Flame – Flame [1992]

FLAME_STCountry USA

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Billy Harvey – Lead Guitar,Backing Vocals, Denis Bostok – Drums, Phil Sullivan – Lead Vocals,Guitar, Steve Smith – Bass,Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Razor Blade Road (Prelude) (0:46), 02. Rain (4:35), 03. Electraglide (4:14), 04. Wild One (4:52), 05. Don’t Look Down (4:38), 06. Wonderland (6:00), 07. Shelter You (5:04), 08. If You Had A Heart (4:29), 09. Never Say Die (3:55), 10. Ball And Chain (5:15), 11. Blood For Blood (4:02), 12. Desperate Heart (5:14), 13. Automatic (3:42), 14. Razor Blade Road (Reprise) (2:44)

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Profile FLAME from US recorded two nice albums between the late ’80s / early ’90s. Their first disc appeared via a small label, a hard rocking effort with some hair metal on it. By 1990, Flame was signed by a major label and they contributed a song for Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead OST, while the band’s second album was being recorded with producer Bill Wray, a movie soundtrack specialist. 

Entitled as the band’s name, “Flame” is much more melodic and accessible than the previous record.With a sound & style typical of the 1990-92 years Damn Yankees, Tesla and a bit of Night Ranger, at places Flame infuse some songs with a bluesy vibe akin Great White or Tangier. My favorite cuts are the ones with the more melodic hard rock oriented melodies and choruses, such as the very good “Don’t Look Down”, the punchy “Ball and Chain”, the pumping “If You Had A Heart” or the midtempo ballad “Desperate Heart”.

A nice, very melodious US Melodic Hard Rock album, “Flame” delivers a quite ‘easy to the ears‘ sound that, despite at places pretty hard rocking, it’s always pleasant with friendly verses and choruses.

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