Thursday, October 04, 2007


"On with the action", as a certain Phil Mogg used to say, lots of great Hard Rock & Heavy Metal for you tonight, toes will tap, fists will shake and heads WILL bang.
Up first for your toe-tappin', fist-shakin', head-bangin' enjoyment this time, we're proud to be able to bring you the debut album by Canadian Hard Rockers Helix. This is "Breaking Loose" from way back in 1979 which was released on the bands own H&S label. Their identity is well & truly in place even at this early stage in their recording career, must've been the 5 years which they'd already put in on the rough'n'tumble Canadian bar circuit prior to this recording. As you'd expect, this is raw catchy anthemic good time Hard Rock'n'Roll, there are a couple of subtler moments too but nothing to ruin your buzz. Terrific stuff!

HELIX - Breaking Loose (1979) Canada

More great late '70's Canuck Hard Rockin' for you now, this is "An Act Of..." by the mighty Goddo from that same year of 1979. This one captures the band at the height of their powers, merging the best aspects of the bands great catchy songwriting with some of the best examples of their sarcastic and humourous lyrics, all finely tuned after a couple of road doggin' years. This is the best they ever captured their live sound in a studio, sophisticated but still Rockin'. Go get!

GODDO - An Act Of Goddo (1979) Canada

After that double bill of Maple Leaf mayhem, we head to the USA for power trio Battle Axe's sole release "We're On The Attack". This full lengther appeared in 1985 on their own Battle Axe label, and showcases a band who have honed their Heavy edged Hard Rock over several years to lay it down on black vinyl only for the world to turn up it's collective nose. Stylistically, this is probably a little behind the times, had this come out in '82/'83, chances are they would have had a decent multi album career, but the times they were a changin', and this was neither heavy enough for the thrash crowd or slick enough for the glamsters. So through the cracks of history they slipped, life's a bitch.

BATTLE AXE - We're On The Attack (1985) USA

Another American private pressing for you now, this is the highly regarded self titled EP by Image. Canny lads that they were, they were able to combine their meat & potatoes Metal with some elements of the Thrash sound and wound up sounding, at times, like the bastard offspring of ANVIL and RAVEN. Great guitars on this one, whether they be riffing or soloing, there be awesome six-stringing all over this little gem. I believe this was all she wrote for Image, i'm sure you'll let me know if not, but for the life of me i can't fathom why, they seemed to cover so many bases that they couldn't fail. Lady fate is a cruel mistress indeed.

IMAGE - Image EP (1986) USA

Completing this trilogy of US HM private pressings, we move on now to Chicago, Illinois based quartet Quest and their sole self-titled release, 1984's "Quest" EP. This is a corker which slipped out unnoticed in the USA on the bands own Soundplex Creations label. It attracted some glowing reviews in the European Metal press however, but despite this the band folded in '85. This is some great old style US Metal, anthemic but tuneful, aggressive but catchy, loaded with great riffing which reminds me at times of Lovedrive/Blackout era SCORPIONS at their heaviest.

QUEST - Quest EP (1984) USA

Something a little more modern for you now, but just as rare and just as good. This is the "Bambi" 7" from 2001 by Oakland based 70's style Hard Rockers Drunk Horse. As well as having one of the finest band names ever, the Horse are one of the finest combos ever to crank tube amps and shake lank locks. Imagine if you will, a collision between '70's ZZ TOP, classic THIN LIZZY and something along the lines of SIR LORD BALTIMORE, then add a little FRANK ZAPPA and leave to simmer. Really, they are that fucking good. This 7" is completely unrepresentative of their overall sound, being as it is a pair of PRINCE covers. I'm just whetting your appetite for some more of their stuff. Imagine, if they can make the purple pixies compositions sound this irresistible, what does their own material sound like? Stay tuned and you'll see.

DRUNK HORSE - Bambi 7" (2001) USA

Finally tonight, another obscure Swedish delight courtesy of Dom, this is the great "Orphan Devil" 7" by Eskilstuna based band Shakespeare. Another piece of Swedish gold from the collectible Pang label! Stylistically taking their cues from early MERCYFUL FATE, these two tracks are compelling riff-fests with really odd vocals and a dark menacing atmosphere. Nice stuff indeed!

