Paradise – Do Or Die [1992]

PARADISE_DODCountry USA          Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Adam Gifford – Vocals, Matt Shumway -Guitars,backing vocals, John Heller – Bass,backing vocals, Michael March – Drums,backing vocals, Josh Seigal,Adam Marsland – Keyboards

Tracks
01. Nightmares, 02. Voices, 03. Firin’ Line, 04. Fever, 05. Need A Little Love, 06. Ghost Town, 07. When You’re Gone, 08. I Want More, 09. Undercover, 10. You’re 16

Profile PARADISE was a short lived L.A. band that arrived too late to the hair metal scene but at least they had the chance to release one album, and a really good one it its. Paradise went through many lineup changes including Robbie Crane (Ratt) or Danny Wilder (Tuff). At the end of the eighties the band played every Sunset Blvd venue while their fan base grewn considerably, but the musical climate was changing and labels said ‘no’ to sign new bands of the genre.

So Paradise contacted a small German label and they agreed to record and release the band’s debut. Renowned producer Jay Baumgardner (Ugly Kid Joe) was hired and they spent almost a year to give the recording the final touches. There was too late in 1992 for “Do Or Die” in the US, but the band moved to Europe and presented the album live on many gigs, even being the opening act for the first leg of the Bon Jovi and Extreme tours that year. Paradise was still in a position to make some waves in the old continent but due unspecified internal troubles they decided to part ways. The last two shows were in front of a big crowd at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.

Paradise’s style is like a crunchier version of Danger Danger, some Warrant, XYZ, etc, with catchy melodies and flashy guitar work. The long year spent to record the album paid its dividends, at least sonically. “Do Or Die” has a brilliant sound and the band really feels vital all over the album. Production is crisp with all the sharpness needed for this American melodic hard rock / hair metal material.
Only released in Germany and never reissued, “Do Or Die” is quite unknown to fans of the genre, specially Americans. And it’s a very good one, believe me.

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