Retro Reviews

Retro Reviews are new reviews of albums that are not new releases, but are considered relevant to the rock genre.

 

Retro Reviews

Heaven’s Edge: Heaven’s Edge

Artist: Heaven's Edge Album: Heaven's Edge Genre: Hard Rock / Melodic Metal Label: CBS/Columbia Release Date: 1990 (Re-release Rock Candy Records 2012) Review: I will probably go to my grave thinking that if the debut album by Heaven's Edge had only been released a few years earlier, they would have been one of the biggest name is 80's hard rock.  Unfortunately, it wasn't released until 1990, just as grunge and alternative rock were becoming all the rage. The very day that I bought this album, I must have played it at least twenty times. It's really that good. And thanks to the shift in the musical climate at that time, it just wasn't given the great record label support that it deserved. This album is all killer and no filler. These carefully crafted songs were well written and balanced with a few ballads that didn't feel cheesy and full on rockers...

Kix: Midnite Dynamite

Artist: Kix Album: Midnite Dynamite Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: August 6, 1985 Review: Today, I'm going way back to 1985 when Kix released their groundbreaking album "Midnite Dynamite". An album, that I can safely say has no filler and no bad songs anywhere on it. A virtual audio tour of every teenage boys hormonal thoughts about girls, sex and generally living life at a break neck speed. This was the soundtrack to my teenage years. Kix had released two albums prior to this, I noticed, I listened, but I wasn't overwhelmed. However, with the release of Midnite Dynamite, Kix found what would become their signature sound and in my opinion it's still the best release of their career. Hell, even the slow ballad like "Walkin' Away" resonated with me when my girlfriend broke up with me. My favorite tracks on here have to be...

Vollmer: When Pigs Fly

Artist: Vollmer Album: When pigs Fly Genre: Hard Rock / Metal Label: Perris Records Release Date: Re-Released April 15, 2016 Review:  On July 22nd Helix will be releasing "Rock It Science". The CD is a "Greatest Hits collection with one new track called (Gene Simmons) says"Rock Is Dead".  I have been a big fan of Helix's music for years. Legends in the rock scene with tracks like "Rock You" ,  "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin', "Heavy Metal Love" and more, the band has consistently created great material over the years. I still find that many people are completely unaware of Brian Vollmer's solo album, so I thought this might be a good time to do a review of "When Pigs Fly" by Vollmer.  Originally released in 1999 and just recently re-released through Perris Records, "When Pigs Fly" should be in every Helix fans CD collection.  While sounding like Helix, Brian experimented a little...

Halloween: Horrorfire

Artist: Halloween Album: Horrorfire Genre: Metal Label: Pure Steel Records Review: Recently, I did a review of Halloween's album "No One Gets Out" and a lot of our readers asked for more. So, today I'm offering mt review of their 2006 album, Horrorfire. So lets start there. by 2006 the band had been through several personnel changes. In 1997, former members Rick Craig and Bill Whyte rejoined only to leave again and George Neal had also left, but returned again in 2004. Enter new drummer and producer for Horrorfire, Rob Brug. Now re-energized, the band hit the studio and recorded an album of over 1 hour of great songs. Make no mistake, regardless of the change in band members leading up to this album, it sounds every bit like the Halloween that you know and love. This album sees the band sounding as hungry as ever. The songs are straight ahead metal...

Aska: Nine Tongues

Artist: Aska Album: Nine Tongues Genre: Metal Label: Pure Steel Records Release Date: May 3, 2013 Review: Aska is one of those bands that I completely stumbled upon by accident. I was looking through the CD rack at my local record store and came upon Nine Tongues by Aska. Now, I've always been one to take chances on by albums by bands that I've never heard before, and this was no exception. It was obvious that this was a metal act and the song titles seemed to reflect that as well, so I bought it, took home and gave it a spin. I was actually quite surprised when the first track "The Stalker" got going, because, Aska is quite good. How could I have missed these guys? As it turns out, this was originally was released independently with very little widespread distribution. But, thankfully, it has now been re-released through...

Halloween: No One Gets Out

Artist: Halloween Album: No One Gets Out Genre: Metal Label: Pure Steel Records Release Date: March 29, 2013 Review: When I was merely a teenager, there was a metal band that everyone talked about in our metal music social circles. That band was Halloween. But, here's the tricky thing about it. None of us had ever actually heard them before. Keep in mind that this was before the internet was in every household. Hell, really all we had to go on was the information that was supplied in magazines like Circus, Hit Parader and others.  MTV hadn't really taken over everything yet and there was no Headbanger's Ball yet. Anyway, through word of mouth and from a few press clippings, we knew very little about this band called Halloween, except that they were from Detroit and they were legendary. We weren't sure why they were legendary, but we all wanted...

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