Midnight Flight

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Japanese heavy metal also-rans Earthshaker were so blind in their boundless worship of American heavy metal also-rans Y&T, that Midnight Flight (their second album of 1984 and third in a 16-month span) marked yet another predictable foray into what might be accurately (and, not so kindly) described as elevator metal. Not entirely without its merits so long as your personal taste tended towards the more civilized, restrained side of the heavy metal spectrum, mind you, Earthshaker's biggest problem wasn't even the fact that they were mired in this one-dimensional approach, it was that they were getting wimpier by the album. Midnight Flight songs like "T-O-K-Y-O," "Radio Magic," and "Zawameku Tokieto" found the boys noticeably toning down their all around guitar bite to make way for ever more synthesizers and really cheesy choruses -- even by their already not-so-lofty standards. The title track may have been the only true standout worth taking away from this spotlessly executed, but serially domesticated heavy rock album, but listeners who enjoyed the band's previous efforts will hardly be offended either.

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