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elcome to Slaughterama Issue 41!

EDITORIAL

embedded videos and other interactive elements not previously available in Slaughterama. We are one of the only free magazines in New Zealand who have adopted this cutting edge digital document technology, meaning that our readers get to enjoy a very interactive version of the magazine at absolutely no cost! To keep our own expenses down (as we are not-forprofit!), we are phasing out the print edition to very limited quantities. Max and I still enjoy reading a physical magazine, but unfortunately (or fortunately as you may see it) because digital media continues to grow and physical media becomes so much more expensive to produce, the benefits of going all-digital outweighs physical. In this issue we speak to two great bands from Finland - Glam superstars RECKLESS LOVE and traditional heavy metal newcomers BATTLE BEAST. Plus we talk to NZs own RAZORWYRE, who are becoming an international commodity! Be sure to check out www.metalradio.co.nz, a new website which makes all of the best New Zealand Metal radio shows available to listen to. With one click on a shows logo you can be enjoying their latest offering on demand, 24/7! It also includes information and updates for all other known Metal radio shows in NZ. Oh, and in case you didnt know, Slaughterama got its own website recently also! www.slaughterama.co.nz. Until next issue, STAY TRUE! CREDITS: Slaugherama Front Cover by Jenna Adam. All articles and interviews by Brendon Adam, except the Battle Beast interview which was conducted by Brendon Adam and Max Thrasher.

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ENTER THE METAL WORLD

ATTLE BEAST are Finlands latest Heavy Metal sensation. Harnessing the powerful elements found in classic eighties Metal, they forged their debut album, Steel which is out now! Brendon Adam and Max Thrasher spoke with the singer of the band, Nitte Valo.
You guys are going to be very busy this year touring, is that right? Yeah that is right. Its good that we have so many gigs because we want as many gigs as possible so its ok. We are living for playing and making music. Its not a problem; its great. How is the reaction so far to the album? Some people like and some people dont like. But we knew from the start it was going to split up people. Some people really, really like us, and there are people who dont like because of a female singer, and this

has been done before... or something like that but we dont care because we love this music and we love to play music like this. You have to leave it at that. Congratulations on having such a distinctive singing voice... it isnt just another regular female singing voice; its very unique. How did you develop it? Actually I dont know... I think that I have had that type of singing for the whole of my life, and some people said dont sing like that because its not the usual way how women should sing and I said Why? Because its me and I dont want to be just like other singers because I want to be me. Its a natural way for me to sing. How long have you been singing? For the whole of my life. I guess I started to sing before I started to talk. But when I was 13 I had my first bands; nothing big, but what we wanted to do then. Was it always metal? Metal, rock and pop. Who are your influences and inspirations? For example Angela from Arch Enemy... I have listened to so many mens voices, not so much female... Marco Hietala from Nightwish and Alexi Laiho from Children Of Bodom. Judas Priest of course and Manowar... but you cant be just like them because I have my own stuff to do and I dont want to be just like them because I want to be me. Why do you think it is that a small country like Finland makes so much great metal? Whats going on over there? Have they got a program in the school - Every child gets their own metal band or something?

I dont know why! I think its because we have a long winter, and dark times, so people are just like this. It would be great if it was a school where people studied heavy metal because I would go there right away! But we dont have things like that so I dont know! I dont have an explanation for that! When you are walking down Finlands city streets, how long before you see, for instance, a Manowar t-shirt? Where I live in this little town it would take a long time, but when you go to Helsinki, not long at all! When the album came out were you surprised that it had a positive response, or did you expect that to happen? It was a kind of surprise. Of course we hoped that people would like it, but we really didnt expect it to go so high on the charts because we are a new band and in Finland we didnt have this kind of a band. How did the band form? Anton (guitar, vocals) Pyry (drums) and Juuso (guitar), they had this band before I came there and Anton always has said that it was 2008 when I joined the band and that is the starting point of Battle Beast. Of course we have had a change in keyboardist and bassist after I joined the band but since 2008 we have been Battle Beast. Did you audition? how did you end up in the band? I sent a demo tape. They were looking for a singer on a music website. It said that it didnt

