Chet Thompson – Slamnation [1992]

cover45192_160383Country USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Neil Thomas – Vocals, Chet Thompson – Guitars, Dave Spitz – Bass, Stet Howland – Drums

Tracks 01. Sweet Lil’ Sister, 02. One Shot, 03. Red Hot Lover, 04. Don’t Wanna Dance, 05. Time Bomb, 06. Heaven’s Burnin’, 07. Fever, 08. Rock-A-Bye Love

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Profile A guitar student of Randy Rhoads in his teens, Chet Thompson is one of the most underrated American axe-man. He shined as main guitarist in Hellion’s prime time, and recorded various solo albums. “Slamnation” was the first under his own moniker, but in fact this is a ‘real band’ comprising the talents of Dave ‘Animal’ Spitz (Great White, Paul Sabu) on bass, Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) and the amazing NeilThomas at the mic.

Recorded in 1992 but released in 1996 only in Japan, “Slamnation” shows Chet Thompson’s mastery on the six-strings via sharp melting riffs and stupendous solos, but it is not a ‘flashy guitar man’ album. This sounds like a true, tight Classic American Hard Rock band delivering eight monster stomping rockers. Neil Thomas owns a raspy & powerful set of pipes specially designed for this type of music, andthe rhythm section is a blast. “Sweet Lil’ Sister”, “Don’t Wanna Dance”, “Rock-A-Bye Love” or “Heaven’s Burnin´” will rock your socks off in the best Skid Row meets Ratt meets W.A.S.P. Californian tradition of the genre. There’s no place for ballads here, this is pure hot US Hard Rock…

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