Sunday, February 18, 2007

Punk and New Wave (Of British Heavy Metal)

The grandpappys of grindcore, Amebix walked it like they talked it. Never far from imploding, they lived on the edge and took no shit. They managed to release a wealth of material, and still remain broke. Unknown to the vast majority of the world during their existance, yet their influence on bands that came after them is immeasurable. They'd go on tour and come back with different members then they left with. They'd live in squalor in squats but yet somehow got the equipment to keep going. And I could drop a dozen more amazing facts and you still wouldn't get half the story of this monumentally trail-blazing band that is as important to late 80s early 90s truly underground hardcore and heavy metal as say, Celtic Frost is to death & black metal. Give these pioneers a shot if you even have the slightest bit of interest in what influenced band such as Napalm Death and Carcass. Or Electro-Hippies and Pink Cream 69. Or the mighty Hellbastard. They are not as insane (or as out of control ) as any of those bands musically, but their attitude more than makes up for it. Got intense? Get Amebix!
This is their '83 9 song ep No Sanctuary.

Another in the continuing NWOBHM series, here's one that I could find nothing about, but really stood out as an original in a sea of sameness. This one was released in 1980 and is the (lone?) 7" from a cool band called Shock Treatment. A side is the Mugger and it's backed with Nuclear Warfare. Good one here.

I had it!!! I saw this band during the crossover (when the line between punk and metal became very blurry and the punks were crying sell-out and the metalheads were eating it up like hash brownies) opening up for the Circle Jerks in early 1986 and I remember commenting to a friend how tight the band was, and that they would be a perfect candidate for the aforementioned movement. Well, they sounded metal enough live but I bought their two available eps (Reagan's In & Get Out of My Yard) and realized at the time they were a tad metal (at least on the later of the 2), but mainly a punk band both in attitude and in execution. Well around 2 years later imagine my surprise when their album (today it would be considered an EP) Black Daze came out. They had fullfilled my prediction and more. This isn't crossover, this is full fledged metal. Released on the Restless label in 1988 to little or no fanfare (because it was marketed as punk and punks hated it), but it does rock mightily.

I hope everyone is enjoying the diversity of stuff Kit and I are presenting.
When it comes right down to it
I think Brian Johnson said it best: "Rock and roll is just rock and roll, yeah." Some may be a bit intense than others but we are detecting some really cool open-mindedness (is that a word?) here and the blog status has shot through the roof. As always, any suggestions or constructive criticism is welcomed (please be nice about either!!) or if you have anything you'd like to see posted here drop a comment and we'll do our best as long as it's reasonably obscure and/or out of print.



Anonymous Cosmowombo said...

a few more requests:

the states - s/t (79)
american tears - anything


Sunday, February 18, 2007 9:45:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

I don't have the States, but I do have some American Tears, I believe all of them. Any preference?

Sunday, February 18, 2007 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Wasted Adult said...

Hey TT !!

FANTASIC ! :) :) :)

I'm veeeeery happy - super appreciate that you were able to trackdown and upload Black Daze - in record time too !! lol

I should be listening to this fine release in about 8-10 weeks --> the time it will take to d/load this with my dial-up connection !! lol lol !

Thanks again TT, that was kind of you to post this album . Hope the other blog visitors give it a listen !!

Wasted Adult :) :)

Sunday, February 18, 2007 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

Howdy folks, been having some pc problems this week, seemingly ironed out now, so normal service will be resumed this week hopefully.
Nice post TT, will be giving the Wasted Youth a try, thanks.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger stevegrantleeuk said...

Hi TT and Kit
Got myself signed up - had previously posted anonymously re the covers file.Thanks again for all the great stuff on here. Re Starz and all the 70's aor that has been posted recently I was wondering if you had anything by Rex?

Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Cosmowombo said...

Preference? Gee, I don't know, maybe Powerhouse (1977), just cause I like the title and that's when I was born. Anyway...upload them all, if you have all of them and if they're worth listening to.

Two Rex albums were posted a while ago (over at the Time Traveller blog).

Sunday, February 18, 2007 9:28:00 PM  
Blogger stevegrantleeuk said...

Thanks Cosmowombo- I managed to miss those! I have downloaded the first one but unfortunately the link has gone for "where do we go from here".
Many thanks

Monday, February 19, 2007 4:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe "Guilty as charged" from Culprit?

Thanks for your Blog!

Monday, February 19, 2007 6:43:00 AM  
Anonymous wasted adult said...

Hey TT :)

Drove across town to my sister's place to d/l Black Daze with a high speed connection - smartest thing I've done all year !! lol !

This album is even SWEETER than I remember - can't stop re-playing it :)

A final thank-you, Time Traveller - you really made my day !!

Wasted Adult :)

Monday, February 19, 2007 3:40:00 PM  
Anonymous mike said...

Great stuff -- you're right on the money with the diversity of music here. forget the genre boundaries; you're a great supplier of rare loud music, and I thank you for it. Cheers on the Amebix.

I don't know how into the whole grindcore thing you are, but I for one would really like to hear some Siege! from Boston.

Monday, February 19, 2007 4:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Elvenking said...

Great blog!

Do you have Darkstarr's EP from 1983?

Keep on rockin'

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 4:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Shock Treatment 7" is absolutely godlike.
I've got tons of rare nwobhm (vinyl, demo tapes,...) I'd like to share, but have got no clue whatsoever on how to get started...


Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:22:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Hey Chris,

Glad you liked the Shock Treatment. If you want to learn the basics of filesharing shoot me an email:

and I'll walk you through it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 4:48:00 PM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Great Stuff here. What very rare I am looking for,lost for over 20 yrs, now is fellow Canadians' :
THUNDERMUG - (anything and everything) especially the TA DA DA with pot of gold on cover album that was released with "Duckworth Stomp" and "Hard Luck" which made it better than the release with barbershop guys on the cover.
CREED - ST(70's Toronto band release)
KARROL BROS.(B.C. Band rare two self produced)
LYDIA TAYLOR - 2 albums(Cute, Great voice can rock)
Hopefully you or somebody has these jems. THANKS time traveller for what your doing here.

Thursday, February 22, 2007 12:41:00 AM  
Blogger JavyMetal said...

Great stuff as always, my friend!
Some requests for you:

X-Caliber: Warriors Of The Night
CHEVY: The Taker
HAIL TO THE STONEHENGE GODS: Tribute to Black Sabbath
LORD CRUCIFIER: The focus of life
SOLDIER: Heavy metal force

Well, this is all for the moment.
Take good care and keep on rockin'!

Thursday, February 22, 2007 2:27:00 PM  
Blogger Sir Lord Doom said...

Shock Treatment are brillant, dirty, no nonsense Rawk'n'Roll NWoBHM the way I really love it. So wicked and wonderful...hail to you mate for sharing it. Thanks a thousand times....

Sunday, October 21, 2007 5:44:00 AM  

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