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One look at Nick Vivid and '80s metal shoots to mind, with a heartthrob backbeat, kind of a Rick Springfield type of vibe. The five tracks that comprise this guitar laden hard rock cold shot are indeed '80s tinged, but more in the area of old Crue, Hanoi Rocks and early LA Guns, whereas the look is still glammy, but there's still a bite to the music. Hooky and able to make girls shriek at a single verse, Nick Vivid captures the glory days of the Sunset Strip scene without the overdoses and sloppy musicianship that pervaded the era and ultimately caused its demise. Get set to flick your Bics and lose those 20 pounds to fit into the leather pants, because according to Nick Vivid, big time hard rock is back.
- Mike SOS