This southern quintet, whose name was derived from a type of ancient structure commonly found in the middle east, hailed from Atlanta and presumably formed sometime in the mid 70's. Bearing an interesting blend of southern rock and AOR, the band issued their self-titled debut on Robox Records, a local private label, in 1979. With minimal pressings issued, the album fared well in the region but barely sold on a national level. Such was the case when their sophomore album, "Melodic Sandal" was released in 1982. The emphasis on AOR was even greater at this point, taking on a slight gothic feel in places. As a result, audiences at large were indifferent, leaving the band without enough support to continue onward. The band split in 1983, with members defecting to solo careers and bands like Bombay and Fortnox .
This album has a very subtle dark sound that will appeal to AOR fans looking for something different. Conversely, if bright harmonies and epic melodies are your thing, "Melodic Scandal" will likely fail to satisfy your hunger for such. What we have here is an average collection of hard rock tunes that sound tailored for FM radio. Sadly, the material is just a bit too weak in places to prevent this from ever being regarded a "classic". This aside, there are some highlights worthy of review such as the quirky cover of Graham Gouldman's "For Your Love", the melodramatic "They Only Come Out At Night" or the closing number, "Eight Miles High".
Overall, this is a decent and rather plain effort from an obscure act who failed to extend their fortunes beyond their stomping grounds. Thanks to 'Orchman' for this contribution. Listen and make your own judgement!
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