HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE
For starters, here's Winterhawk's "There & Back Again", an awesome live album recorded in 1978 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Live rock'n'roll music often struggles to translate well to the sterile confines of the cd, but there's so much crackling energy, such superlative performances and the atmosphere translates so well that you'll be face down, bedraggled, exhausted, bare chested and delirious, lying on the floor in a pool of booze & sweat by the end of this one. Seriously, they bring the house down here, great songs, fantastic vocals and jaw dropping guitar acrobatics from a band at the peak of their powers. Sweet Rock music from the days when they knew how to do it right.
WINTERHAWK - There & Back Again (Live) (1978) USA
Next, the final piece of the ongoing Rox discography, this is their sole full length release, 1983's "Violent Breed". By the time they recorded this, the Mancunian rockers had toughened up their approach considerably, the big chantalong choruses are still present & correct, but there's much more menace in the guitar and drum attack. Just look at them on the cover, these guys meant business, or perhaps they were looking for "business". Martin Hooker, owner of their label, Music For Nations, was so sure that he had signed the next big thing that he produced the album himself, but by the time it hit the shelves, Rox were sadly no more. Remember them this way, in weird lace up leather vests, but with those awesome caterwauling guitar leads on "Jailbait" ringing in their ears.
ROX - Violent Breed (1983) UK
Another discography post completed now, this is Jameson Raid's "The Hypnotist", a brilliant little four song EP from waaaay back in 1980. With a better production than on their debut EP, the songs get more of a chance to breathe here, the melodies which were buried slightly on "Seven Days Of Splendour", really get a chance to get under your skin this time 'round. The guitars are sharper, the drums heavier, their debut's promise more than fulfilled. Okay, the lyrical tack of "The Hypnotist" is a little silly, but it was a different era, and that's a small complaint when everything else about this record makes this almost the perfect example of NWOBHM. Jameson Raid, wherever you are now, i salute you!
JAMESON RAID - The Hypnotist EP (1980) UK
To Canada now, for an interesting little rarity by Minotaur, a great little band from Oshawa, Ontario. The four piece specialized in Heavy Rock with a commercial edge, the guitars of Pete Lesperance being absolutely outstanding. Lesperance eventually went on to form the highly respected Harem Scarem in the late '80's with Blind Vengeance vocalist Harry Hess, leaving this 7" as Minotaur's only release during their lifetime. OPM Records put out a compilation of their demos in 2004 called "83-87", and later the Harem Scarem website made the 1st Minotaur demo available as a free download. Nice stuff, give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
MINOTAUR - Burner 7" (1984) Canada
Now, here's the 1985 7" from Swedish quartet Adventure, this one's entitled "Destiny". I can't describe it any better than they do on the Corroseum website, so i won't even bother to try to outdo their sublime review. They describe it thus,"Heavy riff-HR without one iota of hair-rock gayness". That's exactly how we here at NILOOB like our Heavy Riff Hard Rock, "Hair Rock Gayness" free! Their reviewer isn't as keen on the A-Side, but i'll stick up for it even if he won't. A nice one. Thanks Dom!
ADVENTURE - Destiny 7" (1985) Sweden
Couldn't find out much about our next act, but hopefully their music will speak for itself. This is the 2nd of the 2 7" releases which Buzzard managed between 1981 and 1985, this is "Catch Me Alone", which came out on PTO Records. This is one of the superior later NWOBHM releases, classy with unusual arrangements, although to my way of thinking the A-Side should have been the B, and vice versa, there was definitely something special about Buzzard.
BUZZARD - Catch Me Alone 7" (1985) UK
Last tonight, but absolutely not least, we finish with the "Criminal World" 7" by Londoners, The Lightning Raiders. Much more rock'n'roll in attitude than most of their NWOBHM peers, they managed a pair of singles and a Reading Festival appearance, before they hung up their guitars and retired their thrift store Stones clothing. A great racket, good time but seedy, and let's face it, all the best of good times are a little seedy, are they not?
LIGHTNING RAIDERS - Criminal World 7" (1981) UK
More soon, tired now, must sleep.