Dual Edge - Knock Em Alive

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  • New Sealed Vinyl Record in MINT COND.
  • Original Pressing 1987 
  • For fans of Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot

Long out of print and fetching a hight price on ebay and amazon. This is an original pressing of Dual Edge's Knock Em Alive from 1987. They are sealed and new mint condition.  They were the first ever Intense Records artist before Sacred Warrior and Vengeance.

This pre-owned record has been professionally cleaned and been placed in a premium rice paper anti static master inner sleeve that is thicker than standard record sleeves. The jacket and record have been placed in a 3 Mil polyethylene sleeve and is thicker than standard record covers providing the durability and protective longevity.

ABOUT THE ALBUM

Dual Edge is 80's melodic metal and hard rock band similar to Stryper, Guardian, Holy Soldier, Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison.  Check out the song New Life if you want to hear Rick's incredible guitar work.  This guy shreds.  Knock Em Alive the title track on side two is Sunset Strip at it's best sounding like early Motley Crue, with energy and one incredible intro.  

The mid-eighties happened to be a very exciting time musically that saw a literal flood of Christian metal bands – some good and some, well, not so good – come out of the wood work following the commercial success of Stryper.  Minnesota’s Dual Edge deserves to be mentioned with those bands.  The ultimate question, nonetheless, revolves around whether Dual Edge ranks with the good or, well, not so good.  While quality is always a matter of perception, that is the question this review attempts to answer…

Dual Edge got its start by recording a demo tape before becoming the first band to sign with Intense Records (the same label that also brought us Deliverance and Sacred Warrior).  Knock ‘Em Alive, the bands 1987 full length Intense debut, is a re-mixed version of the demo in question with the track “Open Your Eyes” replaced by “Follow Your Dreams”.  Playing an eighties influenced blend of melodic metal and hard rock, I might compare Dual Edge to Stryper, Holy Soldier, Eternal Ryte, Straightway, Motley Crue, Poison, Dokken and a host of others.  Lead vocalist Scott Turner contributes a good raspy and melodic tinged vocal style that at times reminds be a bit of Jamie Rowe (Guardian, Adrian Gale).  While I find his performance to be fairly even and consistent throughout, he does exhibit a few strained and shaky moments on tracks such as “Be With You” and “New Life”.  Lead guitarist Rick Wald is by far the bands most talented musicians.  Quite the exciting shredder, he can really cut loose with some fiery lead work which is best displayed on “New Life” and “Take It To The Bank”.  It is too bad we have never heard from this guy again.  Bassist John Avery and drummer Terry Steinmeyer round out the rhythm section.

Side One

  1. Lift Him Up
  2. Fight For The Light
  3. Be With You
  4. New Life
Side Two
  1. Knock 'Em Alive
  2. Take It To The Bank
  3. The Light
  4. Follow Your Dreams

Musicians
Scott Turner – Lead Vocals
Rick Wald – Guitars
John Avery – Bass
Terry Steinmeyer – Drums


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