"Statetrooper 2002" (Delicious Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

According to this CD's liner notes, Statetrooper "was originally created as a solo venture for the legendary ex-MSG rock vocalist Gary Barden." The band recorded one album in 1986 and, due to popular demand and an online campaign, Statetrooper has re-released that self-titled album for the first time ever on CD. Previously released only in limited world markets, the album generated great words of praise from hard rock and metal press. Now, we all get a chance to hear what Statetrooper was all about.

"Statetrooper" is classic 80s hard rock at its best. It's loaded with solid melodic rockers that bring to mind the sound of bands like Axe, CITA and Foreigner. So many of the CDs 10 songs bear mentioning: The first track, "Shape of Things to Come," "Set Fire To the Night," "Stand Me Up," "Veni, Vidi, Vinci." Also included are two live tracks, "Too Late" and "Armed and Ready," both recorded live at the Marquee Club in London. 

Melodic hard rock fans will salivate over "Statetrooper." It's a sign of what was great about 80s hard rock and it still sounds damn good today.

Check out the band's website at for more information or to purchase this great CD. 

Statetrooper: Gary Barden - vocals; Bruce Bisland - drums; Jeff Brown - bass/vocals; Martin Bushell - lead guitar; Steve Glover - keyboards; Jeff Summers - guitar/vocals.

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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