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Pyromania

Def Leppard

1983

Pyromania

Album Summary

Pyromania is the third studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 20 January 1983 through Vertigo Records in UK and Europe and through Mercury Records in the US. The first album to feature guitarist Phil Collen who replaced founding member Pete Willis, Pyromania was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album was a shift away from the band's traditional heavy metal roots toward a more radio-friendly sound, finding massive mainstream success. Pyromania charted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, No. 4 on the Canadian RPM Album chart and No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart. Selling over ten million copies in the US, it has been certified diamond by the RIAA.

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Rating

3.22

Votes

3323

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
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I've never been able to think of Def Leppard as anything other than a joke, this album is a big reason why. Look at that cover, this band looks metal! Wait, what? It's just a bunch of pop songs? Okay. Well, congrats on your immense wealth and popularity!

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4

Loved this when it first came out, haven’t listened to it for about 20 years and sadly it hasn’t aged well. It’s the genesis of commercial DL, you can hear their distinctive sound within the album. Still I would give it a 4 because there were tracks on it that were still very listenable

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4

This is one of the albums on this list that I know well already. I think every song is great and it is enjoyable from start to finish. "The extra instrumental track at the end of 'Billy's Bot A Gun' has been called either 'The March Of The Dreaded Zultrons' or 'The March Of The Wooden Zombies' by different band members. The sound is Rick Allen putting random numbers into a Linn drum machine, later added to by the band and Mutt" (http://www.deflepparduk.com/album3.html) Classics: Photograph, Rock Rock, Too Late For Love, Foolin', Rock of Ages,. 4.5/5

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5

Perfection

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5

Making heavy metal accessible for the masses! Love this album almost as much as I did 40 years ago. High and Dry is their best album though!

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5

+Photograph, Too Late for Love, Foolin', Rock of Ages, Comin' Under Fire, Billy's Got a Gun Deliberate, precise, measured, exact...these are not words we normally use to describe hard rock, but Def Leppard isn't like other schlock rockers; They use musical theory, chord progression, harmony, and song structure to produce a glisteningly crystal-clear product that is chock full of production value, addictive progressions, and perfectly-balanced mixing. There just isn't another act out there that can so pull off what Def Leppard does, album after album, and make it look so easy in the process.

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5

Definitely an album to rock out to.

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5

old favorite

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5

🟦 92 🥇 Photograph 🥈 Rock Rock (Till You Drop) 🥉 Rock of Ages

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5

This is a classic from my childhood. Growing up, by older sister had the vinyl LP. Everything about it, from the music, the cover art, and the videos on MTV, fascinated me. Joe Elliot was the king of cool in my book. I used to love the part of the "Rock of Ages" video when he had the broadsword and it turned into a guitar. Too friggin cool. It was a fantastic balance of heavy/hard rock and melodic pop. I still love it.

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4

Okay so this may have the best album cover of all time? Why did nobody warn me? Yes it's hair metal. Sometimes you really want to listen to hair metal. Foolin' is obviously an all timer. Die Hard the Hunter was awesome too. All the tracks were at least okay-to-good.

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4

Heavy metal. Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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4

The album where Def Leppard began to tip the scales from cool rocker baddasses to pop-star overplayed media darlings. Some good stuff here. Some not so good. Probably a 3.5 and rounding up because their previous album, “High n Dry” got me reprimanded by a school board member for excessive noise at a HS baseball game.

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4

Turns out I recognized more tracks on this than I thought. Hard one for me to be objective about.

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4

To be honest, this one was way better than I expected. Perhaps my expectations were low because two of the best known songs from the album (Photograph and Rock Of Ages) were by far the worst tracks in my opinion. But the less poppy parts of the album were a lot of fun and I ended up enjoying the album quite a bit!

