The 28th Of MAYHEM
Up first, Atlanta's Hydra, a fantastic Southern Rock band who released 3 studio albums, (2 for the Capricorn label and 1 for Polydor), back in the movements heyday in the 1970's. Unfortunately, they split around 1977 without giving us that ultimate Southern Rock staple, the double live album. Reformed in 2004, they rectified the situation by releasing this sizzling live album to document the occasion. "Live - After All These Years", finds Hydra's fire undiminished by the passing of the years, this is a down home Southern-fried scorcher!
HYDRA - Live : After All These Years (2005) USA
Nextly, another reformation album, this time from 1996, this is "Killing Time" by legendary Irish NWOBHM band Sweet Savage. This one comes to us courtesy of nwobhm00, and many thanks go to him for his contribution, cheers buddy! This one finds the band rerecording some of their better known moments from the past, polishing up some compositions from yesteryear which never saw the light of day at the time, and pounding home some brand new compositions to boot!
Although the bands sound has been upgraded for modern audiences they also manage to remain true to their 80's roots and the album's a surprising success.
SWEET SAVAGE - Killing Time (1996) UK
Nextly, more Metal from the Emerald Isle, this is the final release in our long running Rogue Male discography post, their second and final full length album, "Animal Man". By the time this one was released there had been a bit of a backlash in the music press to the record label hype which had surrounded the bands "First Visit" album, which resulted in poor reviews for "Animal Man". In actuality, it's almost as strong as it's predecessor, the bands trademark sound bolstered by a slicker production job without striking much new ground sonically. It seemed like they were going for musical consolidation this time around. If they'd stuck around long enough to deliver album no3, it could have been their masterwork, their "Number Of The Beast", if you like. Alas, it wasn't to be and the band wound down during the abortive "Animal Man" tour.
ROGUE MALE - Animal Man (1986) UK
A nice blast from the more recent past now, courtesy of Dom, expert in all things heavy and Swedish, and this one ticks both those boxes. This was the debut demo from back in 2000 from Stockholm's Grand Magus, a fantastic old school sounding Heavy Metal band with a strong WITCHFINDER GENERAL/TROUBLE vibe. A musically muscular power-trio, this is a flab free, bottom-heavy assault on the senses across three brilliant tracks, topped by the fantastic vocals of guitarist Janne ''JB'' Christoffersson, also of SPIRITUAL BEGGARS. Go get!
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS - Demo Two Thousand (2000) Sweden
Some dusty old 7" NWOBHM vinyl next. Up first, the debut release from Bristol trio Shiva, the "Rock Lives On" 45, on Heavy Metal Records, from 1982. This is classy but raucous stuff, with some strong RUSH and Prog influences in places, fans of LIMELIGHT and CHASAR will lap this one up. The txt file with this one gives a lot of detail about the bands career, so i'll urge you to d/l and let the txt fill in the background info.
SHIVA - Rock Lives On 7" (1982) UK
Up next, the second release from Barnsley natives Seventh Son, their "Metal To The Moon"/"Sound & Fury" 7" on Rising Son Records from 1984. The band had been around for five years already by the time they released this, and their experience shows, they've definitely got their own sound and the songwriting is tight, succinct and memorable. If you've never had the pleasure, check them out, apparently there's a new album due next year to look forward to.
SEVENTH SON - Metal To The Moon/Sound & Fury 7" (1984) UK
A bit of a mystery 45 to finish with, i found this one on a disc and don't remember how it came to be in my possession, had a bit of a hunt around the web for some info on the band and drew a blank. So, what do we know about it? It's called "Marching To War" by a band called Blinder, and it's a neat little slice of commercial Hard Rockery with a mid-eighties vibe. They may be related to mid-90's Essex based alternative rock band Headswim, as there was apparently an earlier version of that band which went by the Blinder handle, and repeated plays lead me to think this may be the case as i hear strong similarities in the vocals. If anyone knows for sure, clue us in!
BLINDER - Marching To War 7" (198?) UK
That's it for tonight folks, dig in and enjoy the musical bounty!