Witness – I [1987]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members Frank Shrout, Dick Bunce, Doug Campbell, Jody Bunce, Ken Edell, Jim Avery

Tracks 01. Rock ‘n’ Roll Svengali, 02. (I’m Still) Carin’, 03. Hard on Myself, 04. Take Me (Along For the Ride), 05. Find That Dream, 06. (Is This) All There Is, 07. Little By Little, 08. Tasty Licks, 09. Love Victim, 10. Casual Tease

Profile Rare private pressing from this Cincinnati band with male and female vocals came out through QCA Records in very limited copies. Witness is like Pat Benatar, Heart, Quarterflash and Scandal all rapped up in one on this first album from 1987. Definitely a forward aiming sound, this kind of chick rock (with hints of new wave) was dominated by the artists mentioned above in the early 80s.

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Feed Back – Heads Or Tails [1996]

Country Canada

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Amanda Stacey – Vocals, Eric LeBreton – Guitars,bass,backing vocals, John Malarczyk – Guitars,bass, Jarrett Vanderpost – Drums,percussion,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Heads or Tails, 02. Gonna Join a Rock Band, 03. Liar, 04. Staring at the Devil, 05. Life, 06. Sell on Down the River, 07. Monsters, 08. Play It Loud, 09. Feed Back, 10. Time is Wasting Away

Profile This Canadian female-fronted band is in a class by itself in terms of rarity. With driving guitar riffs and Amanda Stacey’s powerful vocals over a bed of 80’s arena rock influences, this album reminds of Toronto, Heart, Darby Mills and Pat Benatar (especially those “You Better Watch Out”-type lyrics). Quite impressive for an indie. 

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Red Sky Mary – River Child [2015]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 79/100

Band Members Sam Vlasich – Vocals, Tom Boisse – Guitar,backing vocals, Gary Boisse – Bass,backing vocals, Barrett Goeman – Drums

Tracks 01. All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose, 02. Payback, 03. Gone, 04. Run Ragged, 05. South of the City, 06. Howl, 07. Pride, 08. I Will Wait For You, 09. Too Much, 10. River Child, 11. Voodoo Queen

Profile Red Sky Mary has been relentless in the quest to establish itself as a musical powerhouse. Their brand of rock ‘n’ roll combines early 70’s high voltage swagger with brutish modern-day anthems. The New England quartet unleashes their first full-length album titled “River Child” via Carved Records. Their hard hitting riffs cut with metallic edge, while each lyric reflects life experiences good and bad.

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Zink – Zink [1982]

Country USA

Style Progressive Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Paul “Rock” Ducharme – Drums,Vocals, Steve Strom – Bass, Steve Wellens – Guitars

Tracks 01. Coffee Can Do It (3:11), 02. Home Tonight (3:08), 03. Get Ahead (3:58), 04. Blood Is Thicker Than Water (3:23), 05. Bolero For Brazz (3:38), 06. Fat Girl (3:02), 07. Little Darling (5:42), 08. Little Sheeba (2:22), 09. Under The Drill (4:10), 10. Mutations (3:42)

Profile Another mega rare private released from 1982. Minnesota bar band is a project put together by deft guitarist Steve Wellens, released only this album in limited of 160 copies, playing hard rock with progressive and boogie elements having some good quality of easy listening tunes.

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Breathless – Breathless [1992]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Michael Jonte, Dave Brigham, A.J. Skelton, Dave Anthony

Tracks 01. Beyond Dark Clouds, 02. Caught In A Daze, 03. Do You Want Me, 04. Lost In An Empty Room

Profile Mega rare demo tape came out in 1992 by Edgco Entertainment. The band hailed from Anaheim, California play the typical hard rock of the period with great work on guitars while the vocals are a bit high pitched overall, but do hit the high notes sometimes. The band also released few more songs on demo tapes that also hard to be found nowdays.

