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Monster Madness

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Monster Madness is an entertaining sampler of '80s-vintage hard rock and mainstream metal, featuring some of the genre's biggest pop hits of the decade. That means there's a preponderance of hair metal, but in this case, that's a good thing, because the songs included are consistently memorable and instantly recognizable. There's also a nice blend of rockers and power ballads, as well as a couple of curveballs thrown with the inclusion of Queensryche's atmospheric "Silent Lucidity," Extreme's Beatlesque acoustic rocker "Hole Hearted," and Faith No More's left-field rap-rock smash "Epic." Other highlights include Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood," White Lion's "Wait," Quiet Riot's "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)," Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly," Poison's "Unskinny Bop," Slaughter's "Up All Night," and Skid Row's "I Remember You."

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