Gypsy Stew – Down In One [1993]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 80/100

Band Members Nasty, Bitchin’, Marshall, Johnny Harp

Tracks 01. No Good Purpose, 02. Diamond Ring, 03. Cold, 04. Witchmode, 05. Hollywood, 06. Runaway, 07. Sweet Seduction, 08. Got to Have You, 09. Stone Cold Beautiful, 10. Pinch Me, 11. When I Die

Profile One of the rarest albums in the market is the debut album of Gypsy Stew, titled “Down In One” released by Break Records in 1993 in very limited copies. Another top indy, that they should consider re-issuing. Very good, solid album with a brilliant production. The rockers as well as the ballads stand out. If you like indies like Friction, Theatre and White Eagle check it.

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Mistreated – One More For The Road [1987]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 78/100

Band Members Matthew Basson – Vocals,Backing Vocals, Julius P. Ulrich III – Guitars,Backing Vocals, D.C. – Guitars, G.E.D. – Bass, Benny Hill – Drums, Mike Palumbo – Harmonica

Tracks 01. One More For The Road, 02. Destroyer, 03. I Got A Line On You, 04. Take It, 05. Decide, 06. Close To You, 07. Woman Like You, 08. It’s Getting Better, 09. Save My Love, 10. Lost In Mexico

Profile Mistreated were an one album entity who vanished off the face of the earth with this reasonable pompous platter. Hailed from San Diego they trying to break into the then overcrowded world of pop metal, better than you’d expect for an indie band, but nothing exceptional. There’re soaring vocals, huge backing vocals and killer quitar work similar to bands like Seduce, Roxx and Roxxi. Members later joined Asphalt Ballet.

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Roar – Roar [1990]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Mitch DiStefano – Bass, Charlie Ambrosia – Drums, Eric Presti – Guitars, Petey – Vocals

Tracks 01. Tequila, 02. Walkin Away, 03. One Shot

Profile Roar were another short-lived hair metal band from New York that never got the chance for a full lenght album. This 3-tracks demo tape released privately from the band for promotion back in 1990 featuring Eric Presti on guitar who has owned a studio and has produced numerous bands, while he played alongside 80s pop stars MC Hammer, Naughty By Nature and Bret Michaels. Roar were a high energy 90s powder puff hair metal but don’t expect wimpy guitar riffs and solos.

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Forshe – Ready Or Not [1989]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Teddi Forshey – Vocals, Danny Prock – Guitars,backing vocals, Michael Stewart – Keyboards,guitars,synthesizer, Christopher Allen – Bass,backing vocals, Travis Fittro – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Gave You My Heart, 02.Take A Chance, 03. It’s Over, 04. She Walks By, 05. Love’s Tough, 06. Without Your Love, 07. Don’t Give Up, 08. Ready Or Not

Profile Forshe hailed from Missouri acted in the late 80s with big follow back in days. The band offers a true slice of heaven for 80s music lovers, from exhilarating mid-tempo rockers to bursting heartbreak ballad, showcases good songwriting, nice vocals, big harmonies and swathes of rich keyboards. The songs “Gave You My Heart” and “Take A Chance” appeared in the compilation High Plains Rock.

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Future Allies – Made Loud To Be Played Loud [1986]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Steve Rogers, Dave Boerst, Scott Butler

Tracks 01. Send Me Your Love, 02. It’s Alright, 03. Just The Other Boy, 04. Killed By Fame, 05. Girl Like You, 06. Do It Again, 07. Don’t Come To Me, 08. Homesick Angel, 09. Rock and Roll To Hell, 10. Fantasies

Profile U.S. private indie press on Southwest Records back in 1986. The band hailed from Phoenix, Arizona release this album in limited quantites playing 80s hard rock with some aor mixed. Reminds of a cross between Axe, Stone Fury and a little “Welcome To The Club” era Kick Axe.

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Christian Scarborough – Bump In the Night [1991]

Country USA

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Keven O’Brien – Guitars, James “Budda” Dixon – Guitars, Christian Scarborough – Vocals,keyboards,bass, Bill Appleberry – Keyboards,backing vocals, Dave Batchelor – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Night Songs, 02. Rock Tonight, 03. Fire, 04. Back On My Feet Again, 05. Satisfy Me, 06. Brothers, 07. Good Morning Jennifer, 08. Call Me Any Time, 09. Are You Ready, 10. Welcome to the Business, 11. Smooth

Profile Rare indie from Virginia’s artist Christian Scarborough with the album entitled “Bump in the Night” released back in 1991 from SoBad Records in very limited copies. This album didn’t fare well commercially because grunge and hair metal had begun to erode the melodic hard rock stronghold. Still, it’s got some excellent hard rock moments. Maybe a tad bit calculated in its approach, but still a worthy addition to any self-respecting hard rock fan collector. Very interesting is the cover of Billy Satelite’s “Satisfy Me”.

