Sweet Little sister – Sweet Little Sister [1995]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members Jessie Haynes – Guitars,backing vocals, Trina Michne – Guitars,backing vocals, Marlene Tannenbaum – Vocals,tambourine, Diane Brusso – Bass, Ann McMann – Drums

Tracks 01. Cry Another Day, 02. Valley of the Sun, 03. Sweet Pain, 04. Thief, 05. Fall Away

Profile This is regarded as one of the holy grail of Female Hard Rock indies. Released in 1995 from Cosgrove Music in very low numbers back in 1995. The band features five female artists, and they hail from upstate New York. The band delivers five tracks that are guitar driven – fans of Vixen, Misslead, Archer and other female fronted late 80s style Hard Rock bands would enjoy this rarity.

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Liquid Planet – Liquid Planet [1994]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Dan Warren – Vocals,guitars,keyboards,samples/fx, Paxton Brooks – Bass, Sean Paxton – Drums

Additional Musicians Fred Godlash,Mike Benish – Guitar

Tracks 01. Where’s My Million?, 02. Love Slide, 03. Here to Stay, 04. Let’s do It!, 05. Where’s My Million? Version B

Profile This band is an undiscovered Hard Rock band that hails from California.  They released this indie on a tiny label (Scar Baby Records) back in 1994.  The band delivers 4 songs that feature Hard Rock in the same style as Full Throttle and Too Bad.  There is some killer guitar work on this insanely rare indie.

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The Code – We Go / We Play [1989]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 80/100

Band Members Lucy Bocchiaro – Vocals, Jack Floyd – Guitar, Tom Roan – Bass,backing Vocals, Rich Vartanian – Guitar,12-String, Greg Vartanian – Drums,percussion

Additional Musicians Tom Byrne – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Love At First Sight, 02. Look Back, 03. Rollercoaster, 04. It Matters

Profile Private female fronted AOR band from Winthrop, Massachusetts released this ep back in 1989 through Chill-Will Records and hard to be found nowdays. The band is the brainchild of guitarist/songwriter Jack Floyd. The album is radio friendly all over but a simple one, similar to City Boy without the progressive elements.

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Skyscraper – Elevation [2014]

Country United Kingdom

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Lee Small – Vocals, Tor Talle – Guitars, Dave Boyce – Bass

Additional Musicians Imre Daun – Drums, Bruce Gaitsch – Guitars

Tracks 01. Sail Away, 02. Monday Morning, 03. Fay Wray, 04. Across The Barricades, 05. Everybody Cries Sometimes, 06. Walk Through Fire, 07. Runaway Hearts, 08. Skycrapers, 09. Through The Eyes Of Liberty, 10. The Sky Is Turning Blue, 11. Playing With Fire, 12. Sweet Little Sister, 13. Where Love Is Waiting, 14. Runaway Hearts (Acoustic)

Profile Skyscraper are towering over Europe with ‘Elevation’ the long-awaited debut album is set to arrive on September 8th 2014 through Ghost Dancer Music, distributed by Cargo Records. This dynamic band has been taking critics by storm with their inimitable brand of melodic hard rock. Skyscraper’s powerful and heavy demeanour is a fresh take on a breed of music that’s been the foundations of rock ‘n’ roll for many years.

Skyscraper is: Lee Small (Vocals) – Lee was the voice on the last Shy album. He hails from the Black Country and his vocals are as evocative and powerful as the many well-known frontmen who come from that area, including Glenn Hughes and Robert Plant. Tor Talle (Guitars) – Tor a renowned Norwegian guitarist, best known for his work with Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow) Fergie Frederiksen (Toto) and Rob Moratti (Saga). Dave Boyce (Bass) – Dave is the former bass player for Airrace and The Quireboys. With so much experience between them it’s easy to see why the album, which has been two years in the making, is regarded as essential.

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Michael Pace – Stay Awhile [1994]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 80/100

Band Members Michael pace – Vocals,guitars

Tracks 01. The Only One, 02. The Right Heart, 03. Ask Me Someday, 04. Stay Awile, 05. Believe In Me Again, 06. How Do I Get There, 07. Talk To Me, 08. Never Be Another You, 09. Just One Night, 10. Ask Me Someday (Acoustic)

Profile 1994 indie release from AOR/Melodic Rock artist Michael Pace with his impossible to find and unknown album entitled, “Stay Awhile”.  This is another stunning, never before seen AOR Indie that all collectors will go nuts for.  Michael Pace is an AOR Artist that hails from New Jersey. This is top notch, classic 80s style AOR/Melodic Rock similar in style to Kevin Hughes, Mark Allen, Christian Scarborough and Kevin Miller. Ten songs of pure AOR bliss, mixing AOR anthems, Melodic Rock, and Hard Rock, with a stellar usage of keyboards.  The track “Ask me Someday” is an instant AOR classic with passionate vocals, while the anthemic “Stay Awhile” and “Never be Another You” are pure Mark Allen.  The uptempo track “Just One Night” reminds of a song off the Kevin Hughes indie.

