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Released: 1996, Metaluna Records
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
THE E.P. saw limited release in 1996 and was supposed to be a teaser for Vinnie's forthcoming full-length album, GUITARMAGEDDON. It’s now 2003 and there is still no word on when or if Vinnie will release the full-length album. THE E.P. was released on Vinnie’s own Metaluna Records label and was only available through his website and at Kiss conventions where he was wearing his makeup before receiving a cease and desist order from the band’s lawyers. I’m not sure how many copies were pressed but I do know that this is a VERY limited release and I believe all copies were personally signed and numbered by Vinnie himself—mine is #410. Unfortunately, most fans will miss out on some decent material because Vinnie really rips on these 4 songs.
The album opens with “Euphoria” which features one of Vinnie's killer solos. Robert Fleischman's recognizable vocal lends a reminiscent tone to this song right away. It's like you are back to 1986 and hearing a lost-track from the INVASION album! “Euphoria” has a very original chorus that is the most catchy song on THE E.P.. “ Get The Led Out” follows with a reversed demonic voice opening the song. This track has a great blues groove to it with more of Vinnie's wizardry on what sounds like a slide guitar, but that is about the only good thing I can say about this song. It really grates on you, especially the chorus. “Wild Child” is another song that really isn't up to snuff. The only thing that stands out for me is the solo. “Full Shred” redeems the album with a great chorus and a cool riff from Vinnie. This is one of my favorite cuts that Vinnie has EVER done!
Overall, THE E.P. only scores a 50%, which is pretty disappointing considering Vinnie hadn't released anything new in almost ten years. Granted, he hasn’t lost his flair for riffs and solos, but I would have thought that he would be able to offer more great tunes than this. “Euphoria” and “Full Shred” are two of the best songs Vinnie has ever recorded but the other two tracks are absolute rubbish. I hope that if GUITARMAGEDDON ever gets released, we can see the full scope of what Vinnie is capable of because THE E.P. simply doesn't do him or his work justice. It would be a sad coda for an otherwise stellar musician.
2. Get The Led Out
3. Wild Child
4. Full Shred
Vinnie Vincent—Guitars/Bass/Background Vocals
Robert Fleischman—Lead Vocals
» The EP
by Lord of the Wasteland
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