Whiteness – Once Upon A Time [1988]

Country Sweden

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Henrik Gustafsson – Vocals, Erik Johansson – Guitar, Magnus Östlund – Bass, Peter Gustafsson – Drums, Patrik Karlsson – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Once Upon A Time, 02. Island In A Forgotten Sea

Profile Swedish melodic hard rock band from Töreboda founded in 1986. The band played in local clubs and toured in around area release this indie privately in 1988 through Baba Records in very limited copies. The band has the typical melodic sound of the Swedish music scene of that period with pompous keys and tight production. The band in 1989 manage to release a demo tape with the help of PEO and a harder sound melled to be their last work before they disband a bit later. Patrik Karlsson and Erik Johansson also played with Loud’n Proud at the same time.

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Sign of the Times – Disengage [1995]

Country USA

Style CCM Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 76/100

Band Members Jeff Scheetz – Guitars, Adam Dean – Lead/background vocals, E – Bass, Jim Riley – Drums,percussion,background vocals

Additional Musicians Greg Edmonson – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. Are You Listening, 02. I’m Alright, 03. Promised Land, 04. I Believe, 05. Sunrise, 06. Power Of One, 07. Disengage, 08. Great Unknown, 09. Innocent Eyes, 10. How Will I Know, 11. Texas Toast

Profile 1995 Salt Music Records indie release from Christian melodic rock band Sign of the Times with their release entitled, “Disengage”. The band features Christian rock, metal and blues guitarist Jeff Scheetz and Adam Dean on vocals.  Fans of Christian AOR and bands like Whiteheart, Ruscha and Allies, would enjoy this rarity.

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Warren Halstrom – Go! [1990]

Country Canada

Style CCM WestCoast AOR/Melodic Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Warren Halstrom – Vocals

Tracks 01. Go!, 02. Bring Them Home, 03. Shadow Of Your Wings, 04. What’s Written Is Written, 05. Strength Of My Life, 06. I’m Not Ashamed, 07. Not Guilty, 08. Fill Me Forever, 09. Destiny Of Love, 10. One Of The Ones

Profile With a voice that will remind you of Dennis DeYoung, here’s Warren Halstrom and his first titled “Go!” came out from Image 7. The title track is a true keyboard-driven gem, an upbeat Westcoast AOR anthem that wouldn’t be out of place on a Dakota album. On the ballad side “Bring Them Home” is pure BLVD bliss. Connie Scott and Ray Salmond are featured on backing vocals. Put it all together and you have one undiscover gem of Christian AOR.

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Bushhounds – Long Road [1999]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Carlos Deanza – Lead Vocals,Guitar, Timothy Capri – Vocals,Guitar, Dean Schmidt – Vocals,Bass, Mike Poulin – Drums

Tracks 01. Fly So High, 02. Miss Me, 03. Angel, 04. Days Gone By, 05. I Love You, 06. Take Me Home, 07. Back In Your Heart, 08. Seasons Change, 09. Long Road, 10. Got No Home

Profile Bushhounds is a four person Hard Rock/Hair Metal band that hails from Southern Florida.  This record was released in very low numbers at their live shows back in 1999.  Major collectors are not aware that this album exists.  Bushhounds opened for bands such as Firehouse, Ratt, Great White, Roxx Gang, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue and more.  On this rarity, they deliver 10 amazing Melodic Rock tracks.  There are wonderful mixes of rockers, uptempo songs and ballads.

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Diamond Back – Diamond Back [1992]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Paul Lusky – Guitars, Vocals, Jeff Wheeler – Bass, Paul Bassett – Guitars, Jeff Alamed – Drums

Tracks 01. Once Upon A Lifetime, 02. Cookie Jar, 03. Leavin’ Em Screamin’, 04. Cuervo Song, 05. Knock Me Back, 06. Justin Case, 07. Total Eclipse, 08. Moving On, 09. Take You Home

Profile Diamond Back is an amazing Hard Rock band that hails from Connecticut.  This record was released on a tiny indie label (Turnip Music Group).  The band plays killer Hard Rock/Melodic Rock in the vein of Blue Ruin and Noise Boys.  The tracks “Once Upon A Lifetime” and “Total Eclipse” are killer AOR anthems, while the tracks, “Leavin’ Em Screamin'” and “Justin Case” are soaring Hard Rock arena style anthems.

