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CD review: Icon’s debut

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(Axe Killer)

This is a re-release from French label Axe Killer of Icon’s first attempt at rock stardom. It is a competent collection of Quiet Riot/WASP-like hard rock. The band do the business with some great songs, but the lead vocilist sounds just a bit too much like DuBrow for comfort. Wasn’t one Kevin DuBrow bad enough? This is certainly b-list 80s hard rock, but it does have some merit and has aged fairly well. Hard driving tunes that, with firey solos and hammering drums abound on this CD. With names like ‘Rock on the through the Night’ and ‘Rock & Roll Maniac’ what do you respect? Of course, there is at least one turkey, most obvious being ‘ World War’ which is just horrible. Besides QR/WASP, the band at times sounds a bit like Swiss loons Krokus. This is very much braindead hard-rocking fun. Its quite obvious why this lot really didn’t make much of an impact, but then again how many who shouldn’t have, did?

Rating 2.5/5

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