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Sound Barrier - 1983 Total Control

ARTIST: Sound Barrier
ALBUM: Total Control
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Bernie K - vocals * Tracey Singleton (a.k.a Spacey T) - guitars * Stanley E - bass * Dave Brown - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Other Side * 02 Total Control * 03 Rock Without The Roll * 04 Mayday * 05 Second Thoughts * 06 Nobody Cares * 07 Don't Put Me On Hold * 08 Hey U * 09 Rock On The Wild Side

Not many black acts have made it through to the top of the rock world. Only a few select individuals like Phil Lynott, Mothers Finest, Jon Butcher spring to mind. Diving in on the NWLAHM (new wave of Los Angeles heavy metal) as it was called back in 1982 came a black act called Sound Barrier. Image wise they conjured up thoughts of a metallized Isley Brothers. Thank god they don't! Musically they are akin to a heavier sounding Rush (without the Geddy Lee vocals), mixed in with a bit of Noo Joisy's very own cult faves Starz and US metal hopefuls on the Shrapnel label Chumbi. Well that's what I thought anyway. Dominating proceedings is guitarist Spacey T combining all his influences such as Eddie VH, Alex Lifeson, and Mick Mars.

The Songs
Stand out tracks include 'Don't Put Me On Hold' with it's neat octave chord guitar playing, and the controlled fury of 'Rock On The Wildside'. 'Second Thoughts' features some very strange chord changes and is very much an 'against the grain' type of song, while 'Other Side', 'Nobody Cares' and the 2 minute instrumental 'Mayday' are other worthwhile arrangements. The latter is a chance for Mr T to show off his Alex Lifeson imitation.

In Summary
Really the only let down is in the lyrics (but didn't most LA bands suffer from the same affliction?). Sound Barrier hung around for a wee while, with Victor Johnson from Bus Boys joining them the following year. Some of the members later hooked up with Alex Masi when he came to LA from Italy. Come 1992, Bernie K, Victor Johnson and Dave Brown later appeared with the excellent band Total Eclipse.

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#1 | sabace on October 28 2010 13:56:46
the guitarist hooked up with mothers finest for the black radio lp . this is a superb lp full of straight ahead metal n roll!
#2 | rkbluez on July 19 2012 02:25:19
Love this record and transfered it from vinyl...haven't thought to listen to this in a real long time...gonna dig it out...another obscure classic that needs to be on CD...would be nice if a label like Rock Candy picked up on it...solid album nice in your face production.
#3 | gdazegod on October 23 2013 07:43:46
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#4 | gdazegod on October 23 2013 07:44:47
Another one of my Shades imports during 1983, or was it 1984?
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