Album Review: American Mafia – “Rock N Roll Hit Machine”

Band: American Mafia
Album: Rock N Roll Hit Machine
By: M. Loop


American Mafia is a modern day hair band and what a band they are – this rocks!

Impeccable production and world class performances highlight this tremendous album. The bands that these fine musicians have played with in the past is a virtual who’s who of 80’s rock royalty (Cinderella, Quiet Riot and Dokken, just to name a few).

There are so many musicians involved in this band (listed below) which is more a community than structured unit. I image they place calls from their little black book saying “We’re playing Friday, you free?” and they see who shows up. It doesn’t matter who does, it will kick ass.

Listening to the vocal performances by Mike DiMeo, Ed Terry, Jimmy Kunes, John West and David Knight makes you realize how much talent there is in this industry. One vocalist after the next simply brilliant! These are the rock Gods you hear about.

The whole band and additional musicians are at such a high level you really are in for a treat listening to this fantastic album.

“Obsession”, “Friendly Fire” and “Man On The Flying Trapeze” are album highlights.

I give this album 5 stars and this band kudos for excellence! Highly recommended!

Band Members:
Tom Jude – guitar (Doro Pesch/Holy Water)
Freddy Villano – bass (Quiet Riot/Widowmaker/Holy Water)
Bobby Marks – drums (Dokken/Scarecrow/Arabia)

Additional Musicians:
Mike DiMeo – vocals (10) and keyboards (1,2,3,4,5,6,10) (Riot/Masterplan/The Lizards)
Ed Terry – vocals (1,6) (Rondinelli/Rage & Beyond)
Jimmy Kunes – vocals (2,7) (Cactus/Flood the Engine)
John West – vocals (3,9) (Badlands/Artension/Royal Hunt)
Don Chaffin – vocals (4,5) (VOX/Red Lamb)
David Knight – vocals (8,11)
Patrick Klein – rhythm guitar (11) (The Lizards)
Jay Davidson – keyboards (7,8,9,11) (Cinderella)
Bob Twining – keyboards (12) (Feinstein)
Randy Pratt – blues harp (4) (Cactus/The Lizards)

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