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Sledge – Hot Legs [1992]

Country Germany

Style Hard Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members Erny Koch – Vocals, Stefan Hartz – Drums, Frank Ruttger – Keyboards, Marcus Harder – Guitars, Stefan Burczyk – Bass

Tracks 01. Angry N’ Nasty (5:15), 02. Hot Legs (3:48), 03. It’s A Lie (4:26), 04. Too Late For Love (3:57)

Profile Sledge is a tremendous Melodic Rock band from Germany.  This album is highly sought after by collectors.  Not many of these indies are in existence.  The band plays music similar in style to Simon Says, Friction, Tokio Rose and Hotboy.  The track “Angry N’ Nasty” is a gem of a Hard Rock anthem, while the track, “Hot Legs” is a Hair Metal style anthem that any fan of the late 80s would love.  “IIt’s A Lie” is a stunning AOR anthem, while “Too Late For Love” is a mega epic ballad that could have been found on the Friction or Simon Says album.

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Redstripe – Let it Dance [1993]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members Suze Star-Albright – Vocals,percussion, Lennox Holness – Bass,backing vocals, Roger Romeo – Guitars,backing vocals, David Lewitt – Drums,percussion,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Dune, 02. Gonna Get There, 03. Watch Me Walk, 04. Piece Of My Heart, 05. Since I Let You Go, 06. Crystal Clear, 07. Don’t Turn Away (Imagine)

Profile This is an incredible female fronted indie from Jericho, New York. The album is fronted by Suze Star-Albright, as she has an incredible voice for the genre. The 7 songs on this record are a female fronted AOR Hard Rock lovers dream.  A mix of Hard Rocking tracks, Acoustic based tracks, and a rocking cover song of “Piece Of My Heart”.  There are some incredible guitars on this rarity- the tracks “Since I Let You Go” and “Crystal Clear” are hard rocking tracks a la Robin Beck.  The acoustic “Don’t Turn Away (Imagine)” reminds of a song off the Sweet Little Sister album.

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Secrecy – Secrecy [1993]

Country Liechtenstein

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 76/100

Band Members Daniel Frick – Guitars,piano, Markus Frick – Bass, Martin Hitly – Guitars, Otti Erne – Lead/backing vocals, Remigius Ritter – Trumpet, Roger Sieber – Drums

Tracks 01. Exciting (2:50), 02. Dream (6:46), 03. Wating (Part 1 and Part 2) (5:49), 04. For You (3:17)

Profile Secrecy were a Vaduz based band acted in the early 90s release this hyper rare indie back in 1993 in very limited copies. The band play hard n’  heavy tunes with some prog influences, with smooth vocals and nice harmonies and stellar production. Imagine a mixture of Sacred Season and Beyond the Blue.

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Trox – Name Your Poison [1991]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 77/100

Band Members Timmy Drude – Bass, Chucky Hansen – Guitars, Mark DeCaro – Drums, Kevin Theissen – Guitar, Tommy Glick – Vocals

Tracks 01. Shoot Shoot (3:19), 02. Set Me Free (4:02), 03. Alisia (3:59), 04. Call The Rock Doctor (3:47), 05. Hotter Than Love (3:22), 06. Little Hitler (5:22), 07. When Love Leaves You Lonely (4:47), 08. Black Rose (4:38), 09. Momma’s Boy (3:32)

Profile Trox were a five piece formed in the mid 80s in Newark, New Jersey, moving in the typical melodic metal paths of the period, gain some attention with a 4-tracks demo tape released in 1987. The band was named after Stanley Troch. The dedication in Name Your Poison liner notes reads: “A true visionary, owner of Troch’s Electric Pawn Shop. Thanks to Dungeon label in 1991 they released the album “Name Your Poison” released only in tape and be one very rare to be found nowdays. The band has lot of good moments on this record with stellar musicianship and good songwriting that should have been on any major label world wide. With the end of the band in the early 90s Tommy Glick joined another metal band called Frost Bite releasing three album till 1997.

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Triple XXX – Eye to Eye [1994]

Country Switzerland

Style Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Joker, 02. Back to my Youth, 03. White Death, 04. Anything to Kill you, 05. I Need to See you, 06. Loosing her Mind, 07. Gambler, 08. X.X.X., 09. Wild Child, 10. I’m Proud, 11. Sommer Lover Song, 12. The Witch, 12. Rock and Roll Holiday

Profile Super rare Swiss hard rock indie came out in 1994 privately by the band.This is somehow a good album, not a great thing but still listenable that grow after some listenings, reminds bands like Stallions and Nation. The songs written between 93-94 mix cross between hard rock and Euro melodic Metal with collectors value nowdays.

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