2. Girl Of My Dreams
3. Blow It All Away
4. Hit The Right Button
6. NY Streetlife
7. Viva New York!
8. I Walk Alone
9. Crool World
11. A Hundred Skeletons
12. Gotham City
BONUS TRACKS-LIVE – London & Milan 2004
14. Chelsea Kids
15. She’s No Angel
16. The Cops are Coming
HEAVY METAL KIDS were formed in 1973 and were promptly signed to Atlantic by 60′s icon the late Dave Dee. Fronted initially by the late Gary Holton and now Danny Peyronel who left the Kids to join UFO and has written songs for UFO to SADE before rejoining the band as lead vocalist after Gary’s untimely death.
His colleagues in the Kids are also equally acknowledged as great songwriters and musicians (Ronnie Thomas wrote for instance the USA Top 20 hit ‘Girl Of My Dreams’ for Bram Tchaikovsky and his songs have been recorded by artist as diverse as The Searchers to Max Splodge) Keith Boyce was a member of Savoy Brown and The Difference.
This album was originally released in 2003 to great critical acclaim. ‘Hit The Right Button’ has been remastered and 4 live bonus tracks added.
As one critic wrote back in 2003 ‘it’s hard to select highlights but some of the tracks on this album are among the best pop-rock anthems that any artist will release in 2003′ We could not have said it better.
DANNY PEYRONEL, RONNIE THOMAS, KEITH BOYCE, MARCO GUARNERIO, MARCO BARUSSO
...fluid, rhythmic, melodic and catchy...US Heavy Rock...which will appeal to a wider audience...
blogs.myspace.com/odymetal (February 2010)
The twin-guitar riffing...and the stadium-sized hooks don't disappoint...
Let It Rock ( www.dmme.net ) (February 2010)
...one of the premier releases in the power pop genre...The four live tracks are a great touch, but the main draw card here is the great attention to detail remastering... the added fold out sleeve with full lyrics certainly helps make this version the one to have...Yet another successful re-issue from Angel Air...created with all the love and care one comes to expect from a record label whose primary output is re-issues. 4.5/5
www.myglobalmind.info (March 2010)
Bright, powerful engineering brings this material to the fore in a way that's both contemporary and reminiscent of the band's 1970s tracks...
www.e-gear.com (March 2010)
...while Hit the Right Button might not have much in common with the band's classic sound from the seventies, it does emphasise that the Peyronel-led version of the band is certainly worthy of taking the group into the present and beyond by bringing a fresh approach to the table...4/5
Ryan Sparks, Sea of Tranquility (April 2010)
The album is refreshingly diverse and brought to a rousing close by those live tracks...6/10
TNT Audio www.tnt-audio.com (April 2010)
Bright, powerful engineering brings this material to the fore in a way that's both contemporary and reminiscent of the band's 1970's tracks...
www.e-gear.com (April 2010)
...what a great pop/rock album it is...when they let rip, they certainly know how to rock...
Classic Rock Society (April 2010)
...This album was the band's sixth album, including one live outing, when it was originally released in 2003...quality 70-ies pop rock with classic Brit rock edges.
www.festivalphoto.net (May 2010)
It's obvious straight away that today's Kids have successfully found the dividing line between honouring their tradition, for example on 'Blow It All Away', sure to please their long term fans, whilst sounding relevant, and fresh.
Jeff Perkins, Eurorock (May 2010)
The band who were discovered by Dave Dee and featured Gary Holton (of Auf Wiedersien Pet Fame as Wayne). This is a brand new album that really rocks and don't let up at all. This kinda 70's rockin' stuff with a punky edge to it at times as well.
Imagine a warts 'n' all Sweet meets The New York Dolls and you are getting somewhere to how the Heavy Metal Kids kinda sound. Highlights include the opening punk rock like 'Message'; the slightly Motorhead'ish 'Blow It All Away' & 'Wildlife' with it's addictive chorus. Then there's the slower 'I Walk Alone' that is epic enough to be the albums closing number; the killer 'Crool World' with the exceptional chorus and 'Gotham City' with its autobiographical lyrics, nice arrangement and its Status Quo likeness.
Love the bonus 4 numbers as well that show that the band now can still pull off their classics like 'Chelsea Kids' and 'Delirious'. 10/10
Glenn Milligan, www.metalliville.net (June 2010)
...slickly produced offering...with the addition of four live bonus tracks
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (July 2010)
...slickly produced offering...with the addition of four live bonus tracks...
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (October 2010)
...guitar led, popular rock songs with catchy, sing-along choruses and instant impact. In fact, given that this British band has been around since the early 70s and the FM nature of its music it is quite surprising that Heavy Metal Kids hasn't turned into a household name alongside Boston, E.L.O, Thin Lizzy and the likes....
No less important is the quality of the songs. We can spot at least a handful of potential hits amongst the album's tracks ("Message," "Crool World," "Viva New York" and the aforementioned songs), and the overall freshness of the songs is impressive and a testimony to the band's high calibre musicianship, especially while considering the confinements of the genre. 8.25/10
Avi Shaked, Maelstrom ezine (2010)
...no less important is the quality of the songs. We can spot at least a handful of potential hits amongst the album's tracks ("Message," "Crool World," "Viva New York," and the aforementioned songs), and the overall freshness of the songs is impressive and a testimony to the band's high caliber musicianship, especially while considering the confines of the genre. (8.25/10)