Showing posts with label Survivor. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Day After The Sabbath 67: The New Order [NWOBHM inspired pt.1]

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During my searches I occaisionally come across bands that have that metallic sound that is ahead of it's time; early 70's bands that have elements of what was later termed the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). For some time I have been thinking about collecting them together, so here it is. [Edit: Since making this I have done another, volume 121, and an American equivalent, volume 126] If you have never heard of NWOBHM then I guess I have two words that in my opinion describe it best, Judas Priest. The Birmingham, UK band that started out in the early 70's as a fairly typical hard rock band and had a clear, unique progression from the stylings of Sabbath, Zeppelin et al to the sharper, faster late 70's metal sound, influencing Iron Maiden along the way and kick starting all the 'extreme metal' scenes by being a huge favourite of early thrashers like Metallica and the more evil blackened bands like Venom. In some attempt to show a progression, this is the first comp I have arranged in chronological order.

Fable
I have combined a few of these early-mid 70's finds with a few late 70's bands (and a couple from '80), some of which are recognised as bona-fide NWOBHM originators like Tygers of Pan Tang and Quartz (produced by Tony Iommi) and some which are not but seem to me to fit in with the sound. The Flying Hat Band were a pretty obvious opening choice here, seeing as they were a direct fore-runner of Judas Priest, having Priest's Glenn Tipton on guitar.  Fable were a Canadian band who's long lost 1975 album was recently issued by the Recordplex label and Cool Feet are a band I have used before way back on vol22, recorded by four guys from Luxembourg and the UK in the Cologne studio of Scopions Producer Dieter Dierks.

Along the way we find bands from Sweden (vol28's Rhapsody, White) and The US (Ultra, interview here - Texas, Legend - Connecticut, Survivor - Philadelphia). Ohio's White Boy And The Average Rat Band made a very obscure and very cool fuzz-drenched hard rocker that is said to be the work of just one talented guy, although he borrowed some mates to pose as a fake 'band' for the album cover. Trespass, Sledgehammer and Warrior are three great UK bands that I have come across when trawling through some obscure NWOBHM comps, who only made one or two singles. Warrior being a curio that I found on a 1980 comp called New Electric Warriors, a great track that has more in common with the early 70s' fuzzed-up wah grooves.

For the more metal-minded listeneres out there, this comp will be a real treat, and for those who are not so, this is also just a wicked collection of hard rock so.....enjoy, and more importantly.......\m/ ROCK OUT \m/.


Track List:

01. The Flying Hat Band - Seventh Plain (1973)
       from bootleg 'buried together'
02. Fable - Lady Of The Night (1975)
       from album 'get the "L" outta here!'
03. Cool Feet - In the City (1976)
       from album 'burning desire'
04. Ultra - Mutants (1977)
       from album 'ultra'
05. Rockicks - Reach For The Sky (1977)
       from album 'inside'
06. Quartz - Mainline Riders (1977)
       from album 'quartz'
07. Rhapsody - I've Done All I Can (1978)
       from album 'rhapsody (strange vibrations)'
08. White - Hit The Sky (1979)
       from album 'i denna samling'
09. Tygers of Pan Tang - Don't Touch Me There (1979)
       single
10. Horsepower - Highway Robbery (1979)
       single
11. Legend - The Confrontation (1979)
       from album 'fröm the fjörds'
12. Survivor - The New Order  (1979)
       from album 'all your pretty moves'
13. Sledgehammer - Sledgehammer (1979)
       single
14. Trespass - One Of These Days (1979)
       single
15. White Boy & the Average Rat Band - Leaving Tonight On Vacation (1980)
       from album 'white boy and the average rat band'
16. Warrior - Still On The Outside (1980)
       from compilation 'new electric warriors'


Thanks for listening! Rich

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Day After The Sabbath 44: Ridin' High [USA pt.1]


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Firstly, I must thank Zischkale for a few great recommendations on this one! TDATS 44 is a collection of rock, prog and psych from American bands. Steeplechase kick things off in fine fashion with some great hard hammond riffs. The Flow was a three-piece from New York who effectively used a variety of electronica to embellish their brand of heavy psych with trippy cosmic doom. Utopia were a short-lived heavy blues band from California who had a Blue Cheerfulness to them and Totty had a couple of late 70's self-releases that have recently been unearthed and issued anew. Two brothers in the band played some blistering hard rock on their superior 1977 debut.

Unison had a great guitar fuzz sound and the Yellow Payges were a California pop band that showed promise with their 1968 debut, unfortunately they did not last long enough to follow it up and elaborate on their harder-rocking tracks like Devil Woman. Cathedral, from New York, produced one excellent prog album in 1978, and then resurfaced 30 years later with another. A Euphonious Wail (euphonious: 'pleasant in sound; agreeable to the ear') made an interesting album with male and female vox in 1973, the track called F# being the hard-rock highlight.

Zipper's solitary 1975 album was the result of Weeds ex-member Fred Cole moving to Portland to start his band. White Summer were a Michigan based band who had one private press s/t album with some great tight rockers on it. For track 12 I have found a great Dust cover, from a newish Portland (OR) band called Red Fang, and to finish off the comp is a track from a late 70's private pressing. This is not the band that made the Rocky theme 'Eye Of The Tiger', but an obscure Louisiana band that successfully mixed the burgeoning NWOBHM sound of Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with a dash of southern rock.

01. Steeplechase - Wrought Iron Man (1970)
02. The Flow - It Swallowed The Sun (1972)
03. Totty - Wicked Truth (1977)
04. Utopia - I Just Want To Make Love To You (1969)
05. Unison - Flesh and Blood (1976)
06. The Yellow Payges - Devil Woman (1968)
07. Cathedral - Gong (1978)
08. A Euphonious Wail - F# (1973)
09. Oz Knozz - Peanut Butter Yoni (1975)
10. Zipper - Let It Freeze (1975)
11. White Summer - Ridin High (1976)
12. Red Fang - Suicide (2007)
13. Survivor - Deceive Me (1979)

Cheers, Rich

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