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Tokyo Dragons

Give Me The Fear

Review by Greg Olma

This CD is the second gem I have been asked to review for this issue. I read a little blurb in Classic Rock Magazine but I really did not have a clue to what Tokyo Dragons is all about. Based on the music that these guys have come up with, it is clear that we both have the same music tastes. They guys were influenced by bands like Thin Lizzy and Def Leppard. This CD sounds so New Wave of British Heavy Metal that I had to pop it out of the CD player just to make sure. If you like your metal played with the same youthful exuberance as they did in 1980, then this release is for you. Extra marks are given to these guys for not having a ballad.

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Track by Track Review
What The Hell
There is a definite Thin Lizzy influence present. The twin guitars give it away. The vocals sound like Joe Elliot from Def Leppard. The chorus also has that early Def Leppard sound.
Get 'Em Off
This is a little faster with an AC/DC riff. Again those Def Leppard sounding vocal harmonies creep up on the chorus.

Do You Wanna?
Another fast song except this time, they throw in a punk vibe. The chorus of "Do You Wanna Get High?" really lends itself to that punk element.

Come On Baby
This song has NWOBHM written all over it. It could easily fit on Def Leppard's High 'n Dry album. The mid section contains elements of Kiss' Love Gun era. There is also a nice Thin Lizzy-ish guitar solo. The only really complaint is that it is a bit repetitious lyrically.

Let It Go
"Let It Go" is a mid paced rocker that is quite ordinary, but good. The pre-chorus reminds me of early Kiss.
Johnny Don't Wanna Ride
Some more NWOBHM, the mixing of this CD helps keep songs like this nice and raw.
Teenage Screamers
The intro is right out of the book of early Judas Priest riffs. It's a good mid paced rocker that keeps it simple.
Ready Or Not
This song starts off with some heavy bass before building into a bit of a boogie rocker in the Status Quo vein.
Burn On
This sounds like a cut off of High 'n Dry with Ace Frehley playing the guitar solo.
Rockin' The Stew
This is the kind of song Ted Nugent used to make. It's a good rocker but beware, it has goofy lyrics.

Chasing the Night
Another Def Leppard-ish track that contains a great guitar solo, the lyrics are a bit repetitious but it really ends the record nicely.
 
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