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Temper Temper – Temper Temper [1989]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members David Eakins – Guitars,vocals, George McDonald – Drums,vocals, Tony Galati – Bass,backing vocals

Tracks 01. I Can’t Sleep, 02. Under Fire, 03. Eyes of Desire

Profile Temper Temper is a cool three piece band from Berwyn, Illinois that played hard hair metal with great songs and tight playing and vocals. Nothing out there on them like so many bands in the 1987 to 1993 period when all these bands were facing the ugly grunge attack.

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Alleycat Smile – Alleycat Smile [2007]

Country USA

Style Sleazy Hard Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members Brian Krell – Vocals,bass, Harley Vaiano – Guitar,backing vocals, Scott Krell – Guitar,backing vocals, Doug Walker – Drums

Tracks 01. Whip Strikes Flesh (4:17), 02. Castles in the Sky (4:16), 03. Time Waits for No One (5:04), 04. Ritual (3:50), 05. Starlight (3:32), 06. Sayonara (3:32), 07. Passion (4:43), 08. Say Goodbye (6:01), 09. Kid Electric (5:39)

Profile Great act from New York acted in the late 80s and early 90s but never got the attention they deserved while the grunge explosion vanish them. This is a collection of songs released by the band in 1992 and re-released on cd for first time by Retrospect Records in 2007. With a sound close to bands like LA Guns and Vain these guys had it all. The look with big backing vocals, smokin guitars and catchy tunes, where “Whip Strikes Flesh” and “Castles in the Sky” will crab your attention from the first listening. Alleycat Smile is a group that had nothing of luck when starting to compose songs so late when sleazy and hard rock was no longer in fashion.

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Broad St. Bullies – Broad St. Bullies [1989]

Country USA

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Warren – Vocals, Sonny Melone – Guitars, Louie – Drums, Phil Stattel – Bass

Tracks 01. No More Broken Dreams, 02. Are you Ready, 03. Kingdom of Lies

Profile Underrated hard rock/hair metal band from Chicago fronted by guitarist Sonny Melone and bassist Phil Stattel, who are also responsible from the songwriting. They band toured in the around area gain a small fan base but never got the big break into the music business. Great band with a guitarist that just blew you away and well arranged tunes.

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Scoundrel – Pokerface [1988]

Country Switzerland

Style Sleazy Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Oll Thurling – Vocals,backing vocals Funz Tschan – Bass, Thoml Cardano – Drums, Janny Good – Guitars,backing vocals, Zipfi Bruesch – Guitars,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Naked in the Rain (4:44), 02. Wishing Well (3:00), 03. Pokerface (4:29), 04. Summerdays (4:21), 05. The Other Side (4:30)

Profile Scoundrel were a very underrated band from the late 80s coming St. Gallen, Buchs area, released this 5-tracks demo tape in 1988. The album has no-frills, stripped-down like East Coast hard rock, sounding a lot like a scruffier Dirty Looks. Thurling has unique voice, very high-pitched but quite rough at the same time, but suited perfectly for the music. Good musicianship and songwriting on this mini album from a band that never got too much attention from the big labels at the time.

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SX – SX [1990]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Kerry Easley – Guitars,backing vocals,keyboards, Billy Joe Milligan – Vocals, Bruce Turner – Guitars,backing vocals, Geno Arce – Bass,backing vocals, Stu Souders – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Lonely Fool, 02. To the End, 03. Have a Little Heart, 04. Hold On

Profile Arizona based band SX core nucleus began in 1983. Undergoing several personnel changes leading to the current foundation which has been intact now since 1989. By using creative arrangements, chord changes and melodic, they have created a sound that is all their own yet very commercially accessible. Dominating stage presence backed by solid musicianship gives this act the necessary ingredients to compare at the highest levels with many of the top bands of today. With the song “Have a Little Heart” appeared in the compilation “Diamonds in the Rough”.

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