Hammer & Nail
Pure Metal / Star Song

Whitecross’ second full-length studio album is, in my not-so-humble opinion, probably the best album from their early years. With a little better production, the music is a near-solid slab of gritty, crunchy hard rock. Great guitar hooks courtesy of Rex Carroll, with songs that vary from mid-paced to slow burning to some good boogie rockers, Carroll’s guitar work and Scott Wenzel’s Stephen Pearcy-like vocals gel perfectly, making Hammer & Nail a great hard rocking album. There is the lone ballad “Walk With Me”, which comes off as a Peter Cetera dity for some Adult Contemporary station. Stuck in the middle of the album, it detracts from the rest of the listening experience, but nothing a quick flick of the skip button won’t cure.

Overall, with eight rockers, one smoking guitar solo and the afore mentioned skip button fodder, there’s enough quality old school hard rock on Hammer & Nail to please anyone who remember the likes of Ratt and Kix back in the day.