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Shout (USA) - 1997 Shout

ALBUM: Shout
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 1997


LINEUP: John Levesque - vocals * Brian Maher - guitars * Tommy Plevin - guitars * Mark Normand - bass * Drew Ferrante - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Breakin' All The Rules * 02 Love Is A Drug * 03 No More Lies * 04 Stuck In The Middle * 05 If It's Love * 06 Rip It Out * 07 Heartbeat * 08 Rockin' In Stride * 09 Bad Girls * 10 Madness * 11 Tonite Your Mine * 12 Lady Ice * 13 The Riddle Song

Not to be confused with Ken Tamplin's Christian metal band of the same name, this lot came from the other side of the continent - Boston, and were formed around vocalist John Levesque. The band released an LP called 'Finger On The Trigger' which came out in 1987 on their own label Shout Enterprises. Many years later, the LP would receive a 10/10 review by AOR Classics magazine, which prompted many to go on a hunt for it. This must have 'triggered' the attention of the folks at Escape Music, because in 1997 the label released a CD by the band, strangely titled 'Shout' and containing some of the songs found on 'FOTT'. I think this is pretty reasonable hair-metal with a good grasp of the basics. Soundwise, they mix it up, with Gravedanger at one end of their musical spectrum, Sic Vikki in the middle with Kiss bringing up the rear, as is their usual night-time position.. lol! But generally, there are many influences here. You pick 'em! The album was produced by 38 Special staffie Tom Soares and the band's drummer Drew Derrante.

The Songs
The opening duo of 'Breakin' All The Rules' and 'Love Is A Drug' sets the scene admirably, the latter is a mix of Icon and Keel. There are some nice moves on 'No More Lies' that takes on the appearance of Leatherwolf on heat! Changing pace is the ballad 'If It's Love', with big chant-along choruses, while 'Madness' is a big pumping and bass-pulsed effort. The lyrics include the phrase 'finger on the trigger'.. I am wondering where this fits in to the overall scheme of things.. Hmm. Elsewhere, my favourite tracks include 'Heartbeat', which is a huge 80's era Kiss soundalike, with big choruses and (I can imagine) big hair to boot. Then there's the hair-metal splendour of 'Bad Girls', plus the excellent 'Tonite Your Mine' which is so 80's!

In Summary
This 1997 CD is a retrospective effort undoubtedly, the band stuck in an 80's groove as if it were Groundhog Day! Of course, Levesque would go on to form Wild Horses (the American version) with two members of Kingdom Come in James Kottak and Rick Stier, though they would only last for one album.. 1991's 'Bareback'. Levesque would go on to join Legs Diamond, and would sing on their 2005 'Diamonds Are Forever'. Vinyl completists might be better advised to seek out the original vinyl LP of 'Finger On The Trigger' for posterity's sake, or if you really feel up to it, contact Sam at Retrospect Records and see what he can do..

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 03 2008 19:54:55
Wonder how much material Mr Levesque recorded in the band he had going with Vito Bratta after Wild Horses and White Lion split?
#2 | rostoned on October 25 2015 20:09:31
The Levesque-Bratta project was called Civil War. Bratta has confirmed on air that demos were recorded but none has ever surfaced anywhere (so far)
#3 | super80boy on August 20 2016 16:00:32
I had been searching for their private Finger On The Trigger album for a while and recently acquired a clean copy. I'd agree wholeheartedly with the positive AOR Classics review. FOTT is quite an impressive one off hard rock obscurity - full of memorable guitar riffing and hard rock/hair metal goodness. Lead off 'Bad Girls' is highly catchy and radio single worthy. The entire Side 2 song setup is just one killer after the other, shifting from outstanding hair metal to melodic hard rock, then ending with the driving chants and guitar antics of piercing closer 'Lady Ice'.
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