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4.7 out of 5
130 Ratings
130 Ratings
BW ,

How can a guy possibly sing that high?

You have to admit, these guys rock. They just don't make bands like this anymore....for a reason? maybe....But this is hair metal at its finest.

ROCKNEVERSTOPS ,

AWESOME VOCALS

This cd simply rocks! Steelheart never made it huge but being a rock fan I have all their albums and waiting on some new stuff soon. When I first saw their video Never Let You Go it just blew me away. Mike Matijevic's vocals are awesome this guy can scream. Some of my favorites are Love Ain't Easy, Can't Stop Loving You and the ballads I'll Never Let You Go and She's Gone are timeless. A great 90's band and a must buy.

Stryperfan777 ,

Faded too quickly

Amazing hair metal band. Highest lead vocalist out there (soprano B flat in "Sheila") next to Michael Sweet of Stryper (soprano C in "In God We Trust") and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (soprano double F!!! in "Crazy"). - Sorry for the nerdy music commentary, but to the musicians and all of us wanna-be hair band vocalists, these guys could scream! Great guitar work, above average studio production, some great lyrical hooks, and power toms. A true shame that bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Green Day put the nail in the coffin for Steelheart's later release which was even more musically proficient than this project.

About Steelheart

Hailing from Norwalk, Connecticut, Steelheart were one of the last pop-metal bands in the late-'80s 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 MCA Records, and changed their name to Steelheart.

In 1991, Steelheart released their self-titled debut, most notable for its octave-spanning vocals and a pair of hit power ballads: "Never Let You Go," which reached number 14 on the Billboard singles chart; and "She's Gone," which fared well internationally. The band quickly began work on its sophomore effort, Tangled in Reins, which was released a year later. But tragedy was lurking just around the corner -- at a Halloween show opening for Slaughter at McNichol's Arena in Denver, Colorado, Matijevic was struck in the head by a lighting truss, knocking him to the ground face first and injuring his skull, jaw, nose, and spine. The country's musical climate changed dramatically during Matijevic's recovery, resulting in the band going on an indefinite hiatus.

In 1996 Matijevic put together an all new lineup of the group and released the LP Wait. The album featured the single "We All Die Young," which went on to make an appearance in the 2001 musical comedy-drama Rock Star, with Matijevic providing the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character in the movie. Good 2B Alive arrived in 2008, and in 2017 the band issued its fifth full-length outing, Through Worlds of Stardust. ~ Greg Prato

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Norwalk, CT
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Rock

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