U.S. Metal Vol. III LP 1983
Label: Shrapnel Records #: SH-1006 Country: USA
Info: More guitar-oriented Metal & Hard Rock from Shrapnel.

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

Side A:
1. VIOLATION - Gonna Get You
  Flawless NWOHM with plenty of hooks and by all means on par w/ their 7".
2. WILD DOGS - Never Gonna Stop
  The US answer to Grim Reaper? Despite the running-by-numbers it's great cathy HM for sure.
3. MIXED BLESSING - Kill Or Be Killed
  GnR meets NWOAHM w/ both some Ac/Dc and more metallic riffs thrown into the mix, a.k.a. 'Sleaze Metal'.
4. HAWAII - Secret Of The Stars
  Shows this band in their absolute prime. Superb, technical & proud US Metal at its finest.
5. STEVE RICHARDS BAND - Saved For The Fight
  Hardrockmetal like a heavier Van Halen and a quite ridiculous, mellow chorus. But I like it.

Side B:
1. THE RODS - Hot City
  A heavy, pounding hardrocker displaying their best side imo.
2. DEREK FRIGO - Powerplay
  Solo artist + song title like "Powerplay" = solo. Always.
3. VICIOUS RUMORS - Ultimate Death
  Bit of an awkward & jerky piece of Metal, not too dissimilar to M Fate. Uncatchy but cool.
4. MANILLA ROAD - Flaming Metal Systems
  Rather upbeat (by MR standards) live favourite that was exclusive to this comp at the time, but later included on every reissue of the "Crystal Logic" album, recorded the same year.
  American Hard Rock/"Radio Metal", well performed but too slick'n'slim to keep my ears awake.
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