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Snowmen - 1982 Snowmen




ARTIST: Snowmen
ALBUM: Snowmen
LABEL: Ice
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dale Le Roc - vocals, guitars, drums * Kevin Dever - guitar, vocals * Animal - drums, vocals * Billy Miller - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crazy * 02 Out Of Luck - Out Of Love * 03 I Need Love * 04 Midnight Lady * 05 Rock N Roll Communication * 06 Trouble * 07 Piece Of The Action


Background
A one-off album from these Erie, Pennsylvania based rockers who invoked a sense of the strange and wacky. Visually, caught somewhere between Kiss, Twisted Sister and Angel (yes, the schlock white..), perhaps these guys should've been called White Wig due to their stage presence! I've only read about Snowmen in the very first edition of AOR Classics magazine, and they talk about low budget comparisons to Buxx, and the occasional dive into Led Zeppelin territory. The low budget thing can be excused due to this being a seven track indie, and by all accounts, the band were huge in their hometown on Erie. I'm not sure what that actually means. Huge in Erie is one thing, huge in Los Angeles is something totally different. The band also caught a mention in Derek Oliver's Encyclopedia of Hard Rock And Heavy Metal.


The Songs
There's an insistent hard driving drum pattern courtesy of 'Animal', the bands drummer. This one has a Canadian feel to it, and is quite likeable once you give it a decent listen. 'Out Of Luck, Out Of Love' is strung along by some half tempo guitar strums and a very tasty solo with good use of feedback. 'I Need Love' picks up the pace, into a power pop/rock zone with pre-requisite shout-out chants. Snowmen deliver 'Midnight Lady' in the same vein as 70's era April Wine and other bands of that ilk, whereas 'Rock & Roll Communication' is a tighter affair, punchy, with some interesting vocals on the chorus. No real solos on this one, just crunching riffs instead. 'Trouble' sounds excellent, another poppy hard rock entry, while the last track 'Piece Of The Action', keeps to a slow-to-medium pace (similar to some International Cricketers I know), and again, I sat through this thinking it could've been a Canadian band from the same era.


In Summary
After giving this a listen, I didn't hear any references to Led Zeppelin, so not sure what record Fraser Meldrum was listening to when he reviewed this. If you've seen the video of their song 'Crazy', then you may find it quite disturbing to see four blokes dressed up with white face paint and tacky white wigs. They look like characters from a bad B grade horror movie! All jokes aside, the Snowmen were a shortlived blip on the 80's hard rock landscape, though I'm sure if there any LP copies available on Ebay, they might be worth a small fortune. One other thing: kudos to the guy who designed the front cover. It's very striking, in a wintery sort of way.


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#1 | gdazegod on January 01 2014 02:29:23
Here's the rare Snowmen video for 'Crazy'.
YouTube Video:
#2 | reyno-roxx on January 01 2014 12:04:12
Thanks for the video. Good review. I first became aware of these guys in an old edition of the Dutch Metal mag 'Aardshock' before the album hit the shelves. The picture was intriguing - my album is in storage but I seem to recall there was, rather bizarrely, no picture of the band on the album cover which I always thought very strange - so I grabbed the record as soon as it hit the racks in 'Shades'. It's a decent effort, but not spectacular.
#3 | Nick C on January 01 2014 21:20:56
I like it quite a bit...I'm sure I posted the video on here a while back too.
Just checked and you're right Dave there isn't a picture of the band there's not even an insert but it is on snow white vinyl.
#4 | gdazegod on January 01 2014 23:05:39
You did Nick, it is somewhere in the Video section of the Forum. I remember calling it (or Dale L Roc) 'creepy'!
#5 | windsofmarch on July 05 2014 23:29:17
A small fortune?. Nah, I bought it some days ago in SS grade for just 15 euro. About Snowmen, I think it's a good melodic hard rock effort.
#6 | englandashes on March 25 2018 21:42:28
An advert in the latest excellent issue of Fireworks, has this album being released on CD, same front cover, but called Rock & Roll communication, with 4 bonus tracks, on the PROG AOR records label
#7 | swazi on April 06 2018 19:26:43
That's good news! I quite like this band. Thanks for the heads-up! Release date apparently is April 16.

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