SHAKESPEARE - Orphan Devil 7" (1983) Sweden

So that's yer lot for this evening, hope you enjoy 'em. Fear not NWOBHM heads, there's still plenty more of that stuff in the locker as you'll see next time out.


Anonymous ogmonster said...

A big thanks for the Drunk Horse. I have 4 CD's S/T, Tanning Salon/Biblical Proportions, Adult Situations, and In Tongues. This is one great and unique band. They should be huge imho. \m/

Thursday, October 04, 2007 8:52:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Ogmonster, i totally agree with you, Drunk Horse is an incredible band, i'll be posting their 1st two (out of print) albums soon (with bonus tracks!), and also have their "Unearthed Gems" 7" coming up in the next post too.
Most of the modern bands who try to be "retro" leave me absolutely cold, but DH seem so natural, progressive & unique, yet so completely 1976 that it beggars belief that they exist in the here & now.

Thursday, October 04, 2007 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff again. By any chance do you have either lp by Swedes Six Feet Under--the s/t or Eruption? Would love to get those. thanks.

Friday, October 05, 2007 1:08:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

I'll get on to Dom, our friend in the north, if anyone has them Dom does.

Friday, October 05, 2007 1:46:00 PM  
Blogger S. said...

gosh! interesting blog!!

Friday, October 05, 2007 3:05:00 PM  
Anonymous metalrorschach said...

As promised, a few more contributions to the blog:

MENDES PREY - 7'' with correct B-side ("Running For You"):

MENDES PREY - Live Bootleg Marquee 1983:

And I didn't promise this one, but there you go:

MIDAS - 7'' Single 1983 NWOBHM

Just so you know how thankful I am for the tons of great stuff I found on this blog. If I can help with anything else, let me know. Cheers!

Friday, October 05, 2007 8:39:00 PM  
Blogger KEEP IT NWOBHM!!! said...

Many thanks bigfootkit & metalrorschach for all NWOBHM great stuff. Cheers, carajo.

Friday, October 05, 2007 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Saturday, October 06, 2007 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks metalrorschach!

But the Mendes Prey single link is missing a "-".
Here's the correct link for those who didn't figure that out: :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007 7:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't see my whole link, but just select it by left-double clicking.

BTW: Seeing that New Electric Warriors thumb, anyone have that on 192+bit mp3/ogg? My copy sucks...


Saturday, October 06, 2007 7:26:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Metalrorschach many thanks for the Mendes Prey & Midas links, i'll add them to the next post on the main page, it's much appreciated my friend.

Saturday, October 06, 2007 8:31:00 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks for the Image, Quest, and Shakespeare (many great Swedish bands came from Eskilstuna)

And I'm thanking you in advance for the Drunk Horse, because after reading all the comments I'm going to give them a listen.

Rock On!

Saturday, October 06, 2007 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Nyet said...

Thanks for one of the most interesting blogs on the web (IMO)

Sunday, October 07, 2007 5:09:00 AM  
Anonymous irish_bil said...

Thanks for the Helix album, rock on.

Sunday, October 07, 2007 5:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Necrophiladelphiamationator said...


Only have downloaded less than 10 things so far and they're ALL GOOD. Especially RADIUM.

Any chance you (or maybe another commenter with it) could re-up-load the LORDS OF THE CRIMSON ALLIANCE album? Desperately need to hear it!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 7:52:00 AM  
Blogger eViL_dWelLs said...

Thanks for all the fine music, excellent stuff as always. You guys encouraged me to open my own blog:
I don't have such a huge collection as you, but I hope I can help pulling out some rare diamonds see the light again.


Friday, October 12, 2007 3:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

friend, you can fix the file of Battle Axe (US) - We're On The Attack because it don´t work,

Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:29:00 PM  
Blogger abruptum said...

hail bro, you can fix the file of Battle Axe (US) - We're On The Attack

because it don´t work,
thank you

Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please re-upload the Battle Axe- We're On The Attack...thanks in advance!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009 6:00:00 PM  

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