It all began in 1985 and after a few more project bands and a few years with The Fury S.A. Adams started his solo career in 1994. As a result of this the album Exiled On Green St. was released, followed by touring and the albums Redemption (1995) and Signs Of A Time (1997) before Adams took a break until late 2000. Now he's back with Stovepipe. Musically he offers heavy metal with reminiscences to old Tank, Raven, Exciter and NWoBHM stuff, often called the American Motörhead... Anyway, vocally more melodic, but musically there are a few similarities to Lemmy & co.
The album opens with Coming Home an old track which originally was recorded back in the days of The Fury, Two Steps was recorded on January, 5th 1986 with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), but in an alternate mix on this one. With track 4 which is called Stalker he travels back in time again, the song is from 1984, but fits into today’s sound. Or does he still sound like in 1984? No, this is not an old-fashioned album, but it still as what was the best of S.A. Adams and his former bands / projects.
Leech reminds me a little bit of Megadeth.... Anyway, the songs have a lot of power and aggression, but positive aggression. On Stovepipe S.A. Adams present some kind of metal which was more popular in the late 80’s and partly in the mid-90's, but I think there are enough metal heads out there who will welcome this piece of heavy, raw sounds. Some tracks of the European version are remixed and there are 4 bonus tracks at all.
Definitely a CD which fans of the named bands shall check out, also the ones of you who like Overkill, Annihilator and Manowar.... Just to name a few.... Even if there are similarities, S.A. Adams ain't a copycat!
Try out: Heart Of Stone, Leech, Two Steps and Reborn.