Outlaw Blood – Outlaw Blood [1991]

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Style Hard Rock

Rting 85/100

Band Members Larry Aberman – Drums, Marc McCoy – Lead Vocals, Marti Frederiksen – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Nick Parise – Bass, Rick Harchol – Guitar

Tracks 01. Tower Of Love (4:23), 02. Body And Soul (4:09), 03. Last Act (4:39), 04. Sink My Teeth (4:04), 05. Every Day I Die (4:26), 06. Soul Revival (3:36), 07. I’m N Shock (4:25), 08. Red Hot ‘N’ Blue (3:46), 09. Slave To Love (4:27), 10. Fall Thru The Cracks (3:57), 11. Hollywood Babylon (4:08)

Profile Outlaw Blood was another one of those hair metal bands that came just a bit too late to the party and never managed to gain any commercial success. It’s a shame, because there’s a lot to like about the band’s 1991 self-titled debut. Outlaw Blood plays a great brand of melodic hard rock that is infused with hints of southern rock and a touch of Memphis soul. Sure, some of the lyrics are a bit juvenile at times and rather obvious in their intent (anyone who doesn’t get the meaning behind “Tower Of Love” probably doesn’t speak English as a first language…), but such were the times. And, let’s face it…there were not a ton of overly “deep thinkers” in the Hollywood scene in the 1980’s and early 90’s. But don’t let this deter you from checking into Outlaw Blood, as they truly are a very good band, sounding more musically related to bands like Tora Tora, Tangier, or Baton Rouge when they are in bluesy-shuffle mode than they ever sound like the majority of the Sunset Strip glamsters.

The music obviously mattered to these guys as the performances are top notch. McCoy’s vocals and Harschol’s leads, in particular, stand out on this effort. “Slave To Love”, “Body & Soul”, and the previously mentioned “Tower Of Love” are all top-shelf rockers, as is “Sink My Teeth”. “Last Act” is a great southern hard rock ballad complete with a slide guitar and a big power groove that I don’t understand how MTV and radio overlooked. The same could be said of “Every Day I Die”, which is another great ballad that has more soul and feel to it than most of the lighter-in-the-air ballads that became radio staples for other bands.

The album has numerous gems scattered throughout, with “Hollywood Babylon” being a personal favorite. This is a great song that alludes to the entrapments of the Sunset Strip scene at the time, and almost comes off as a warning to the youth who may be dreaming of making it big in Hollywood. “She Sunset Stripped me, Her high heels kicked me, ‘Baby you ain’t going nowhere'” the song warns in an unusually honest song. Additionally, “Fall Thru The Cracks” is a thumping bass line, a catchy chorus, and ripping solo all wrapped up in one mid-tempo rocker that gets stuck in my head whenever I hear it. This was the band’s only release. Once grunge came in, a band like this didn’t stand a chance. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but if you’re a fan of the late `80s and early `90s hard rock sound, Outlaw Blood is well worth picking up.

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3 Responses to “Outlaw Blood – Outlaw Blood [1991]”

  1. Emily Parise says:

    Marc McCoy and Nick Parise(on the base) are my uncles. I wish more people knew about how kick ass their band really was. God bless Marc for pouring his soul into this band, lot of memories from listening to them growing up. RIP MARC MCCOY

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    • Anonymous says:

      I didn’t know the band.. I just discover them.
      How they shouldn’t become more famous !
      This is an epic glam cd! Rip for Marc

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  2. Robert Haskins says:

    I used to go and see these guys as often as they would come to San Diego,and I wore out the tape ,uh, then I bought the cd which i found in phoenix at Bookmans. Look these guys could write, play, sing better than any band out there at the time…

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