Badlands where a band from Los Angeles, California that played a mixture of blues, hard rock and mainstream metal and this is a review of their classic self titled 1989 album.
A blues metal riff starts off the album along with some melodic vocals and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the music takes the heaviness of the radio friendly 80's metal and mixes it with 70's classic/blues rock and they also add in a great amount of guitar solos and leads into their musical sound.
In certain sections of the recording the music speeds up a bit while the main focus is on more mid paced or slow riffing and after awhile more traditional hair metal songs are added onto the album while there is still a great amount of blues orientated track and after awhile acoustic guitars and an instrumental are added onto the album.
As the album progresses acoustic guitars also found their way onto some of the regular tracks along with a couple of power ballads before returning back to a harder direction on the following tracks as well as adding clean playing and acoustic guitars into certain sections of the recording and after a few metal orientated tracks the album returns back to the blues direction on the earlier songs and they also bring a brief use of psychedelic organs on one of the alter tracks and mix it in with the hard blues metal sound.
Badlands where an underrated band for their time and they had a big label and talented musicians as well as having a minor success in the 80's but they came during the last years of the hair metal trend and where kind of lost in the mix but their mixture of blues, hard rock and metal sounded a lot better than a lot of the bands of that era, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover real life themes with a touch of darkness.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding album from Badlands and if you are a fan of this band you probably already own this album, but if a younger person wants to hear some of the more forgotten bands of this era, they should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dreams In The Dark" "Streets Cry Freedom" "Devil's Stomp" and "Ball And Chain". 8 out of 10.