October 29, 1996
Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop-Metal, Hair Metal, Hard Rock

Album Review

L.A. Guns' follow-up to their comeback effort Vicious Circle returns the band to the sound of their hair metal heyday. Of course, the music on American Hardcore is anything but hardcore -- it's standard pop-metal, complete with Kiss, Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Mötley Crüe overtones. L.A. Guns do sound tougher than they did on their last few major-label albums, but their hooks aren't quite as strong as they were on their late-'80s records, and songs like "Kevorkian" and "Black Sabbath" sound a bit forced. Nevertheless, the record is a return-to-form of sorts, since the group is more focused and energetic than they had been since the early '90s.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. F.N.A.
  2. What I've Become
  3. Unnatural Act
  4. Give
  5. Don't Pray
  6. Pissed
  7. Mine
  8. Kevorkian
  9. Hey World
  10. Next Generation
  11. Hugs and Needles
  12. I Am Alive