These hard-rock ballads are not as popular, but they are not in any way inferior to the glorious hits
From epic guitar riffs to powerful vocals and striking hairstyles, the hard rock everything is interesting and appealing! And nowhere is the greatness of this form of musical expression better displayed than in the powerful ballads. These are the songs that we can turn up at full volume and sing along passionately wherever we are: in the car, at home, at the cottage, at the table... They. universaland therein lies their brilliance.
To date, the list of such works is so long that you and I have hardly heard and half! And given the overwhelming relevance of the "titans" of the genre (in our case, hard rock) such as Guns N' Roses or Aerosmith, this is not surprising: when one wants to find power balladI don't want to Miss a Thing" or "November Rain" are likely to be the first ones to be searched. For this reason, we miss a lot of equally worthy, but little-known tracks... That's what we want to talk about today!
Strangeways - "Goodnight L.A."
Founded in Scotland by brothers Ian and David Stewart, the rock band Strangeways went down in history as one of the most undervalued. Their second album "Native Sons." demonstrated the evolution of the band - its own unique sound and compositional skills! As well as a gem of a "Goodnight L.A." - a beautiful ballad with a sensual bass riff and delicate synth chords.
Listening to "Goodnight L.A.," you genuinely wonder why the Strangeways are so have not achieved success? Alas, it was. The album practically went unnoticed, and the team itself is now known only to loyal fans.
Dare - "King Of Spades"
Dare - British rock band founded by the former keyboardist of Thin Lizzy By Darren Wharton in 1985. The debut LP saw the light of day only three years later, and was a collection of melodic rock tracks with a bit of Wharton's Celtic influence from his time in Skinny Lizzie.
The album featured a brilliant ballad "King Of Spades": With its mellow synths, soulful lyrics and rich melodic guitar harmonies, this is exactly what you'd expect to hear in a late-'80s power ballad.
Damn Yankees - "Where You Goin' Now"
Damn Yankees was a supergroup consisting of Tommy Shaw (Styx guitarist), Jack Blades (Night Ranger), legendary guitarist Ted Nugent and Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone. Not surprisingly, each of their songs is filled with special talent. Today, this one "super gang." remembered for such brilliant ballads as "High Enough" or "Silence Is Broken. But another one keeps slipping through the cracks...
"Where You Goin' Now" is an uncomplicated but pleasant composition. And it's a shame that this song didn't get half the recognition it deserves.
Diving For Pearls - "New Moon"
Having presented to the public the debut album of the same name in 1989, Diving For Pearls were unceremoniously dismissed by the management of the label, so they became a little-known band. Alas, the band didn't release anything until 2005! And in 2011, their debut was re-released on Rock Candy Records, and then the irreparable thing became obvious: the label recognized the late 80s record as "one of the most underrated records of that era!" Largely because of the ballad. "New Moon".
This track, consisting of an elegant guitar part and masterful vocals Danny Malone, full of rich expression and haunting melodies that create a thrilling listening experience.
X Japan - "Endless Rain"
Compared to the West, Japanese rock music has a reputation for being "a little crazy. However, the Japanese themselves are not offended by this statement, because there are a lot of vivid examples! For example - the band X Japan: it played an important role in promoting the genre that later became known as Visual kei - the Japanese equivalent of glam rock. The band's arsenal is filled with passionate ballads, and the members' own sense of style is characterized by giant hairstyles and colorful costumes. Fans of classic rock should discover this band at least for the experience.
A track that is definitely worth listening to is. "Endless Rain." From their second album. A chic 7-minute rock ballad consisting of gentle piano, soaring guitar and a touching vocal performance... It's a great piece of rock history that Western and Russian listeners have probably never encountered before.
Lordi - "Like A Bee To The Honey"
Finnish hard rock band LordiKnown for the impressive image of each member and inspired by horror aesthetics, was founded by Mr. Lordy in 1992. The tenth studio album was released in 2020. "Killection."which, with its black humor in the lyrics and disco tones in the sound, has become an enjoyable pastime for fans!
One of his gems was "Like A Bee To The Honey" - a powerful ballad that is an authentic piece of '80s rock. Originally written by Kiss vocalist Paul Stanley and songwriter Jean Beauvoir, the song has been on the shelf for decades waiting to be heard!