Artists (V)

Vagh

– Into the Future Zone (2004) 3.00 stars


Vain

– No Respect (1989) 4.00 stars
– All Those Strangers (2009) 3.00 stars


Valentine

– Valentine (1990) 4.00 stars
– Soul Salvation (2008) 3.50 stars


Van Halen

– Van Halen (1978) 5.00 stars
– Van Halen II (1979) 4.50 stars
– Women and Children First (1980) 3.50 stars
– Fair Warning (1981) 4.50 stars
– Diver Down (1982) 4.00 stars
– 1984 (1984) 4.50 stars
– 5150 (1986) 4.00 stars
– OU812 (1988) 3.50 stars
– For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991) 4.00 stars
– Balance (1995) 3.00 stars
Zero (Gene Simmons Demos) (2002) 4.50 stars


Vanadium

– A Race With the Devil (1983) 2.50 stars


Vandenberg

– Vandenberg (1982) 3.50 stars
– Heading for a Storm (1983) NOT RATED
– Alibi (1985) 3.50 stars


Vandenberg’s MoonKings

– Vandenberg’s MoonKings (2014) NOT RATED


Vanden Plas

– Colour Temple (1994) 4.00 stars
– AcCult (1996) 4.00 stars
– The God Thing (1997) 4.00 stars
– Far Off Grace (1999) 4.00 stars
– Beyond Daylight (2002) 4.50 stars
– Christ 0 (2006) 4.50 stars
– The Seraphic Clockwork (2010) 4.50 stars
– Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld I (2014) 4.50 stars
Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II (2015) 4.50 stars


Van der Graaf Generator

– The Aerosol Grey Machine (1969) 3.00 stars
– The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other (1970) 3.50 stars
– H to He Who Am the Only One (1970) 4.00 stars
Pawn Hearts (1971) 4.50 stars
Godbluff (1975) 4.50 stars
– Still Life (1976) 4.00 stars
– World Record (1976) 4.00 stars
– The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome (1977) 3.50 stars
– Present (2005) 3.50 stars
– Trisector (2008) 3.50 stars
– A Grounding in Numbers (2011) 3.50 stars
– Alt (2012) NOT RATED
– Do Not Disturb (2016) NOT RATED


Vangough

– Manikin Parade (2009) 4.00 stars
– Kingdom of Ruin (2011) 4.50 stars
– Acoustic Scars (2012) 3.50 stars
– Between the Madness (2013) 4.50 stars
– Warpaint (2017) NOT RATED


Vanilla Fudge

– Vanilla Fudge (1967) 2.50 stars
– Mystery (1984) 2.00 stars


Vanishing Point

– In Thought (1999) 3.50 stars
– Tangled in Dream (2000) 4.00 stars
– Embrace the Silence (2005) 4.50 stars
– The Fourth Season (2007) 4.00 stars
– Distant Is the Sun (2014) 4.00 stars


Les Variations

– Cafe de Paris (1975) 2.50 stars


Various Artists

– Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) 4.50 stars


Vaughn

– Soldiers and Sailors on Riverside (2000) 4.00 stars


Veda

– Mental Pabulum (2006) 4.00 stars


Veloce Hystoria

– Shining & Majestic (2009) 3.50 stars


Velvet Revolver

– Contraband (2004) 3.50 stars
– Libertad (2007) 3.50 stars


Velvet Underground

– 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed (1974) 2.00 stars


Veni Domine

Fall Babylon Fall (1992) 3.50 stars


Venturia

– The New Kingdom (2006) 4.50 stars
– Hybrid (2008) 4.00 stars
– Dawn of a New Era (2012) 4.00 stars


Venus

– Ordinary Existence (1998) 4.00 stars


Verbal Delirium

– So Close and Yet So Far Away (2010) 4.00 stars
– The Imprisoned Words of Fear (2016) NOT RATED


Vermilion Sands

– Water Blue (1987) NOT RATED
– Spirits Of The Sun (2013) NOT RATED


Versus X

– The Turbulent Zone (2000) 4.00 stars


Vertical Alignment

– Signposts (2006) 4.50 stars


Vicious Rumors

– Soldiers of the Night (1985) 3.00 stars


Victor

– Victor (1996) 3.00 stars


Victory

– Don’t Get Mad…Get Even (1986) 3.50 stars
– Hungry Hearts (1987) 3.50 stars
– Culture Killed the Native (1989) 3.50 stars
– Don’t Talk Science (2011) 3.50 stars


Vienna Circle

– White Clouds (2008) 4.00 stars
– Silhouette Moon (2013) 4.00 stars


VIII Strada

– La leggenda della grande porta (2008) 4.00 stars
– Babylon (2015) 4.00 stars


Vince Neil

– Exposed (1993) 3.50 stars


Vindictiv

– Ground Zero (2009) 4.50 stars


Vinnie Vincent Invasion

– Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986) 2.00 stars
– All Systems Go (1988) 4.00 stars


