DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard

DEF LEPPARD - Def Leppard
  • 4/10
    DEF LEPPARD - Def Leppard - 4/10


Mailboat Records
Release date: October 30, 2015

User Review
3.5/10 (4 votes)

Unless you’re totally new to the Hard Rock scene, then you know the impact Def Leppard has had since the early ‘80s on Melodic Metal, Hair Metal, and Rock ‘n’ Roll in general. The band is iconic and still sells out arenas and theaters every year across the globe. When bands incessantly tour and appear to be having continued monumental success on the road, the logical question many ask is, “Why doesn’t this band ever record new material?”

Well, this “self-titled” Def Leppard album is a case in point why so many bands who are well past their heyday of quality songwriting creativity simply no longer write new songs. Def Leppard is filled with over-produced, cliché, only semi-original, ball-less Melodic Rock. Occasionally (but not often) the band hits on maybe 4 cylinders and has created something at least “sort of” worthy to listen to … but the majority of the 14 tracks on this new album cry out “for shame” to Def Leppard for making this a self-titled release. If Def Leppard is indeed “Def Leppard,” and this is what they feel sums up the band, then let them “Pass Go” and rot in the Pop Music hall of shame.


  • Dan Skiba

    Dan is a former partner at Metal Express Radio, and also served as a reviewer, photographer and interviewer on occasions. Based out of Indianapolis, USA he was first turned on to Hard Rock music in the mid-1970s when he purchased Deep Purple's Machine Head as his first album. He was immediately enthralled with the powerful guitar sound and pronounced drumbeat, and had to get more! His collection quickly expanded to include as many of Heavy Rock bands of the time that he could get his hands on, such as Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few.

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1 Comment

  1. Oh my Dan, this has to be one of the most scathing reviews I’ve ever read by you ! But I thank you for saying what many of us original fans of this band have felt for years. What confuses me even more is why people go see these guys live every summer…….I wouldn’t even bother to do that as they’ve been a boring band playing the same old boring stuff since 1988(for me anyway). There’s plenty of other quality stuff for me to dig into, like the new Reverence album.
    I’ll stick to the first 3 Def Lepp albums if i need a fix but thats where it stops. Thanks for tellin’ it like it is!

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