"Excess All Areas" (Rock Road; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Sleaze metal never died, it just moved off the Sunset Strip as bands like Hollywood Burnouts are proving as of late. This quartet hailing from Germany transferred virtually all the hackneyed lyrics, sugary choruses and thunderous hooks from the likes of Ratt, Faster Pussycat, and Shotgun Messiah into their stockpile of hard rock with a soft center to comprise "Excess All Areas," a 12-track flashback full of arena rock anthems from years gone by ("Everybody Needs a Hero," "I Wanna Ride").

Complete with a balance of melodramatic power ballads guaranteed to bring out the Bic lighters ("A Part of My Heart," "Remember Me") and bad boy grooves to tease both your girl and your hair to ("Wildside," "Hands of Rock"), Hollywood Burnouts are far from reinventing the wheel yet display that they are having a hell of a time taking it out for a joyride ("Hands of Rock").

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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