Bullet LaVolta – The Gift

ARTIST: Bullet LaVolta                               mi0002386697

TITLE:  The Gift

YEAR RELEASED: 1989

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Over the Shoulder

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not now.

LINEUP: Clay Tarver, Bill Whelan, Corey Loog Brennan, Chris Guttmacher, Yukkie Gipe

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Cult band tried to find the gap between hair metal and punk rock. Some liked it; I didn’t.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Bullet LaVolta fell in the cracks between metal and punk, and developed some following in Boston. Kind of like grunge, except Bullet LaVolta’s meld was more of a harsher version, not really concentrating on the riffs, with a less melodic vocal sound and vibe.

This album was an LP and EP re-released by RCA from a local label, but it wasn’t that successful outside of Boston. It’s not a very radio friendly sound, but because of the metal elements it wasn’t really much of a punk vibe. It rubbed me the wrong way, but that may be just me.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released another album and opened up for several acts during the time.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Not really – it is a combo of two vinyl releases, though.

GRADE: C: This is definitely a cult act, your mileage may vary. EXILED for me.

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