Released: 2009, Eonian Records
There is a new, young upstart label on the block and they are called Eonian Records. This US based label is specializing in melodic late 80’s, early 90’s American Melodic Metal and Hard Rock. They have put out a batch of great albums and over the next three months (March-May, 2011) we are going to look at nine of their most recent releases. This month (April, 2011) we will take a look at the bands Legacy, Sgt. Roxx and Shake City. Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this series.
Shake City was formed in the Hollywood hey-day in the mid-80’s and were one of the many great bands in a extremely competitive environment. Again like many artists on the Eonian roster there is no discernable reason why a great band like Shake City wasn’t signed. The band has some pedigree. Singer Adam Shore was in Warrant in the very early days. There is no shame in being replaced by Jani Lane, who’s charisma is hard to compete with. There is another Warrant connection as guitarist Michael Blair is related to Erik Turner.
Warrant connections aside, the band had more than enough talent to make it on their own. Their brand of classic, melodic Hard rock/Metal was very easy on the ears and eyes. The band looked good, sounded good, it’s all in place. The band had some powerful supporters and co-writers. Tommy Thayer, Pat Regan, Jani Lane and Erik Turner all helped out along the way. Again all those connections aside as well, the band writes and performed some great songs. The ballad ‘Little Lianne’ could have/should have been a smash hit with it’s acoustic and electric interplay. The rockers like ‘Lust And Love’ and ‘One Good Reason’ are catchy as hell and really fun.
Eonian has put together a great retrospective of this band. Tons of photos, a great explanatory essay, notes and so on. This 12 cut album that spans 45 minutes is really well put together and deserves a place in your collection.
Join us again in May for reviews of more Eonian artists, Sweet Sybil, Uzi and Wanted.