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|Released||October 29, 1996|
|Studio||Red Zone Studios, Burbank, California|
|Genre||Groove metal, glam metal|
|Producer||The L.A. Guns and Denis Degher|
|L.A. Guns chronology|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||4/10|
American Hardcore is the fifth album by the American rock band L.A. Guns. It is their only album to feature singer Chris Van Dahl and the first to feature bass guitarist Johnny Crypt. This album continues the increase in heaviness by the band started on their previous album Vicious Circle . The band was very influenced by Pantera during this time.
The band re-branded themselves "The L.A. Guns", at the time of the release of American Hardcore, adding 'the' before its name. According to Steve Riley, this was done to note the change in direction from the band's classic line-up fronted by Phil Lewis. Also according to Riley, during the recording of American Hardcore the band was still a five-piece, as bassist Kelly Nickels was very much part of the band and received co-writing credit on eight of the 12 tracks. He quit the band once they were dropped from PolyGram. Following Nickels' departure, second guitarist Johnny Crypt switched over to bass and the band remained a four-piece.
The opening track "F.N.A." was intended to sound like a disc skipping, and is rumored to be a portion of their cover song "Black Sabbath" - available on the Japanese import version of the album - simply played backwards. A hidden track can be found following an extended break at the 17 minute mark of the final track "I am Alive". The track features an exchange between a couple of prison guards discussing the pending execution of an inmate. According to Van Dahl, he did all the voices in one straight take.
Atomic Punks singer Ralph Saenz was recruited to replace Van Dahl after he was fired in 1997 to finish out the last couple months of the tour. The band, with Saenz, would still perform several of the songs from American Hardcore, including "Give". Saenz would subsequently stay with the band to record the Wasted EP in 1998.
All tracks are written by Chris Van Dahl, Tracii Guns, Johnny Crypt, Steve Riley, Kelly Nickels, except where noted.
|1.||"F.N.A."||Van Dahl, Guns, Crypt, Riley||0:21|
|2.||"What I've Become"||3:37|
|3.||"Unnatural Act"||Van Dahl, Guns, Crypt, Riley||4:10|
|9.||"Hey World"||Van Dahl, Guns, Crypt, Riley, Paul Black||5:01|
|11.||"Hugs and Needles"||3:08|
|12.||"I Am Alive"||Van Dahl, Guns, Crypt, Riley||6:59|
|13.||"Hidden track" (referred to as "Skit" on iTunes, starts 10 minutes after "I Am Alive")||1:51|
|14.||"Black Sabbath" ( Black Sabbath cover)||Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward||7:18|
L.A. Guns are an American glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. The lineup currently consists of Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis, Ace Von Johnson, Johnny Martin and Scot Coogan (drums). The first incarnation of the group was formed by Tracii Guns and Rob Gardner in 1983 and merged with fellow Los Angeles group, Hollywood Rose, to form Guns N' Roses in March 1985. After only a brief tenure in that band, Guns reformed L.A. Guns with a new lineup, consisting of Paul Black, Mick Cripps, Robert Stoddard, and Nickey Alexander. Black would soon be replaced by former Girl singer Phil Lewis while former Faster Pussycat bassist Kelly Nickels was added to the group. Later, Alexander would be replaced by former W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley with this being known as the "classic lineup" of L.A. Guns. They achieved moderate chart success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, the group went through numerous lineup changes and failed to regain mainstream attention.
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