Explore Records

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New Jersey, USA band Explorer, formed by Lennie Rizzo (vocals), Kevin Kennedy (guitar), Eddie Lavolpe (guitar), Johnny G. (bass) and Mike Moyer (drums), are symptomatic of the creative nadir experienced…
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New Jersey, USA band Explorer, formed by Lennie Rizzo (vocals), Kevin Kennedy (guitar), Eddie Lavolpe (guitar), Johnny G. (bass) and Mike Moyer (drums), are symptomatic of the creative nadir experienced by heavy metal by the late 80s. The material on their two albums distilled elements from major sellers such as Iron Maiden, particularly that group’s reliance on high-pitched vocals and virtuoso guitar, without ever stamping an original identity on any of their songs. As a result, Explorer’s Symphonies Of Steel and Beg, Borrowed And Steal (a dangerous title given a series of reviews that chastised them for being too derivative) were quickly consigned to the bargain bins by record retailers.