L.A. Guns / Vicious Circle

L.A. Guns waxed a gem of a slab that vanished upon its 1994 release.  A raucous mélange of metal, punk, psychedelic pop, and classic rock with a simmering rendition of Alvin Lee’s “I’d Love to Change the World,” the classic line-up’s final foray was their finest. Bassist Kelly Nickels takes a rare lead vocal on “Nothing Better to Do” as he anchors the band with traditional passages. Essentially doomed to extinction by grunge; Guns could have been contenders had they tempered their over-the-top glam trappings.