Orfan Anny – Primitive Urban Survival [1993]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Tommy Thornton – Vocals, Donny Engle – Guitar, Bob Buntz – Bass, Lisa Rav – Drums

Tracks 01.Emptiness, 02.Live to Laugh, 03.Long Way Ahead, 04.Wasting My Time, 05.To the Sky, 06.Past is Bled, 07.Burning Up, 8.Just Beyond, 09.In the Streets, 10.Listen to the Music, 11.Somewhere Inside, 12.Try Again, 13.One Opinion, 14.Thinking, 15.Silhouette, 16.Sad But True, 17.I Love Christmas

Profile Orfan Anny is a rock band from Scranton, Pennsylvania formed in 1988. The band released their one and only work years later, in 1993 titled “Primitive Urban Survival” through Adopt Music and is hard to be found nowdays. The songs varies from hard rock to softer rock pieces with southern, pop and alternative touches and although the production and the musicianship is stellar the poor songwriting won’t help the album to get bigger success. Sometime their style reminds bands like Mr. Lucky and On The Rocks.

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Rumble – Rumble [1994]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 77/100

Band Members Steven Bolla – Bass, John Hineline – Drums, Andrew – Guitar,backing vocals, Mark McClay Scott – Vocals

Tracks 01. Time Kills, 02. Broken Glass, 03. Reflections, 04. The Haunting, 05. Lawmaker, 06. Red Rose, 07. The Storm, 08. Daddy

Profile Rumble were a Michigan based band acted in the 90s release their self-titled debut album in 1994, has everything that you look for in an indie release, great production, lots of attitude and great musicianship. They play hard rock with heavy guitar riffs and some alternative touches. Their style can be compare with bands like White Eagle, Kidd Wikkid and Sgt. Roxx. Very rare nowdays.

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Access 10 – Heaven Is Missing An Angel [1994]

Country USA

Style AOR

Rating 80/100

Band Members Glenn Palmiere – Bass,vocals, Rick Duncan – Drums,keyboards, Jerry Polk – Guitars,vocals

Tracks 01. Just One Thing, 02. Heaven Is Missing An Angel, 03. The One, 04. Thinking About You, 05. Trouble In Paradise, 06. It’s Amazing To Me, 07. What Was It, 08. Can You Feel It?, 09. When To Fall, 10. Somebody Punch Me, 11. Another Night

Profile Out from Florida coming Access 10 and their super rare album “Heaven is Missing an Angel” released by the band in 1994 in extremely limited copies. Lots of hooks and the singer here had just the perfect voice for this. Great hummable songs here too and this album just came out at the wrong place at the wrong time and that’s a shame. An album loaded with amazing base lines that will leave you breathless.

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Knee Deep – Knee Deep [1986]

Country USA

Style AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Mark Lamar Plopper – Guitars, Duane Worden – Keyboards,synthesizer,backing vocals, Ron Kalista – Vocals,drums,percussion

Tracks 01. Everybody Knows, 02. It’s Gonna Take Time, 03. Freedom, 04. Without a Reason

Profile Very rare privately-pressed 80s AOR ep by Wisconsin group Knee Deep. This 4-track ep appears to be the only release by this obscure band – likely pressed in very small quantities.  Knee Deep feature guitarist Mark Lamar Plopper from the funk/rock band Short Stuff and singer/drummer Ron Kalista played with Floppy Disc, Jukebox Heroes, String Benders and Vic Ferrari among others. Knee Deep offer us 80s style melodic rock with excellent musicianship, driving rythmns, powerful vocals, big harmonies and infectious melodies. Another rarity that worth your attention.

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Stone Heart – Livin’ On The Edge [1987]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members Robby Harrington – Bass, Leon Pearson – Drums, Kent Henderson – Guitars, Michael Clark – Guitars, Steven Clark – Vocals

Tracks 01. When Love is Real, 02. So Ruff So Tuff, 03. Hard Rockin’ Fantasy, 04. Too Little Too Late, 05. Rock-N-Roll Heaven, 06. Can’t Hold me Back

Profile Stone Heart were a short lived hard rock band from Dallas,Texas acted in mid 80s fronted by brothers Michael Clark on guitars and Steven Clark on vocals. This mini album released by the band in very limited quantities back in 1987 and produced by the band. The band sounds un-tight and the sound/production is weak, but the actual songs are really quite great. With a big sound and a crisp ‘big-label’ production this album would have been brilliant. Underrated band that worth the search and be part into your collection, if you find it…

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Valentine – To Be Cruel(la) [1986]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 79/100

