Sahara Steel – Sahara Steel [1992]

Country USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members
Brian Eckhart – Drums, Jack Klunder – Vocals, Mark Moore – Bass, Patrick Sheppard – Guitars

01. Fatal Heartbreaker, 02. Back In Trouble, 03. Heart Of Fire, 04. Open Fire, 05. Booze Tattoos And Rock ‘N’ Roll, 06. Save Your Prayers, 07. Man On The Run, 08. Push Comes To Shove, 09. Good Girl Gone Bad, 10. Over Exposure


Without knowing practically anything about “Sahara steel”, I decided to purchase it on the strength of the `Perris’ label the company behind this release which has come up with some quite impressive melodic hard rock/glam metal works over the past few years.

“Sahara Steel” were active during the early 90s at a time where glamorous hard rock was fading out of the mainstream it was at that time and after supporting a fair number of known American glam metal bands that they recorded this, their self titled album. Beyond this information any other specifics are fairly hard to make out; for that matter I can not find the original release date of `Sahara Steel’. Yet perhaps what is most important is that Perris records supported this reissue, having brought in star producer Anthony Focx to re master the album. The drumming is really up front the opening guitar riffs are turned to 11 while the vocals retain their protagonist role.

It would be fair to say that `Sahara Steel’ sound much heavier and aggressive than one would expect from a hard rock/glam metal band; having said that I can not suggest whether this was the band’s own musical direction or simply the 2010 re mastering that gave the album this harder edge.

The line up features a fair amount of talent; Patrick Sheppard is a very accomplished guitarist moving effortlessly between the styles of Van Halen, Gary Moore and a bit George Lynch. Lead singer Jack Klunder is also a force to be reckoned with sounding very much like a combination of Matt Matijevic and David Reece. Drummer Brian Eckhart sounds very much like he is fighting wars behind the drum set while bass player Mark Moore follows the frenetic rhythmic effortlessly.

Personal favorites include the opening track `Fatal Heartbreaker’, `Save your preyers’ and `Push comes to shove’. For fans of first generation glam metal bands `Sahara Steel’ is a definite buy.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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