Vera Cruz – Hot Games [1989]

Country Germany          Style Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members
Andy Layer – Vocals, Guitars, Armon Wagner – Bass, Dieter Trabert – Drums, Till Bittinger – Keyboards, Tobias Janouschek – Guitars

01. One Way Or Another (4:44), 02. Don’t Smash The Mirror (5:12), 03. Hot Game (4:24), 04. Lonely Times (3:20), 05. Slave Of Your Heart (4:36), 06. Burn Me (3:11), 07. Head Over Heals (4:20), 08. Another Year (4:35), 09. Weenah (4:52), 10. Another Beat Of The Heart (Don’t Cry) (3:10), 11. Frontiers (4:00)


Germans VERA CRUZ debuted in 1989 with “Hot Games” released through a small indie label, pressed on CD but in limited quantities. Much sought after by collectors, original copies were sold at eBay for $400!

Despite of being released in ’89, the style in “Hot Games” is mid-eighties Melodic Rock / AOR with the typical German and Scandinavian sound, with lots of keyboards & synths, melodic guitars and hooky choruses. Actually, Vera Cruz sounds here quite Swedish, like early Skagarak (not so tight), early Treat, Quolio, Maeday and alikes. All tracks are catchy with good musicianship, and although production isn’t stellar, if you dig ’80s Scandi-AOR you’ll love it.

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