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matter if it was a male or female. I personally think the demo tape I sent was shit (laughs). But Anton called and asked me to come to rehearsals and try a few songs, and after a few songs they said if you want to join us then welcome, and we can try. And thats the story, and here we are! How difficult is it for a band from Finland to make it onto the worldwide stage? It depends what people you know, how hard

you try and how hard you want to do this, because its taking so much work. You almost have to forget everything; your personal life and everything if you really want to get up on the bigger stage and to Europe and wherever... its easier than 5 or 10 years ago, but still not easy. When you dont play with the band, what do you do? Anton does songs. I think that he does songs every day. He has hundreds of songs and he is making those things. I am working in kindergarten and karaoke. We have to do some kind of other work! I hope that the album blows up and you

can quit the kindergarten and just be a singer! Yeah, but I like it because its so different to making music. It helps me to be myself in another kind of life to band life so it really doesnt matter, but I do hope that we make so much money that we can quit our jobs and live like rockstars but there is a long way to that! If you were working at a kindergarten in New Zealand there would probably be some conservative Christian mothers who wouldnt want you anywhere near their children simply because you are involved in Heavy Metal!

Actually I dress a little different than when Im at gigs! (laughs) Some people dont even notice me when Im at the kindergarten - I can be with children. Im not evil with them! Who would you like to share a stage with for instance to perform a duet? Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Marco Hietala... it would be so great but I think that we have some time before I am able to sing a duet with a big star! You never know - you could meet one of these guys backstage at a festival and they may want to come out on stage and do a song with you...

No I think Im too shy to say Hey Mister! Can I sing a duet with you? (laughs). What album would you give to a kid who wanted to know what Heavy Metal is? I would give them a Judas Priest or Manowar album. I would them Painkiller give Judas Priests

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Its the game that wrestling fans have been waiting a long time for. When I was a kid, my favorite arcade game was WWF Superstars. Then I remember being at Rainbows End Theme Park on the weekend that their game arcade got WWF Wrestlefest in. There was literally a crowd of people watching the onscreen action; the graphics and sound were cutting edge! Now its a couple of decades later, and unless you own an old arcade machine or have MAME (the arcade machine emulator), you have probably been itching to play Wrestlefest again. Never fear, it is now available on iphone and ipad!! OR IS IT?!?! I downloaded this game the second it appeared on the app store, realising that it was some kind of reboot, but hoping that it was packed with my favorite classic wrestlers from the game. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The only WWE Legends from that era that are selectable are Macho Man Randy Savage and Jake The Snake Roberts. Two great wrestlers, but when I put that against the original Wrestlefest roster, I couldnt help but be a little disappointed. There is a pack you can download with Big Boss Man, Shawn Michaels (and a few current wrestlers) for an additional fee, plus apparently there will be plenty more additional characters on offer soon. But unless they add EVERY SINGLE wrestler from the Wrestlefest roster and a bunch more classic WWF wrestlers, I wont satisfied. I also found the actual gameplay to be not as good as the original. Its like they tried to improve it, but ended up making it feel more jagged. Of course, these are still my initial impressions of the game and this may change as I play more. I have to admit that when developers tinker with a game that was perfect just the way it was, it is difficult to praise, but Id rather have this than nothing at all, and seeing as Hulk Hogan is with TNA, his character alone may have been impossible to relicense for this version. KKKJJ

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ECKLESS LOVE are a Glam Rock / Metal sensation. They have the sound, looks and hooks straight from the eighties days of excess. And while many bands pay homage to hair rock with comedic tributes (such as Steel Panther), Reckless Love manage to come across as a serious band, with catchy and genuinely strong music. Slaughterama caught up with vocalist Olli Herman to find out more from these Glam Kings!
Hi Olli. First of all, congratulations on Animal Attraction - what a great album. What is the band up to right now? Thank you! At the moment were constantly on tour everywhere around the world and every night there seems to be the best party in the world and we get to offer the soundtrack for it. To be more exact, this spring were doing plenty of shows back home in Finland and some more touring in the UK where we get to share the stage with the American rockers Black Veil Brides. This summer were gonna play as many festivals as we possibly have time to and were gonna continue like that until next autumn - and then

