flavio Gutok  is one of the greats of the national guitar scene worked with great artists from Brazil and the United States.. He had a really nice path through the world of music. Flavio was part of Harppia band, with whom he recorded an album and did several shows. After Harppia Band he formed the band Lynx, with whom he recorded two albums and toured throughout Brazil. Sao Paolo act debuted in 1994 with their self-titled album released through Dynamo Brazilie. They played simple hard rock with great aggressive guitar riffs singing half in English and half in Portuguese. Some rap passages and the deep production  won’t help them to make the big step although they even gain radio airplay.

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