Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Well, the response to my impromptu poll last time out was not particularly gratifying, folks.
Here's the script, THE NUBS WILL HUNT YOU DOWN & KILL YOU!!!
I don't really know what to make of the non response we got, i'm still in the dark.
What do the people want?
For me to get on with the music?!
You want Southern Rock? I give you Southern Rock. Here we have the shelved 2nd album by the Winter Brothers Band from 1978, "Coast To Coast". It was finally given a release latterly as the imaginatively titled "The Lost Album". If you enjoyed their first album, or quality Southern styled rock in general, this one's for you.



Next, courtesy of Nils, a friend of the blog, we have "Tracked Down", a comprehensive best of compilation of Canadian Hard Rockers The Hunt. Between '77 & '82, The Hunt released three excellent albums which now seem to have been forgotten by all but the most committed Hard Rock collectors. Surprising, as they sold a decent amount of records, especially in their home land and in Texas. Musically, they have their roots in the DEEP PURPLE sound, but with a more commercial sheen and some odd synth touches, coming off like LEGS DIAMOND sometimes or MAX WEBSTER's more straightforward moments. Good good stuff, many thanks Nils, from me personally and on behalf of our visitors, especially those who requested some Hunt music. Very good of you to help out.

THE HUNT - Tracked Down (The Best Of) ('77-'82) Canada


Next, a heavy rarity for the Metalheads out there! Someone suggested i post some Brocas Helm on here, what a very good idea! So here's their very first demo, five kick ass tracks from 1983, the cleverly titled "Demo I". For the uninitiated, this is cult epic San Franciscan Heavy fuggin' Metal for fans of MANILLA ROAD, CIRITH UNGOL etc. Lyrics focus on war, fantasy, sword & sorcery, all that good stuff. You'll love it! If you enjoy this one, lemmy know & i'll dig out more. If not, fuck you & your mother, your Metal is not true!

BROCAS HELM - Demo I (1983) USA


Along similar lines but from this side of the Atlantic, came the sole obscure album from Voltz. This is "Knight's Fall" which crept out on the tiny Airship label back in 1982, and a finer slice of fantasy inspired NWOBHM you'll be hard pushed to find. This one changes hands for silly silly money, one listen will show you why. Great memorable songs, melodies that stick like glue, fantastic guitars & great great vocals. Believe the hype, Voltz ruled!

VOLTZ - Knight's Fall (1982) UK


If you're one of those who enjoyed the recent CRYSYS post, stylistically, this one is a similar aural treat. What we have here is the one & only release by Argus. No relation to the UK act, this 5 piece band were from California, and had one of the great unsung guitar partnerships in Rock/Metal, Glenn Enriquez & Dave Aylor. How they failed to progress to bigger things is anyones guess, but it's an absolute tragedy that this act never trod the boards at Donington or Wacken. Think Crysys, think MISTREATER, think RIOT. Think Argus!!!

ARGUS - Argus Mini LP (1983) USA


For those of you who enjoyed the Cynic 7", "Suicide", which i posted here a while back, i have good news on several fronts. As you may be aware, the band have recently reconvened after a period of inactivity & have just recorded a full length album at the world famous Rockfield Studios. Drummer Tim Batkin has been kind enough to let me hear a couple of "work in progress" mixes of a couple of tracks, and lemmy tell you folks, it's sounding astounding!!! They've managed to balance the old school NWOBHM sound with a great production job, without sacrificing any of their grit for polish. This is a powerful blend of the old & new which really works. Whilst so many of their contemporaries have ended up scraping egg from their faces whilst attempting the same trick, Cynic have pulled it off, classic and relevant, all at the same time. The album's at the mixing stage just now, and the band have attracted heavyweight label & management interest on the strength of their recent work. I'd like to wish them all the best and much success, they've really deserve your support folks. With Tim's blessing we're proud to present their 1982 "Do Or Die" demo, now you're getting to know their past, look forward to their future!

CYNIC - Do Or Die Demo (1982) UK


To finish tonight's post, let's slow things down a bit. This is the debut Ep from Boston's Druid, "Four Curses". Doom guitars, complex riffage and a Halfordesque turn by singer Eric Sager combine to make this one uniquely weird record. Repeated listens pay off though as the record slowly reveals itself to be the work of gifted craftsmen, and not the raving lunatics the first spin suggests. Their 1988 full length, "Vampire Cult", is meant to be a bit more accessible, although i've yet to track down a copy.

