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Big Tokyo
Keep It Loud!
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2002
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Zerohour
Published: 5/5/2004
Inspired by 80's hard-rock
BIG TOKYO “Keep It Loud!” Demo year:2002 - Reviewed by: Zerohour

Track Listing
01. BAD HAIR ERA
02. SING ME A SONG
03. SHE
04. FACE TO FACE
05. I DON’T CARE
06. TELL ME WHY
07. SING ME A SONG (BONUS TRACK JAPANESE VERSION)
Italian duo Big Tokyo takes their first steps in 2002 inspired by 80’s hard-rock.

Vocalist Mac (formerly member of White Sand now concerned with some solo projects) and guitar player Jessie J. Ghelma (Dirty Dreams, Majestic 12), both well known names within Italian underground outline, got together and wrote 6 tracks in the little space of one month.

“Keep I Loud” is without a doubt a really painstaking made demo: both the artwork and the audio quality are in no way inferior to international label productions. Opener “Bad Hair Era” discloses the guys technical abilities and takes the listener back in time until the end of the last track; the vocalist gives his best and Jessie J. introduces himself as a guitar virtuoso who’s indifferent to the lure of never ending solos and who’s not nosy.

Each song is free of banalities and perfectly fits the spirit of the golden age of hard-rock: Mac is without a doubt A versatile singer, the guitars are scratching and each chorus is the right place. The rest of the album hosts tracks with catchy hooks like “Sing Me A Song” and “Face To Face” (the last one ending with a gospel choir) and sweeps through bluesy piano ballad “Tell Me Why” and “I don’t care”, a Whitesnake "Slide It In" – inspired piece.

The only negative point is the excessive length of the last part of “She”, a classical ballad. The bonus track is a Japanese version of “Sing Me A Song”-- really funny! I wish they’ll play it live sooner or later…

This demo is highly recommended to both nostalgic eighties fans and any novice audiences!

Zerohour


--Zerohour 05.06.04


Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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