NITRO was the kind of band that sparked a lot of legends. Like the one that Rampage Records signed them after lead singer JIM GILLETTE shattered three wine glasses with his voice. Or the one that Gillette and guitarist MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO (he of the “crossed sword” quadruple axe) recruited drummer BOBBY ROCK by telling him at a beach party that they “wanted to record the most over-the-top, in-your-face metal record ever.” That they succeeded in this pursuit is beyond any doubt. 1989’s O.F.R. is a frenetic assault of double floortoms, lightning guitar licks and notes sung so superhumanly high that various parts of one’s anatomy clench instinctively at the sound. And the length of Nitro’s tresses puts all other “hair metal” posers to shame. Pressed on red and yellow "explosion" vinyl in an edition of 700 copies.