Sound: Gunnin' For Glory is a good example of 80's Hair Metal, the riffs are all there, the over the top glam look is also present. However many features of Nitro break the typical conventions of hair metal (ie Batio's blistering solos); high-pitched vocals from Jim Gilette delivered with great prowess in many of the songs help add to that 80's feel (most notably in "Prisoner of Paradise" and "Drivin' Me Crazy"), these vocals when combined with some great chord and harmonic driven riffs from non other than renowned guitarist Michael Angelo Batio make an overall impressive sound. The solos are of exception skill and were played on Batio's legendary quad guitar. Blisteringly fast and wells tructured these solos truly define the term "face-melting". Sometimes Gilette's strong vocals can take the attention away from the guitar within some tracks and this can have a negative effect, but overall this album features many decent songs, the only ones that sound weaker than the other songs on this album are the two demo's which is understandable because they are only demo's and not completely fine-tuned. A noteable guitar riff is that in "Long Way From Home", the opening of the track features an incredibly elaborate but relaxing accoustic riff which fits in nicely witht he style of that particular song. // 9
Lyrics: As with most hair metal bands many of the songs within this album lack any real depth but not all of them are like this and some show some real meaning behind. "Prisoner of Paradise" talks about the toll that the glamourous life of a rockstar can take on the individual and although it may not have the depth of songs such as "The Idol" by "W.A.S.P" it certainly shows that the band are putting more meaning into their music. The deeper songs on the album though are "Love Strikes Back" and "Long Way From Home". The lyrics on the whole however do flow incredibly well with the rest of the band and sometimes drive the song forward into the chorus or verse which is rather effective. Incredible vocal prowess from Jim Gillette means that all save a few of the songs on the album feature ear-splittingly high pitched vocals and although they are very impressive, they can sometimes take the spotlight away from the rest of the band in a negative way but this is not always the case. Jim also shows another level of singing in certain sections of some songs in which he uses a deeper register which is akin to vocals of a similar nature in bands such as Ratt and Motley Crue. // 7
Overall Impression: Gunnin' For Glory can be compared to most hair metal bands, notably Ratt and Motley Crue for guitar style and vocals respectively but Batio's solos are so fast it is difficult to compare them to those of other guitarists (and not many guitarists use more than two necks anyway).
The most impressive songs on the album are "Drivin Me Crazy" (for Gillette's vocal performance), "Victim Of Circumstance" (for Batio's amazing opening lick) and "Long Way From Home" (for its opening accoustic section). I love so many aspects of this album that it is difficult to find anything I dislike... however I will acknowledge the occasional vocal flaws within the song which is not a result of lack of vocal skill it is a simply a problem of the vocals driving a section which would sound better if it wasn't driven by vocals, and sometimes the sheer pitch of the vocals can sometimes not sound as effective as the rest of the song. I would definately buy this album if I had the chance. The only way I heard this album is through my friend owning one of the precious few copies of it (it has sadly been discontinued along with the rest of Nitro's discography. On the whole a lively album with some impressive guitar and vocal sections and mind blowingly fast solos, I would certainly recommend giving it a try. // 8