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Vixen (Hawaii) - 1983 Made In Hawaii

ARTIST: Vixen (Hawaii)
ALBUM: Made In Hawaii
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Kim La Chance - vocals * Marty Friedman - guitars * Paul Escorpeso - bass * Jeff Greaves - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Young And The Reckless * 02 Living In Sin * 03 Escape The Night * 04 Rockin' Me Hard * 05 Beg For Mercy

Interesting band this one, who appeared long before the more popular version with Janet Gardner etc arrived in 1988. This version of Vixen come from Hawaii, and they first began their tortured run for fame and fortune during the middle of 1981. Female fronted, vocalist Kim La Chance took a chance (sic) by hooking up with Greaves, Escorpeso and Friedman. The latter had arrived in Hawaii via Seattle, the band then progressed through a series of demos. Two five-trackers in fact, and after some time, the band attracted the attention of metal maestro Mike Varney, who ensured their best known song at the time 'Angels From The Dust', appeared on his Shrapnel Records US Metal II compilation during 1982. Kim's voice had a near operatic quality about it, and when added with Friedman's neo-classical style (as it was then), Vixen had a certain charm about them. Musically though, this was a pretty tight band, no complaints there.

The Songs
Come 1983, another five track EP appeared, this time released by the small Azra label. 'Made In Hawaii' was a single-sided EP, containing two instrumentals, including the lead-off track 'The Young And The Reckless' - a brutal rhythm section giving Friedman space to blaze away on all six-strings. The relentless riffing continues on 'Living In Sin', where La Chance's unique vocals get a workout. She even does a little vocal pirouette prior to the solo section just to compound and confuse the pundits. 'Escape The Night' is a straight-ahead rocker, though Friedman's double tracked guitar through the solo is pretty cool. The kick-ass 'Rocking Me Hard' features some intense drumwork from Greaves, while the song itself twists and turns through a multitude of different styles and tempos. The EP finishes up with another instrumental 'Beg For Mercy'. I'm not sure what the reason was for two instrumentals on a limited five-track EP.

In Summary
Probably not the most original band on the planet, but most of the struggling bands from that timeframe were in the same boat anyway, poor production mostly, and trapped between that netherworld of the strong British HM scene and the burgeoning US metal scene. Friedman as we all know hooked up later with bands like Cacophony and Megadeth. La Chance continued singing with a few other hard rock acts such as Malisha and Driven Steel, and at last report was singing with bands in L.A. An interesting slice of metal discography from the land of the 'lei', the hula, lava-flows and surfers.

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