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Max Havoc - 1983 Max Havoc

ARTIST: Max Havoc
ALBUM: Max Havoc
LABEL: Triple Platinum
SERIAL: L 15913
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Pat McKeon - vocals * Scott Lane - guitars * Jim Hudgins - bass * Khurt Maier - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'm The Show * 02 Bound For Hell * 03 Angel Of Passion * 04 Midnight Machine * 05 Won't Be The Fool * 06 Bad Influence * 07 Certain Woman * 08 My Babe (Homicidal) * 09 True Blue * 10 Daliah's Fire

Max Havoc were a short-lived outfit from Los Angeles who briefly made an appearance during the 1982/83 period. Though relatively obscure and not as well known as some of the other L.A bands from that same era, they did manage to attract the attention of (at the time) former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward for executive direction and production, and initially it was Ward and singer Pat McKeon who formed Max Havoc in the first place. Actually, when you hear this album, the band compare quite favourably to the likes of Tesla, early Great White and an Americanized version of Black Sabbath, (not surprising). Certainly this is not as 'all-out heavy metal' as the album cover might convey, the band striking a rich vein of earthy heavy rockers, with a belter of a lead-singer in McKeon delivering them in convincing fashion.

The Songs
The opener 'I'm The Show' is a real rabble-rouser, riffing away in the same style as 'Heaven And Hell' era Black Sabbath. Great stuff, with some choice lyrics.. I don't need no coat and tie babe, don't need no PHD.. I make a million dollars, just by being me.. I'm the Show!!. 'Bound For Hell' features some big drums and typical 80's aggression in an earthy way. The band sound a bit more stripped back on the strutting 'Angel Of Passion' while they introduce some slide guitar effects on the riff-fest that is 'Midnight Machine'. The pairing of 'Bad Influence' and 'Certain Woman' makes for some entertaining hard rock, the former a sure-fire impersonation of Jack Russell and his band Great White. Take a listen to 'My Babe (Homicidal)' which sounds like an Ozzy Osbourne piss-take, with McKeon's vocals trying to adopt Ozzy's distinctive vocal. The band slow to mid-tempo for a few minutes with 'True Blue' before galloping off into the distance with album closer 'Daliahs Fire'.

In Summary
The album attracted guest appearances by Carlos Cavazo, Steve Krall and Tony Richards, but the band only lasted the distance for one album. Worth having a listen to, for fans of early 80's hard rock, but I would suggest that a CD re-release of this album is unlikely due to the small label and relative obscurity.

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#1 | Nick C on November 15 2010 01:54:10
This is a nice little album, with a handful of almost anthemic songs on it especially the afforementioned 'I'm the Show'. Not an album I play a lot but when I do I really enjoy it.
#2 | dangerzone on October 27 2015 18:21:24
This sounds like combination of The Rods, Twisted Sister, Led Zeppelin more than anything, but the Sabbath rip off you mention is a total joke.

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