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Glam metal (also known as hair metal) is a subgenre of heavy metal that arose in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the United States, particularly on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip music scene. It was popular throughout the 1980s and briefly in the early 1990s, combining the flamboyant look of glam rock and playing a power-chord based hard rock musical style.

Musically, glam metal songs are traditional heavy metal songs with pop-influenced catchy hooks and guitar riffs. Like other heavy metal songs of the 1980s, they often feature shred guitar solos. Glam metal performers became infamous for their debauched lifestyles of late-night parties (widely covered in the tabloid press), very long backcombed hair, use of make-up, gaudy clothing and accessories (chiefly consisting of tight denim or leather jeans, spandex, and headbands). Many of these traits were reminiscent of glam rock.


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MÖTLEY CRÜE Shout At The Devil Album Cover Shout At The Devil
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Album · 2017 · Glam Metal
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Vim Fuego
So… Four albums in, and if you don’t get the Steel Panther joke by now, you’re never going to.

The formula is quite simple. Steel Panther have the sound, look and attitude of so many of the hairspray abusing bands of the past, but instead of beating around the bush singing songs about cherry pies, roses with their thorns, and white snakes going off again, Steel Panther deal in genuine, unadorned pornographic filth. It is the perfect piss take revenge for teenagers of the 80s (yes, you’re probably in your 40s by now) who got sick of sitting through those endless lame hair metal videos to possibly catch a rare-as-hens-teeth Megadeth or Iron Maiden or Motörhead video. If those pussies were going to whine about their girlfriends, while often wearing exactly the same hair and make-up AS their girlfriends, they could have at least described what it was like to have sex WITH a girl! It would have gone some way to making up for the limp, derivative music.

So that is what Steel Panther delivers. ‘Lower The Bar’ lowers the bar on common decency right from the first track. “Goin’ in The Backdoor” is a none-too-subtle ode to anal sex. Michael Starr asks very politely “Hey baby, do you mind if I dip my nuts in your chocolate?” “Anything Goes” lists a number of highly unlikely, uncomfortable, and possibly illegal sexual acts including “Steal a Saturn 5 and fuck an astronaut/Zero G anal and weightless cumshots”. “Poontang Boomerang” examines the societal difficulties of short term sexual relationships, and the unintended infatuations resulting from such liaisons.

“That’s When You Came In” is the compulsory power ballad, replete with strings, acoustic guitars, and finds Starr lamenting “After all the critics said, our debut record was our peak/Now I couldn't hit the high notes/Sometimes I couldn't even speak” and life was starting to seem futile and pointless, until he once again met the girl of his dreams, who “…came in and blew me… You blew me away”.

The rest of the albums continues in a similar grubby style. It is childish schoolboy humour. It is full of dick jokes, treats women as sex objects put on this planet only to please men, and panders to every teenage boy’s most unrealistic masturbatory fantasy. Steel Panther differs from hair metal of the 80s only in it being completely honest. The band don’t pretend to be doing it for any reason other than to have a good time and get laid. The parody is pitch perfect. Anyone who finds it offensive is getting exactly what they deserve. The godfathers of 80s glam Cheap Trick showed they appreciate the sideways tribute, with singer Robin Zander contributing back-up vocals, and a transvestite appearance in the video, to the cover of “She’s Tight”.

As an album, this isn’t earth shatteringly brilliant. Sure, the song writing and execution are infinitely better than many of the hair metal pretenders it is extracting the urine from, but if you know anything about Steel Panther, you already knew that would be the case. Fans will love it. The humourless won’t. Critics will be divided. Some people will say the joke is wearing thin. Steel Panther won’t give a flying fuck.


Album · 2017 · Glam Metal
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Kev Rowland
Black Diamonds came together in 2004, and are a hard rock band based in the Rhine Valley in eastern Switzerland. They released their debut, self-produced album ‘First Strike’ in 2008, containing ten original songs plus a cover version of Chuck Berry's classic “Rock n’ Roll Music”. That album is no longer available, but they reworked some of the songs for this release. Their second album, ‘Perfect Sin’ was released in 2013, and now four yearls later they are back with their third. As soon as this hit the player I found I had a smile on my face, and the reason for that is this a good-time Eighties melodic rock album that any fan of classic Def Leppard will appreciate.

It is as if grunge, downtuning and extreme metal never took place, and intead we have a party band that are playing great riffs, with loads of melodies and harmony vocals. It hasn’t been sanitised out of existence, and so can even be a guilty pleasuer for those who enjoy hard rock, but sometimes want something a little more melodic. Hey, Nickelback do pretty well for themselves and I don’t know anyone who will admit to owning any of their albums, right? (I have just one, but it was sent to me by a label, honest).

It is uplifiting, it is punchy, it has balls and melodies, but more than anything else this is good plain fun, and I still smile whenever I play it. These guys are definietly worth investigating, so go onto their site and see what I mean


Album · 1989 · Glam Metal
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"Skid Row" is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by US heavy rock/metal act Skid Row. The album was released through Atlantic Records in January 1989 and it is produced by prolific German producer Michael Wagener (Dokken, Mötley Crüe, White Lion...etc.). It´s the band´s most commercially successful album. It charted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and it spawned three top 10 singles. They were relatively late to the glam/heavy rock/metal party of the 80s, but they made their entrance with a bang and enjoyed great success until the mid-90s.