some. I mean its a constant development to be in a band. Anything can happen, anytime. The plans always change and they add up. Finland appears to have been a real hotspot for quality bands in the hard rock and heavy metal genres for the last few years now. What has it been like building an audience as part of Finlands music scene? Im tempted to say - fun - but I wouldnt be completely honest there. Sure enough, we see this journey were on as a pleasure. Its like an exciting adventure which keeps on giving and surprising night after night. However, particularly in Finland the journey hasnt been that easy all the way. Partly, because in the beginning of our career especially, I reckon we were considered to

be a little weird. I mean, its not like Finlands music scene pumps out bands as sunny and feelgood driven as Reckless Love every year. However, we turned the tables there and made that one of our biggest assets. Nowadays weve gained enough insight and experience to understand where were coming from and what has influenced us to be like we are. Who is your favourite current Finnish band (besides Reckless Love)? Theres actually plenty of young unsigned bands in Finland that I consider as diamonds in the rough so to speak. Hugely talented as musicians and performers theyve got the look and the sound. Theyve obviously been influenced, in one way or another, by the new wave of Scandinavian glam rock

or even our very own brew of Merry Metal that were offering the world in Reckless Love. I keep my hopes high for such names as Santa Cruz and Guild of Passion. Both groups have plenty of potential to make it, if they can only keep themselves cool n humble enough to learn the difficult art of writing a memorable tune. Im still in that school myself with Reckless Love and I know it aint easy and ones never ever gonna be done with those lessons. Have you had the chance to catch up with CRASHDIET again since your departure from the band? And what are your impressions on their most recent album Generation Wild? No, not really. Ive been way too focused on what were doing in Reckless Love to dwell into the new CD album. I met the guys very briefly last December at Hard Rock Hell Festival in the UK but I didnt have the chance to witness their live show due to the busy schedule we were on ourselves. I hear theyre doing pretty well and based on the odd few songs Ive heard from their album here and there, Id say Simon is far better for Crashdiet than I ever was. I belong to Reckless Love - always did. Is the band planning to tour Australia / New Zealand at any point? And what comes to mind when you think of New Zealand? Oh yes. Were planning big things and we want to tour the whole world, however, at the moment we havent got anything confirmed for Australia or New Zealand, much to my disappointment. I say it cause Australia / New Zealand is practically the far exotic corner of the earth Ive never been to even though Ive been to places and travelled - a lot.

However, in this business you never know whats gonna happen next and Im keeping my fingers crossed that well get there soon and our manager sticks a pink needle through Australia / New Zealand on the map of the world on his office wall to mark Reckless Loves effort down under.

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What comes to mind of New Zealand? Rugby - hahaha... not really that into sports Id follow rugby regularly and sure Ive read about the history, the Maori, the Kiwis and that its an island country located in Southwestern Pacific. Capitals Wellington and the largest citys Auckland, but thats all trivial I think. People can Google that easy. What really made an impression to me, when I was a kid watching all kinds of sporting events from the TV alongside my dad, was the New Zealand Rugby Team and their traditional Haka chant. Violent and savage. Unbelievable. What has been the biggest ROCK STAR moment for you in your career so far? When I was hospitalized for a couple of days a couple of weeks back, wont go into much details bout that but lets just say it was painful, and I was lying there on the hospital bed, in those pajamas they give you, suffering in agony, couldnt sit upright nor stand, couldnt

really even breathe calmly - a nurse walks over to me and asks if Im really me. I say - yes - and she asks for an autograph!! Then she runs off to her desk a few meters away where her colleagues are watching the video for Animal Attraction on YouTube... sure made me feel like Ive made it now - hahaha. Oh, I was in the hospital cause of a nasty headache and they wanted to do the tests to make sure its nothing severe like a ruptured vein in my brain, it wasnt. Turned out I had a strong migraine attack and I got great meds for it which healed it right off, no worries. Its easy to chill when you gotta mouthful of prescription pills. Im sure you have a bunch of great stories from your time touring... any that youd like to share? Life on tour is a constant saga of intertwined crazy stories but I wouldnt know where to start and where to end telling one because while youre on the road it feels like a constant state of chaos; somebody tries to control it the best they can. Desperately. At least thats how it goes with us. Everything happens simultaneously and every night theres the best party in the world, while something is going horribly wrong and were trying to deal with a problem that threatens to fuck up all life in the universe,

