Boomslangs – Pit [1994]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Dino Wilson – Vocals,bass, Jim Boyd – Vocals,guitar,backing vocals, Bob Boyd – Drums,percussion,keyboards

Tracks 01. Yesterday (3:59), 02. I Left Her (2:44), 03. Trigger Man (3:03), 04. Ways & Means (4:05), 05. One for the Books (3:14), 06. Sax 3 (3:27), 07. Sutter’s Mill (4:17), 08. Lesson (3:40), 09. Taken by the Night (3:25), 10. Virga (4:35), 11. Mission Impossible (4:24)

Profile Mega rare indie nowdays release from 1994 on Green Mountain Records by Boomslangs entitled “Pit”. This band is a three person band that plays excellent Melodic Rock.  These guys have their own sound but they play similar in style to Scatter Creek and Bad Madness.  The harmonies on the track “Taken by the Night” is an instant AOR Rock super ballad, and the AOR anthem “One for the Books” are two highlights on a remarkable record that is impossible to find.

 

 

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Pink Flamingoes – Let’s Party [1987]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members  Gregg Clemons – Bass,vocals, Bryan Selby – Drums,percussion, Kurt Gray – Guitars,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Let’s Party, 02. Suit Of Armor, 03. Got To Make It Easier, 04. Big Bag, 05. I Got Love, 06. Goodbye, 07. I Want Your Love, 08. I Play For You, 09. S.M., 10. Higher

Profile This band is a completely undiscovered AOR/Hard Rock band from the late 80s. What you get is infectious guitar driven tracks that every AOR lover would go nuts for.  There are hooks everywhere, and stunning melodies.  Fans of the indie treasures Summer’s Reign and Doubletake would love this.  The tracks, “Big Bang” and “I Got Love” are stunning Hard Rock anthems with excellent guitar work, while the AOR tracks, “Goodbye” and “I Want Your Love” are infectious anthems.  There are no fillers on this gem of a release. Nowdays it’s impossible to be found.

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Visions – Visions [1994]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 80/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Love And Peace, 02. Nite Life, 03. Sleep With No Angels, 04. Listen To The Wind, 05. Can’t Let Go

Profile This is one of those indies that truly live up to the hype.  The band played live in Port Chester, New York in the early 90s and they only released this album for a short time at their live shows.  They only released 500 of this rare gem.  That’s all. This is an incredible 5 song ep, that fans of Melodic Rock/AOR would go nuts over.  The record starts with the anthemic, “Love and Peace” which has awesome guitar work and cool harmonies.  “Nite Life” reminds of a song off of the Soren album, while the last track and one of the best of the ep “Can’t Let Go” is a true AOR power anthem, with soaring melodies and a gang styled chorus a la Journey.   There are breathtaking AOR hooks, with a great mix of keyboards and guitars all over this rarity.

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Done Deal – What We’re Missin’ [1996]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Tammy Petty – Vocals

Tracks 01. What We’re Missin’, 02. Quidnunc, 03. Candyman, 04. Need, 05. As A Sign, 06. Getting Easier, 07. Day By Day, 08. Big Mo, 09. The Race, 10. Atmosphere, 11. One Chance

Profile Indie release from 1996 by melodic rock outfit Done Deal and their album “What We’re Missin'”. This band is an AOR/Melodic Rock act that hails from Pennsylvania.  It features female vocalist Tammy Petty on all lead vocals – she has a wonderful voice for the genre.  She delivers infectious choruses, and layered harmonies all around.  There is amazing musicianship on this rare indie album.  It’s hard to compare their sound, as they have their own style. Fans of late 80s style Melodic Rock would love adding this to their collection.

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Blue Noise – Speak On It [1994]

Country USA

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Tim Hogan – Bass, Rhondo – Drums,percussion, Danny Syracuse – Guitars, Tom Gilham – Vocals,guitars

Tracks 01.Carnival Of Souls, 02. Sweet Peace, 03. Better Days, 04. Holy Misfits, 05. Fat Albert, 06. Speak On It, 07. Sugar Baby, 08. Killing Me, 09. Meditation

Profile Indie release released in 1994 through Thunder Box Records by Blue Noise.The band plays some energetic 90s style Hard Rock in the vein of Dukes Nightmare and fellow Pennsylvania band Flesh Tuxedo.  Retro oriented, groove based soulful, honest rock played by some of the best musicians in the area.  Great tunes, incredible tones and solid vocals. Hard to find indie nowdays.

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Witchblade – Rock ‘N’ Roll 4Ever [2007]

Country Denmark

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Cocksuckin’ Suzie, 02. Mr. Big Shot, 03. Rocker, 04. Show Me All Your Stuff, 05. Desert Train, 06. Rock & Roll 4 Ever, 07. Face Your God, 08. Man On The Run, 09. Bad Morning Bluez, 10. Dynamite, 11. Bag Full Of Nothin’

Profile Original 2007 Perris Records release from Hair Metal/Hard Rock Artists, “Switchblade” with their awesome record release entitled “Rock’N’Roll 4Ever”. This band hails from Denmark and they play stunning, energetic Hard Rock, typical late 80s style.  The band is similar in style to Europe and Slaughter.

