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Album Review

Steelheart attempted to update their sound for the times with 1996's Wait, but the album fell with a thud (the first album by the group to not register on the Billboard Album Charts), and as a result, singer/leader Michael Matijevic opted to put the band back into mothballs. Fast forward 12 years, and Steelheart was finally back once more with their fourth full-length overall, 2008's Good 2B Alive. For those hoping that the group would return back to their earlier, unmistakably "hair metal" direction will be disappointed, as it's the tougher-sounding direction of their previous release that is followed throughout Good 2B Alive. In fact, if anything, they've even upped the heaviness ante throughout, as Alice in Chains-meets-Creed heavy riffers are what comprise almost the entire album — "Samurai," "LOL," etc. With very little power balladry detected (which on earlier Steelheart albums, was expected), Good 2B Alive is undoubtedly Steelheart's heaviest album from start to finish.


Formed: Norwalk, CT

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from Norwalk, CT, Steelheart was one of the last hair metal bands to score a hit with a power ballad, just before Nirvana and their ilk exterminated the genre completely. Originally called Red Alert, the quartet (which included Croatian singer Michael Matijevic, guitarist Chris Risola, bassist James Ward, and drummer Frank Dicostanzo) spent most of the 1980s playing the tri-state area and honing an energetic act. After years of hard work, the bandmates headed west to Los Angeles, signed with...
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