WILD BOYZ – Unleashed! [Digitally Remastered] (2018)
Originally released in 1991 via a small label, “Unleashed!“, the debut album by American rockers WILD BOYZ over the yeara ended being ‘a rare piece’ among collectors. Until now, because it has been freshly digitally remastered, and released in a limited edition with a new cover artwork.
Yes, WILD BOYZ emerged from the Sunset Strip glam scene in the second half of the ’80s, but don’t be fooled by the band’s name including a ‘Z’: this is not sleazy.
Not sleazy but wonderful Melodic Hard Rock / hair metal with a feel-good vibe, catchy choruses and hooks galore.
Musically, on “Unleashed!” WILD BOYZ sound like mix of 1987’s Tesla, Poison, a bit of Warrant, and some Slaughter / Mariah. The band also mix the sound from 1987 to 1991, so there’s varied tracks a freedom without a major label preassure behind.
You have a radio / MTV ready pop metal tune in “I Don’t Wanna Cry No More”, down and dirty LA hard rock (“Pleazure ‘N’ Pain”), ballsy bluesy hard rock inspired tracks (“Take Me”), acoustic anthems (“Cowboy Ride”) and heart wrenching power ballads (“Forever”).
Despite of being originally released by a small record label, the sound production of “Unleashed!” is spectacular. Now this fresh remaster dig deeper into the bass, and believe me, it sounds million bucks.
A long lost US Melodic Hard Rock album which is much more than a bunch of lost demos; “Unleashed!” is first class stuff, on par with any major release from the era.
01 – Pleazure ‘N’ Pain
02 – I Don’t Wanna Cry No More
03 – I’m On My Way
04 – Forever
05 – Take Me
06 – Roll The Dice
07 – She Don’t Care
08 – High Tonite
09 – In Your Face
10 – Cowboy Ride
Willie D. – lead vocals
Valentino – guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Matt Steavanz – guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Joey Wylde – bass, backing vocals
K. Lee Lauren – drums, piano
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