Nitro - 1989 - O.F.R.
1. Freight Train
2. Double Trouble
3. Machine Gun Eddie
4. Long Way From Home
5. Bring It Down
6. Nasty Reputation
7. Fighting Mad
8. Shot Heard Round The World
The most notable song on the Speech Glam Metal band Nitro, probably is ‘Freight Train’, you know, with the insane quad guitar solo of guitarist Michael Angelo Batio.
Besides the Thrash-influenced Glam Metal music, Nitro has one asset no other band has ever got their hands on: vocalist Jim Gillette. No other front man can hit a 6+ octave range, sing two notes at the same time, shredding glass with his voice and can keep his scream last for 32 seconds!
Anyway, these ‘special features’ are the things that make Nitro an impressive Heavy Metal band. Too bad the songs are a bit disappointing. I’ll admit I’m no Thrash Metal fan but I’ll try to stay objective.
O.F.R. starts off with their single ‘Freight Train’; very glam and heavy. Jim screams like he’s burning in hell and it sounds great.
Then ‘Double Trouble’; great riff, unfortunately I can’t figure out any of the lyrics.
The first seconds of ‘Machine Gun Eddie’ reminds me of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, typical Shred Metal (classical influenced). I skipped this song because it’s too thrashy for me, sorry guys.
‘Long way From home’ is Nitro’s power ballad. Pretty good effort and a welcome musical change.
‘Nasty Reputation’ is one of my favourites. Pretty catchy, not too thrashy and Jim’s vocals fit perfectly with the guitar riffs.
The three remaining songs can’t keep my attention. And guys; where’s your bass player? I only hear slightly soft drums, guitars and Jim’s power vocals. It sounds a bit empty to me.
Overall I’ll have to say that Nitro’s saga is still standing, but only because of the outrageous looks, vocals and music. Tear down its 80’s gimmick and you’ll notice the songs aren’t that good. It’s enjoyable, but just for two or three times when you’re in a crazy fuckin’ mood.
Written by Jesse Gorvette