by improvising and making the most of every situation .... so - nothing comes to mind really. What is next for the band? Will you begin working on a third album soon? Were already planning the next album in our heads, but its still quite far away to be realized. I mean its only bits and pieces, we havent really started to put together yet and vague descriptions of how wed like it to sound, but I can tell you the ideas already sound like a lot of fun already. Im sure its gonna be our best so far... however, first things first, we aint exactly finished with the AA tour yet and there are plenty of territories still to cover, which means a hell of a lot of touring and promo. Which sounds like a lot of fun too!!! Thanks for the interview. Any final messages for our readers in New Zealand? Yes indeed, Finally the era in rock and roll, which seemed to be an endless one, which has been way too serious, boring and dull is coming to an end. The true essence of Rock n Roll is being rejuvenated by the new coming of hair metal - Here comes Reckless Love!!! so put on your drinking shoes, find your dancing pants and join the party. The good times are BACK!!!! g

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In Auckland we have Hauraki and The Rock FM, both who occasionally play some of the most acceptable and mainstream Metal classics. But there has never been a dedicated Metal radio station in Auckland (or as far as I am aware, the whole of NZ). Facing the facts, to actually buy a commercial frequency and set up a proper dedicated commercial Metal station is at best unrealistic, and perhaps a little crazy. Startup capital aside, the problem is that the percentage of our small population who like metal enough to regularly listen would likely not equate to a business that would break even, much less turn any kind of profit. However, technology is improving and digital content is becoming more and more the norm. A lot of people listen to music via the internet, beit youtube, podcasts, Soundclick, etc. Internet radio stations are also popular. So recently I undertook an experiment. There were enough individual metal shows to bring together enough content to keep an internet station relatively fresh. I set about contacting each show, and found the

response to be positive towards streaming these shows together online to create NZs first quality Metal internet radio station. The shows on the major NZ radio networks (The Axe Attack on The Rock and The Kiwi Metal Bar on Kiwi FM) appeared to be stuck behind a red-tape firewall... the stations operate their shows in order to generate profit (understandably - they are businesses after all), so even though the DJs would have been keen to see their shows added there were some issues there that would have to be looked at again at a later date. So I carried on with the great shows that were on board. The setup was relatively easy, yet fairly expensive to someone like myself who was funding the whole thing from the lint in my back pocket. Nevertheless I was determined to make the two month trial period go ahead. Once set up, listeners from New Zealand and indeed around the world caught on pretty fast. The stream was constantly live with shows streaming in turn in a regularly updated, 24/7 roster at high quality 128kbps. After the two months were up I evaluated

my own experience along with show and listener feedback. Here were the factors I had to consider: Negatives: This trial period had personally cost quite a lot of money, and I was in a financially tight position Shows were not able to discern how many listeners their shows were attracting via the internet radio stream A lot of time was going into downloading shows, then re-uploading them to the station playlist With some shows not being able to contribute (due to insufficient technical resources or an agreement with the governing station not reached) the show rotation was a little too high for a daily listener People were forced to listen to whatever show was on at the time (like regular radio) even if the playlist was not to their taste in subgenre Positives: A decent number of listeners, both local and international, were acquired Feedback was positive It gave a platform to broadcasters who did not have access to a real radio station, so that they could make a show from home What I took from this information was that I had enough reasons to keep the site going, but

needed to refine the idea. The answer presented itself fairly quickly. Kick the expensive internet radio hosting, and present links on the site to all of the shows offering podcasts (which is most of them). So now listeners can click onto metalradio.co.nz, click the logo of the desired show, and can immediately listen to their latest offering 24/7. The show makers get statistical feedback on who is listening via their podcast hosts, and the site is updated regularly via a blog with announcements from hosted shows and also other great metal radio shows which for whatever reason do not have an available podcast. Recently pages have been added with information on every known, operating metal show, giving details on when each show airs. Another new feature is idevice support for most of the shows, which makes it convenient to listen on your iphone/ipod while on the go. All up, I think that the site is very successful. If you are reading this and have visited, feel free to send me any feedback (slaughtermail@gmail.com), including what works for you and what doesnt, and any suggestions you have which could improve the overall experience. g