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4

Jævlig bra

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4

Encara superarien quatre anys després el que aquí ofereixen, tant a nivell de producció com de composició, però això no treu que 'Pyromania' sigui un dels àlbums de l'anomenat pop metal més singulars i rellevants que existeixen. Deixaven enrera el seu passat NWOBHM i s'embarcaven en un viatge per conquerir el món de la música dels '80. Ha superat la prova del temps i temes com 'Photograph', 'Rock of Ages', 'Too Late for Love' o 'Foolin'' sempre són igual de benvinguts que el sol després de la pluja

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4

Really potent compared to Hysteria, and has a lot of potential. Still too samey for a 5.

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4

Good but nothing amazing, I had fun listening to it.

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4

4 oder mehr

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4

Another fun one. A little bit silly but unarguably fun.

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4

It was a good album. Fun to listen to and relatively short. Many of the songs sounded familiar, although several of the songs sounded the same.

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4

Great memories!

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4

Proto-butt rock! Sounds like Bon Jovi at times. AC/DC at other times. Throw in a little Motley Crue. This is some serious nostalgia shit right here. It's corny but I love it.

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4

Solid

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4

80s rock and roll marked a massive deviation from the 70s. The influence of disco and warm recordings gave way to a resurgence of blues and stadium feels. Def Leppard was not an exception here, borrowing the wailing vocals of Led Zeppelin and the commanding guitars of Jimmy Page, Def Leppard changed it up and defined the 80s sound of rock by using background vocals to sing the choruses, ushering what would most certainly be the theme of 1980s metal, and that is writing what essentially is an anthem. Songs that could be sung for a crowd, by the crowd. "Rock of Ages", "Photograph", both songs create that feel of not just a hit single, but a rallying cry of sorts, something that as fans of Def Leppard, brought people together. This was the strangely optimistic theme of the decade and the band did it well. Overall the album is heavy when it needs to be, and expressive of the decade it was recorded where a new cool was being formed, and for that it earns its place in 1001.

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4

Pretty awesome heavy metal album

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4

This album is great! Every song is a great song to rock out to and I am very sad I missed them on the stadium tour!

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4

Listen, I know this is straight-up bubblegum pop hairmetal. None of these lyrics are going to challenge anyone and there's nothing surprising on the album. But damn if it isn't a whole lot of fun. It's also a rare example of an album where the b-side tracks hit so much better than the a-sides. I mean, "Foolin'," "Rock of Ages," and "Billie's Got A Gun" all on the same side? That's a lot of fun relegated to the flip. I sure can't justify a 5-star review here. It's just not that good. But it's too fun for a 3-star. So here we are. 4 stars for you, you silly brits.

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4

Very fun, even though there is not a lot of substance.

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4

Maybe I was being unfair to Def Leppard. This album rocks

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Many months ago I gave Def Leppard's Hysteria the full 5 stars. They were more ambitious in Hysteria, but every other strength I found in Hysteria can also be found here. They truly represent the anthemic pop sound that glam metal aimed to stand for in the 80s. The production is super clean (apparently the drums were sampled), and the delivery is perfect to rock and sing along to, especially on the vocals. I noticed there's a stronger heavy metal influence on tracks like "Stagefright", and does get a bit prog in tracks like "Die Hard the Hunter." There are several duds in this album. Just like Hysteria, the last few tracks aren't very good, except they're actually generic duds here ("Billy's Got a Gun" is decent with cool effects). Otherwise, it's a great record all throughout just like Hysteria but with weaker songs.

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Identifying Def Leppard : it’s Def Leppard

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3

Rock ochentero, de película de los 80s, instituto.

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3

sounds like guns n' roses

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3

Can't deny that it's great stuff. A bit tired of it tho

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3

this was rock music

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3

Ihan vänkä ja tasavahva levykokonaisuus

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3

Vähän pliisua menoa, mutta ihan soivaa rockia silti.