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Felix – Rock Candy [2000]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 75/100

Band Members Felix Hanemann – Vocals,guitar,bass,keyboards,piano, Tom Gianandria – Guitar,harmonica, Mike Sorrentino – Drums, Randy Jackson – Guitar, Guy Gelso – Drums, Jim Carol – Tabla, Tom Staab – Backing vocals, Herman Romero – Drums

Tracks 01. Little Things, 02. Jonathan Jones, 03. If You Try, 04. Rock Candy, 05. Inspiration, 06. Bad Blood, 07. Odd Fellows Rest, 08. Reaching For Rainbows, 09. My My But You’re Strong (Neat’s Song), 10. I Need Your Love

Profile 1999 KMA Records indie release titled “Rock Candy” by Felix. Felix Hanemann is the former member of the 80s AOR band Zebra.  This album features excellent mixes of AOR, Hard Rock, and Melodic Rock,  featuring former members of Zebra. Felix an enormous Montrose fan, thought it only proper to name the album after his favorite track off Montrose self titled platter.  Felix composed nine of the ten tunes on ‘Rock Candy’ ranging from the melodic country strains of ‘My My But You’re Strong (Neat’s Song)’ and ‘I Need Your Love’ to 70’s inspired ‘Reaching For Rainbows’ and ‘Odd Fellows Rest.’ Down and dirty rockers ‘Little Things’ and ‘Bad Blood’ smoke, the later being a quick favorite with its wailing harmonica.

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Kidd Havok – Roll the Dice [2007]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Scot Marx – Guitar,backing vocals, Johnny B. – Lead/backing vocals, Rob Barone – Drums,backing vocals, Shawn St. Pierre – Bass,backing vocals

Additional Musicians Dave Trojack – Drums, Gino Tucillo,Tom Pinello – Bass

Tracks 01. Too Sadd, 02. I Push, 03. Candy Store, 04. Treat Me, 05. Lady Luck, 06. Cold Sweat, 07. Lust 4 Life, 08. Rumors, 09. Entertainment 4 Tonight, 10. Night On Me

Profile Kidd Havok was founded back in 1989 by guitarist Scott Marx and vocalist Johnny B. Giles. In the next few years, the band went through a series of shifts in the line-up, but thanks to their powerful live performances, Kidd Havok acquired a large army of fans. Their 10-song demo received a radio broadcast on both banks, except that the group managed to light up on TV and appear in a number of music magazines of that time, including LiveWire, Powerline and Metal Edge. Scot and Johnny turned Kidd Havok around 1994, but in 2006 Suncity Records suggested they release the original demo of their band – and in 2007, “Roll The Dice” appeared. Killer guitar work and memorable choruses make this a tremendous find.  Late 80s Hard Rock fans will love this record.

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Den Of Thieves – Honour Amongst Thieves [1994]

Country United Kingdom

Style Hard Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members John (Harv) Harbinson – Vocals, David (Dee) McNeilly – Guitar, Rab Barry – Guitar, Peter (Rondo) Mackin – Bass, Alan (Hammer) Wilson – Drums

Tracks 01. Mary Celeste, 02. The Fools You Know, 03. On A Wing And A Prayer, 04. Falling Out Of Love, 05. Rat Race, 06. Memories, 07. Never Look Back, 08. Tell Tale Heart, 09. Damned If You Do (But Damned If You Don’t), 10. Paradise, 11. Badlands, 12. Who’s Better Than Me, 13. Spellbound, 14. Fatal Attraction, 15. House Of Murder

Profile Den Of Thieves hailed from Belfast, Antrim formed in 1991, featuring ex. Emerald vocalist Harv, whilst guitarist Dee McNeilly was taught by Vivian Campbell of Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard fame. In 1994 the band finally released their debut album through Long Island Records. They play awesome heavy rock in the vein of Cry Wolf, Heaven’s Edge and Dangerous Age. They were active till 2000 release one more album.

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Drivin’ Miss Crazy – Drivin’ Miss Crazy [1995]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Bruce Works – Bass,backing vocals, Duane Stalnaker – Guitars,backing vocals, Jonathan Hudgins – Drums,percussion,backing vocals, Ben – Guitars,vocals

Tracks 01. One Fine Morning, 02. Back To You, 03. When Night Falls, 04. Showdown, 05. Backstage Waltz, 06. The Calling, 07. Finest Hour, 08. Sloe Comfortable Screw, 09. Electric

Profile Hard to find independent pressing from 1995 from the hard rock band Drivin’ Miss Crazy and their self-titled album. This band is a tremendous late 80s guitar driven Melodic Hard Rock band that plays music similar to that of Teer, Moriah and Donatello. Solid production filled with crunchy guitars and hooks, they will have you enjoying the album immediately. “When Night Falls” is quite a heartfelt ballad. 

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