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Andy Kelli – The Big Bang [1994]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Andy Kelli – Vocals,guitar, Timm Myers – Drums,backing vocals, Bob Healey – Bass,backing vocals, Ed Temple – Guitar

Tracks 01. The Big Bang, 02. No Good Together, 03. I’ve Had Enough, 04. Angry, 05. Endlessly, 06. Just Can’t Find the Words, 07. Angel Train, 08. Too Hard to Hold, 09. Censored

Profile Andy Kelli is a semi-regional east coast act fronted by Andrew Santagata came out in 1994 via Big Noise Records and produced by Tony Ricci and Andrew Santagata. “The Big Bang” is an 80s style U.S. Glam/Hair Metal indie with influences from Kiss, Guns n Roses and Motley Crue mixed with a swaggering rock attitude. Average production, nothing amazing… but a good album for fans of glam rock.

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Shadowplay – Check It Out [1994]

Country USA

Style Bluesy Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Eric Burgess – Bass, Chris Pennell – Guitars, Iris Hamilton – Vocals, Andy Huffine – Drums

Tracks 01. Check It Out, 02. Knock The Boots, 03. Up To me, 04. Dying Inside, 05. Heed The Sign, 06. Sport Of Fools, 07. As The Crow Flies, 08. Better Off, 09. Slow Torture

Profile Good local rock and roll from Greensboro, North Carolina released on Rockduster Records around mid 90s. Eric Burgess is such a skilled songwriter and bass player. Some lyrics are mostly about relationships, good and bad, but the vocalist is excellent and has her own style while the drummer is straight up rock and roll. Check out “Heed the Sign” and “As the Crow Flies”. Just good bluesy rock and roll with great songwriting from people who love to play music.

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Wild Child – Wild Child [1994]

Country Germany

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Michael Terlaak – Vocals,guitars, Rüdiger Uhe – Drums, Stefan Klöpfel – Guitars,backing vocals, Andy Sauer – Bass,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Sacrifice (3:57), 02. Power Of Rock (5:06), 03. Cold Sweat (3:39), 04. Give It Up (3:35), 05. Dangerous (3:27)

Profile Mega rare hard rock private release came out in 1994 in very limited quantities. The band hails from Kassel and they play well polished music – stunning production for an indie. The music sounds like Bashful, Silent Knight and Bad Mouth – amazing vocals, anthemic choruses and some smooth rush style vocals.

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Sam Alex – Believe [2001]

Country Germany

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 80/100

Band Members Sam Alex – Vocals, Bobby Altvater – Guitars

Tracks 01. Dancing With Tears, 02. Hold On, 03. Lonely

Profile This rare 3 track mini album was privately produced and released in Germany by Samha Records. Alex Asu Samha (Sam Alex) and guitarist Bobby Altvater (ex Cinnamon, Slappy White, Affair and many others) have put together an awesome AOR mini album. Lush keys and excellent vocals create an atmosphere of total AOR/melodic rock bliss. It’s very passionate and in the vein of early Bon Jovi, Affair and Roko.

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GRK – Timewarp [1995]

Country Sweden

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Peter Andersson – Bass,backing vocals, Bjorn Hellmark – Guitars,backing vocals, Rolf Hellmark – Vocals,guitars,flutes,krummhorn, Richard Lundgren – Drums,backing vocals, Goran Sonesson – Piano,organ,synthesizers,backing vocals

Tracks 01. All The Way, 02. Tarot Woman, 03. You Got To Roll, 04. Burning Bridges, 05. Bright Nights City Lights, 06. Mean, 07. Blood On Blood, 08. Pictures Of You, 09. 1999, 10. Everytime, 11. Givin’ It All, 12. Children Of The Revolution, 13. Ride The Night, 14. In The Name Of Liberty, 15. To You

Profile The Hellmark brothers in the mid 80s played in Hard n Heavy band Hellmark before forming GRK. Here we have another excellent Swedish melodic hardrock indie album, released by the band themselves and produced by GRK in extremely small piece count in 1995. Their music style and influences varies from song to song, remind of bands like Gambler and Silver Mountain.

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