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3

Middling hair metal. The best song is probably 'photograph", but I prefer the Santana version of that as well. I was very surprised to hear the sample from "pretty fly for a white guy" at the start or "rock of ages", but mostly because there is not other obvious influence on the offspring by Def Leppard

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3

Some of the songs are really good. These guys are seen as heavy metal gods but they sound like a classic hair metal band. There are other metal bands which are far more dark or metal.

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3

Some great songs here, both in the singles and deep album cuts, but overall it is less consistent than the album it precedes; that inconsistently really brings it down.

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3

Still not my thing

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3

Pretty straightforward hair metal, direct and to the point. Nothing especially fancy or artistic happening here. Enjoyable but not a "stand out of the crowd" type of record. Props to Def Leppard for being one of the first bands to popularize this sound. Fave tracks: Photograph, Too Late for Love, Rock of Ages

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3

Du bon rock. Je connais le rock ''commercial'' ou ''glam'' de Def Leppard. je ne déteste pas, meme que ca s'écoute très bien. Cependant, ca manque un petit quelque de mon côté. 3.5

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3

Poppy rock with killer guitar lines.

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3

I like Photograph and a few others were good listens.

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3

I mean like whatever

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3

Enjoyable if a little repetitive sounding. A high 3* maybe.

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I've never listened to Def Leppard before and this is my first exposure. If you asked me to name an 80s metal sound, this would be it. It just sounds so 80s. In short doses it is okay but 45 minutes is too much for me. 2.5/5

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3

only true boy task band i’ve liked so far. just some boys who want to rock. maybe “liked” is a stretch, but still, huge props

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3

Better to burn out with Pyromania than fade away like Def Leppard.

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3

ptit def leppard entre deux albums de simon & garfunkel tu connais

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3

Plus ou moins ce à quoi je m'attendais

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3

Fun album for what it is. Kind of all you need from that glammy, hair metal, arena rock era. Lots of radio hits – other than that, "Stagefright" was a fun one. I think this genre, as whole, hasn't aged very well. Probably won't be returning to this album any time soon.

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3

seems a bit slick and overproduced, not as good as I remembered, but typically 80's fare.

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3

Go klassisk hårdrock

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Somewhere between hair metal and butt rock, and can’t make up its mind. Hiring Mutt Lange is a deal with the devil - he will get you some hits, but you’ll have to sacrifice your edge for commerciality.

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I’m cruising through town in my Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with the windows down and this album blasting of course. Joe Elliott wails “There’s danger in the air” (Billy’s Got A Gun). God damn right and the danger is me. At a stop light, I glance in the rear view to comb my mullet and adjust my black leather jacket. I turn to the babe in the waiting car next me and wink. I just made her day. -Billy Madison…maybe -break- Rock Of Ages has two tie ins to other songs I know in the first 20 seconds which is fun: First, the “Gunter glieben glauchen globen” is also used by The Offspring in Pretty Fly (For A White Guy). The phrase is gibberish according to Def Leppard. Second “It’s better to burn out…yeah, then fade away” is a direct lift from Neil Young’s 1979 song My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue). An interesting homage from this glam/hair rock band to Mr. Young. If I were of the impressionable musical age in 1983, I’m sure this album would have a great deal of nostalgia. Lacking that experience, I could’ve definitely pump my fist to this at 1230am at the pub, except I would have gone to bed 2 hours earlier.

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The story of Rick Allen losing his arm and continuing to be a drum legend is the main thing I knew about Def Leppard before listening to this album. (That, and that they must be lousy spellers. Though, as it turns out, not as bad at spelling as an increasing number of modern bands I've encountered recently and had to really roll my eyes at the hip, edgy, alternative spelling of things.) Anyway, UK and Irish country roads are terrifying, and I don't know why anyone would drive their Corvette really fast on those nightmares. Glad Allen survived and adapted though. But like many other hair metal bands, I couldn't have told you which band sang which song. Maybe if pressed I could have correctly guessed "Photograph." That song, along with the other singles ("Rock of Ages," "Foolin'," and "Too Late for Love") really carry the album. That's a pretty high percentage of stellar hard rock songs from that era/style. In the end though, that era/style isn't my favorite. I enjoy the hits, but it isn't really something I seek out and come back to. Pretty much that whole genre is the definition of 3-star music for me.

