REX HUNTER was just another hard rocking US band arriving too late into the scene, but they had enough quality to be in the major leagues.
Founded by guitarist and main songwriter Jeff Griffith, Rex Hunter managed to record and release privately a great 4-track EP showing their skills and potential.
This is classic late '80s US Melodic Hard Rock with punch: hot guitar work, pumping rhythm section and strong vocal lines by shouter Ed Mueller.
"Still Feel The Same" opens the proceedings in an explosive way with a foot-tapping refrain, sharp instrumentation and a guitar solo akin George Lynch.
Production is quite impressive for an indie and all sounds perfectly mixed and vibrant.
"Never Say Never" is one of those kind of power ballads with essence plenty of harmonics, if released 5 years before would have been a huge hit.
The melodic hard rocker "Life Goes On" fuses the best of Whitesnake and earlier Skid Row in a bombastic melody, and "Playing With Fire" is somehow epic starting with monster clean guitars (the ones sounding like a reverberant harpsichord) and then gets dense and rocking.
This EP leaves you hungry for more, it's truly great. I don't know what happened with these guys, you hear some serious talent here.
A recording visiting my player regularly. Really good.
1 - Still Feel The Same
2 - Never Say Never
3 - Life Goes On
4 - Playing With Fire
Ed Mueller: lead vocals
Jeff Griffith: guitars
Joe Weaver: guitars
Dave Ruff: bass
Joe Piccirillo, Darrin Thomas: drums
REX HUNTER Life Goes On