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Black Roses

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One of the more interesting ideas to come out of the heavy metal scene was this soundtrack to the film of the same name. A makeshift band was created out of heavy metal session musicians to perform as Black Roses, the satanic rock band that tries to steal the minds of teenagers in the film. Drummer Carmine Appice put together the group and makes an appearance in the film, but his input is far below what he has done with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne in the past. The four songs attributed to this combo are two dull party songs, a call to arms for angry teenagers ("Soldiers of the Night"), and a requisite power ballad "Paradise (We're on Our Way)." Although the ballad is oddly listenable, the other Black Roses tracks are quite terrible. Strangely enough, the song that the band plays the most in the film, "Me Against The World," is a Lizzy Borden song. It is also the highlight of the album; a memorable heavy metal anthem among some very average power metal. Tempest comes the closest to the standard set by Borden with their "Streetlife Warrior," but not beating a standard set by an underground shock metal band is actually pretty sad. Overall, this is music that fans of mid-'80s power metal might want to search for, but most others will probably want to avoid this soundtrack.

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