Gilrain – Energy Road [1990]

41PdDla9YcLCountry Germany

Style Melodic Rock/Folk Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Heiko H. – Bass, A. Terzenbach – Keyboards, Jorg O. Muller – Vocals,guitars, C. Hansen – Drums

Tracks 01. Energy Road (3:56), 02. The Chances We Get (4:10), 03. Song For All Seasons (3:19), 04. Disgusting (2:53), 05. Going On (3:12), 06. Distant Light (3:35), 07. Waiting For You (3:15), 08. My Only Heart (3:25), 09. Wasting My Time (3:00), 10. Caught In A Maze, (3:35), 11. Twisting Of The Blade (4:28), 12. White Guard (3:12)

Profile Gilrain hailed from Hamburg formed in the late 80s, and “Energy Road” is their debut album released from J & P back in 1990 in extremely limited copies and produced by the band. The band play melodic rock with folk without any Celtic accretions and alternative influences, strong production and worthly songwriting that need your attention. Ultra rare album like their next records.

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Shades of Gray – Whatever [1996]

1_3e17613d8f2dceeafeee30014f546a08Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Troy, Flash, Mark

Tracks 01. Whatever (2:48), 02. Get Over It (2:36), 03. In Your Eyes (6:31), 04. Sea Of Lies (4:29), 05. Wheels Of Time (5:20), 06. Religion (4:18), 07. No (4:41), 08. Children Of The Night (5:11), 09. Walk Away (3:19), 10. Visions Of Yesterday (4:14), 11. Hold On (4:22), 12. Heidi’s Song (0:56), 13. Why Me? (2:28)

Profile 1996 Ronda Records indie release, a very rare and sought after album by collectors of the genre. The band coming from Florida and plays 80s style Melodic Hard Rock with some metal vibes in the vein of Mr. Big, Bandit, Mr. Lucky and Dokken while on their metal side you may compare them with Luv Hunter.  The record amazingly features a stunning mix of rockers, anthems, and acoustic based ballads, similar to the Dokken ballads of the late 80s.

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Thai Lips Boogie – Thai Lips Boogie [1993]

ifvhdfhidfidCountry Switzerland

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Lae Dee – Lead/backing vocals, Louis Belle – Guitars,backing vocals, Vincent Robert – Bass, Stephane Willemin – Drums

Additional Musicians Peter Steiner – Guitars,backing vocals, Mad Dan,Liza,Adl,Claudia – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. L.A. Rock City (3:37), 02. In my Head (4:12), 03. Good Times (4:30)

Profile Extremely rare ep released back in 1993 from this Burgdorf,Bern based outfit in very limited copies. Definetely worth your attention not only cause is one the rarest album from Switzerland but also for the quality of the songs among the great production for an indie. Imagine a blend of Krokus, Charing Cross and Merzy. I guess with a better songwritting and promotion they got in higher level.
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Love Revolution – Love Revolution [1997]

loverevolutionCountry USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Alisyn’s Imaginary Friend (3:12), 02. Daze Of Lazy Jane (3:28), 03. Dark Blue (3:04), 04.Raggedy Anne (3:38), 05. Stoney Playground (3:56), 06. Freaky Kinda’ Strange (4:05), 07. Love Revolution (4:26)

Profile 1997 indie release from melodic rock Artists, “Love Revolution” with their mega rare self-titled release, features members of the band Ivory  Tower, who released the album”Heart of the City”, while the album produced  by David Ivory in Pennsylvania in 1997.  The band toured in the late 90s in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area.  Fans of Ivory Tower would go nuts over this rare indie.  Lush hooks everywhere, with passionate musicianship.

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Triple XXX – Southern Steel [1989]

R-4614202-1369971401-2783Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members Audie Armentor – Bass,backing vocals, Leighton Brown – Drums,backing vocals, Len Bishop – Guitars, Wesley Knight – Guitars, Derwin Dixson – Vocals

Tracks 01. Fire, 02. Love’s, 03. Flashback, 04. Nasty, 05. Ice Queen, 06. Give You What You Want, 07. Burning Fire, 08. Heartache, 09. Our Love Is Rockin’

Profile 2006 Retrorecords privte indie release from hair metal/80s glam band, “Triple XXX,” with their hyper rare album entitled, “Southern Steel”, released only as a CDr.  The songs are from 1989 released on a limited tape and produced by Steve Simmons.  The band did not get a record deal due to the grunge movement.  What a shame.  These guys are amazing.  Imagine a perfect blend of Saber, Schoolboy Crush, Big City, and Zaza – and you get Triple XXX. The epic ballad, “Burning Fire,” goes great with the Ratt/Guns N Roses style “Nasty,” and “Hartache.”  There are layered harmonies on all 9 tracks.  The band hails from Texas and worth the search.

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