Digital Dimension

It stands for “Pink Cream 69.” I have no idea what that means, but I can hazard a few guesses.

Anyway, HAIR METAL LIVES! All hail these German Hair Farmers! Hair! Hair! Hair!

They’re expecting me to believe PC69 recorded these tunes in 1997 and 1998, impossible! Nobody’s made music like this in years! The melodic yodeling, the pounding drums, the overbearing guitar solos, it’s Saxon meets the Scorpions!

According to their press, PC69 aren’t too well known in the United States, as this is their first American release in their twelve-year life of hair farming. Yet all those years, this band was dominating the European and Japanese charts. Darn! Had I only subscribed to Metal Hammer I’d be in the know!

But all that shit aside, I’ll tell you all a secret, the so-called “hair metal,” when done right, that is, guitar excellence; clear, powerful vocals; and headbanging percussion, is great. Why? Because it is metal, that’s way. All the songs on Electrified are hard-rocking, headbanging, and designed for maximum volume. “Shame,” “Stranger In Time,” “Break the Silence,” “Over the Fire,” all of them, are bursting with metal power. Look, hair metal gets a bad name from “rock and roll” bands who grew their hair, simply turned up the volume, and played “love songs.” PC69’s music has incredible power, great guitar solos, is very fast and, frankly, has a Manowar edge to its lyrics.

And just like Manowar, it’s clear that PC69 has not compromised the metal music they like to play over the years. Hey, there’s a lot to be said of an era, driven by this kind of music, where women wore leather and rhinestone halter tops. Dare to be metal! (And the “ballad” is really a parody of Meat Loaf singing with a cockney accent.)

Digital Dimension Records, 6661 W. Tropicana Ave. #202, Las Vegas, NV 89103-4791

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