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Album Review

XYZ wasn't the best heavy metal/hard rock band that came out of Los Angeles in the 1980s; the headbangers weren't in a class with Guns 'N Roses or Mötley Crüe, although their work was generally decent. That is certainly true of Hungry, which didn't go down in history as one of metal's all-time masterpieces but isn't a bad album either. XYZ never claimed to be the most innovative band in the world, and Hungry is far from groundbreaking. But while the material is derivative, it's also satisfying and enjoyable. The CD's most memorable and inspired tracks (which include "Face Down in the Gutter" and "When the Night Comes Down") point to the fact that when they really got going, the Angelinos did have a way with a hook and a riff. Also noteworthy is a forceful cover of Free's "Fire and Water." To its credit, XYZ doesn't try to provide a carbon copy of the original — the headbangers put their own spin on Free's song and demonstrate that "Fire and Water" could be relevant to the hair metal scene of 1991. Unfortunately for XYZ and other hair bands, that scene wouldn't last much longer — when Nirvana and Pearl Jam exploded commercially in 1992 and alternative rock took over in a major way, hair bands like XYZ suddenly found themselves being ignored by MTV. But that doesn't make Hungry and other XYZ releases any less decent.

Customer Reviews

Criminally Underrated

This Album should have been a highlight of early 90's hard rock. But It was sadly swallowed by The Use Your Illusion albums, Slave To The Grind, The Black Album, and other such albums.


Formed: 1985 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A hard rock/glam-pop metal unit with roots in both France and the United States, XYZ was founded in 1986 by bassist Patt Fontaine and vocalist Terry Ilous, both of whom had grown up together in Lyon, France before relocating to Los Angeles. The original lineup of Fontaine, Ilous, Bobby Pieper (guitar), and Joey Pafumi (drums) honed their chops in and around the Sunset Strip, and in 1989 inked a deal with Enigma Records and released the band's eponymous debut album -- by that time Marc Richard Diglio...
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Hungry, XYZ
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Hair Metal
  • Released: 1991
  • Parental Advisory

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