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Ladykillers LP 1986
Label: New Renaissance Records #: GWD90541 Country: USA
Info: The fifth compilation LP on New Renaissance Records, and their sixth LP overall. Unlike the others, however, Ladykillers features exclusively female-fronted artists. Most of them are from California, though a few are from New Jersey and BLACKLACE is from New York. Also on cassette with 2 bonus tracks: DEEP FREEZE - No Last Words and HELLION - Put The Hammer Down (different to LP). A second volume was released on CD in 2000.

CONTENT
(bold = exclusive track / normal = non-exclusive track / italic = non-metal)



Side A:
1. BLACKLACE - Speed Of Sound
  Traditional NY metal, a bit like RIOT with tough female vocals.
2. HELLION - Better Off Dead
  A kind of commercial power metal that you often hear from L.A. bands, but with the unique vocals of Ann Boleyn. Rerecorded for their Screams in the Night LP.
3. PANTARA - Torn Away
  Straight up heavy metal with Ann Wilson like vocals (including an "Ooh" straight out of Barracuda). The album was slated to include a second PANTARA track called Nitemares but I guess it didn't make the final cut. The all-female quartet would disappear into obscurity again after this.
4. QUEEN OF HEARTS - Sleeping With The Dead
  Somewhat of a sleazy hard rock song which is saved from mediocrity by a great, catchy chorus. This was really the L.A. band NEW YORK who used a pseudonym for this album.
5. JUDY SAIYA - Try Anything
  I've always loved Stevie Nicks, so it's great to hear someone with a similar voice singing over something a bit heavier. Only a bit though, as the music is very light hard rock like, say, FEMME FATALE.

Side B:
1. THE DAY AFTER - Fire
  The only real stinker on the album is this lame cover of THE DOORS' classic.
2. SYREN - Fight Or Fall
  Killer power metal that reminds me of BLACK KNIGHT with rougher vocals, similar to those of Leather Leone. Later changed their name to TIGERSHARK.
3. HIGH RISK - I Know What You Want
  The beginning of this song might mislead you with its flute and light sounding intro, but it soon reveals itself as epic power metal. Maybe epic isn't the right word to describe a song that's only just over 4 minutes long, but it has a great build up and very strong finish. Actually it reminds me a lot of LOST HORIZON (US) from Metal Massacre 7. Except there's a flute. And the singer sounds uncannily like Ann Wilson. In other words, it rules!
4. DC LACROIX - Rip It Up
  Formerly a Seattle band, DC LACROIX is one of the more generic female-fronted acts of the 80s. This song first appeared on the Pacific Metal Project compilation, but without the brief intro.
5. JADED LADY - On The Run
  Began as an all-female version of MOTLEY CRUE called OBESSION who changed their name to LEATHER ANGEL, and then to JADED LADY after both drummer Krissi North and guitarist Debbie Wolf left. More competent than the We Came to Kill EP but still not worth repeated listens.
6. DEEP FREEZE - Soft Touch
  Decent hard rock with some very masculine vocals. Their bonus track on the cassette version is actually better even though it is not as heavy.
         
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