Keel

Streets of Rock & Roll

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With an appreciation of vintage hair metal bands occurring during the early 21st century, the Keel gentlemen couldn't have picked a better time to rear their heads again, with their seventh release overall, 2010's Streets of Rock & Roll. Unlike the group's last album, 1998's Back in Action, it is not the entire original lineup that is back in place, as bassist Kenny Chaisson has been replaced by Geno Arce. But despite this lineup hiccup, fans of Keel's earlier '80s work will definitely find some familiar sounds throughout Streets of Rock & Roll, as tunes such as "No More Lonely Nights" (which would have sounded bitching blasting from a Camaro while cruising into an arena parking lot back in 1986) scream "'80s melodic metal." Also featured are songs that sound straight out of an '80s teen film soundtrack ("Live") and an acoustic ballad that would make Jon Bon Jovi proud ("Does Anybody Believe"). And as with many '80s melodic metallists back in the day, Keel can't resist a nod to Led Zeppelin with the manly strut of "Gimme That." Quite a few '80s metal bands found 2010 to be the year for successfully rediscovering their flair from yesteryear -- Accept's Blood of the Nations, Y&T's Facemelter, Ratt's Infestation, and certainly, Keel's Streets of Rock & Roll.

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