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Quade - 1990 Heavens Break

ALBUM: Heavens Break
LABEL: DB Records
SERIAL: DB 90101
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Gene Quade - lead vocals * Mike Stacey - guitars * Kimo Kersse - keyboards * Steve Carodiskey - bass * LA Brubaker - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Warrior * 02 Heavens Break * 03 Justice * 04 Shelter You * 05 Friends (Reaching For The Sky) * 06 Running Wild * 07 Vicious Rumors * 08 Run With Your Dreams * 09 Playboy * 10 Fight To The End * 11 Magic


Quade were a Maryland band that is probably in need of some long overdue coverage here at GLORY-DAZE. Quade, named after their lead singer Gene Quade, are a cross between a hair-metal band and a keyboard laden melodic rock outfit. The hair metal comparison is all due to their image and stage presence. Musically though, it's hooky keyboard dominated rock, in the vein of Honeymoon Suite, Sing Sing, Tradia, Riddler and Up All Night.

The Songs
Things start off in a progressive vein with 'The Warrior'. Kersse's keyboards are to the fore here, the stop-start nature of the track reminding me of The Cauze and Topaz. Loads of piano parts precede the title track 'Heavens Break', before it embarks on a staggered backbeat of rhythms. Time changes move all over the place on this one.. a bit messy. 'Justice' is much better, though the annoying parping synths are offset by some lovely keyboard layers.. very rich. 'Friends' is quite a powerful tune, not unlike the aforementioned Sing Sing, but it's not until 'Running Wild' that the potential off this band is realised. An excellent smooth slice of AOR. 'Vicious Rumors' is good too, the sparseness of this track kinda works, again sounding like Sing Sing and Riddler all in one. 'Run With Your Dreams' is the token ballad on the album. Not bad, a sweeping slice of sentiment with nice guitars and keys, but the chorus vocals don't sound that accurate to my hearing. The album finishes up with more keyboard laced rockers in the shape of 'Playboy' and 'Fight To The End'.

In Summary
Interesting to note that the band themselves much preferred 'Rock In Motion' than this album. So much can happen in the space of one year - it would seem. Though the band have long since broken up, their two albums have commanded high prices on the second hand market. Relief was at hand just recently with Australian reissue label Sun City Records officially re-releasing 'Rock In Motion' on CD, though a similar fate for 'Heaven's Break' was not forthcoming. You can refer to some other aspects of their biography and history via keyboardist Kimo Kersse's website (above).

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