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Lionheart – Hot Tonight [1984]

Country United Kingdom          

Style AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members Chad Brown – Lead Vocals, Dennis Stratton – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Rocky Newton – Bass, Backing Vocals, Steve Mann – Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Wait For The Night, 02. Hot Tonight, 03. Die For Love, 04. Towers Of Silver, 05. Don’t Look Back In Anger, 06. Nightmare, 07. Living In A Dream, 08. Another Crazy Dream, 09. Dangerous Game

Profile “Hot tonight” is the debut album by British melodic hard rock/AOR band “Lionheart” originally released in 1984, reissued by “Krescendo Records” in 2008. The band was put together by guitarist Dennis Stratton featuring lead singer Chad Brown, guitarist Steve Mann who also handles keyboards, bassist Rocky Newton and drummer Bob Jenkins.

Despite its origin, the “Lionheart” debut is built on the songwriting and production standards of American melodic hard rock, very much due to the fact that “Lionheart” established a US contract for “Hot Tonight”. You can expect very melodic, not to mention clean, vocals, a plethora of guitar leads, ever-present keyboard harmonies and immense drumming. Most songs on “Hot Tonight” open on staccato keyboards followed by thick rhythm guitars at which point the melodic guitar lines kick in and the vocals take the lead.

The production of “Hot Tonight” was clearly ahead of its time, at parts handling keyboards, vocals and twin guitar melodies without sounding overloaded at any point. On the other hand, some may criticize the over produced rhythm section (personally I consider it a huge part of the album’s appeal). One can not see how any fan of melodic hard rock could go wrong with such songs as the pompous opener “Wait for the night”, “Hot tonight”, “Die for love”, “Towers of silver” and “Nightmare” and the “Survivor”-esque “Another Crazy Dream”. “Hot tonight” is as well written, executed and produced as you could possibly demand form an `80s AOR band.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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Lionheart - Hot Tonight [1984], 9.4 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
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