Kyle Vraa | Circle Pines, MN United States | 11/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I tend to like the thrash side of heavy metal but I appreciate genuine talent in any type of rock band. This guy has to be one of the best vocalists I have ever heard. I was in the army when this came out, so I wasn't really able to follow the rock scene. I heard a clip and listened to it on Napster, that voice in unreal. If you like this guy, check out TNT (Knights of the Thunder or Tell No Tales). Their singer is Tony Harnell and he is in the same league as this Steelheart guy. MTV puts the deep six on guys like this him and Tony, but morons like Chester Bennington and Fred Durst sell millions - there is no justice in the world."
Just good rock'n roll.
Trevor C. Cook | Ramstein, Germany | 06/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's a tragedy that Steelheart's debut album hit in 1990, as the early '90s marked the decline of hair metal and the rise of Seattle grunge rock (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and so forth). I say it's a tragedy because few work the glam rock formula as well as Steelheart, who would've easily risen to the popularity levels of Van Halen, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe (and might have even surpassed those powerhouse greats) had they hit the scene but a few years earlier. Lead singer Mike Matijevic has a vocal range like none other, and while he possibly spends just a bit too much time up higher up than he should, it's a refreshing blast to hear a rocker with such undeniable vocal talent. Not that the band is lacking either, though, and nearly every track on this stellar album features killer-sounding guitar solos, rock-solid drumming, and head-bangin' melodies. High points like fast and furious "Rock'n roll (I Just Wanna)," the blues-inspired "Sheila," the as-good-as-they-get power ballad of "I'll Never Let You Go" and the dynamic duo of "Can't Stop Me Loving You" and "Like Never Before" just explode outwards in ways that'll make you wish your amp went to 11. Steelheart lacks the instantly recognition of bands like Van Halen and Mötley Crüe, and the writing never manages to break out of the hair metal cliches. But if you're like me and love those cliches of sex, drugs, and rock'n roll all night, you'll find few bands do it like Steelheart. Truly a hidden gem, and a near classic."
Steelheart Knows How to Rock
J. Wright | San Diego, CA United States | 05/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Their debut self-titled album, Steelheart, is one of my favorites. The ballad, I'll Never Let You Go, got them some air time on MTV and and number of "Best of the 80's Metal/Big Hair Bands." The rest of album is really pretty damn good. Love Ain't Easy, Like Never Before, Gimme Gimme and Down 'n' Dirty really rock. Can't Stop Me Lovin' You, Sheila and She's Gone are more ballad-type tunes and Everybody Loves Eileen is fun-filled rock 'n' roll. If you like White Lion, Firehouse or Slaughter, you should defintely like Steelheart.Lead singer Mike Matijevic can really hit the high notes and belt out the songs. He's a more edgy version of White Lion's lead singer Mike Tramp. This first album is Steelheart's best and if you can find their second release "Tangled in Reins" it is worth buying, too."
The best album of the 90s'
Hair Metal Pwns | New Jersey | 02/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Because I love this band so much, I'm doing a review for all 3 of their albums (this is the first one, see Tangled In Reins and/or Wait for my other two reviews.)
Album Name: Steelheart Running Time: 55:32 Band Members: Mike Matijevic- Lead Vocals Chris Risola- Lead Guitar Frank DiCostanzo- Rhythm Guitar John Fowler- Drums James Ward- Bass
You want an album thats better then Nirvana- Nevermind? Better then Skid Row- Slave To The Grind (only by a hair). Then you have it right here. Steelheart's self titled debut is a solid metal album from begining to end. With Mike's soaring voice and great song writing. Along with Chris Risola's blasting solos and James Ward's thumping bass and song writing skills. You have one of the greatest "hair" metal bands to come out before Nirvana crashed the party (damn them)!! Every song from begining to end is awesome!!
1. Love Ain't Easy -3:41- A solid begining track with a badass solo 5/5
2. Can't Stop Me From Loving You -5:06- It took me a couple of listens but soon I relieazed this song kicked ass. With some double peddling and a catchy chorus this song rocks! 4/5
3. Like Never Before -4:45- Honestly it is probably my least favorite track but its still pretty good. Worth a listen 3/5
4. I'll Never Let You Go -5:06- Ahh the song that brought them some fame. Going all the way to #14 of the charts. A catchy ballad with Mike screaming as high as he possibly can. Damn I thought his voice was gonna pop at the end of the song. 5/5
5. Everybody Loves Eileen -6:20- Great track. This one is a fan favorite for those who know Steelheart outside of "I'll Never Let You Go" 4.5/5
6. Sheila -7:40- A bluesy sleazy song thats pretty cool. The longset track on the CD but still good. OHHH SHEEEEEILLLLAAAAA 4/5
7. Gimme Gimme -5:23- Haha this song sure is cheesy but I love it. Awesome rocker about getting some action. 5/5
8. Rock'n Roll (I Just Wanna) -4:10- My 2nd favorite track on the CD. Probably the hardest track with kick ass lyrics and shredding solo, make sure you don't skip this track!! 5/5
9. She's Gone -6:30- Ahh another ballad but a bit softer then "I'll Never Let You Go" But still awesome. the solo is gut wrenching. 5/5
10. Down n'Dirty -6:42- Another cheesy but bad ass track. Probably the best guitar solo on the whole CD. 5/5
As you can see. This CD is a must have for any Hair Metal fan. And a last note. If you look on the back of the album booklet, You'll notice that it says Executive Producer: Bruce Dickenson!! Thats right the same Bruce Dickenson who sings for a band called IRON MAIDEN!! So at least I'm not the only one who saw some talent in these guys!"
LINDA LARSON | 12/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this was one of the bands that should have received the airplay -at the time of its release- that all of its related artists were,or had been, receiving . it was all so sudden....radio staions everywhere switched to that mess known as "grunge". Music would never again have style or intelligence or triumph or voice, or magnificence, or all of the above, it seemed. what was it with grunge , anyway....why couldn't that generation come up with anything different and yet ...good ? there are a few talented names/artists from that era, but most of that grunge time seemed like some kind of corporate joke on both the twenty somethings getting the record deals ( -probably made them think they had some kind of contribution to make to music-) as well as the radio audience deprieved now of music as we had always known it to be in this country, despite genre or time : intelligently inspired, assembled , and performed. that this album by steelheart kicked its foot through the door just as someone or something seemed to be closing out all of the good stuff in sound was perhaps all i could have hoped for at that time, though - as the stench coming from all of that grunge quickly dominated - no, the better word is "permeated" -the airwaves."