Pyromania Review

artist: Def Leppard date: 10/22/2013 category: compact discs
Def Leppard: Pyromania
Released: 1983
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: Vertigo
Number Of Tracks: 10
More than ever before, the band's songs on "Pyromania" are driven by catchy, shiny melodic hooks instead of heavy guitar riffs, although the latter do pop up once in a while.
 Sound: 9.3
 Lyrics: 9.3
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 8.7
Pyromania Reviewed by: unregistered, on october 04, 2004
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: This album is probably one of their best. Robert "Mutt" Lange did a great job producing this album. The singer is obviously on drugs (it shows in his singing) but he does a pretty good job getting the lyrics out clear. Some songs though, like "Foolin" (one of their famous ones but I dont like it) and "Die Hard The Hunter", are (or at least start out as) acoustics, using similar patterns and make it pretty boring. "Rock Of Ages", "Rock Rock Til You Drop", "Ready Set Action" (or whatever it is), and "Photograph" make up for this. // 8

Lyrics: On some songs the lyrics arent that carefully chosen but some of the song topics don't seem that easy to write lyrics to. The singer, like I said, obviously has smoked (like most rockers) but he makes up for it with good delivery of the lyrics and good control over his pitches. // 8

Overall Impression: This album has definetaly some of their heavier songs on it, like "Stage Fright", which is a pretty good song. Though some songs arent that great, the better songs definately make up for it. This album is one of their best (besides Hysteria and Vault Greatest Hits). I recommend this album to anyone who likes a good mix of music, from AC/DC style rock anthems to Metallica style acoustics. If this album were stolen I'd buy a new one. // 10

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overall: 10
Pyromania Reviewed by: nilitus, on june 19, 2007
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound you'll find in this album is absolutely incendiary, it makes move your ass! There's a lot of energy in this record, and there are no much synthesizers at this time. Later they did more accesible albums, and they lost their raw and energy captivated in this album. There are some songs differents like Too Late for Love (a ballad, very good), Billy's Got a Gun (the darkest song, and the best) and Photgoraph (the single, the worst), but overall the songs have the similar feeling. The guitar work is very well done, the solos are pretty good, and the drum effects are totally outstanding, they were a a big innovation at the time (1983)! // 10

Lyrics: Billy Elliot does a really good job singin. He gets very high notes and combines well with the music. The chorus are also very well, there are a lot of voices at the same time, I think these chorus are special, cos I haven't heard many like def leppard's chorus, pay attention with them. // 10

Overall Impression: So, it's not a very heavy music, it's something in the middle, so if you want to cheer up yourself, it's one of the best ways. Also it's an important piece of Def's Leppard career, I think it's their best album, not too raw as High N' Dry, and not too sell-music as the next albums they did (hyteria and more). It makes a well mix of raw and softness, a good waste of decibels! Play it loud! You should hear it before die, and loud! // 10

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overall: 10
Pyromania Reviewed by: N3WW4V3N1NJ4, on october 22, 2013
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Sound: There are two types of Glam Metal, the kind that's about looking like a big awesome Rock Band and the kind that actually rocks. Def Leppard fall into the latter category. Originally part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, the band shifted their musical style to just good old-fashioned Hard Rock. I don't really know how they got classified as Glam Metal, but that's beside the point. This album is one of those top albums that defined the '80s and yet holds up in terms of quality, even after 30 years. The whole of "Pyromania" is solid Rock, for the sheer purpose of rocking. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics deal with two things: romance/sex in one form or another and rock 'n' roll. Actually, I guess that's really three things, but you get the idea. Pretty much every Def Leppard song ever recorded has the same general topics, but that doesn't mean the lyrics are bad. The music on "Pyromania" is amazing, but it sometimes seems to me that the guitar playing slightly overpowers everything else. Even so, the entire band is really impressive, like a machine of the highest grade. The few tracks you might hear on the radio don't do Def Leppard justice. // 10

Overall Impression: This is not a perfect album. There's people who hate it, people who love it and probably some people who have a terrible misconception that a "Def Leppard" is something entirely different from what it is: One of the few "Hair" bands that possess honest artistic integrity. They're still rocking today for a reason and the reason is clear. They make music because that's all they ever wanted from life. To be rockers for the musical side of it, not the fame and fortune. Though of course, they ended up with fame and fortune anyway. Just give "Pyromania" quick listen and it's not too hard to figure out why. // 10

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