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Americade - 1982 American Metal

ARTIST: Americade
ALBUM: American Metal
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: P.J DeMarigny - vocals * Gerald DeMarigny - guitars * Dave Spitz - bass * Walt Woodward III - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 On The Prowl * 02 Temptress * 03 Love Ain't No Reason * 04 California Rhythm * 05 One Step Too Far * 06 We're An American Band * 07 Go For Your Guns * 08 Rapid Fire * 09 Hold On You * 10 Led To The Rock * 11 Showdown * 12 Little Lady Lover * 13 Climax (Guitar Solo)


Surely this band didn't exist? Please tell me I am dreaming and that 1982 wasn't pock-marked by this incredibly untalented waste of space! Just what a couple of Italian/Americans are doing pretending to be a new Van Halen and intending to blow all pretenders out of the water with their blistering brand of 'american metal' defies belief. If one can remember back that far, 1982 was awash with Americade publicity throughout the rock mags of America. If you believed the hype, then these guys were the next wonder of the metal world. But a dig a bit deeper and you can tell the hyperbole didn't match the output. Also, just how could a couple of Italian heritage brothers living in Brooklyn NY proclaim themselves to be 'american metal'? I could have accepted second division imports, but to use the sacrosant 'red white and blue' and to palm themselves off as the next Van Halen? Well, that would have to go down as one of the dumbest PR stunts in all of hard rock. And upon release? Well, 'American Metal' turned out to be nothing more than dog tucker!

The Songs
Opening up with 'On The Prowl', the guitarwork is so hackneyed, that todays budding six-string students will laugh with derision. The production is awful, and the vocals would be better placed on a horror movie soundtrack. 'Temptress' I can hear has a faint Van Halen edge, but really it's so faint even a bat with high frequency ears would have difficulty picking it. 'California Rhythm' is a musical mess, while Grand Funk Railroad might cringe in disbelief after hearing Americade's version of 'We're An American Band'. The band pick up the pace on 'Go For Your Guns', the speed elements hides their surprising lack of talent fortunately.. Need I go on? The only thing I like about the album are the song titles.. so that says something.. As for the brief solo at the end called 'Climax'.. well, that about sums things up for this piece of crap.

In Summary
Clearly, 'American Metal' was an unmitigated disaster, enough of a disaster to bury this lot six feet under. But no, like Jason out of Friday The 13th, or Michael Myers out of 'Helloween', the DeMarigny brothers and Americade keep coming back like a bad dream. P.J reformed the band in 1989 with James Neal from Malice and Greg Smith (later of Rainbow and BOC). When that version fell over, he reappeared in 1995 with a new album called '' containing old 80's demos. Is there no end to this guy's self-belief? I reckon P.J should finally put a bullet to Americade's head once and for all, and go join Tony Robbins on the speaking circuit!

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#1 | YNGWIEVIKING on May 08 2008 08:07:56
I think you are very harsh, with themneutral! Sure is really far from any VAN HALEN stuff but back in the days, it was not so bad even if it sound really cheesy at times!real sadthumbs down
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#2 | gdazegod on May 08 2008 08:29:37
This is so bad, it ain't even cheesy. Sorry. thumbs down
#3 | reyno-roxx on May 08 2008 12:30:43
Had some dealings with these guys at the time. Still have the press kit and remains of a T-shirt.
The album was tremendously disappointing when it was released. The production was lousy. The demo was much better.
I think P.J. and Gerald were Italian-Americans though.....
#4 | sabace on May 09 2008 17:26:08
very harsh I have lp since the beginning in fact I got it direct from band! . I like it . its fun and not meant to be taken so seriously . what it is!
#5 | gdazegod on May 09 2008 20:24:48
Everybody, you should be pleased I occasionally leave my happy pills in the drawer. Venting my spleen is a rare occurrence, Americade got me on one of those days. I am so pleased some of you are sticking up for this band. clap
#6 | sabace on October 28 2010 13:41:29
they released a second lp called americade .com and would appeal to all the aor'sters out there, nothing like american metal . the lp has as much merit as alot of stuff rave reviewed on this site over the years .
#7 | sabace on December 19 2011 10:23:35
purchased an mp3 of the rock hard lp from retrospect - and its a corker! why they did'nt release it way back when is a mystery . there are 4 songs with ex malice vocalist mark weitz and these are excellent, but the original 11 tracks are dynamite american hard rock!and the sound is awesome .
#8 | aaasreg on August 05 2014 21:32:59
I agree with gdazegod. The album gets on my nerves and I don't know because it's in my collection. Maybe one of the worser albums I have
#9 | tompa on March 27 2016 14:17:51
Don't quite know why but I like this one a lot. Despite the very primitivesounding Production.
#10 | gdazegod on March 27 2016 16:34:18
At the end of the day, crap is crap.
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