Thursday, April 26, 2007

MAPLE LEAF MAYHEM


For no reason other than i've been playing a few of these albums a lot lately, i'm proud to present the long promised, all Canadian post. I'm not Canadian, i don't know anyone who is, but over the years i've come to enjoy & respect a lot of the music that comes out of that much-mocked (by Americans) land. Their Hard Rock & AOR of the '70's & '80's was of a uniformly exemplary quality, few of the bands went further than local notoriety, but that stuff is still highly regarded by fans of the genre. There was always a slightly quirky edge to the Canadian Metal bands, from the cartoonish proto-Speed Metal of the god-like Anvil to the space-rock avant edge of Voivod, as there was to their proggier forefathers Rush & (particularly) Max Webster. Is it a national trait? Avril Lavigne & Alanis Morissette suggest not, but there is much here to support the theory. Anyway, enough of the bunkum & hyperbole, on with the music.
The history of Hanover Fist is a convoluted and confusing one, explained well in the accompanying txt file, so i'll stick to the music here. A solitary gem of an album, the band's stock in trade was memorable powerful anthemic Hard Rock, expertly written & delivered by seasoned pros, with backgrounds in acts such as Wrabit, Moxy & Zon. Business problems caused the album to be released twice, firstly as "Hanover Fist", then with the band name shortened to Hanover, the album was reissued as "Hungry Eyes" in 1985. You'll love this one, they should have been huge!

HANOVER FIST - Hungry Eyes (1985) Canada

http://rapidshare.com/files/27226216/HANOVER_FIST_-_Hungry_Eyes__1985_-_Canada_.rar

To Toronto now, for the sole self-titled album by Metal madmen Kraken. This was privately pressed by the band themselves and produced in a very small run, which is one of the reasons it features on so many collectors "wants" lists. Another reason is the involvement of Anvil main man Lips, who produced the record. Anvil is a reasonable reference point for the bands sound too, although they're not as speedy in approach as their countrymen, preferring a more traditional velocity for their Heavy Metal thunder. They split up in 1984 after a further demo, listen & weep for what might have been.

KRAKEN - Kraken (1983) Canada

http://rapidshare.com/files/26729217/KRAKEN_-_Kraken__1983_-_Canada_.rar

Hard Rock now, of an altogether more commercial bent from Quebec's Dagger. Formed as Hell's Dagger in 1982, they shortened their name before contributing a track to the legendary, "Moose Molten Metal" compilation.
Anyone like to post a rip of that particular nugget? This brought them to the attention of Attic Records who snapped them up and issued their only album "Not Afraid Of The Dark", through their Viper imprint in 1985. Despite their outrageous look, (click the cover to see it in all it's "glory"), Dagger were no Glam band, their sound was quite Anglophile, like an amalgam of UFO, Lone Star and Thin Lizzy, with a nice mid-'80's production job & BIG gang style choruses.

DAGGER - Not Afraid Of The Dark (1985) Canada

http://rapidshare.com/files/27216696/DAGGER_-_Not_Afraid_Of_The_Dark__1985_-_Can_.rar

Staying in the Quebec area, we now bring you DDT's "Let The Screw...Turn You On" Mini LP. DDT were a well established band by the time this came out, having formed as far back as 1979. This helps explain the quality & diversity of the songs on this, their only release. Five years to write a bunch of songs then cherry-pick the 5 best ones for your 1st record, sounds like a good way to do things. From uptempo rockers to heavy pounders, with some more reflective moments too, they show off their skills with aplomb. Sadly they failed to manage a follow up, and disbanded in 1989.

DDT - Let The Screw...Turn You On Mini LP (1984) Canada

http://rapidshare.com/files/26217700/DDT_-_Let_The_Screw...Mini_LP__1984_-_Canada_.rar

Iron Gypsy were formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 1983 around whizkid guitarist Jim Mark. Personnel changes were a constant problem, meaning it was late 1984 before they got around to releasing their self-titled Mini LP. A diverse & powerful set, it brought the band many admirers, and international distribution for their record too. This in turn led to tour supports with Saxon & Accept amongst others. However, just as they seemed poised to step up to the big time, their drummer deserted them to join a Country & Western band, and all the momentum they'd built up disappeared overnight. Iron Gypsy, great name.

IRON GYPSY - Iron Gypsy Mini LP (1984) Canada

http://rapidshare.com/files/26210783/IRON_GYPSY_-_Iron_Gypsy_Mini_LP__1984_Canada_.rar

Finally tonight, here's an eleven track radio session recorded for CBC by the Hanson Brothers. For those not in the know, the Hanson Brothers are the more straightforward side project of venerable Canadian prog-punk institution, Nomeansno. This is where those Nomeansno guys get to play at being the Ramones & sing songs about ice hockey, beer, and girls who hate ice hockey. It's fast fun stuff, and the interview segment is hilarious too. Go getcha sum!

