Dressed To Kiss

These days, I dig more and more in the Kiss catalogue and even if they are a band that wasn't that important for me in my development as a hard rock/heavy metal fan, I am touched by a handful of albums in their discography in a way that only classic albums can touch someone.

The Infestation Begins: Ratt’s Out Of The Cellar

Heading into the summer, I'll get a chance to take some records off the shelves that evoke the season for me. Ratt's first full-on LP Out Of The Cellar is one of them, thanks to an infectious series of hits that are best listened to while driving down the coastal highway under the generous Californian sunshine.

Eddie Gets Pharao’s Throne With Iron Maiden’s Powerslave

Coming off the lengthy "World Pieces Tour" in support of the great Piece of Mind, Iron Maiden didn't take too long to reconvene and write the next chapter of its already rich story. Considered by many as maybe THE ultimate Maiden album (an opinion I don't necessarily share), 1984's Powerslave shows a band firing on all cylinders.

The Crüe Faces Adversity With Theatre Of Pain

Theatre Of Pain is an interesting album in the career of the Crüe. Released in June 1985, it cemented the Los Angeles quartet as one of the hottest act of the decade thanks in no small part to the Brownsville Station's cover "Smokin' In the Boys Room" and the power ballad "Home Sweet Home" that launched a trend for the remaining of the eighties.

In The Midnight Hour With Rebel Yell

Ah Rebel Yell, what an album! I consider Billy Idol's career a little uneven although every effort he put out from '82 to '90 contains at least one classic but his second solo album definitely is a special record. Let's see here: "Rebel Yell," "Flesh for Fantasy," "Eye Without a Face" as the obvious singles, backed by some guitar fueled killers such as "Daytime Drama," "Crank Call" or "Do Not Stand In The Shadow."

12,000,000 and Rising…

On the cover of the January 1989 issue of NME, Joe Elliott had the right to smile. Over the course of a year and a half, his band managed to smash the sales record set by their previous effort to reach an astonishing 12 millions copies shipped.

See The Madman In His Gaze With Maiden’s Piece Of Mind

1983 was such a great year in the history of music in general and heavy metal in particular. So many emblematic albums were released. Metallica unleashed their first album with Kill 'em All, Slayer released Show No Mercy and Dio penned his all time classic with Holy Diver. The list goes on but one record remains special and stands out from the crowd: Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind. 

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