||Seattle, Washington, USA
February 3, 2003
Guitarist Kurt Vanderhoof founded
in the early eighties and appeared on their first two classic
albums, but by the end of the decade he tired of the touring
lifestyle and retired from the band as an active member, though
he continued to remain with them in a songwriting capacity.
Eventually, though, the itch to play came back to him, and so
Hall Aflame was born.
As with any musician's solo/side project that doesn't sound
exactly like said musician's main band, there was bound to be
some disappointment here, as
fans expecting fierce power/thrash metal were in for a surprise.
Instead, Guaranteed Forever
is firmly in the hard rock camp,
with some blues and Southern flavors sprinkled throughout, and
featuring a fine vocal performance from Ron Lowd and the expected
quality guitar work from Vanderhoof.
The album got very little recognition, which is unfortunate,
since it certainly has an accessible charm to it that could have
led to major radio play and thus greater exposure.
As it turns out, the band didn't formally survive all that long,
and Vanderhoof did return to
for a time, and is now focusing on his second solo project,
Both Lowd and Vanderhoof have stated that a second album has
been in the works for many years and may yet see the light of
- Shake The Pain
- Child Of Medicine
- The Money
- Cold Wind
- No How, No Way
- Feed The Fire
- One Time Winner
- Pirate's Life
- Pray To God
- Slippin' Through My Fingers
- Another Heartbeat
- Country Angel