Ace Lane - See You In Heaven

Band/Record: Ace Lane - See You In Heaven

Label/Matrix: NL 1983 Roadrunner RR 9914

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX

Extra Info: NWOBHM KILLER !! Rare and collectible album ... wow ..minty .dream audio 

There's not much I can say about this British band. Information about them is hard to find. The only thing I know is that they have released only one album on a local label.

Ace Lane was considered part of the NWOBHM-movement. To me that's odd, because they aren't a Metal band. To me they're an 80's melodic Rock band, closer to AOR than to Metal. But who cares. As long as the music's good.

When I put the record on the first thing I noticed was the FM-friendly nature of the songs. I expected to hear Metal, but instead I got accessible Rock songs that all were (without any exception) skilfully written. The production was on the thin side, but still decent enough to not hamper the listening experience. The only downside I see is that terrible artwork. Yet, in a way it made the album even more interesting, as it emphasized its obscure nature.

As part of the NWOBHM-movement Ace Lane was definitely on the lighter side of the spectrum. But that's also what set them apart from most other bands. They existed alongside bands that were often simply trying to outdo each other with fast playing and macho riffing, but who at the same time forgot to write real songs. Unfortunately, in a movement that for the most part catered to young rebellious males, there was little room for a band like Ace Lane. It even seems nobody really noticed them. The only consolation I can give them is that their sole release gradually became one of my favorite classic rock albums and that I will continue to cherish it for many years to come.