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American Angel - 1989 American Angel

ARTIST: American Angel
ALBUM: American Angel
LABEL: Grudge
SERIAL: 4518-2-F
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Rocco Fury (Furiero) - vocals, acoustic guitar * Petey D - guitars, guitar synthesizers, vocals * Danny Monchek - guitars, vocals * Steve Evetts - bass, vocals * Eric Nilla - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bring The World Back * 02 How Can I Miss You * 03 Lonely Brown * 04 Teenage Runaway * 05 After The Laughter * 06 I Wanna Be A Millionaire * 07 Grand Theft Ecstacy * 08 Lessons * 09 Back To You * 10 It Do't Come Easy


Here's a great harder edged melodic rock masterpiece from a five piece outfit coming out of New Jersey called American Angel. Musically these guys have Icon surging through their veins like an intravenous drip of melodic rock sugar. Fury's vocals add that rough-house edge to the mix, like a melodic James Hetfield when everything is swinging heavy. Their strength is two fold: the combined guitar power of the two axemeisters Petey D and Danny Monchek, bringing back memories of other twin attacks such as the aforementioned Icon and Firehouse. Secondly, there's the tight vocal harmonies provided by all the backing vocalists. If it's any consolation, American Angel sound as if they've spent their working life parading the bars and clubs of L.A, such is their similarity to other bands of that ilk, though they reside on the other side of the continent.

The Songs
The opening brace of songs is a strong way to introduce the band to it's listeners. 'Bring The World Back' and 'How Can I Miss You' are full of guitar crunch and screeching solos. 'Lonely Brow' is a mellower and sombre piece though it heavies up in the middle added with some impressive vocal harmonies. 'Teenage Runaway' is L.A metal personified, and despite the humour in the title, 'After The Laughter' is a great melodic belter, with a super chorus. The twin guitars are caught swinging again on 'I Wanna Be A Millionaire' while the Icon or even Dareforce comparison is made on 'Grand Theft Ecstacy'. The predominant acoustic piece 'Lessons' has power ballad written all over it. The last track 'It Do't Come Easy' is a bit of stormer actually. It rocks big time, sounding very LA hair metal a la Keel, or Ratt.

In Summary
Released on the small label Grudge, the album did't manage to find it's way to the charts, but astute melodic rockers know of this release and hold it in high regard. In the 'where are they now' stakes, lead singer Rocco Fury is now part of the New Jersey outfit Trippi' On Dolls, who as of mid 2001, have a new album released. More to follow I'm sure.

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#1 | Carlos Ramirez on September 03 2014 00:07:21
I grew up in NYC, and I used to be able to get a college radio station from New Jersey that used to play American Angel all the time in the late '80s, early '90s. The songs 'How Can I Miss You,' 'After the Laughter,' and 'Lessons' got as much airplay on that station than much bigger acts like Bon Jovi and Ratt.
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