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Smash Alley Underground - Rising From The Shadows 1995

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Smash Alley Underground - Rising From The Shadows 1995
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Reply David McCausland
5:49 AM on November 8, 2018 
I forgot all about this band. Do you have any idea how to get a copy of this disc? I'd be willing to pay for a burned copy of this disc.


Reply robertigno
2:58 AM on May 27, 2013 
Smash Alley Underground - Rising From The Shadows 1995

Niel - Vocals
David A. Walker - Guitar,
Vocals, Flute, Keyboards, Harmonica
Vernon - Guitar
Jay - Drums

01. Back Alley Shadows
02. Execution Time
03. Long Shot Gamble
04. Ride the Clouds
05. Never Suicide
06. Morning Starlight
07. Picture in My Head
08. Running In Circles
09. Make Your Move
10. Hot Rod Cruiser
11. Chased by the Enemy

Smash Alley Underground's C.d. .. No other band in the history of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal has found a lead vocalist/frontman, who plays wild, lightning fast guitar solos, synthesizer, flute, sax, Blues harmonica, & rock organ/keyboards. - CMI RECORDS .. .. MindBlown Records- Review of Smash Alley Underground's C.d. .. David A. Walker is both a musical and political genius! We asked Dave how he got such a huge crunchy guitar sound? He replied, "Tons and tons of Laney stacks!" Smash Alley Underground is the first recorded Hard Rock and Heavy Metal band to stand up to the Democrats and expose the Media Lies! Songs like Back Alley Shadows, Execution Time, and Make Your Move have that old feel of Black Sabbath and Ozzy, Smash Alley should be placed in the Guiness Book Of World Records 2008 for the longest hair in the world! MindBlown Records.

Rising From The Shadows was the only album released by Smash Alley Underground. I don't really count 2003's The Bush Tribute Campfire, as there is no official album, per se, just a bunch of recorded tracks that were posted onto their website for free download back in the day.

The general consensus from what other people have written about Rising From The Shadows is that it's a great Judas Priest-like metal album. I disagree. The music is much more doom-oriented, much closer to that of Black Sabbath or David Benson. I would call this more "stoner metal" than actual heavy metal, with the slower-paced chord progression and such. There are moments where the band lays in some good jams and such, but for the most part it's a nice layed back heavy feel. I do agree with the other assessment that the vocalist has a Vince Neil style going on, a nice gritty hard-rock style which goes nicely with the music being played.

Overall, though it wasn't at all what I was expecting, I found Rising From The Shadows a good enjoyable listen, Traditional, Christian heavy metal with lots of Judas Priest influences and a vocalist who studied at the Vince Neil School of Heavy Metal. What really makes this disc enjoyable is the guitar work and the crunchy guitar tone of David Walker. I asked him several years ago how he obtained the guitar sound and his reply was "lots of Laney stacks." So there you have it. Favorite tracks are the thrashy, double bass instrumental "Chased by the Enemy" and album opener "Back Alley Shadows."