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Street Legal – Bite the bullet [2009]

fbdbhdCountry Norway          Style Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Bjorn Boge – Vocals, Bass, Oystein Boge – Drums, Rolf Bjorseth – Guitars, Tore Ostby- Guitars

Tracks 01. Loading Up (4:10), 02. Somebody Up There Likes Me (3:57), 03. Unconditional Love (4:07), 04. Warriors Of Genghis Khan (2:45), 05. Shadow In My Heart (5:15), 06. Bite The Bullet (3:46), 07. Starship Trooper (5:14), 08. Trapped (4:45), 09. The Battle Of Kringen (5:03), 10. Maniac (4:21), 11. Silent Tear (6:10)

Profile Street Legal consists of two veterans of the Norwegian rock scene. Bass player and lead singer Bjørn Boge (ex. Da Vinci, Evenrude) and his brother, drummer Øystein Boge (Stephen Ackles, Vestlandsfanden, Wig Wam), both share the same vision: to create the ultimate blend of energy and melody.  The group combines hard rock elements with straight-up blues. When all is said and done, Street Legal deliver a strong rock album.

“Loading Up” is anthemic with a blusey tinge. The album’s title track “Somebody Up There Likes Me” is a steady rocker with throaty melodic vocals. “Warriors Of Genghis Khan” jumps into European metal territory with monster riffage and pounding drums. The album’s title track “Bite the Bullet” is a smooth track with a hook laden chorus. “Trapped” delivers some of the best guitar licks since the days of 80s thrash. I hate to say it, but the bands best track is a cover tune. Street Legal pump up the energy and inject distorted guitars into Michael Sembello’s “Maniac.” If you don’t remember the artist, you’re sure to remember Jennifer Beals sitting in a chair, dumping a bucket of water on herself in the movie Flashdance.

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Disciples of Love – Disciples of Love [1991]

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Country Norway          Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Kenneth Wangen – Guitars,harmonica, Morty – Drums, Rune B3. – Vocals,keyboards, Temper’N – Bass, Morten Gustavsen,Nina Johansen – Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Castle of Rock (4:01), 02. Desires (3:20), 03. Demon Lover (4:09), 04. Hero (4:01), 05. Dreamer (4:45), 06. Going Under (4:56), 07. Mover (7:55), 08. Lazy (7:40)

Profile Self released and produced as Private-press by Disciples of Love in absolute very very very small piece count and a must have album for all Rock / Hard Rock / Melodic Collectors. Nice album with great keys and a prog touch in some songs while the last song it’s a Deep Purple tribute. One of the rarest Scandinavia Hard Rock albums…..

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CCCP – Let’s Spend The Night Together [1986]

CCCP_LSTNTCountry Norway          Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members
Claudia Scott,Carlene Carter,Casino Steel,John Payne – Vocals, Steinar Krokstad – Drums, Svein-Dag Hauge,Stein Ramberg,Torstein Flakne – Guitar, Yngve Moe – Bass, Baard Svendsen – Keyboards, John Payne – Vocals

Tracks
01. Feelin’ Alright, 02. One Of These Nights, 03. Reach Out – I’ll Be There, 04. All The Young Dudes, 05. Keep On Runnin’, 06. Let’s Spend The Night Together, 07. Centerfold, 08. Devils Right Hand, 09. Strange Brew

Profile Rather than coming from Russia CCCP came from a number of different corners of the world including Sweden, Britain and America. The original band was to have included the late Gary Holton who unfortunately died before the project could be finalised. Enter John Payne who was at the time in the eighties beginning to build a reputation as a vocalist on the London recording scene. John would go on to work briefly with ELO II and also record backing vocals on Roger Daltrey’s albums Under A Raging Moon and Can’t Wait To See The Movie.

He is perhaps more famous for replacing John Wetton as the vocalist and bassist in Asia for fifteen years between 1991 and 2006 recording more than ten albums with the band and touring the world a number of times. Since John left Asia he has appeared as the Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War Of The Worlds and also formed a new band with Jay Schellan and Guthrie Govan entitled GPS. CCCP was put together by a producer and conceived as a studio project in 1986 which featured a number off different vocalists including John Payne and Carlene Carter. The album includes a number of cover versions including a cover of the Eagles song One Of These Nights which is sung by John Payne.

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Eldoen – Welcome Into My Heart [1985]

1382080490_eldoenCountry Norway          Style Lite AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members
Teddy Walter – Bass, Per Lindvall – Drums,percussion, Svein Dag Hauge – Guitar, Peter Ljung – Keyboards, Egil Eldøen – Vocals

Tracks
01. Watching Eyes, 02. Stay by Me, 03. Welcome Into My Heart, 04. Desire, 05. The Light, 06. We’ll Make It, 07. Don’t Play That Song, 08. Blackout, 09. Watch That Girl, 10. Ready For Rock ‘N Roll, 11. Sweet Romancer

Profile Egil Eldøen  is a Norwegian singer , composer and musician . He has gained recognition as a singer in Norwegian pop , both on the basis of their role in Lava and their plates on their own. Egil Eldøen started his career in various dance bands home in Bergen early 70s. Egil Eldøen its strength from soul-inspired ballads, and he is one of the few Norwegian artists who are praised abroad for his English diction.

During 1984 total Eldøen a number of self-composed songs that did not fit into the lava, and these constituted his first solo album, Welcome Into My Heart , which was released in March 1985. The disc was recorded in Stockholm with Swedish musicians and Svein Dag Hauge as producer. Anita sang a duet of “We’ll Make It.” The album was nominated for a Grammy Award.

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Millennya – Time Has Come [1998]

MILLENNYA1Country Norway          Style Progressive Rock/AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members
Jens Hetland Hagli – Vocals, Ørjan Risa Svensen – Guitar, Stein Magne Stangeland – Drums, Ove Bjørn Wilson – Piano,keyboards, Morten Olsen – Bass guitar

Tracks
01. Faded Prints [03:26], 02. Crazy Man [04:15], 03. Truth [03:27], 04. Don’t Wanna Be Here [03:52], 05. Dance Macabre [03:20], 06. Heaven and Hell [04:12], 07. Storyteller [04:12], 08. Fooling Myself [03:12], 09. Black and White [03:54], 10. No Guts [03:45], 11. Long Hard Fall [02:47]

Profile The debut album of the Norwegian AOR band Millennya titled and “Time has Come” and released independently in 1998. There are eleven songs on the album which was very well-produced by the band and Terje Refsnes while musically the band’s sound varies between pompous melodic rock songs blend with some hard rock and pregressive tendencies. If you want to compare their sound just think bands like Arena, A.C.T., Asia, Magnum, Saga, Toto, Rush and Pink Floyd to name few. There are plenty of good melodies, vocal harmonies and catchy choruses on this album. The vocalist Jens Hagli is great and his voice is a mix between Steve Perry of Journey and Steve Hogarth of Marillion.

Songs that stands out are the opener “Faded Prints” a pure AOR song that can be compare to Boulevard but also the impressive “Don’t Wanna Be Here” having a great and memorable AOR chorus reminds Journey. The ballad “Heaven and Hell” is another winner with great vocal perfrormance from Jens and lovely piano-keys and “Storyteller” has a great mixture between pure AOR and 90s pop rhythm sound that definetely you will love, and If you like Strangeways then here “No Guts”, one of the best AOR songs you may hear with another wonderful chorus. Generally here we have an oustanding debut album and one of the better privately released you may hear and very rare as it was pressed in only 500 copies…

 

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Albums: 1618
Biographies: 375
Meet the Bands: 612
Soundtracks: 146
Reviews: 146

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