Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Eight classic NWOBHM 7" singles for you this time round. All of them are terrific, no two sound the same, all lumped in under the "NWOBHM" umbrella. You'll love them!
For starters, here are the two excellent singles from Arc, which constitute their entire released output. The first of these is 1980's "Tribute (To Mike Hailwood)", a paen to the famous English Motorcycle racer. Personally i prefer the B-Side, "For My Next Kick", but both tracks rock in a strange "far away in time" fashion.

ARC - Tribute 7" (1980) UK

Their 2nd 7", 1981's "War Of The Ring", is another tribute of sorts, dedicated to and inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, as such it falls into the category of "ideas that should have failed because the budget wasn't big enough to do them justice, but somehow succeeded despite it all". An epic triumph on a shoestring budget!

ARC - War Of The Ring 7" (1981) UK

Big things were expected of Aragorn (more Tolkien lovers?!!), after they burst onto the scene with their "Black Ice" single in 1981, but they were dogged by the usual management, personnel & record label problems that blighted the careers of so many of their peers. One problem they never had was a lack of strong material, their recorded output was uniformly excellent, top Heavy Metal with a dirty raw edge. Just the way it should be.

ARAGORN - Black Ice 7" (1981) UK

There were at least three bands going by the name of Avalon around the time of this release. Which Avalon was responsible is anyone's guess. I did a bit of research on the web & turned up next to no information, aside from the asking price for a mint copy. $200 to you squire! Or here, now, free. Nice proggy hard-rock from a bye gone age. Worth $200? You decide.

AVALON - Going Thru' (1981) UK

One of the better remembered NWOBHM acts, Cheltenham's Chateaux managed 3 full length LPs for the Ebony label during their career. This, their debut 7" featured a the same line up which recorded the "Chained & Desperate" album, it's good solid stuff with some great guitar courtesy of Tim Broughton. Enjoy!

CHATEAUX - Young Blood 7" (1982) UK

Now to the excellent "Evil Place" 7" by Destroyer. Have i posted this already? I might have. Fuck it, it's worth posting twice. It's a good little record, but unfortunately i know sod-all about the band. Love it.

DESTROYER - Evil Place 7" (1981)

From Durham, our next blast from the past comes courtesy of Lone Wolf. Their "Leave Me Behind" 7" came out in 1982 on the collectable Guardian Records, home of the legendary Mythra. This is not the same outfit which Paul Di'Anno briefly fronted post Maiden, they were more AOR influenced, this rocks far harder.

LONE WOLF - Leave Me Behind 7'' (1982) UK

Finally, Tyrant's "Hold Back The Lightning" 7" from 1983, a cracking slice of straight-forward heads down no-nonsense Heavy Metal, with great drumming & some top vocal gymnastics from Mark Kelser. Hold it to your bosom & cherish it like it was cold hard cash. Priceless.

TYRANT - Hold Back The Lightning 7'' (1983) UK

That's yer lot for now, some Scando/Euro action coming up in the not too distant. Til then, enjoy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couple of nwobhm demos at......

Friday, May 04, 2007 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger BlackFlag said...

Thanks a lot for the War of the Ring single. Great work!

Sunday, May 06, 2007 3:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for Tyrant!


Monday, May 07, 2007 1:25:00 AM  
Blogger Perry said...

I understand that you're both big metal and heavy rock nuts. I am an enormous record collector and old "tape trader" too, but FALCON is a current band with an in-print album, and you have no right to post the full thing for download without permission from us, the band. We request that you remove it from your blog immediately. If it wasn't in print, we'd probably be all for it.


Sunday, October 21, 2007 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger AndrĂ© said...

Billion Dollar Babies - Complete Battle Axe... Re-upload please!!!

At least cd2 and cd3...

Friday, March 16, 2012 6:18:00 AM  

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