Back in 1987, a hard rock song called “Welcome To The Jungle” by a band called Guns N’ Roses hit the airwaves. I was instantly blown away. 12 years later, after enduring a decade dominated by alternative and “grunge” music, I turn on the radio to hear an amazingly catchy, hard-rocking song named “Lit Up”. All I could think was who on earth is this, and how rocking is THIS? Again, I was blown away. For sure, this debut masterpiece by Buckcherry does not disappoint if you are a hard rock fan. After “Lit Up”, two equally rocking tracks follow–”Crushed” and “Dead Again”. The fourth track, “Check Your Head”, is the first hint of a pace slowdown; but the message is serious and the vocals are searing. “Dirty Mind” absolutely rocks again, while “For The Movies” slows things down again but just a bit. If you like balls-to-the-wall hard rock and miss the glory days of Guns N’ Roses (which to me is the “Appetite For Destruction” album only), this album will be a refreshing change from most rock releases by “new bands” in recent years. For younger folks who listen to this and like it, this might help you understand why “old folks” like myself miss the “heavy metal” days of old.