DRUID - Four Curses EP (1986) USA


At some point soon i shall return with more of what FZ used to call "hot poop", 'til then, byeeeeeeeeeee.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for another great post!
Been looking for The Hunt for long
thks thks thks thks

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 5:22:00 AM  
Blogger marsias said...

thanks for the great post.I'm more interested in nwobhm and american 80s hard rock and Heavy metal.I'd like to ask you if you have something from Covenant.Thanks again..

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 8:01:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Covenant eh? I'll have to have a look see. Leave it with me.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 8:16:00 AM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

YES The Hunt many thanks bought the album at least twice after wearing out the grooves. I Want To Be King/Little Miss Prefection were my fav songs for many years.

In NWOBHM looking for
FIST - Turn The Hell On
Canadian Metal Band

McKenna Mendelson Mainline - Bump 'N' Grind Reveue
TRUTH AND JANEY - No Rest For The Wicked

Thursday, June 07, 2007 1:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hunt is really awesome. Great hard rock from a band I never heard about before.

Thursday, June 07, 2007 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Brocas Helm demo! I'm looking also for "Helms Deep" demo

Thursday, June 07, 2007 5:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, well here is my 2 cents worth …I love your blog solely for the NWOBHM gems, anything resembling early Angel Witch, Maiden, Diamond Head is what I am looking for, so personally i’m not interested at all in the southern rock posts. You asked us to check out the Nubs, so I gave them a few listens yesterday… unfortunately I cannot appreciate this genre of old punk - it doesn’t have the melody or riffs I yearn (I also tried the “Beyond Possession” a while back but I couldn’t get into it tho’ I tried). So for me it’s NWOBHM all the way please and nothing else will do. Thanks for the Amethyst post. I’ve been listening to the Black Axe/Wolf, Richochet and Satan stuff from your original post for a few months. Standout favourites have been the amazing Limelight, Culprit and Mindless Sinner stuff and the Rising 7” is the best I’ve heard in a while. Thanks for the music – keep it metal…always. Oh do you have Angel Witch’s BBC session?

Friday, June 08, 2007 8:26:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Anonymous, thank you very much for your "2 cents worth", and for giving that Nubs disc & Beyond Possession a go. It's not to your taste and that's that, but at least you know that from experience, and not prejudice.
That's what i've been talking about, exposing the musical taste buds to new flavours & an open mind. You might spit more than you swallow, (stop giggling at the back!), but how else will you develop your pallette?
Opinions are important.
Thanks for sharing them.

Friday, June 08, 2007 1:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hunt - never heard of them before, but what a find! Excellent stuff. Thanks! Pete from the UK

Saturday, June 09, 2007 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Nils, it looks like your Hunt post has made a lot of visitors very happy.
Many thanks again.
To the fella who was asking for the "Helms Deep" demo, a friend is supposed to be copying it for me, so it'll appear here when i get it.
I think the Angel Witch BBC session was included as bonus tracks on the issue of the 1st album posted by Bryon a while back on Time Traveller.

Saturday, June 09, 2007 2:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool, been tracking that Druid album for a while. Keep posting obscure 70's heavy rock, NWOBHM and 80's US-metal albums, they all kick butt.

Monday, June 11, 2007 9:35:00 AM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

The Winter Bros. posts were much appreciated thanks. The time and effort you have put forth results in one great blog.Very much Like NWOBHM but some other styles thrown in round out the blog. Great taste in music mate.

Monday, June 11, 2007 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous sergey said...

Greetings, Kit and TT! I have returned from small vacation and have suddenly seen at you The Hunt! O-o-o-o!!!! Yyyyyyeeeees!!! Already the scalp has jumped up! Excellent. Let there will be a collection for the beginning. Huge gratitude to Nils! I shall look forward albums. I hope, soon they will be found out. (maybe in small vacation? - a joke). Thanks, men!
Best wishes

Friday, June 22, 2007 8:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Brandy said...

Greetings, Kit and TT! I have returned from small vacation and have suddenly seen at you The Hunt! O-o-o-o!!!! Yyyyyyeeeees!!! Already the scalp has jumped up! Excellent. Let there will be a collection for the beginning. Huge gratitude to Nils! I shall look forward albums. I hope, soon they will be found out. (maybe in small vacation? - a joke). Thanks, men! Best wishes sergey

Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:21:00 AM  

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