O.F.R. (album)

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O.F.R.
Ofr.jpg
Studio album by Nitro
Released 1989 (1989)
Recorded Front Page Productions
(Costa Mesa, California)
Genre
Length 41:01
Label
Producer
Nitro chronology
Proud to Be Loud
(1987)Proud to Be Loud1987
O.F.R.
(1989)
Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S.
(1991)Nitro II: H.W.D.W.S.1991

O.F.R. (Out-Fucking-Rageous) is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Nitro. Recorded at Front Page Productions in Costa Mesa, California, it was written and produced by vocalist Jim Gillette and guitarist Michael Angelo, with Bob Cahill and Charlie Watts co-producing. O.F.R. was released in 1989 by Rampage Records, a sub-label of Rhino Entertainment.

Writing and recording[edit]

All songwriting on O.F.R. was credited to Jim Gillette and Michael Angelo.[1] However, bassist T. J. Racer has claimed that he wrote some of the music on O.F.R., despite not being credited for doing so.[2] The album was recorded and mixed at Front Page Productions in Costa Mesa, California, with Charlie Watts engineering, mixing and co-producing the album with Gillette and Angelo; it was mastered at Bernie Grundman's eponymous mastering studio in Hollywood, California.[1]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Writing a biography of Nitro for music website AllMusic, Jason Ankeny described O.F.R. as "a showcase for [Jim] Gillette's over the top vocal prowess", highlighting "a 32-second scream and ... an amplifier-exploding soprano high D note".[3] The album page for O.F.R. on the site features a 3.5-star rating for the release, although does not include a written review.[4]

O.F.R. is often remembered for the single "Freight Train", in part for the presence of Michael Angelo's Quad Guitar X-400, a guitar with four necks arranged in an "X" formation, each of which featured seven strings.[5] The song "Machine Gunn Eddie" was included on the 2009 video game Brütal Legend.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jim Gillette and Michael Angelo.

No. Title Length
1. "Freight Train" 3:55
2. "Double Trouble" 3:55
3. "Machine Gunn Eddie" 6:48
4. "Long Way from Home" 5:29
5. "Bring It Down" 3:11
6. "Nasty Reputation" 4:45
7. "Fighting Mad" 3:45
8. "Shot Heard 'Round the World" 4:07
9. "O.F.R." 5:06

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O.F.R. (Media notes). Nitro. Rampage Records. 1989. 
  2. ^ "Ex-Nitro Bassist T.J. Racer - New Video Interview Available". Bravewords.com. August 30, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Nitro Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "O.F.R. - Nitro". AllMusic. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Neilstein, Vince (April 18, 2007). "Video of the Day: Nitro "Freight Train"". MetalSucks. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The 108 Brutal Legend songs you’ll hear in the game". Video Games Blogger. August 11, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2015.