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LA Guns - Waking The Dead - reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1. Don't Look At Me That Way
2. OK Let's Roll
3. Waking The Dead
4. Revolution
5. Ballad, The
6. Frequency
7. Psychopathic Eyes
8. Hellraisers Ball
9. City Of Angels
10. Don't You Cry
Well here you have it.

The best hard rock album of 2002.

One of the best hard rock albums to come out in recent memory.

Oh, you haven't heard about it? Thats probably because Spitfire Records has done nothing to promote the release at all. Hell, just hop on Spitfire's website and click the band's name. They still have "Man In The Moon" info up, LA Guns' last album. Or how about the Grammy nominations for hard rock this year...P.O.D, Linkin Park, Alien Ant Farm, Rage Against The Machine, and Saliva. Give me a break!! Where the hell is LA Guns? The award is for HARD ROCK, right? If those bands are hard rock, then obviously the words hard rock must mean something else by today's standards. LA Guns newest album, Waking The Dead, displays what I feel and what most rock n' roll fans from the 80's would call hard rock. Just listen to the balls to the wall title track. Or the bone chilling "Ok, Lets Roll", penned in salute to the heroism of 9/11. Feel good songs like "Don't You Cry" and "City Of Angels" combined with melodic passages like "Revolution" and "Frequency", really define the vast array of emotions the band brings to the record. Tracii Guns really captivates his audience with twin guitar harmony, acoustic melody, and killer leads. I almost want to think someone broke into the studio and put a gun to Tracii's head, making him play the best leads of his life. Forget everything we have hated about this band since Vicious Circle. LA Guns are back! If you miss this style of 80s "big guitars and attitude" hard rock, then you simply just need to buy this record. I'm sure in a few months it will be tossed in cut-out bins across the country, marked down to half-price, or put in clearence bins to remind everyone that this style of music is over. Waking The Dead has been tossed aside. Put away. Dead. Its not fair damnit!
--Reviewed by EC 1.26.03
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: LA GUNS
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Tales From The StripLA Guns
2005
Eric Compton9/16/2005
Waking The DeadLA Guns
2002
Eric Compton1/26/2003


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: LA GUNS

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ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: LA GUNS
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Stacey BladesLA GunsKim Thore9/15/2009
Tracii GunsLA GunsKim Thore6/4/2010


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