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SX - 1990 SX



ARTIST: SX
ALBUM: SX
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 2003, Rock-It Records (Italy), bootleg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Billy Joe Milligan - vocals * Bruce Turner - guitars * Kerry Easley - keyboards, guitar * Geno Arce - bass * Stu Souders - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lonely Fool * 02 To The End * 03 Have A Little Heart * 04 Hold On


Background
SX were a short-lived band originating out of Phoenix AZ during the late 80's. Typically melodic metal, SX's roots came from another local band called Petulant Frenzy. Three members of that band (Easley, Arce and Souders) were the anchors of SX, the other members hooking on later. The band initially had problems finding a suitable vocalist, in the end they recruited Bill Milligan while they were recording their four track recording! Recorded in Arizona using engineers David Nelson and Kevin Stoller, the 'SX' mini album was recorded to cassette only.


The Songs
Four tracks only, and to be honest they're pretty scratchy. If you can imagine a working man's version of Icon and Lion, then you'll have a fair idea as to what they're on about. The rhythm guitar work is great, the lead guitar less so. SX jump out of the starting blocks with gusto.. 'Lonely Fool' a reasonable first up effort, though the chugging guitar work is kinda hackneyed. 'To The End' has a nice acoustic intro, and builds nicely until the heavy riffs kick in. Certainly you can hear the Kal Swann and Lion influence on this one. Not bad. 'Have A Little Heart' is a mixed bag, in parts they sound like a NWOBHM band, but the intrusion of keyboards gives it an AOR like sheen. The last track 'Hold On' is reverb laden, which sounds like it was recorded down the back of some large hall. Not sure who was doing the lead guitar, but it sounds terrible.


In Summary
Years later in 2003, Italian label Rock-It Records re-released these on CD, obviously a bootleg. Of the members, only Geno Arce has gone on to bigger things, hooking up with Ron Keel firstly in Iron Horse then the reunited version of Keel. SX may have released just the one recording, but to be honest it's not really compulsory listening.


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