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Flame - Remember Them?

Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments9 Comments

Thanks to Metalboy! for introducing me to Flame, an underground band with a great sound. Their debut is called Blaze and it was released around 1989. Check them out. If you like what you hear, you can track down Blaze from Z Records.



Reader Comments (9)

The Z Records release is actually a later re-issue of the "Blaze" release. For some reason FLAME always reminds me of the band BLUE TEARS.
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRock-It
They do if you're listening to their self-titled release on the Giant label that came along AFTER 'Blaze'.

'Blaze' is pure L.A. Strip Style Glam Metal. Their self-titled release that follows is AOR/Melodic "Metal", a prime example of what can often happen to a band desperate to get signed.

Quite simply, if ya wanna ROCK, get 'Blaze'. It ain't no Blue Tears and all the better for it. I got Blue Tears stuff including a bootleg CD of Demos, so, in this rare case, I actually might know what I'm talkin' about.

'Blaze' is how these boyz should be remembered.

So, Rock-It, if ya really wanna ROCK IT, get 'BLaze'! These posts are cool but listen to the first two cuts on the album -- "Lorelei" and "Ride". If that duzn't sell ya on the rest of it, nothing will, which is why I suppose they are the first two cuts.

Bottom line -- These guys shoulda made it, but by the time they got signed, it was too late. Still, get 'Blaze'. If ya believe in the name of this site, mark my words, you will love 'Blaze'.

p.s. Rock-It IS right. If you find the original release of 'Blaze', you will be holding one of 'The Holy Grails Of Hair Metal' in your hands, as it trades for up to $500 or so on Ebay among the circle of Rare Indy 80's Hair Metal. So, if you like what you hear but wanna save yer bux and just listen like a collector, pick up the Z re-issue. It sounds identical to the original 'Blaze' and, as I said before, sounds nothing like the follow-up, though the graphics are different, yet still well done. speaking of graphics, the follow up is worth getting just for the cover art alone. But musically, like I mentioned, it duzn't ROCK like 'Blaze'. If you really wanna make a case study out of it, get both 'Blaze' and their self-titled follow up. They dragged a couple of the tracks, like standout "Automatic" over from 'Blaze' to the latter and re-recorded them (read: Homogenized them) as a shining example of how some things are better off left alone. In this particular case, the 'Before' is better than the 'After' or -- You can take the Hair Metal band off The Strip but DO NOT attempt to take The Hair Metal out of the band! Get 'Blaze'! (I know -- I'm a shameless Hair Metal Huckster!)
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
In the p.s., I meant "among the circle of Rare Indy 80's Hair Metal COLLECTORS. Either it's too early or the intuitive auto-correct in my personal device, otherwise known as my brain, is simply not working, the latter of which I'm sure most you will more likely believe, hahaha!!!
October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Good job. I mean, err, awesome thoughts – I need some time to think about this!
October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCanada Goose
I actually prefer self titled follow-up to the debut, but in general both CD's are totally forgettable. The debut "Blaze" is straight up "80's hair rock" like Warrant or Firehouse, but unlike those bands there is nothing (songs, vocals, musicianship, etc.) to make these guys stand out. On the self titled follow-up they seemed to expand their songwriting a little (still 80's rock, but with slight hints of blues, maybe a little like Tesla or Badlands), but once again, after a couple spins, I can't remember anything about the songs. Both CD's can be found for a relatively low price, I would pick them up if you are an avid collector of 80's/hair/glam rock, otherwise, you are not missing much.
October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rocker
Rob! Huh-uh-lo-oh! At it's core, 80's Hair Metal is what this site is all about. The fact that you call it "Hair Rock" and prefer their more boring follow up just proves you that you (1) really have no idea what it is, or (2) if you do, have no real appreciation for it!

You also said, you "would pick them up only if you are an avid collector of 80's/Hair/Glam"... And I quote, "ROCK". Got news for ya pal, whether you like it or not, it's "METAL"!!! that's why they call it "Hair Metal" or "Glam Metal".

Never heard the term, "Hair Rock" and this ain't "Glam Rock". That was the 70's. Know your genres, Rob. Just keep on listenin' to your Maiden and your Rush, dude. Or get with it by coughing it up for Quota, 'Stick To Your Guns' and crank the song "Party" and get with it.

But, as they say, if you don't like it, lump it, which you did.

p.s. Don't wanna listen to my rants on the subject? Don't take my word for it. Go on heavyharmonies.com, punch in "Flame" and read others comments on the albums. And by all means join in. Lots of great "Hair Metal" bands for you to hate on there, too!
October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
And another thing! One does not have to be an avid collector to bust out of their little G'n'R/Crüe/Cinderella/Warrant box. I lived in it for years and still listen to those bands.

But the whole point about in this discussion about Flame's "Blaze", is the fact that you can get -- sorry, Rob -- what would normally be a Holy Grail of Hair METAL, usually costing over $300, for 15 bux!

So you don't HAVE to be an "avid collector" to enjoy fantastic Glam METAL like "Blaze"! And, if you so choose, you can afford to buy BOTH Flame CDs and compare them, as I mentioned before, in order to know the difference between Hair Metal and AOR!
October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy!,

Regardless if you call it "hair", "glam", "80's", etc.., I thought my comments in regards to the Flame CD's were pretty insightful and fair?. Also I'm obviously a "fan" of this type of music to even know who Flame is, but either way it's only my opinion. You on the other hand took more effort to attack me than contribute to the discussion.
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