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Skull - 1991 No Bones About It

ALBUM: No Bones About It
LABEL: Music For Nations
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 1991, Pony Canyon (Japan), PCCY-00289


LINEUP: Dennis St James - vocals * Bob Kulick - guitars * Kjell Benner - bass * Bobby Rock - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eyes Of A Stranger * 02 Breaking The Chains * 03 I Like My Music Loud * 04 Little Black Book * 05 Losers Game * 06 Living On The Edge * 07 Head Over Heels * 08 Guitar Commandos * 09 This Side Of Paradise * 10 King Of The Night

You'd think that with a band name like this, and an assembled lineup which has all the appearances of an out and out heavy metal band, that melodic rock wouldn't get a look in. But yes it does, and it's due to the 'balanced one' Bob Kulick. However, with the likes of St James (ex Heaven, Michael Schenker) and power drummer Bobby Rock (Vinnie Vincent, Nelson, Nitro) you can bet your bottom dollar there's ample class here. Yes, it's heavier, but still with melodic grooves. Kulick's guitar is ever-present, and his style is unique and distinct, with dive bomber antics prevalent in the solos! The production is big and roomy, bringing out the best in everyone.

The Songs
We get underway with 'Eyes Of A Stranger', with strong rhythm guitars and a great chorus. The tempo goes up a notch, as do Bobby Rock's kick drums on 'Breakin The Chains'. The melodic upbeat surge of 'I Like My Music Loud' is as anthemic as some of the early 80's Twisted Sister material. A definite rebel rouser this one. 'Losers Game' is a commercial offering, sort of like Brighton Rock meets Helix, while 'Living On The Edge' is another with a strong 80's flavoured guitar theme. Undoubtedly the best song for me is the essential 'Head Over Heels' which has all the hallmarks of classic Balance, though in a slightly heavier vein. If they'd hung around for a few more years then this is what they may have sounded like. 'Guitar Commandos' is chest pounding bravado of the musical kind, which is then offset by the power ballad of 'This Side Of Midnight'.

In Summary
Again, another album/band/project in the one-off stakes, though the members have been involved with other projects since. Don't be put off by the album cover and monicker. This is as good as it gets in the heavier mould of melodic rock. Surely, anything with Bob Kulick is worth buying anyway?

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#1 | sabace on April 07 2006 19:05:19
a good lp but not up to balance standards

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