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Hard Side: Mennen - Freakazoid
By Kevin Wierzbicki

If you knew nothing about this release except that the band is called Mennen and the album is called Freakazoid, no one could blame you for thinking that the effort is a throwback to the disco era. Were the dance band that also keeps your arm pits dry! Youd be wrong about the deodorant thing---Mennen is named after lead singer Joss Mennen. But youd pretty much be correct about the time frame. Mennen play a style of melodic hard rock (think Whitesnake, Rainbow, Dio, Scorpions) that had its big moment in the late 70s and on through the 80s. Mennen do not use keyboards or any fancy tricks on Freakazoid and have a surprisingly full sound for a four-piece; really a three-piece musically since Joss just sings. Its really too bad that there isnt much room on radio these days for this type of stuff because Mennen do it very well. Guitars sting, basses choogle, and lots of harmony vocals make it clear that Mennen want to be perceived as the good guys. The band has been honing their lovable image for over a decade and is very popular in their native Holland. There is no doubt that a sizable audience for Mennen awaits here in America too. Keep an ear open for this Dutch treat. 

CD Info 

Mennen - Freakazoid
Label: Escapi Music
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