Monday, April 4, 2016

Gotthard - Gotthard (1992)

Country: Switzerland
Year: 1992
Line-up: Steve Lee (vocals), Leo Leoni (guitars), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habegger (drums).

Track Listing:

1.  Standing in the Light  3:53
2.  Downtown  3:01
3.  Firedance  6:12
4.  Hush  4:02  
5.  Mean Street Rocket  3:52
6.  Get Down  3:19
7.  Take Me  3:43
8.  Angel  5:20
9.  Lonely Heartache  3:44
10.  Hunter  4:13
11.  All I Care For  3:08
12.  That's It   1:16

Fletchanator's comment: Switzerland's Gotthard arrived late in the heyday of hair metal but have been one of the busiest and most consistently-good hard rock bands since, releasing a total of nine studio albums with original singer Steve Lee. Sadly Lee was killed in a road accident in the US in 2010, and they have since put out two more albums with a new singer.
This is their debut album and definitely one of their best, strong from start to finish. Lee's amazing voice (eerily similar to David Coverdale) and the kickass guitaring (from Leoni and also Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard as guest lead guitarist on a couple of tracks) lead the way and the songwriting is solid. An excellent cover of Deep Purple's Hush, a great ballad in Angel and a rocking track in Lonely Heartache are the highlights for me, but there aren't any weak songs.
Because of Lee's canny Coverdale sound, the easiest comparison is 80s-era Whitesnake, which these guys definitely sound a lot like. I'd also throw in a pinch of Kingdom Come and Europe, but regardless of the influences this is an album every melodic hard rock fan needs.
I have all the Gotthard albums, so leave a comment if you'd like to see more of this great band posted on House of Hairspray.

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