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4.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but slightly lacks the appeal of their first two albums, 23 Sep 2011
This review is from: 3 (Audio CD)
This was the third album release by Firehouse, aptly titled Firehouse 3.
They are back playing their Stateside style commercial rock, but unlike their first album and especially, their second release, Hold Your Fire, this one seems to lack any particular stand out tracks.
They are all solid enjoyable songs, but not quite reaching the heights of it's predecessors.
Hold Your Fire was getting towards the harder side of rock, but here, they have slipped back into a more radio friendly approach.
Even their now famous ballads, although good, are not up to the high standards already reached.
I have awarded the album four stars, the same as the previous two, as it doesn't deserve a three star vote.
However, Firehouse 1 and Firehouse 2 (Hold Your Fire) are better.

Hold Your Fire
Hold Your Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars US hard rock at it's best, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: Hold Your Fire (Audio CD)
Second album release from Firehouse.
Their music is a mixture of hard rock and melodic rock, American style.
This is a step up from their enjoyable first album, this one has a slightly harder feel to it, especially
on tracks like, "Reach For The Sky", "You're Too Bad", "Hold Your Fire" and "Life In The Real World".
They of course, throw in a few ballads, but they do them extremely well and had quite a major success in the States with "When I Look Into Your Eyes".
Great vocals from C J Snare, assisted ably on guitar by Bill Leverty.
This is the best album from Firehouse, their other releases are fairly average.
It's definitely not metal, but if you enjoy commercial hard melodic AOR, you should enjoy this.

Savage Souls
Savage Souls
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blistering metal, weak vocals .... still !!, 22 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Savage Souls (Audio CD)
If anybody read my review of Mystic Prophecy's first album, Vengeance, released in 2001, they will have seen, that I wasn't too complimentary about vocalist, R D Liapakis.
Well five years on and the quality of the music and production has improved, but unfortunately, we are still left with the same guy on vocals.
(The fact that he formed the group and produces the albums, may explain why he is still fronting the band).
The songs are all admirable metal tracks, with unrelenting blistering guitars and double bass drum attack.
Still like the album, but it could be much better, if ... well you know what!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent metal songs, let down by weak vocals, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: Vengeance (Audio CD)
First album from the German metal outfit Mystic Prophecy.
The sound and production is fairly raw, but this also gives it some appeal.
Crunching raw guitar riffs from Gus G (now with Firewind), but the songs are let down badly by the weak vocals from
R D Liapakis (still with the band!).
Even the great Gus G himself, lacks a little quality with his guitar solo's (obviously improved immensely since then).
They are all decent metal songs, particularly like "Welcome (In The Damned Circle)", but it is metal in a raw form and sadly, made less listenable, with the struggling vocals.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Songs OK, vocals just annoying, 22 Sep 2011
This review is from: Steelheart (Audio CD)
First album, released in 1990, from Steelheart.
It's Stateside commercial AOR, with a few ballads and a couple of hard rock numbers (similar to Firehouse, but nowhere as good).
Stand out track is the hard rock of "Rock n Roll (I Just Wanna)".
I mentioned Firehouse, who have a great vocalist in C J Snare, here we have the manic, Miljenko Matijevic, whose ridiculously high pitched shriek, just becomes really annoying.
There are much better groups in this genre.
However, the songs themselves aren't too bad, but hardly a must for all rock fans.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive opener for all AOR fans, 21 Sep 2011
This review is from: Firehouse (Audio CD)
The magical and absolutely beautiful ballad "Love Of A Lifetime", featured here, reached number five in the US chart and really put Firehouse on the map, in the early 90's.
This is a very enjoyable album for anybody who likes a bit of Stateside hard rock, melodic rock and well constructed ballads.
Of course, everything sounds better if you have a decent lead singer and Firehouse have exactly that, namely
C J Snare, ably backed up by Bill Leverty on guitars.
Highlights, apart from Love Of A lifetime and the stand out tracks are "All She Wrote", "Don't Treat Me Bad", "Overnight Sensation" and one of my favourites "Don't Walk Away".
It was a pretty good start for them and soon they were to follow it up with their second album, Hold Your Fire, which is slightly heavier and also recommended.

Beckoning Of The End
Beckoning Of The End
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3.0 out of 5 stars First half great, second half zzzzzzzzz ......., 21 Sep 2011
This review is from: Beckoning Of The End (Audio CD)
British melodic metal band Area 54 release their second album.
First four tracks and In My Blood are excellent, with quality guitar work from Lakis, plus, I have to mention superb lightning fast drumming from Rob Hillman.
Opening track "Living A Lie" is a storming song.
However,the second part of the album ruin's it for me, as it fades away dramatically.
There are two mournful ballads, two elongated average efforts and worst of all is "Cancer Of The Mind", where for some reason they bring in At The Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg, who gives it his trademark Black Metal squawk, which does not fit with the rest of the album.
Three stars may be a little harsh, but I think four stars would be pushing it a little.

Hunters And Prey
Hunters And Prey
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mini album ... average release, 18 Sep 2011
This review is from: Hunters And Prey (Audio CD)
This was released as a mini album at a reduced price and it's a bit of a strange release really, with acoustic version of "Rebirth" and "Heroes Of Sand", but then kicking off with an out and out speed metal cut, "Live And Learn".
Sounds like speed power metal from Scandinavia, similar to the likes of Stratovarius.
However, these guys hail from Brazil!
This 2002 release, as it evolves, turns into a more melodic rock album.
They even throw in a 'very good' version of "Mama" (Genesis).
Low points are the title track "Hunters And Prey" and the Portugese mix of "Caca e Cacador", (this reminds me of some really average band, you might see in a pub in the Algarve).
This is the only album I have from Angra, and although it's not too bad, it doesn't want me to rush out and buy any other releases.
I'm sure die hard fans, will point me into the right direction, towards any of their better recordings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a double album should have 10 stars, 17 Sep 2011
This review is from: Alive (Audio CD)
Still the best live album ever recorded, even 35 years on.
It's a total transformation from their powder puff rock studio releases.
From the opening blast of "Deuce", you know these guys are 'gunna rock n roll all night'.
Even now in 2011, it still sounds fantastic ... you feel you are part of the audience.
Having seen them live twice in the 80's, this still brings back special memories.
All the group make it special, but you have to say, that the lead guitar work from Ace Frehley, is out of this world, (bearing in mind that this is a live recording in the mid seventies) - still beats the pants off most current players.
His overall solo's are stunning, but just listen to the wonderful playing on tracks like, "Parasite", "She", "Cold Gin" and the awesome finale "Let Me Go, Rock n Roll".
It's a monster album and still the best!!

Born In Hell [Us Import]
Born In Hell [Us Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Crank the volume ... till the speakers explode", 17 Sep 2011
Second release from rockers Viking Skull and a huge leap forward in production and quality.
This is pure heavy rock mixed with hard modern day rock n roll ... and they do it very well.
Terrific guitar riffs all the way through, will have your feet stomping and your head banging.
All great songs, but will pick out "Rock And Roll Suicide" and "Crank The Volume" as the stand out tracks.
Pity the band split up shortly after this, as they were certainly on a high.

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