Origin: USA
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Racer X  


Shrapnel Records has always been the home of the guitar hero, which makes Racer X the prototypical Shrapnel band. Featuring Paul Gilbert (only 18 years old when the band's debut, Street Lethal, was released), and soon joined by second guitarist Bruce Bouillet, the band's style centered around American hard rock/metal, sometimes sounding a bit like a faster mid-eighties Judas Priest but with more of a commercial edge (such as the "Into The Night" or the Van Halen-ish "Livin' The Hard Way") with the flashy virtuoso guitarwork always taking center stage. After two albums, the band broke up, with Gilbert joining Mr. Big and vocalist Jeff Martin becoming a drummer for Badlands. After being dormant for over a decade (presumably the two live albums were more like reunion gigs than anything else), the band regrouped in 2000 and and have since released three new albums, scarcely missing a beat from their early days.

Current Members

Jeff Martin

vocals (Badlands, Michael Schenker Group)

Paul Gilbert

guitars

John Alderete

bass

Scott Travis

drums (Fight, Hawk, Judas Priest)

Former Members/Guests

Bruce Bouillet

guitars

Harry Gschoesser

drums


Discography



Street Lethal 
1986 Shrapnel
  1. Frenzy
  2. Street Lethal
  3. Into The Night
  4. Blowin' Up The Radio
  5. Hotter Than Fire
  6. On The Loose
  7. Loud And Clear
  8. Y.R.O.
  9. Dangerous Love
  10. Getaway
  11. Rock It
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • John Alderete
  • Harry Gschoesser




Second Heat 
1987 Shrapnel
  1. Sacrifice
  2. Gone Too Far
  3. Scarified
  4. Sunlit Nights
  5. Hammer Away
  6. Heart Of A Lion
  7. Motorman
  8. Moonage Daydream
  9. Living The Hard Way
  10. Lady Killer
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Bruce Bouillet
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis




Extreme Volume I  LIVE
1988 Shrapnel
  1. Loud And Clear
  2. Dangerous Love
  3. Bruce's Solo
  4. Gone Too Far
  5. John's Solo
  6. She Wants Control
  7. Scit Scat Wah
  8. Into The Night
  9. Paul's Solo
  10. Motorman
  11. Scott's Solo
  12. Set The World On Fire
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Bruce Bouillet
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis




Extreme Volume II  LIVE
1992 Shrapnel
  1. Hammer Away
  2. Poison Eyes
  3. Heart Of A Lion
  4. Moonage Daydream
  5. Sunlit Nights
  6. Give It To Me
  7. On The Loose
  8. Rock It
  9. Detroit Rock City
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Bruce Bouillet
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis




Technical Difficulties 
2000 Shrapnel
  1. Phallic Tractor
  2. Fire Of Rock
  3. Snakebite
  4. Technical Difficulties
  5. Miss Mistreater
  6. Bolt In My Heart
  7. 17th Moon
  8. Waiting
  9. Poison Eyes
  10. B.R.O.
  11. God Of The Sun
  12. Give It To Me
  13. The Executioner's Song
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Superheroes 
2001 Mascot
  1. Superheroes
  2. Let The Spirit Fly
  3. Godzilla
  4. Dead Man's Shoes
  5. King Of Monsters
  6. Mad At The World
  7. Evil Joe
  8. That Hormone Thing
  9. Viking Kong
  10. Time Before The Sun
  11. O.H.B.
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis




Snowball Of Doom  LIVE
2002 Mascot
  1. 17th Moon
  2. Into The Night
  3. Let The Spirit Fly
  4. Street Lethal
  5. Dead Man's Shoes
  6. Scarified
  7. Get Away
  8. Snakebite
  9. Hammer Away
  10. Evil Joe
  11. Phallic Tractor
  12. Fire Of Rock
  13. O.H.B.
  14. Godzilla
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis




Getting Heavier 
2002 Mascot
  1. Dr. X
  2. Lucifer's Hammer
  3. Golden God
  4. Bucket Of Rocks
  5. Go-GG-Go
  6. Heaven In '74
  7. Everything's Everything
  8. Empty Man
  9. The Siren's Eye
  10. Ghost Dance
  11. Endless
  12. Catapult To Extinction
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



Snowball Of Doom 2  LIVE
2002 Universal
  1. Superheroes
  2. Phallic Tractor
  3. Fire Of Rock
  4. The Executioner's Song
  5. King Of The Monsters
  6. Dead Man's Shoes
  7. Sunlit Nights
  8. Into The Night
  9. Y.R.O. + Paul Solo
  10. Let The Spirit Fly
  11. Waiting
  12. Hammer Away
  13. John Solo
  14. Miss Mistreater
  15. That Hormone Thing
  16. Scarified
  17. Scott Solo
  18. Motorman
  • Jeff Martin
  • Paul Gilbert
  • John Alderete
  • Scott Travis


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