Violent Attitude If Noticed

– Ourselves And Otherwise (2017) NOT RATED


Violent Silence

– Kinetic (2005) 4.00 stars
– A Broken Truce (2013) NOT RATED


Violet District

– Terminal Breath (1992) 4.00 stars


Virginia Wolf

– Virginia Wolf (1986) 3.00 stars
– Push (1987) 3.50 stars


Virgin Steele

– Age of Consent (1988) 4.00 stars


Virgo

– Virgo (2001) 4.00 stars


Virtual Mind

– Shattered Silence (2011) 3.50 stars


Virtuocity

– Secret Visions (2001) NOT RATED
– Northern Twilight Symphony (2004) 4.00 stars


Virus IV

– Dark Sun (2008) 4.00 stars


Vishusgruv

– Vishusgruv (1991) 4.00 stars
– Dirty Little Secrets (2009) 4.50 stars


Visible Wind

– Catharsis (1988) 3.50 stars


Visionary

– Visionary (1996) 3.50 stars
– Strange But Familiar Shores (2002) 4.00 stars


Vision Divine

– Vision Divine (1999) 4.00 stars
– Send Me an Angel (2002) 3.50 stars
– Stream of Consciousness (2004) 4.00 stars
– The Perfect Machine (2005) 4.00 stars
– The 25th Hour (2007) 4.00 stars
– 9 Degrees West of the Moon (2009) 3.50 stars
– Destination Set to Nowhere (2012) NOT RATED


Visions of Atlantis

– Cast Away (2004) 3.50 stars
– Trinity (2007) 3.50 stars


Visions of Tragedy

Visions of Tragedy (2012) 4.00 stars


Vital Information

– Vitalive! (1991) 4.00 stars


Vital Science

– Imaginations on the Subject of Infinity (2014) 4.00 stars


Vitriol

– Vitriol (2009) 3.50 stars
Into the Silence I Sink (2012) 4.00 stars


Vixen

– Vixen (1988) 4.50 stars
– Rev It Up (1990) 4.00 stars

Easily one of the most famous and successful all-girl groups in history. When Vixen burst onto the scene in the late ’80s, amidst the b’zillions of other “hair bands” heavily rotated on MTV, the band got the attention it deserved because of the talent, great looks, and especially the “gender” uniqueness. Vixen may have looked like Poison, but the band were in fact all girls and could kick Poison’s wimpy asses! Granted, the music on the first two albums contained highly polished (some would say “overly produced”) catchy Hard Rock with a touch of AOR, nothing innovative for the era, but the girls showed they could really play their instruments as well as any all-guy “hair band,” and considering many of those lackluster bands, the gals in Vixen could play much better! Janet Gardner’s spot-on vocals and the band’s many harmonies also proved quite powerful and, again, gave the group another plus over its contemporaries.

Too bad the classic lineup that appeared on these albums fell apart shortly thereafter and the band disappeared for years until a new lineup released another album in the late ’90s. Although I have not heard the full album, just a few tracks, it’s a grungy unmelodic style that sounds absolutely nothing like the classic band (and I could barely recognize the voice of Janet Gardner, since she’s singing in a lower register and somehow lacks the previous “specialness” of her voice). Not a surprise the album is “out there,” considering that Jan Kuehnemund on guitar and Share Pederson on bass were gone and, frankly, they were the members that made the big difference, giving the band the “classic sound” that lent Vixen a taste of fame (albeit briefly).

Regardless, the band’s two classic albums are still enjoyable and worth a listen.


Voice of the Enslaved

– Voice of the Enslaved (2015) 3.00 stars


Voices of Destiny

– Power Dive (2012) 3.00 stars


Votum

– Time Must Have a Stop (2008) 4.00 stars
– Metafiction (2009) 4.00 stars
– Harvest Moon (2013) 3.50 stars
– Ktonik (2016) NOT RATED

Highly atmospheric and well-produced Prog-Rock with a touch of Metal from Votum, a Polish group that has released four fascinating albums since 2008. On several of its albums, the group plays rather laid-back yet rich and melodic symphonic music in a vein similar in many ways to groups such as Porcupine Tree, Moonrise, or Sylvan, and with a powerful and highly emotive vocalist who exhibits the perfect amount of drama on each track in order to draw the listener into the moody, occasionally ethereal sound-picture.


Vox Tempus

– In the Eye of Time (2004) 4.50 stars

Too bad this Prog-Metal band didn’t produce more than a single album back in 2004. It’s excellent!


Voyager

– Element V (2003) NOT RATED
– uniVers (2007) 4.00 stars
– I Am the reVolution (2009) 4.00 stars
– The Meaning of I (2011) 4.00 stars
– V (2014) 4.00 stars
– Ghost Mile (2017) NOT RATED


The VU

– Phoenix Rising (2000) 4.00 stars

A band including bassist Ross Valory and drummer Prairie Prince, the original rhythm section from Journey. And with vocalist Kevin Chalfant, who also fronted the Journey spin-off band The Storm, this group unsurprisingly has a sound in a similar style.