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AZORWYRE are on their way to big things with the release of their debut album Another Dimension this year, and their booked appearance at the Keep It True Festival in Germany 2013. We interviewed Z-Chylde and Calavrias, and found out more behind this NZ Thrash Metal success story...
You guys are getting ready to unleash your debut album, Another Dimension. For those of us who have listened to your EP Coming Out (available for free download at http://www.razorwyreband. com), how different will the album be? Z-Chylde: Well I guess its somewhat more complex; there are more guitar and vocal layerings, and it is perhaps a little more refined; the debut was pretty raw. The production job is much more developed too. Not that we didnt like the job on the first one (were using the same engineer - he plays bass for us now, and hes really talented with recording), but this one has just had a lot more time put into the production I guess. Another big announcement is that RAZORWYRE will be appearing at the KEEP IT TRUE Festival in Germany, 2013! This is great news for a NZ Metal band to be playing such a grand event. How did it all happen? Calavrias: I cant believe it !!! We are very stoked !! Oli the festival organiser got in touch with me over the xmas period. Asked if we would ever consider heading overseas.... I told him yes then he confirmed with me he wanted us to play. He said he had gotten hold of our demos for the new cd and was very happy with them, which is fucking awesome!! We always wanted to go to Europe in 2013, and this just seals the deal !! We cant wait to go over and see all our friends and drink their beers. Not their beers personally, haha, you know, just beers in general. RAZORWYRE is signed to French label Inferno Records. How did the deal come about, and what is it like working with an offshore label? Calavrias: Fab from Inferno got in touch with me a while back and brought some CDs for his distro, he was so amping on the band, it was great!! we chatted a lot and then he asked what we thought about re-releasing the Coming Out EP on tape through his label. I thought this was a great idea and from there we became quite good friends. He knew we had a new album coming out and we didnt have anyone to put it out. Fab is fucking sweet and thought it would be good to work with him for the CD release of the album, and so far its been great !!! Originally the band was known as GAYWYRE. Tell us the story behind the change of name to RAZORWYRE. Calavrias: Haha the old GAYWYRE question, and fair enough!! Originally we (me and Murray) wanted the band to be called HAYWIRE, and upon checking, we found waaaay to many bands were called that. The next logical step was GAYWIRE. Well, logical? probaberly not haha. At this stage nothing was serious, apart from, at some stage, starting a band. The time we spent in Lower Hutt at that point everything had a gay reference. Once we were happy with GAYWIRE, we changed it to GAYWYRE (axis of symmetry for a logo).

...people were coming to our gigs because they thought we were a gay band!...
Later on down the track when the band was actually doing quite well (to our surprise) so we couldnt carry on under that moniker, we had to change it. I mean, people were coming to our gigs because they thought we were a gay band! even gay magazines were getting in touch from NZ. A common problem for New Zealand musicians when putting a band together is finding members who all want to go in the same musical direction, due to the countrys small population and cultural diversity. How did you manage to put this band together? Z: Dude, tell me about it. I must have been trying to get a band like this together for 5-6 years at least before Razorwyre fell together. You jam with people, people lose interest, or move, or whatever. Or you dont have the gear or somewhere to rehearse, and especially back then, it was hard to even find people who listened to metal, and wanted to play it. I moved back to Wellington after a couple of years away, and hooked up with Chris and James, who had been writing and wanting to get a lineup together. Shit just fell together nicely, James flatmate Nick happened to be a kickass drummer, and I was drafted in on vocals to complete things. I think we were all pretty stoked once we got things finally up and running. Congratulations on reaching a global audience and becoming an internationally recognised band already. Many bands from NZ have tried and failed to do the same thing. What do you think helped RAZORWYRE to gain its c u r r e n t status? Z: Man, it was pretty crazy from day one. Our first show was a house party and it was totally packed. There was a lot of people talking about the band - plenty of hype at the time. Since then our shows have gotten bigger and more and more people are becoming fans. Its so easy for people to check out new bands these days with the internet and all. Everyone just looks a band up on youtube, or facebook, and thats been a great way for people to hear our shit, and get in touch about this or that. I dont know why people like the band, but Im stoked so many people seem to. What has been your best experience with RAZORWYRE so far? Best experience you say? Damn, thats a hard one. I guess at the end of the day it