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Liked about half of it

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Can't really hear lyrics that well, leading to all the songs feeling similar. All songs appear to be based off the word or phrase in the name of the song. Didn't know the song changed once lmao. Spotify autoplayed Pour Some Sugar on Me and the difference was night and day.

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I don't think this album could be relevant,

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Täysin yhdentekevää kasarihardrockia. Rock of Ages ja Photograph oli ennakkoon tuttuja biisejä, joskaan ei kuitenkaan kauhean hyviä. Tässä vaiheessa rumpalillakin taisi olla vielä kaksi kättä. Annetaan tähti per käsi.

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Never was a fan, then or now

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I've nothing against this. It's just not me. 80s MOR rock made for Mid-west radio stations. Personally I prefer Black Sabbath or Motorhead. Nothing wrong with it, just not me.

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Some hits and some shits. Typical Def Leppard. It’s either a single or it’s in the trash.

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Just tinny sounding and awful. Not just ‘80s-cheesy-bad, but timelessly awful in being stupid and posturing and playing into the worst rock cliches (including taking themselves way too seriously). The worst part is that they seemed to make the world safe for even shittier and lamer hair bands and so many more bad power ballads. “Photograph” is a great song. Otherwise, this is gets awfully close to Spinal Tap territory (“Stagefright” especially).

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I mean... This album isn't bad, but imo it's pretty boring. Super standard 80s hair metal/pop rock. Couple of stone cold classics on here that get their fair rotation on any Dad rock station. Other than that I see nothing particularly progressive, influential or noteworthy. Not sure this really deserves a spot on a list of must listen to albums, throw a dart at a wall full of 80s hair metal bands and you'll get more or less the same effect. Fav Tracks: Photograph, Rock of Ages

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Oh boy, vraiment pas un fan de hard rock de ce genre. La production est beaucoup trop léchée pour moi. Le drum sonne vraiment comme une grosse caricature de ces années là. Les backs vocaux me font vraiment pas tripper. Je dois par contre admettre que Photograph est vraiment efficace et bien construite. Elle reste dans la tête. Par contre j'aime plus le début de Stagefright jusqu'au refrain. J'ai beaucoup aimé et trouvé bien drôle le band 3 Inches Of Blood et j'ai l'impression que c'est une caricature en partie de cette époque. Ça a peut-être amené des gens un peu plus proche du métal, mais ce n'est pas du métal. À connaître pour le groupe et la chanson Photograph, mais on passe à autre chose.

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yet more Hair Rock. No thanks

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between pop and a hard place

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Where’s the incentive to listen if it doesn’t have Animal or Pour Some Sugar On Me on it??

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Structure and rhythm are a bit too standard for my liking, but I guess it does what it does well.

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Given my expectations from the last Leppard LP, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the band had taken the time to write actual bridges and unique verses on this album instead of beating the same chorus to death for three minutes at a time.

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The mixdown is an incoherant mess, and the vocals are awful.

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not a fan

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Just not a fan.

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Who listens to this garbage? Maybe I hate fun. But I feel like rock music is cheesy enough without being concentrated and fermented into this kind of super-cheese. 1.5*

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This was grim. It was hard work getting to the end. Metal is shit. 80's power metal doubly so.

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Got a minute in and bailed. I really don’t understand this kind of band. Repetitive and clichéd.

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dårlig og slitsomt

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Save yourself some trouble, just listen to the greatest hits album. All filler one killer.

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Seriously, of all the albums ever released, why on earth does anyone need to listen to this drivel before they die? I had the misfortune to see Def Leppard live around the time of their first album. They were crap then and this is worse.

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