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If I'd heard this in 1988 I'd definitely have liked it, so it hits the mark in my book.

Eonian Records specializes in "lost gems" – albums that didn't get a chance to shine or were recorded and then never released – that sort of thing. Cold Shot's debut (possibly their only album) was recorded in 1988, a last gasp Hair Metal opus that fits in pretty well with contemporaries of that era.

You find that when an album is unearthed and re-mastered with affection the album is usually worth the effort, and 'Cold Shot' is no exception. It's certainly no masterpiece, but it's an album that will bring to mind the Sunset Strip when it was filled with ripped jeans, big hair and bandanas.

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Vocalist Adam Murray has a great voice for this sort of music, screaming when needed with precision rather than hysteria. He is backed by a band that obviously know what they're up to, including their co-founder Anthony Gallo, who provides neat riffs and snazzy solos throughout. The songs all wander in at between three and a half to five minutes, with no effort made to broaden any minds (which is absolutely the right approach). There's more than a hint of Cinderella throughout, notably on 'No Time', and it's helped by Murray's vocals, which aren't as squawky as Tom Keifer but still scrape the ceiling when required.

'Cold Shot' is a record that will amuse and entertain anyone who loved Skid Row, Cinderella, AC/DC and Mötley Crüe back in the day. It's not a classic, but it has a definite charm and talent throughout. If I'd heard this in 1988 I'd definitely have liked it, so it hits the mark in my book.

Alan Holloway

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