comes back down to the basics, hanging out, making music, drinking beers and having a good time. Its just a bonus that people actually dig what we are doing!!! haha But its always good to play a great show on our home turf to our friends, nothing beats that !! What are the plans for the future of RAZORWYRE? Z: Personally I just really want to make a LOT more records. I want to have an EP out this year, like later on. I want to put out more full lengths after that. Theres plenty more where the album came from, man! Were stoked to be playing Europe and Id like to make a habit of it, to be honest. Weve had offers

to play Australia too. Id like to get back into playing shows regularly for our hometown crowd - theyre packed and theres such an awesome vibe to the night. A massive party! C: Pretty much what Z said - with the KIT date locked in next year I cant wait to see what happens in Europe, its a long time off, but will give us a opportunity to make some awesome shows happen!! Be great to catch up with all our new friends also !! Thanks for the interview!! Z: Dude, the pleasure is ours. Thanks heaps for telling people about the band! Heavy metal rules! C: Thank you! g

album reviews
BATTLE BEAST Steel Nuclear Blast 2012 BATTLE BEAST are a new band from Finland who are making major waves with the release of their debut, STEEL. As vocalist Nitte mentions in her interview with us this issue, youll either like their music, or not like it. If you like it, great, and if you dont, thats ok too. A very balanced way to view it - no Death To False Metal cry here, but the music is forged with a strong nod towards eighties classic True Metal influences. Definitely one for classic metal enthusiasts! LOU REED & METALLICA Lulu Warner Brothers 2011 METALLICA trying to be clever. Metallica aren't very clever. If Load, Reload, and St. Anger didnt alienate you enough from Metallica, here you go!

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RECKLESS LOVE Animal Attraction Universal 2011 RECKLESS LOVE are the new Glam superstars hailing from Finland. To say I was impressed by this, their second album, is a massive understatement. These guys have released an immediate classic which I have been spinning at least once a week since I got it; something which hardly ever happens these days! I cant find a song which isnt catchy and fun to listen to. Summer time fun!

MEGADETH Th1rt3en Roadrunner 2011 MEGADETH's latest album is pretty solid. Some of the material here sounds as if it could have come right off Rust or Countdown - even though Dave is a Christian now, he hasnt let it affect the music in a negative way. Hes not ripping his audience off; it still sounds like Megadeth! Some good catchy songs here. Glad to see that the band learned from the past and never went back to "Risk" territory!

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album reviews
NIGHTWISH Imaginaerum Nuclear Blast 2012 This issues Forgotten Classic is VAIN with their debut album No Respect NIGHTWISH dont seem to be suffering without Tarja! A nice piece of work with gothic overtones, magical danny Elfman-esque touches, and the goth-jazzy, Slow Love Slow. Probably one of the more memorable Nighwish releases for me. Well worth a listen.

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Released in 1989, the album received good reviews from metal press at the time who likened the band to a more corrupted, sleazier version of Motley Crue. VAIN appeared on a couple of major metal magazine covers including KERRANG!, and things were looking good until an ownership change in their label Island Records signalled the

cancellation of their record deal, preventing their follow-up from being released for many years to come.

Putting the albums that have since been released aside, No Respect is such a great sounding record because it takes glam to an extreme without losing any edge, or coming off as cheesy. The bands picture on the back of the LP may look a bit ridiculous, but when listening you can tell that just as much care has been put into the production of the album as achieving decent sized hair. When describing singer Davy Vains vocal chops to someone who hasnt heard the band, youd probably have to say its a bit nasally, but unique enough that the distinction helps rather than hinders. The higher pitched singers always did the glam sound well and Davy is no exception. There are numerous great songs on the record; nothing weak. Some songs from this album would have been written during the bands early years playing live, opening for a notyet-famous Guns N Roses in LA, so they are genuine windows into the eighties glam scene. g

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