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Adam Bomb - 1985 Fatal Attraction

ARTIST: Adam Bomb
ALBUM: Fatal Attraction
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1991, Musidisc (France), 106532 * 2001, Metal Mayhem Music, MM00021


LINEUP: Adam Bomb - vocals, guitars * Jimmy Crespo - guitars * Phil Feit, Cliff Williams - bass * Sandy Slavin, Chuck Ruff, Gregg Gerson - drums * Jerry Martini - sax * Cliff Williams, Abbey Brazley - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 SST * 02 All The Young Dudes * 03 I Want My Heavy Metal * 04 You'll Never Know * 05 Fatal Attraction * 06 Shape Of The World * 07 Take Me In * 08 Russian Roulette * 09 It's A Bust * 10 Prime Evil


When I bought a bootleg of this album back in 98' I thought it was a real steal. The Heavy Metal Encyclopedia' described it as 'classy North American rock' and it was much sought. The book didn't lie. Adam Bomb were a metal 'supergroup' comprised of Bomb (TKO), Crespo (Flame, Aerosmith), Slavin (Riot) and Feit, so results were expected one assumes from Geffen. They didn't get any sales, but an album that has become somewhat of a cult classic here in the States.

The Songs
Adam Bomb's direction veered from all out metal ('I Want My Heavy Metal') to power ballad mode ('You'll Never Know'). It's not consistent all the way, but there are significant highlights to earn its status as a collectors item. 'SST' is riff heavy, a cross between Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, with Crespo's licks straight out of the Jimmy Page textbook. It's hard not to imagine Aerosmith's 'Rock In A Hard Place' at times either. 'Prime Evil' is doom metal in execution, not to dissimilar to Venoms 'Warhead'! A bizarre turn of events. An unnecessary cover of 'All The Young Dudes' does nothing to bolster the set so early on. It's simply a chord for chord remake. Things swing back with 'I Want My Heavy Metal' a fist raising anthem, which could best be compared to Pantera's 'Heavy Metal Rules', straight ahead heavy metal! 'You'll Never Know' is superior ballad material, very good chorus and just the right amount of heaviness to keep it credible. Bomb remade it on his 1990 disaster 'Pure Sex', with none of the original feel. 'Fatal Attraction' turns up the synths and the speed, with a tasty solo from Crespo. This leaves Motley Crue for dead in '85. There's a few duds in the form of 'Shape Of The World' and 'Take Me In' which both have pop metal overtones. Dodgy. Unlike 'Russian Roulette', which is a savage slab of metal with brutal riffing mid song.

In Summary
There are at least five classics here which give this a passing rate. I would like to hear a proper copy instead of the watered down version I own. It might give a fresh perspective on a very 80's album. What I do know is that Bomb's attempt at sleaze metal in 1990 was horrible and rightfully went nowhere. Obviously a man going with the flavour of the times, except in 1985, it was the right flavour.

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#1 | vinyldinosaurus on February 07 2008 14:15:24
I bought an original vinyl copy of this album a few years back for $1.99! Cliff Williams from AC/DC makes a guest appearance on 'I Want My Heavy Metal.'
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 30 2008 09:57:25
The album was released in Japan on JVC Victor before he signed a deal with Geffen. The track listing is different (only 9 songs) and omits 'SST' and 'All The Young Dudes'. 'Israel' is the missing track not found on the Geffen release. The running order is different as well.
#3 | sabace on April 03 2012 12:13:27
I really like this apart from the bowie cover! I think the reviewer over states crespo's influence on the record he only played acoustic on one track and a solo on another, Bomb plays all instruments other than bass and drums on a couple of tracks . my cd has a bonus track called 'alls fair in rock n roll ' and there are 11 tracks in total .
#4 | gdazegod on April 30 2014 23:17:19
This album deserves a remaster and new reissue. Any label out there up for it?
#5 | super80boy on February 07 2016 20:36:16
All the best songs have distinct style differences, gotta give Adam credit for displaying a diverse mix of sounds. The straight ahead high tempo 'I Want My Heavy Metal', the pop metal concoction 'Take Me In' and the infectious mid paced 'Russian Roulette', all are favorites. Even the ballad entry 'You'll Never Know' is above average. Other than the horrible cover 'All The Young Dudes', this is a satisfying variety of metal styles.
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