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Heavens Edge – Heavens Edge (1990)

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Heavens Edge are a metal band from Philadelphia active in the late eighties and early 1990s. The band reunited with all original members in 2013 and has played occasional shows since then.

Heavens Edge formed in 1987 in Philadelphia and was founded by guitarist Reggie Wu and singer Mark Evans. The band went through several guitar player changes in its earlier days. Heaven’s Edge released 2 albums: Heavens Edge (1990) for Columbia Records, that reached number 141 on The Billboard 200, and Some Other Place Some Other Time (1999) on MTM. Heavens Edge was produced by Neil Kernon. The band released a music video for their most popular single, “Skin To Skin”. During recording of their second album, also with producer Neil Kernon Heaven’s Edge signed a new record deal with MTM Records in 1998 and were asked to record a new album. The album was originally scheduled to be released in 1992 but wasn’t finished until 1998 when a couple of new songs were written and recorded. Their second album, Some Other Place, Some Other Time included both the 2nd album sessions with Neil Kernon and the new 1998 songs, and was released by MTM Music in Europe, Pony Canyon in Japan, and Perris Records in the United States. The US version had a different cover and six additional demo tracks as bonus. A year after the album’s release, Heaven’s Edge was asked to record a song for the Mötley Crüe “Kickstart My Heart Tribute Album”. The band recorded a cover of “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)

One night while performing at the Empire Rock Club in Philadelphia, the bassist George “G.G.” Guidotti was shot in the abdomen by a disgruntled bar patron angry about being turned away by the club bouncer.

After the band split, some of the band members formed the band American Pie with a new singer. American Pie recorded one demo and played live but never released an official album.

Debut album by American glam metal/melodic hard rock band “Heavens Edge” originally released in 1989, currently marketed by “Rock Candy” records. “Heaven’s Edge” features lead singer Mark Evans, guitarists Reggie Wu and Steven Parry, bassist GG Guidotti and drummer David Rath.

As part of the glam scene of the late `80s, “Heavens Edge” brought to front a substantially heavier sound than the majority of `80s rock bands and more technical at that as well. The sound of “Heavens Edge” is especially guitar riff driven, backed by robust rhythm section and top rate vocal harmonies. On the other hand with a total of 15 songs on offer, the band take the time to indulge in the melodic-keyboard driven side of melodic hard rock; such songs are “Hold on Tonight” which has “Giuffria” written all over it, “Find another way” and the unforgettable “Come play the game”.

Taking a closer look at the heavier tracks, “Bad reputation” bares that genuine dark atmosphere you would expect from early “King Kobra”; “Daddy’s little girl” is an equally impressive composition, built on such speeding riffs and impossibly catchy verses, easily one of the best moments of “Heavens Edge”.

Tracklist

1.  Intro – 1:24
2.  Play Dirty – 4:33
3.  Skin To Skin – 3:21
4.  Find Another Way – 5:06
5.  Up Against The Wall – 3:32
6.  Hold On To Tonight – 6:15
7.  Can’t Catch Me – 4:31
8.  Bad Reputation – 6:42
9.  Daddy’s Little Girl – 4:35
10.  Is That All You Want? – 5:53
11.  Come Play The Game – 4:04
12.  Don’t Stop, Don’t Go – 4:49

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Credits

Notes
Released: 1990
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock
Length: 54:53

Label – Columbia Records