The music on the 11 track, 39:41 minutes long album is attitude filled heavy rock/metal with nods toward glam. While it´s Mötley Crüe I´m instantly reminded of when listening to the music, Skid Row are generally heavier and more edgy and a comparison to early Guns N' Roses is probably more valid. The vocals are raw yet melodic, the guitar riffs blues based, the solos well played (and quite flamboyant and technically impressive at times), and the rhythm section offers up an energetic infectious drive.

The material are well composed and basically vers/chorus structured rock´n´roll played with a bit more distortion and attitude than usual. That relatively simple approach to writing and playing music works wonders here though because the tracks are as memorable and well played/sung as they are. Big fat choruses with backing choirs will have you humming the melodies long after the album has ended. This is instantly memorable music. The sound production by Michael Wagener is not surprisingly detailed and professional. The music could have prospered from a more organic sound, but considering that this was recorded and released in the 80s, it´s in the better end of sound productions from the decade.

The three top 10 singles from the album, "18 and Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild", are all great tracks, but there are other highlights on the album too like "Big Guns", "Sweet Little Sister", and "Rattlesnake Shake". In fact there´s not a single bad track on the album and with a relatively formulaic style of music like this, that´s quite the achievement. Overall it´s a great debut album by Skid Row, who didn´t have to work their way up before they became big in the mainstream. They started at the top of the world. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

PANTERA Projects in the Jungle

Album · 1984 · Glam Metal
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"Projects in the Jungle" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Texas based heavy metal act Pantera. The album was released on the band´s own label Metal Magic in July 1984. Like the case was on the debut album Jerry Abbott (the father of guitarist Diamond Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul) acts as producer.

The music on the album pretty much continues down the same melodic heavy metal path as the music on it´s predecessor. However the quality of the material is generally much higher than the case was on the debut album and the sound production is more powerful and well sounding too. Soo all in all "Projects in the Jungle" is a massive improvement over "Metal Magic (1983)". It´s also obvious that the four guys in the band have honed their skills in the year between the two albums. They sound tighter and more aggressive now and especially lead vocalist Terrence Lee Glaze has lifted his performance to a much higher level. His use of high pitched screaming vocals are more dominant here and suits the more aggressive music well. This is still predominantly heavy metal in the more melodic end of the scale though (especially Van Halen comes to mind), but there are a few nods toward harder edged metal styles here and there, which wasn´t the case on the debut album. Keyboards are still occasionally used.

So upon conclusion "Projects in the Jungle" is a positive listening experience if you compare it to Pantera´s debut album. As an individual entity it´s not the most original sounding melodic heavy metal album out there, and the songwriting is in places still rather immature (which is perfectly understandable if you take into account the very young age of the band members). There are however both youthful energy and determination behind the delivery on the album, which save a lot for the band. A 3 star (60%) rating is fair.

PANTERA Metal Magic

Album · 1983 · Glam Metal
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"Metal Magic" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Texas based heavy metal act Pantera. The album was released in June 1983 on the band´s own label, which like the album was also called Metal Magic. The band consisted of Terrence Lee Glaze (vocals), Rex Brown (bass), Diamond Darrell (guitars) and Vinnie Paul (drums). "Metal Magic" was produced by Jerry Abbott, who is the father of Diamond Darrell and Vinnie Paul and a respected country musicians in his own right.

Stylistically the band play a melodic heavy rock/metal style, not too far removed from a band like Van Halen, but with the occasional glam metal edge thrown in. Keyboards are occasionally used. The material are generally nothing out of the ordinary for the genre and seriously lacks in attitude, and you probably won´t be able to remember many of the tracks on the album when it´s finished playing. At this stage of their career Pantera were definitely second tier imitators and not first tier innovators like they would be in the nineties. The band are relatively well playing and Terrence Lee Glaze has a decent voice and delivery. To my ears it´s Diamond Darrell´s guitar solos and general guitar playing that´s the most interesting feature on "Metal Magic". Already this early on you could hear that this guy had a lot of talent.

The guys in the band were very young when they recorded "Metal Magic" and as the band had only existed since 1981, both the musicianship and especially the songwriting are pretty immature. The sound production is also rather amaturish and thin sounding, which is not exactly something that helps on the listening experience either. The youthful energy and determination that´s so pivotal in metal is here in limited quantities though, so while the album as a whole doesn´t score too high in my book, there is promise and obvious talent that need to be mentioned as positives when evaluating "Metal Magic". A 2.5 star (50%) rating is deserved.

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NELSON After The Rain (VHS)

Movie · 1991 · Glam Metal
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A simple promotional VHS is this with 3 songs from their debut album, one previously unreleased and interview and various footages. Not bad at all.

The music is a melodic Glam Metal without surprises but good. The writing is correct.

The interview and various footages (between the songs) are good as a TV special and for promotional use, because for the rest, in my opinion, nothing of special are contained.

In definitive view: Nelson is a great band with a great songs, if you love melodic Glam Metal. This VHS is a promotional issue and nothing more. But in a Metal discography not disfigure.

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