Radiation Romeos is a new band formed by the amazing singer Parramore McCarty, best known for being the front man of such legendary US metal acts Warrior and famed Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens’ solo project, Atomic Playboys. (In fact, the inspiration for the name Radiation Romeos came from a line in the song ‘Atomic Playboys.’)
Musically, the band moves in a melodic Hard Rock direction with solid, metallic edges, thanks to the production of Michael Voss (Phantom 5, Casanova, Michael Schenker), who also contributed to the song writing. In the studio, Parramore sang all vocals, with Dag Heyne handling guitars, Jogi Spittka on bass, and Gereon Homann laying down the drum work with gusto!
Parramore McCarty’s career in music started when Robbin Crosby of Ratt gave him his start singing in cover bands. His first major label album was Fighting for the Earth on Virgin Records in 1985 for the legendary heavy metal band Warrior. Steve Stevens’ Atomic Playboys followed in 1989 on Warner Bros. Records. Then he returned to Warrior and also started gigging in the L.A. area with Metal Freqs and Monster Traxx.
If you are looking for one of those albums you can put on, sit back and just enjoy the ride, then this is it. Great song writing, combined with excellent musicianship, make this LP one that will go on over and over again.
McCarty’s vocals are clean and well produced, and the band just sounds superb. Sonically what we have here is a good combination of AOR, Hard Rock and Melodic Metal.
Opening with AOR in the title track and ‘Ocean Drive,’ the ride then takes us a little harder. It eases up with the fabulous ballad ‘Like an Arrow,’ which incidentally has some great acoustic guitar, and then dives headlong into the end with a harder yet melodic edge.
Radiation Romeos will take no prisoners with their exciting mixture of muscular Hard Rock anthems and killer melodic songs!
- ‘Radiation Romeos’
2. ‘Ocean Drive’
3. ‘Bad Bad Company’
4. ‘Mystic Mountain’
5. ‘Like an Arrow’
6. ‘Promised Land’
8. ‘Ghost Town’
9. ‘Til the End of Time’
10. ‘On the Tight Rope’