Rick forsgren is well known as a golden throat in todays rock, as well as Christenson, Stevenson, Simonds, and Petersen being monster players.
In July of 1999 Rock 100.3 FM held a battle of bands contest that obtained close to 1000 entries.
Public demand drove Conditioned Response to the top of the heap, and was put in front of 80,000 people at the Hennepin Aveune Block Party in Minneapolis to open up for Sammy Hagar.
Conditioned Response has received radio air play on all three major rock stations in the Twin Cities., those being KQRS, 93X, and WRQC.
Where ever Conditioned Response performs, the masses attend.
Major retailer in the Twin Cities such as Best Buy, Sam Goody, and Musicland have a hard time keeping the shelves stocked.
Minnesota likes this band. KSTP channel 5 featured Conditioned Response on their morning news program during the summer of 1999. The anchors and staff liked the band so much, they asked the band to remain on the show for the rest of the broadcast to perform on all of their commercial bumps. For one day, they were the KSTP house band.
This is the one of the hottest bands of 1999, Conditioned Response are from Mineapolis USA and they play really awesome bombastic hard rock and AOR like Tyketto and Dokken.
In fact this is so much like Tyketto that I am just totally biased!
Track one '3' kicks things off and is a melodic dream of catchy stomping aor heaven, a'la Tyketto, Damn Yankees, Warrant, Mark Allen Band with huge harmonies, to die for, and this is just the first song!!
The band are also a solid live force and have already supported bands like Night Ranger, Sammy Hagar, Warrant, Great White, Quiet Riot, Arcade amongst others, 'Refuge' is pure aor, and vocalist Rick Forsgren is so much like Danny (the god) Vaughan, I have never heard a vocalist this good in ages and he carries the songs with lots of enuthsiasm and passion.
'Take' is more hard rock heaven with brilliant Don Dokken/Danny Vaughan swirling vocals from Rick, this is a great song with lots of kick arse axe work from Paul Christenson who reminds me of George Lynch, this track is also very close to Seven Wishes and is just hard rock of the highest calibre.
When you listen to this album you will cream your pants with excitment , 'Stealin' is again energy fuelled hard rock ,and 'Rush' is a touch heavier and has some Dream Theater influences mainly due to the hot and bone crunching guitar work, Rick's manages a huge scream at the beginning of the song that just makes you want head bang like an idiot!
'Caught' is a mixture of Tyketto, Dokken and Ozzy Osbourne and 'Out' is a nice accoustic songs that is simply beautiful.
This guy is just such an amazing vocalist with a huge amount of vocal capabilities that leave me totally blown away at every fuse filled powerline he sings, 'Apparations' is another huge hard rock affair that I just can't get out of my head, and 'Undone' is a gorgeous ballad similar to Warrant.
The last track 'Bleed' is more crazy hard rock ,and finally all too soon this album closes out to the last track 'Bleed', which is more incrediable gutsy hard rock,this album is the buisness and is awarded the full 10/10 pips of hard rock honour.
Awesome pure and simple!
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