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Sharon – The Legacy [1996]

Country Germany

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Guido Lee Beedo – Bass,vocals,backing vocals,gutars,keyboards, Flo – Bass, Stefanie – Vocals, Mario Basner – Drums, Wolf Rambatz – Guitars

Additional Musicians Menage A Trois,Steffi,Tom – Backing vocals, Oli – Bass,backing vocals, Olaf – Percussion, Urte – Cello, Kai – Pano

Tracks 01. The Light, 02. Cold Illusion, 03. Lonely In The Crowd, 04. Paralyzed In Paradise, 05. Straight From The Heart, 06. Wildest Passion, 07. The Legacy, 08. Forgotten,09. Can’t Live Without You, 10. Something, 11. If I Can’t Have You

Profile Sharon were a hard rock band from Steinburg release this rarity back in 1996. The band is the brainchild of Guido Lee Beedo with song recorded between 94-96. The album move on the AOR/hard rock side of the footpath with metal and symphonic touches in parts, but after a few plays it will get to you like the Tax Man inevitably does. The songs are pretty good and you can find some catchy moments, the keys are everywhere and the guitar work quit good but nothing blowminding.

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Lapointe – Tie You Up [1991]

Country Canada

Style AOR

Rating 81/100

Band Members Roger Lapointe – Vocals

Tracks 01. Handle With Care, 02. Tie You Up, 03. Matter Of Time, 04. I Don’t Know Why, 05. Make-U-Crazy, 06. Ain’t No Tellin’ (What Woman Can Do), 07. Go On And Dream, 08. Confusion, 09. It’s Her Little Inner Child, 10. Prodigal Girl, 11. Leave Our Love, 12. Be My Balloon

Profile Rare album released by Canadian musician/singer/songwriter Roger Lapointe back in 1991 and produced by himself and Matthew Gerard (ex- Regatta and ex- Rod McInnes). The songs move to melodic rock paths with some poppy touches but the production is average. There’re some really good tunes like the opening “Handle With Care” a softly ballad that reminds the style of Gary Hughes and the aorish Tie You Up” and the midtempo “Go On And Dream”. If you like artists like Phil Christian, Stan Bush and Mitch Malloy check out this guy. In 2006 Lapointe re-release the album titled “Handle with Care”.

 

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ZNX – ZNX [1994]

Country Japan

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Kensuke Senoo – Vocals, Sownin Matsuo – Guitars, Keisuke Komori – Drums, Masao Seki – Bass

Tracks 01. Crazy Driver, 02. あらかじめ失われた時を求めて, 03. 裸足の天使達, 04. 傷だらけのファイティング・ポーズ, 05. 君の瞳の中から, 06. 風のにほいがする頃, 07. Madness City, 08. サヨナラに接吻を, 09. だきしめて眠れ, 10. So, ファッション, 11. ハーフ・ムーン, 12. Rock’n Roll Paradise

Profile ZNX formed in 1993 by legendary visual guitarist Sounin Matsuo (member of Ziggy) and vocalist Kensuke Senoo. In 1994 the band’s first single “Kimi no Hitomi no Naka Kara” reached number 23 on the Oricon charts. Two more singles followed the release of the band’s self-titled debut album. Both singles and the album failed to live up to the slight success of “Kimi no Hitomi no Naka Kara”, and they all had slightly poor sales. The next year released two more singles with a new full lenght album “Power House” melled to be their last work before they disband.

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Roman Shabalin -Roman Shabalin [2016]

Country Russia

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Aleksei Zherikhov – Vocals,Guitar,Bass,Drums,Keyboards, Roman Shabalin – Guitar,Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Ветер времён, 02. Она, 03. Поверь мне, 04. Не забывай, 05. Лети, 06. Давай уедем, 07. Мало, 08. Я вернусь, 09. Last Fight (Instrumental), 10. Stand Up (Instrumental)

Profile Amazing project from Shakhty started in 2015 releasing a 3-tracks demo work. The quality of the songs with the great songwriting led them to the release of the band’s self-titled debut album a year later. Their main goal is to bring back the good moments of the 80s hard rock scene with some aor doses. The production need to be improved but the catchy tunes,the harmony backing vocals, the amazing work on keys and the great guitar riffs will definetely leave you satisfy. In 2017 the band return with a new album a little heavier but worthy also.

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