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Mad Anthony: Party Heaven Hell Whatever!
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Mad Anthony: Party Heaven Hell Whatever!

Classic Eighties Melodic Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

Eonian Records, famous for their search for and resurrection of obscure classic rock bands, returns with Mad Anthony's Party Heaven Hell Whatever!. Rising from the San Francisco area, in the late Eighties, Mad Anthony was known as a popular, respected, and entertaining melodic metal rock band among fans of the Bay Area. They sold out venues, had oodles of poodle-haired groupies, and essentially gave fans a huge party.(Read more history about the band.)

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But like many other bands back in the day, they never quite got the national recognition they deserved. Now, Mad Anthony's rock n roll has been collected by Eonian Records and re-mastered by engineer Rob Beaton (Guns n' Roses, Heathen, Sammy Hagar, et al) for Party Heaven Hell Whatever!.

Call it deja vu all over again, a trip down memory lane, or simply throwback Thursday, but Mad Anthony's music captures the spirit and music of those heyday Eighties hair days. Their songs are long on the Eighties essentials: strong song melody and harmony including guitar and vocal arrangements, gallop and groove from the rhythm section, big solos, and memorable refrains (all wrapped up in metal edge and AOR accessibility. Tighten up your leather pants and break out your Aqua Net, you're going to rock.

Considering the songs, I have this first observation. More than a few songs offer benign starts with acoustic and/or softer electric guitar before ripping into some strong, often heavy, melodic rock. Examples include Party Town, I'm The One, Stay With Me, and Tonight We Ride. With Falling Out Of Love the soft introduction precedes the development of a heavier ballad. But there are some fine kick-ass rockers with Just My Type, Face To Lace, and When We Touch. Big drums and rough riffs drives Big Ole Red Hot Rod, a fan favorite wherein the band would bring fans on stage to contribute.

All in all, Mad Anthony's Party Heaven Hell Whatever! is a fine and entertaining example of classic Eighties melodic metal rock from some enthusiastic and talented musicians. They may have not made the big time, but they could rock with the best of their day. Recommended.




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The Take Away

Mad Anthony's Party Heaven Hell Whatever! is a fine and entertaining example of classic Eighties melodic metal rock from some enthusiastic and talented musicians. They may have not made the big time, but they could rock with the best of their day. Recommended.

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