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Hiroshima - 1989 Hiroshima

ARTIST: Hiroshima
ALBUM: Hiroshima
LABEL: Avispa
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 1999, Foque (Spain), FCD-016


LINEUP: Jose Miguel Ross - vocals * Carlos Rufo - guitars * Sebastian Arroyo - bass * Gerardo Munoz - keyboards * Fernando P. Cobo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Come On * 02 Forever * 03 Missing You * 04 Broken Heart * 05 Loneliness * 06 Feel The Wind * 07 Don't Close Your Eyes * 08 Tell Me What You Want * 09 We Belong

Spain delivered a couple of decent melodic rock bands during the late 80's. Counted on one hand were: Jupiter, Niagara, Sangre Azul, Tarzen, and Iberia.. among others. We can also factor in these rockers from Madrid: called Hiroshima. Quite why they are opted for a Japanese name is beyond me, but that they did, forming in 1986 but not recording their first (and only) album until 1989. They released two singles (with B sides) beforehand, and all four songs made it to the 9 track debut album, released on Avispa Records.

The Songs
If you combine the Spanish way of playing melodic hard rock with the Swedish way, then Hiroshima are for you. They are keyboard capable, with ivory-laden melodic rock in the vein of early Treat and Dalton mixed in with Spanish rivals Niagara. There are definitely some racy tunes here, which sound so grounded in the 80's, big chant-laden vocals, synth heavy and chugging guitar riffs. The highlights for me are numerous, but factor in the synth struck 'Forever', the obvious radio ballad 'Missing You', Scandi like tracks 'Tell Me What You Want', 'We Belong' and the big choruses evident in the rather tasty 'Loneliness' and 'Broken Heart'.

In Summary
Probably the only let down for me would be the lead vocals (which are a bit off-center) and the production, with the lead guitar slightly pushed back in the mix for my liking. I'd like to hear the proper CD recording (1999 CD from Spanish label Foque) before I cast a final judgement on this album, as I think overall it's very good. Track it down if you know what's good for you.

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#1 | dtabachn on July 26 2016 08:21:33
Nice to have a review on a Spanish band, George. I have this on digital and really like it. I will provide a review on perhaps the greatest Spanish heavy rock band, Baron Rojo. They sing in Spanish and if you can bear with it, the music is amazing. Tarzen, led by the Argentine Peyronel brothers, is also worth reviewing. I will write something on them as well.
#2 | gdazegod on July 26 2016 08:49:02
Hiroshima - 1989 Tell Me What You Want
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#3 | reyno-roxx on July 26 2016 09:48:39
The vocalist is the weakest link. 'Missing You' clearly influenced by Def Leppard.
#4 | melodiapositiva on July 26 2016 16:35:05
I'm spanish and i've listened to almost every 80's spanish aor bands .My opinion is the same for all of them, they have good songs, good musicians but the production are poor in most of them.
Maybe the better of them are Sangre azul in aor, and of course Baron rojo in hard rock/heavy .
#5 | jefflynnefan on July 26 2016 19:59:11
Currently the only AOR from Spain that I have is the debut cd by '91 Suite'. I should listen to some more.
#6 | reyno-roxx on July 27 2016 17:08:31
Sangre Azul were pretty good. I think it made a difference that they sang in their native tongue. Santa were a particular favourite of mine in terms of Spanish rock bands though.
#7 | windsofmarch on August 04 2016 21:42:56
Try Golden Farm - Angel's Tears (Avispa, 2001). An amazing melodic rock act from Spain with only one album.
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