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March 1999
Released: 1998, Independent
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Originally Released: 1987, Re-released: 1998

This CD is a re-release of a band that I have never heard of even though I listened to metal in the 80's. So the question - "why was a re-release necessary" - needs asking. The CD by it's very nature has limited appeal. If you're strictly into 80's metal then you will consider this CD a time-capsule back to a time when bands like Keel and Ratt were on the cover of EVERY major metal magazine. Perhaps the only fair way for me to judge this material is to compare it to bands from the same era. Truth be told though, I'd prefer Ratt's "Out of The Cellar" any day to this...but Mars are listenable even if it's dated and somewhat cliche. Considering that this CD was recorded in 1987, it even sounds slightly dated for 1987. Hell, I was cranking "Master of Puppets" and Anthrax's "Among The Living" by this time and both sound nowhere near as dated as the metal that was "in" throughout the 80's. Mars do have more in common with the aforementioned bands such as Ratt and Keel, the inside pictures of the band back up this theory as well with spandex and shiny leather pants. But for those reminiscing about this era of the 80's (besides cranking up some old Ratt) you might want to throw this in the player.
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