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Alcatrazz is an American Heavy Metal band formed in the early 80s by British vocalist Graham Bonnett after departing from {{Music/Rainbow}} and joining keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, Bassist Gary Shea, drummer Clive Burr and guitarist [[{{Music/YngwieMalmsteen}} Yngwie Malmsteen]]. Malmsteen would leave to pursue his solo career, to be replaced in Alcatrazz by {{Music/SteveVai}}.

Their music is characterized by virtuosic guitar solos (with a more technical, less neo-classical sound after Malmsteen left), along with Bonnett's characteristically-powerful voice.
* ''No Parole From Rock 'n' Roll'' (1983)
* ''Disturbing the Peace'' (1985)
* ''Dangerous Games'' (1986)
!!Alcatrazz contains examples of:
* AtomicHate: "Hiroshima Mon Amor", written in recognition of the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings that emerged in the bombings' wake.
* ChainsawGood: Bonnett gets one for his hair during the second verse in the video for "God Blessed Video".
* CoolShades: Part of Bonnett's distinctive look.
* CoverVersion: "Only One Woman" on ''Dangerous Games'', a cover of a song Bonnett did as part of the [[{{Music/TheBeeGees}} Bee Gees]]-produced duo The Marbles, before he joined {{Music/Rainbow}}.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Disturbing The Peace''
* RevolvingDoorBand: Graham Bonnett is pretty much the only constant member of the band, both before the band disbanded in 1987, and after the name was revived in 2006.
* ShockAndAwe: Two power chords in "God Blessed Video" result in Steve Vai's guitar giving off lightning.

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