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Aaron, Lee - 1984 Metal Queen

ARTIST: Aaron, Lee
ALBUM: Metal Queen
LABEL: Attic
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Lee Aaron - vocals * John Albani, George Bernhardt - guitars, backing vocals * Jack Meli - bass, backing vocals * Atilla Demjen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Metal Queen * 02 Lady Of The Darkest Night * 03 Head Above Water * 04 Got To Be The One * 05 Shake It Up * 06 Deceiver * 07 Steal Away Your Love * 08 Hold Out * 09 Breakdown * 10 We Will Be Rockin'

WEBLINKS: www.leeaaron.com

She really wasn't the Metal Queen.. surely? I can say that safely after 25 years, and know that I can get away with it. These days that title would probably go to someone like Arch Enemy singer Angela Gossow, but 25 years is a hell of a difference between what was considered female heavy metal then, versus what it is now. There was very little in the way of female HM back in the early 80's. We had a Metal Priestess in Wendy O Williams and a pair of 'rock queens' with the Wilson sisters. Perhaps Doro Pesch could've been the closest contender, but as history shows, Lee Aaron did enough to earn the crown based on her music, a heap of gigs, good musicians in her band, and of course, her looks! Coming to stardom (sort of) in 1982 with her 'Lee Aaron Project', that EP went on to become a fully fledged album the following year, musicians on her album were a who's who of Canadian rockdom back then, including members from Santers, Triumph, Wrabit and Moxy. Soon signed to Attic Records, Lee got her new band together for her second breakthrough album 'Metal Queen', the image and attitude can be viewed as a bit silly all these years later, but it was a hell of a lotta fun back in the day!

The Songs
With Wrabit's John Albani driving the show, the sound comes off like his former band but with female vocals. Both he and future Beau Nasty guitarist George Bernhardt share the guitar duties, and they tear it up on tracks such as the blistering 'Deceiver', with its twin-guitar attack, the chugga chugga 'We Will Be Rockin' with a hint of boogie/hard rock built into the mix. The title track 'Metal Queen' is probably the best remembered track here, for which there was also a video made. When Lee turns down the volume for slower ballad type material, the results are equally as good, as with 'Got To Be The One'. 'Head Above Water' is one of my favourite tracks on the album, not far behind the shuffly hard rock of 'Shake It Up'.

In Summary
Whoever was in charge of Lee's wardrobe and image back then probably should've been fired. I mean, this was the era of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and guys like Manowar took this imagery to the extreme, but for Lee to copy it was a bit daft. Thankfully she dropped the furs and swords and moved back to more conventional attire. Her follow up albums 'Call Of The Wild', 'Lee Aaron' and 'Bodyrock' are great LP's, and in all honesty, far more consistent than this effort. Still, it was 1984 after all, and some things remain best left in the past. I'm sure Lee will agree.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on February 15 2010 23:27:16
Lee Aaron's vocals have always been hit and miss with me. This cd is a good starting place for her. Definitely worth checking out.
#2 | Eric on February 16 2010 00:24:29
The video is so over-the-top it's just ridiculous.
#3 | gdazegod on February 16 2010 01:11:11
I think John Albani's moustache doesn't do him any favours.. lol! Lee's earlier video for 'Under Your Spell' was even worse.. the video shoot coincided with her infamous 1983 Oui! semi nude photo session.
#4 | jeffrey343 on February 16 2010 16:09:38
I discovered Lee Aaron about three years ago. The early stuff didn't do much for me, but her three albums "Lee Aaron", "Bodyrock", and "Some Girls Do" contain some stellar moments. There are some good videos from those albums as well on YouTube.
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