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Honestly – Stryper

Honestly – Stryper

Stryper was scarcely the only Christian heavy metal band, but they were one of the few such groups to attract the attention of the general public (even some non-Christians), if only for a brief time. Their 1987 album To Hell With the Devil (early pressings of which sported a cool cover) came out with perfect timing: Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, Bon Jovi and a host of other hard-rocking bands were riding high on both the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Radioactive – The Firm

Radioactive – The Firm

Author’s note: Though I never owned either of The Firm’s two LPs, I have heard them in their entirety. And like many Led Zeppelin and Bad Company fans, I had salivated at the prospect of Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers teaming up in The Firm! With that kind of talent, surely the music couldn’t be anything less than brilliant, right? Well… Supergroups always seem like a good idea at the time, but most end up being … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

For much of the the 1970s, Los Angeles was known for softer pop-country-folk-rock hybrids such as the Eagles, The Carpenters, Bread, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and others. But in 1978, a new heavy metal band from nearby Pasadena fired the first warning shot across the bow of LA-area mellow rock; Van Halen’s debut album, featuring Eddie Van Halen’s fiery guitar licks and David Lee Roth’s howls punctuated by a blistering mix by Ted Templeman, quickly turned … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Call to Your Heart – Giuffria

Call to Your Heart – Giuffria

Before there was Giuffria and their one hit, “Call to Your Heart,” there was Angel–anybody remember those guys? Signed to Casablanca Records, Angel’s early albums sounded like a cross between Deep Purple and Yes, but when those more progressive albums didn’t sell, by 1977, they changed their sound to a poppy, “lite metal” vibe that was about ten years ahead of its time. If Angel isn’t where Bon Jovi got half their sonic ideas, it should’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister had slogged the clubs in and around New York City for years in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until they shifted operations across the Atlantic that they secured a record deal. Their debut LP Under the Blade was initally released only in Europe (a remixed version showed up in this country after Stay Hungry became a big seller). Looking like a (New York D)olled-up version of Motley Crue, the flamboyant Twisted Sister with their … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Burning Heart – Vandenberg

Burning Heart – Vandenberg

When Deep Purple fell apart in 1976, singer David Coverdale re-emerged a few years later with the first incarnation of Whitesnake, which featured two of his ex-bandmates in drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord. Like Rainbow, Whitesnake inherited the instability gene from its Deep Purple parent and through the years, a veritable Who’s Who of hard rock and heavy metal played in the group at one time or another. Trying to unsnarl who all played … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock