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S.A.D.O - 1988 Dirty Fantasy

ALBUM: Dirty Fantasy
LABEL: Noise
SERIAL: N 0115-3
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Andre Cook - vocals * Jorg Powileit, Andy Malecek - guitars * Alexander Reibde - bass * Chris Kuhlmey - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Door * 02 Dirty Charms * 03 Riches Make Enemies * 04 I'm Never Ever Blue * 05 Strike Back * 06 Cities On Flame * 07 On The Races * 08 Gamblin' Fool * 09 Dancing In The Dark * 10 Homicide

Another in a long line of melodic yet heavy German acts that surfaced in the 80's, S.A.D.O. nevertheless gained publicity with their infamous stage act which supposedly featured all manner of pornographic theatrics, and looking at the cover for this, their third album you can sense what direction they were heading in. Almost. The band itself was in turmoil, with all bar Cook leaving the band following 1987's 'Circle Of Friends.' Thankfully this is more listenable than many of their then contemporaries thanks to a large supply of AOR based content, with the odd touch of metal thrown in in order to remain heavy to the journalistic hacks of the day one would assume. Instead it's remarkably American, and like The Scorpions only the vocals give it away.

The Songs
Melodic and rich guitar work dominate the album and for European hard rock this almost equals the likes of Europe themselves during the late 80's and it's hard not to be instantly convinced by the harmonies that sweep through 'I'm Never Blue', with the American feel of Ratt racing through its veins. 'Homicide' is a short keyboard based piece that is 80's movie soundtrack material leading into 'The Door' and a hook admittedly as catchy as it gets, surprising as most Euro melodic rock is lacking in general, then and now. Pure speed metal isn't dismissed, 'Riches Makes Enemies' a furious track that brings Racer X or Icon to mind. An extremely heavy moment indeed. Immediately following are the most melodic riffs of the album, 'Strike Back' a nifty mix of metal and AOR and only two minutes long strangely enough. The drums boom throughout 'Cities On Flame' and the momentum is maintained with another highly charged chord change spectacular in 'At The Races', an ode to gambling on the ponies. Making this addiction clearer is 'Gamblin Fool', an anthem Keel would be proud of.

In Summary
A good eye opener that has aged well over the past two decades. S.A.D.O. would manage one more album, 1990's 'Sensitive', which doesn't quite fit in with the rest of their catalogue based on the title. Malacek of course joined Fair Warning and appears to be the only member to experience real success since. Folowing this album it must be noted the band was reshuffled again with only Cook remaining once again, therefore it must be assumed he was the mastermind behind the whole S.A.D.O concept. Whatever the case, 'Dirty Fantasy' is an excellent album that is worth the effort to hear. A rare occasion where European melodic hard rock came out the victor.

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