HANSON BROTHERS - CBC Radio Session (2003) Canada

http://rapidshare.com/files/27074583/Hanson_Brothers_-_Live_CBC_Radio__Canada_-_2003_.rar

Phew! Big post!! I'm loaded with the cold and must go for a lie down now, hope you enjoy it people!

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, thanks for your many many good metal uploads.
You made a old man very happy HaHa.
The first song on the Kraken album doesn't sound very healthy.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Friday, April 27, 2007 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great canadian metal .how about some moxy or frank soda. keep on rockin.
micksguitar

Friday, April 27, 2007 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

I think we posted some Moxy here a while back if you wanna check the archives the links may still be good.
Frank Soda i don't have, perhaps Bryon or another visitor could help out micksguitar?
The Kraken album is not my original rip, so there's nowt much i can do about the 1st song unless someone else has a copy. Unlikely but then you never know.

Saturday, April 28, 2007 9:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank U for the music (sounds like an ABBA song ay)and especially the canadian ones. (sorry for my English.
I too was very charmed of the canadian music in the 70 and 80 ties.
I collected a lot of vinyl those these and now Iám searching the net for the digital versions.
How about some Hellfield for example, do you've heared from them?

Keep on rockin'dudes

Saturday, April 28, 2007 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks for the Dagger!

Sunday, April 29, 2007 3:54:00 PM  
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Sunday, April 29, 2007 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Being Canadian I wish to thank you nice stuff. Would you have (Can Bands)
THE HUNT
THUNDERMUG - Bang That Drum
Lydia Taylor
CREED

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Dgrador said...

Greets from Canada!

More Canadian treasure here:
http://ocanadarm.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 5:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure the Kraken LP was pressed by the band itself? I got info that a swiss bootlegger pressed their demo on vinyl in several colours (green, red and yellow I had in my own hands)...
But anyway, the Iron Gypsy totally shredz! Great work man!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 1:29:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

As far as the Kraken LP goes, i got a rip from a guy i trade with, most of the info was included in a txt file which came with the album & some other info i scrounged up via google.
The swiss bootlegger story therefore could be totally true. I know they recorded two demos, either side of the album, whether these were the recordings bootlegged that you speak of i couldn't say.
http://www.metal-archives.com/ has tracklistings for the demos & they aren't the same titles as the album tracks. Clear? No. Me either?!!
Glad you enjoyed the Iron Gypsy though!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 5:50:00 PM  
Blogger PE_35 said...

about DDT,the drummer left the band in '86 and it's me who took the drum stool for 5 years (my name is richard perusse by the way).

after that we made 3 or 4 demos and after i left because the band took a more commercial way in '91, at that time the band changed the name for ''adam's apples''.

enjoy this rare metal EP.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 8:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Goldy said...

Kraken's 1st track seems to be corrupt, please check it if you can

Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: Iron Gypsy

For a Canadian band these guys sure have a great NWOBHM sound going! Too bad the recording isn't better, they deserved to make a proper LP...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger Melnais said...

Thanks for Hanson Brothers!

Saturday, December 08, 2007 7:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys have no idea just how good DDT was. I did their sound many times, it was a treat, a treasure to aurally mold their performance.
I've mixed over 5000 acts and DDT ranks top 5 for the guys and the show and the attitude and probably in the top 30 best acts I've ever mixed.
I have live VHS tapes noone else has heard that are amazing. Recorded in a 150 seat venue in 1998 that sound as good a any recent live shows in big auditoriums. I'm not shitting you.
One thing I have to say is DDT were the best of people, really nice guys. Frank, Pete, Paul and Richard always had a smile going on. No ego's, just good guys. Everyone's friends.
You can't say that about anyone on the charts these days. You make more money if people hate you and your a lousy mother or dangling your kid from a balcony. But the real money is selling cosmetics, noone cares about really good musicians anymore.
I guess great players like DDT faded do to fashion.
Rob C

Saturday, December 15, 2007 4:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello out there, this is Wickley of Iron Gypsy. I just wanna say Thank you for the post and kind words! Later in Oct. 2009 both EP's will appear enhanced on one CD. I will also be going into the studio to record songs from the vault, many of which I saved for the deal that never happened. Incidentally, I use to work with Thundermug as a kid during 1975-77, their heaviest /unrecorded years, and it's that spirit along with my own that will make my next offering uniquely Canadian heavy..!

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