EZO - Fire Fire (Geffen) 1989
1. "Love Junkie"
A solid heavy metal platter. Many people compare these guys to Loudness. Certainly there are some similarities, mostly in the vocals and the Japanese accent. However, the music is a bit more aggressive than what Loudness were doinin '89. The album opens with scortcher "Love Junkie". Apparently this song was somwhat of a tribute to the movie "Fatal Attraction". Personally, I'd compare EZO to someone like Kingdom Come, or describe them as a heavier, more metallic, Japanese version of Led Zeppelin. Lots of tasty solos, soaring lead vocals, and steady, pounding drums. Standouts: "Back to Zero", "Love Junkie", "Streetwalker" " Wild Talk" and the Accept-like "Night Crawler".
EZO drummer Hiro Homma and vocalist Masaki Yamada went on to join Loudness in later years.