O.F.R. (album)

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O.F.R.
Ofr.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 30, 1989 (1989-05-30)
StudioFront Page Productions
(Costa Mesa, California)
Genre
Length41:01
LabelRampage
Producer
Nitro chronology
O.F.R.
(1989)
Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S.
(1992)
Singles from O.F.R.
  1. "Freight Train"
    Released: 1989 (1989)
  2. "Long Way from Home"
    Released: 1989 (1989)

O.F.R. (Out-Fucking-Rageous) is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Nitro. Recorded at Front Page Productions in Costa Mesa, California, it was produced by the band's vocalist Jim Gillette and guitarist Michael Angelo Batio alongside engineer Charlie Watts and executive producer Bob Cahill; the album was released on May 30, 1989 by Rampage Records, a division of Rhino Entertainment, and peaked at number 140 on the US Billboard 200.

Following the release of his debut solo album Proud to Be Loud the previous year, Gillette formed Nitro in 1988 with Angelo, bassist T. J. Racer (both of whom had performed on the release) and drummer Bobby Rock. All songwriting on O.F.R. is credited solely to Gillette and Angelo, although Racer claims that he also contributed. The album was supported by the release of "Freight Train" and "Long Way from Home" as singles with accompanying music videos.

Background[edit]

O.F.R. was recorded at Front Page Productions in Costa Mesa, California, with Nitro vocalist Jim Gillette and guitarist Michael Angelo Batio leading its production alongside engineer Charlie Watts and executive producer Bob Cahill.[1] Gillette and Batio were also credited solely for the album's songwriting, although bassist T. J. Racer has claimed that he contributed to the writing without credit.[2] In a promotional video for the band's third studio album, Gillette and Batio claimed that they had "never been happy with the sound" of O.F.R., blaming the lack of control the band had over the album's direction.[3] The album was supported by two singles and music videos, for the songs "Freight Train" and "Long Way from Home", and promoted on a concert tour for which K. C. Comet replaced departed drummer Bobby Rock.[4]

Reception[edit]

O.F.R. was released on May 30, 1989 by Rampage Records, a division of Rhino Entertainment. The album debuted at number 164 on the US Billboard 200 for the week of August 12, 1989,[5] before later peaking at number 140 and spending a total of nine weeks on the chart.[6] AllMusic's Jason Ankeny claimed that the album serves primarily as "a showcase for Gillette's over the top vocal prowess", which he notes is most prominent on "a 32-second scream" and a passage "reaching an amplifier-exploding soprano high D note".[7] Noisecreep's Carlos Ramirez included Gillette in a feature titled "Top 10 High-Pitched Metal Singers", highlighting his "penetrating" and "high-pitched attack" on lead single "Freight Train".[8] "Machine Gun Eddie" was later featured on the 2009 video game Brütal Legend.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jim Gillette and Michael Angelo Batio.

No.TitleLength
1."Freight Train"3:55
2."Double Trouble"3:55
3."Machine Gun Eddie"6:48
4."Long Way from Home"5:29
5."Bring It Down"3:11
6."Nasty Reputation"4:45
7."Fighting Mad"3:45
8."Shot Heard 'Round the World"4:07
9."O.F.R."5:06

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O.F.R. (Media notes). Nitro. Rampage Records. 1989. Retrieved July 19, 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Ex-Nitro Bassist T.J. Racer - New Video Interview Available". Bravewords.com. August 30, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Nitro: Nitro Metal Band: Chris Adler: Jim Gillette: Michael Angelo Batio". YouTube. July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "Singer Jim Gillette Doesn't Rule Out Nitro Reunion". Blabbermouth.net. July 16, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Top 200 Albums: The Week of August 12, 1989". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Billboard 200: Nitro Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Nitro: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Ramirez, Carlos. "Top 10 High-Pitched Metal Singers". Noisecreep. Diffuser Network. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Good, Owen (August 8, 2009). "EA Denmark Drops Brütal Legend's Complete Soundtrack". Kotaku. Gizmodo Media Group. Retrieved July 25, 2017.

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