Def Leppard – Pyromania Reviews


Def Leppard’s rock sensibilities shot them right to the top of the charts in the ’80s. On their third album, Pyromania, the band reconciled new wave melodicism with heavy metal and catchy hooks without compromising any of its edge. The album has sold over 10 million copies, due in part to heavy rotation on MTV. But even without their ubiquitous television presence, anthems like “Rock of Ages” and “Foolin’” still had the stuff that drove the kids crazy. Bursts of screaming guitars a (more…)

13 responses to “Def Leppard – Pyromania Reviews”

  1. Derby says:

    Pyromania (1983). Def Leppard the third studio album and the first with Phil Collen on guitar. DL has always been one of my favorite pop / metal bands to the 80-music scene. It began in 1980 on through the night as a purely metal NWOBHM act (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal to the uneducated) and as they gained fame and wealth, gradually grew in DL more of a pop-rock act. Pyromania sees DL at the peak of their pop / metal powers shortly before the pop sound would take over on the albums that followed. To this album more of an “Edge” about the current rock competition, DL brings back producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange (That's right, high and dry was his first time for the production of DL NOT PYROMANIA), and sends the band in the studio working hard for about a year. Pyromania was the direct result and in more than “none”, “IT paid off BIG TIME. Let's take a look: 1) Rock Rock-DL to start the album with this amazing head banger. Another critic said, it makes great similarities to High and dry “Let It Rock.” The intro always sends chills my spine, and this is a good thing. 9 / 10 2) One photo of the four major singles from here. This song was famous for a reason and that reason is that IT ROCKS! Great guitar and vocals. One of the songs that I am a huge fan DL. 10/10 3) Stagefright-A very catchy, fun, and ambient temperature fast rocker. It is truly an underrated track, as I think it would be great for a single room. Unfortunately, this is the last time, drummer Rick Allen would play this fast losing his arm a few years ago on the road. 9 / 10 4) too late for the Love-A GREAT gloomy ballad, unlike many of the sappy ballads DL would be writing from Hysteria (1987) on. Joe Elliot's vocals really here. With so much radio play as this song has seen, why is not this way to find its place VAULT ON (1995)? 10/10 5) Die Hard The Hunter-BY FAR MY FAVORITE TRACK FROM THE PYROMANIA, and one of my four all time favorite DL songs ( “Gods Of War,” “White Lightning” and ” Ring of Fire “are the other 3). It starts with synthesized war sounds and changes in a steady head banger with a killer chorus and guitar solo. Significantly underestimated, and excellent. 10/10 6)-Foolin 'Another famous gloomy ballad like track 4th Once again, Joe's vocals really get off on this, so that there is a winner. 9 / 10 7) Rock Of Ages-Ahh the classic rock 'n roll anthem, and one of the catchiest songs DL has ever made, pop year. It points to the next few albums on the road. Some people hate ROA, but there is still strong, even on the poorly-put and Vault Greatest Hits CD. 9 / 10 8) Comin 'Under Fire-I do not pay much attention to this gloomy ballad at first, but it got better with each listen, and now I think it is a DL DEFINITION masterpiece. Very melodic and probably the best in the gloomy ballads. REALLY underestimated what it is. 10/10 9) Action! Not Words-A mid-paced rocker with a cool guitar solo. Pyromania, this is probably the weakest song, because there was nothing to work for the rest of the tracks. 8 / 10 10) Billy's Got A Gun-A great melodic slow-tempo rocker, with excellent vocals and synths strewn about the entire route. For some strange reason, as soon as the song ends an odd synthesizer drum beat pattern arises and plays for about two minutes. Not sure why that was. 9 / 10 If I do not enough in this review, let me say it again: PYROMANIA IS A POP / METAL masterpiece! Five stars for excellent songwriting and musicianship. If you are in the shops, do not hesitate to pick it up. Some people may decide that they are not huge DL fans, so they can deal with vault. Big mistake. As I mentioned earlier, Vault is a very ill-Greatest Hits CD. VAULT AVOID at all costs! Instead, buy Pyromania and Hysteria, and then decide if you like DL or not. PYROMANIA is highly recommended for anyone who likes POP / METAL.

  2. Hussein says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Pyromania, Excellent !
    Pyromania is excellent! This was their best CD before Hysteria. The vocals were great and guitar riffs also great.

  3. Vivica says:

    Why can not it 1983? Why have “alternative” music at all to create? Why do people laugh at my red leather jacket? I do not know, but one thing I do not know is that this album still rocks after 20 years. Put on and crank it up! And just for a moment, will be back in 1983.

  4. Binh says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the ultimate Jump The Shark records
    When Def Leppard first came out with On Through the Night, I thought they were awesome and their debut was a masterpiece.

  5. Yuma says:

    Pyromania, the band students bother with Mutt Lange and third release the band together was the attempt to create a “Sgt Peppers' for the 80s, something that the sum of the influences, new sounds, smooth production, and raw talent and energy in an influential massivley commercial monster. It succeeded in all facets. From the keyboard kickoff of Hard Rock! (which would band every 80 copies), this album can never be. It is not so rough and uneven as the slightly heavier High n Dry, but it definitley keeps it's edge throughout, thanks to Steve Clark and Phil Collen of relentless guitar attack. Everyone knows the singles (photo, Foolin, Rock of Ages), but the treasures on this album is the epic track, as too late, Die Hard Hunter, and Billy's Got a Gun. Storytelling masterpeices, they are just long enough to be epic, no exaggeration to act and what Rush-ish as “The Overture”. The rest of the album as well as action, not a single weak track to be found. Joe Elliot finally finds his voice as well. In its first two versions, he could not really with a tune only too well, but Pyromania it really shows the development of a strong voice in all areas, rock-outs and ballads. Pyromania presented the groudwork for the rest of 80's rock-pop to follow. Leppard would repeat this trick with the light-not-so-good 4 years later, Hysteria, Pyromania, but stands as their best hour.

  6. Maconaquea says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Def Leppard’s last great album
    Pyromania’ sees Def Leppard fusing hard rock with a catchy chorus. Many of the tracks on this album can be taken as anthems to the early 80’s era of ‘hair metal’.

  7. Kylene says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent CD
    I was afraid the CD was going to be a cheap copy of the original. It is an original CD with all the great songs from the group. Excellent quality!

  8. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent CD! This is a classic album for rockers. If you like Def Leppard – ths CD is a must for your collection.

  9. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This album will melt your head and calm your heart. A must have if you want real classic rock music. Screams the 80’s.

  10. Bathsheba says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Album that seriously put Def Leppard on the MAP
    While I love to brag that I discovered Def Leppard before the “Masses” did after Pyromania literally exploded on the scene, it truly doesn’t matter when you discover them–only…

  11. Ryland says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Many people assume that Def Leppard is heavy metal and so do not try them. However this album and Hysteria are must haves for any music enthusiast.

  12. Lindley says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Watch Your Back Hysteria
    Perfect Blend of Pop and genuine metal…more edgy than Hysteria. Photograph is the best pop metal song of all time…

  13. Babette says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    If it’s not in your CD collection, you’re missing out
    I’ll be the first to say I am not a die-hard Def Leppard fan. I LOVE hair metal, and groups like Scorpions, Motley Crue, Dokken and Whitesnake never fail to please me.

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