The Scrounger's Report
Jun. 02, 1999
The stuff I got in yesterday...
Ok, I've had a chance to listen through the stuff I got in
Thor - Ride of the Chariots (An-Thor-Logy). 1997. Star USA.
Ick. Yuck. A buffed blonde Norse Manowar wannabe.
I like Manowar despite the triteness, because at least
musically they have their act together and the execution
is good. This guy should just be executed. Rating: 40%
Iron Angel - Winds of War. 1986. Steamhammer/SPV
Musically, and productionwise, OY, it's hurting,
but it is a good historical reference piece.
Underproduced mid-1980s heavy metal. Rating: 68%
Waysted - Vices. 1997 (1983). Zoom Club Records.
Although slightly better produced than TGTBTW,
musically, it's a little more punkish/glam than
TGTBTW. I picked these Waysted discs up just for
completist purposes; it's like a completely
different band than "Save Your Prayers" and it may
very well be. Rating: 72%
Kamelot - Eternity. 1995. Noise Records.
It's "ok", nothing more. I don't have a problem with
the album musically, but the lead vocals make my
teeth hurt. I think they made a BIG leap forward
with Dominion. Rating: 76%
Waysted - The Good, The Bad, The Waysted. 1992. Music for Nations
I owned this once before and traded it away. Now that
I'm listening to it again, it's not nearly as bad as
I initially thought. It's weakest point seems to be
the lead vocals. Rating: 78%
A.S.A.P. - Silver and Gold. 1989. EMI (U.K.)
Adrian Smith's project. It's good but kinda bland
and nondescript. The execution is good, but there's
nothing innovative happening here...dunno. It just
bores me. Rating: 78%
Romeo's Daughter - S/T. 1989. Jive Records (Australia)
Some good stuff happening here. All the songs are
produced by either Mutt Lange, John Parr, or both.
Kind of a Pat Benatar meets Heart thang going on.
GTR - Nerotrend (unreleased demos)
I really wish they had released a 2nd album; the first
showed *SO* much promise. This set of demos features
Robert Berry on lead vox for half the tracks, and
Max Bacon on the other half. The overall feel is a bit
lighter, IMO than the debut. Rating: 83%
Korea - S/T. 1992. Rammit Records/BEI/MCA (Canada)
This album shows brief flashes of brilliance. Imagine
a minor-label version of Zebra with slightly more AOR-ish
tendencies. The occasional use of female backing vox
is interesting, and I think the album could benefit
from them being used a bit more....Rating: 85%
Jeff Scott Soto - "L.A. Rocks demos".
Take into account that these are demos, so the
overall sound quality isn't up to par with studio
releases (this was taken from cassette). That being
said, musically, this is some KILLER stuff! I wonder
what time frame they are from, as well as what
And the surprise of the bunch:
Aces High - Pull No Punches. 1998. GMR Music
I had absolutely no clue who this band was when I
opted to trade for it....and I *still* have no idea
who they are. A bunch of Scandinavians doing extremely
well-executed AOR. Good harmonies, etc. Rating: 89%
S'all 4 now...