Band Members Rick Bales – Vocals,guitars, Jon Bales – Guitars, Marc Togie – Keyboards, Frankie “Valentine” Baker – Bass, Rick Howard – Drums

Tracks 01. Heavy Gloves, 02. Cold Blood, 03. Love Will Carry On, 04.Opus (Instrumental), 05. Time After Time, 06. War Is Hell, 07. Broken Dreams, 08. No Way Out

Profile Valentine was formed in 1986 in Tampa Florida, is basically the same band as Cruella D’Ville. Due to legal reasons they had to change the name. The band appeared on V32 television, they played in many local clubs and venues while they recorded a song called “Heavy Gloves” used as the opening theme song for Southern Championship Wrestling and snippets were used for commercial breaks. The song was featured on the show until it went off the air a few years later. On this demo work the guitars and drums rock you hard with kick ass lyrics with lots of talent and a penchant for heavier hair metal and hard rock. For fans of bands like Wrathchild, Ana Black and London.

 

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Hot Shot – Hot Shot [1985]

Country USA

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Lou Rest – Vocals, Brian “Catfish” Johnson – Dums, Eic Kthern – Guitars, Danny Dainov – Bass

Tracks 01. Boys Got Toys, Step Right Up, 03. First to Go, 04. It’s a Trick, 05. Do Ya Like it

Profile Hot Shot born in North Miami, Florida in the mid 80s having upbeat tempos and party time lyrics gain a big following and toured in around area. The metallic solid catchy riffs do well to compliment the gritty powerful vocals of Lou Rest. A real blast from the past for collectors of solid 80s glam/hard rock. Demon Doll Records re-release this work with new artwork, some extra songs and a radio spot.

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Extravaganza – O Prazer é Seu [1993]

Country Brazil

Style Hard Rock

Rating 74/100

Band Members China Lee – Vocals, Ricardo “Mika” Michaelis – Guitars, Toni Lapettina – Keyboards, Tiago – Bass, Danilo Namorato – Drums

Tracks 01. Anjo Vermelho, 02. História de Quem Perdeu a História, 03. Selva sem Leão, 04. O Gás dos 15, 05. Um Corpo Só, 06. Sexo e Extravagâncias, 07. Você não vai à Festa?, 08. O Prazer é Seu, 09. A Moral, 10. Mais Um

Profile Following the completion of the successful of Salario Minimo, singer China Lee decided to return in 1992 with a band that move to the American commercial hard rock sound and Extravaganza was born in Sao Paulo with the addition of guitarist Ricardo “Mika” Michaelis of the metal band Santuario acted in the mid 80s. The band’s only work titled “O Prazer é Seu” came out in 1993 through KY6 Records in very limited copies but the album did not achieve any success and the band dissolved soon after. The song “Sexo e Extravagâncias” shot as a video also. China Lee returned to the music scene with the reworked Salario Minimo.

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Girl Nation – Girl Nation [1993]

Country Australia

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 75/100

Band Members Carrie – Vocals, Kristi – Keyboards, backing vocals, Heather – Guitars, Rhana – Bass,backing vocals, Kieley – Drums

Tracks 01. Moments Lost, 02. Back On Track, 03. Hey Little Boy, 04. We’re Not Gonna Take It (Live), 05. Wicked, 06. Rise

Profile Girl Nation were a five gorgeous women from Labrador, Queensland’s only all female rock group acted in the early 90s. They had high energy shows playing mostly a variety of cover classic songs from The Beatles and Kiss through Aussie bands like Baby Animals. Here is a compilation of the band’s own songs written between 1991 till 1993. They took part in QLD Rock Awards ’93 while they toured to Osaka,Japan for a show. A deal with a major label never came.

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Aryan – Baiduri Cintaku [1990]

Country Malaysia

Style Hard Rock/Melodic Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Sharul – Guitars, Atan – Vocals, Arman – Bass, Arbi – Drums

Tracks 01. Baiduri Cintaku, 02. Harapan, 03. Jambangan Dipusara, 04. Kepastian Abadi, 05. Watikah Kehidupan, 06. Misteri Pencipta, 07. Dia, 08. Sengketa, 09. Pelayaran Rindu, 10. Kenangan Lalu

Profile Aryan is a band of active musicians and singers in Malaysia presents Malay rock songs founded in 1990 in Selangor. The original name of the group was Skill before being changed to Aryan. Aryan is a race in Europe that existed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but this group had nothing to do with the races because the Aryan name was taken in conjunction with the combined names of the members of this group. Like most of the albums coming from Malaysia the production is not very good but there’re some really good songs in this record where the mid-tempo and album’s title song “Baiduri Cintaku” was the most popular song of the band that also gain airplay. The album is a mix of ballads and rockers.

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