Friday, November 30, 2007

The 28th Of MAYHEM

Here we go again, another disparate selection from the dusty attic of rock's past.
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

Part 1:

Part 2:

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!


Anonymous nightsblood said...

Nice call on including the Seventh Son 7". If anyone is dying to own a copy, I have one that I'd be willing to trade for a comparably rare nwobhm item from my wantlist.
Was someone hereabouts interested in the IMPECCABLE 'live on the rox' album? Someone sent me an rar of it today but I have to get the password to it. If someone here wants to hear it I'd be glad to share once I can open the file :-)

Friday, November 30, 2007 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Nightsblood, i'd love to hear that album.
This is the same band who recorded a 7" as Axxe which i posted here a while back, i love that record!
To hear more of their stuff would be awesome!

Friday, November 30, 2007 9:01:00 PM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

bigfootkit: I d/l'ed the Axxe single here a couple of months ago and I thought I remembered you or someone else expressing interest in the Impeccable LP. The AXXE single is indeed awesome. As soon as I get the password for the rar file, I'll upload it so you can check it out.

Friday, November 30, 2007 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Oustanding find with the Hydra. Didn't even know about that one. Thanks very much for sharing it...

Saturday, December 01, 2007 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

All info I found on the Blinder single hint at a 1988 release.

Though I'm not sure either...

Saturday, December 01, 2007 1:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Thank you very much for this one.
I didn't know that exists a live album by Hydra.


Saturday, December 01, 2007 3:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks Nightsblood.

Sunday, December 02, 2007 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

OK, here's the Impeccable file. If it doesn't work let me know; it shouldn't need a password. One note: there are 6 songs included, but I have seen a track list that listed a seventh song, a cover of 'johnny b goode'. I don't know if the track list was wrong or if this file is just missing that one track. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 02, 2007 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous metalrorschach said...

As far as I know (and it's not that much, admittedly), Blinder were a mid-'80s band formed by brothers Dan (voice / guitar) and Tom Glendening (drums). They are from London and later became an indie band called Headswim. says they released demos in 1988, so this single are probably released at nearly the same space of time.

Great job on the blog, my friends. I'm with a new blog (in english) dedicated to NWOBHM info:

Hope you like it ;)

Monday, December 03, 2007 6:31:00 PM  
Anonymous nwobhm00 said...

hi there ! i read somewhere on this blog that someone was looking fot this one... enjoy !

greetingz !!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007 4:36:00 PM  
Anonymous nwobhm00 said...

hi there bigfootkit... i added the splitcrow album link, but you did not add it to your blog..... if you're not interested in "new" nwobhm stuff, just let me know... if you are, i can add some more nwobhm...


Saturday, December 08, 2007 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Derwood said...

Re Blinder single

Definitely a 1988 release. I have some scans of Kerrang reviews I can send if you post your e-mail address.


Thursday, January 03, 2008 2:30:00 AM  
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Anonymous omayyad said...

Thanks for the uploads, bigfootkit.
The SHIVA "Rock Lives On" link is dead, could you re-up?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous omayyad said...

Sorry, the link works ok!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Re: Blinder single - it's actually from around September 1987... I should know, I went to school with two of the band and saw them play live several times at the Standard pub in Walthamstow, east London! The line-up on this single would have been:

Dan Glendining - guitar, vocals
Tom Glendining - drums
Chris Moore - bass
Stefan Kay - keyboards

As far as I know, it's one of only two singles they pressed up and released on their own - the other was "Slipping Away"/"My Wonderland" which was released in February 1988 (a copy of which I still have stored away somewhere...). You're right, they did make some demos later on, but nothing released commercially. By the time of the second single Nick Watts had replaced Kay on keyboards - when Moore left to go to university later that year, the group went through a few bass players before settling on Clovis Taylor. This quartet became Headswim four years later and had some minor chart success, signing to Sony Records and releasing a couple of albums. After they split up in 2001, Dan and Tom formed a new group, BlackCar:

Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:12:00 PM  
Blogger astrojgmoore said...

The line up for Blinder was:
Dan Glendining - guitar, vocals
Tom Glendining - drums
Chris Moore - bass, keyboard

I know because my dad is Chris Moore :P
He's not sure who Stefan Kay was, but he defiantly didn't play on any recordings of Blinder, he might have played for one gig.

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