on 6 March 2011
Badlands 1989 self-titled release, re-released and remastered on Rock Candy Records in 2010 sounds phenomenal. Tracks like High Wire, Dreams In The Dark, Devil's Stomp and the bonus track Ball & Chain are absolute gems. The late Ray Gillen's vocals and Jake E. Lee's guitar shine, regardless of the Whitesnake/Zeppelin shadow comparison cast over them. It is a solid rock album worth every dollar. It is just a shame that Badlands didn't have more time to grow, but I am grateful for what they did and its availability
on 30 June 2004
This CD was released at the time of the Guns n Roses height of fame and was a part of the expolsion of rock acts that followed.
Lead by the fantastic voice of one time Black Sabbath frontman, Ray Gillen, this has a blues edge to it that makes it different from a lot of the other acts around at the time.
Jake E Lee (formally of Ozzy Osbourne) provides some excellent guitar work from fast runs to laid back parts which show that the band had talent and a potentially good future.
The opener - High Wire - is a classic heavy rock opener. Blistering guitar work and Ray Gillen screaming the lyrics in the style of his Deep Purple namesake, Ian.
You can draw comparisons here that Badlands were a late eighties take on Purple/Sabbath with the Blues side thrown in.
Unfortunatly, as is so often the case, the singer and banjo player fell out after only two official releases, of which this is by far the stronger.
on 8 August 2010
I thought rock was heading a good way when this was released, Van Halen Mr. Big, Extreme, Joe Satriani etc, but grunge took over, not me I was diggin' this album, today it still sounds "real" unlike rock bands today that sound just like imitations of rock.
on 24 May 2004
Upon leaving Ozzy , I was surprised to find a new direction for Jake E Lee in the form of a heavy funk/blues thing . This album is excellent - from the opening riff of High Wire to the close of Ball And Chain . There's some dazzling fretwork , some great singing by the late Ray Gillen , and a competent rhythm section . Outstanding track ? Rumblin' Train - without a doubt . Great debut .
on 11 June 2007
This was one of my favourite albums for many years - you'd expect a record full of wild shread with the mighty Jake E Lee essentially at the helm. But, while there are guitar fireworks a-plenty; the songs still carry themselves. Awesome vocal power and some of the most demanded rhythm players on duty...its still more than the some of its parts. Some off the best tracks - Dancing on the Edge - just incredible - the hook being a 6 5-chord chromatic descent. Winter's Call evokes just that; a wistful and delicate start leading to distorted sections which stab to create menace as if to signal an arriving storm. Rumblin' Train - probably the best track on the album - a real rocker. Seasons - powerful and valedictory[in the true sense of the word] tense with reminiscence and regret. The last track [bonus for CD] is OK, remarkable only for us guitarheads in Lee's astonishing control of full-whack pinched harmonics.
UPDATE - MY GOD! I should have checked what I wrote - MUSE ARE BRILLIANT!! Matt Bellamy is a phenomenal and innovative musician as are his band. I made a terrible mistake. I just cannot apologise enough to Muse and all their fans!! I've deleted my comment (unprompted). My comment was aimed at the manufactured, over-produced, over-hyped 'bands' that were about at the time. Unfortunately more have reappeared. MUSE however, certainly do not fall into this category and have gone from strength to strength I'm glad to say. They were brilliant on Jools Holland's last show of the Spring 2015 series. Never write a review in a hurry!!