Friday, November 16, 2007


Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, NWOBHM, we got them all this time out, along with some side road diversions into uncharted bluesy, punky, jazzy & countrified backwaters. Will you enjoy them all? Maybe, maybe not. Will you find something to set your tail on end that you'll cherish forever? Quite possibly, and i sincerely hope so too.
Up first, the band they call "The Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band In The World". From Tucson, Arizona, by way of Seattle, Washington, put your hands together for the all powerful Supersuckers!
If you've never had the pleasure people, you're in for a treat. This is a great live album, which was only available on their website a few years back, recorded in Sweden in 2001. It finds the band in tip-top form rawkin' & rollin' their way through a 22 song set of some of the finest shit kickin' hard rock'n'roll known to man. There are also 2 primo studio tracks on there too just to sweeten the deal. Imagine THIN LIZZY reared on MOTORHEAD, AC/DC & THE RAMONES, and you're about halfway to understanding how awesome this band is.
Ladies & gentlemen, we often lament on this blog about the great bands that slipped under the radar and never got near the success they deserved. The Supersuckers have been going for the best part of the last 20 years, gigging harder than most, releasing quality music and keeping the flag flying for real rawk music, and they're still doing it! If you like what you hear here, support them, buy an album, go & see them live, help keep them on the road, don't let a band this good go unrewarded for their efforts, help them "fly the finger" in the face of musical mediocrity.
Sermon over.

SUPERSUCKERS - Rock'n'Roll (2001) USA

A little change of pace again now, we're super-chuffed to bring you some quality Southern Rock music from Georgia's sublime Eric Quincy Tate. From 1975, this is their 3rd album, "EQT", a half-studio, half-live experience that shows off both their succinct songwriting and their ability to jam out with the very best of them. Again, this is a band that's still out there doing it today after 37 years, that kind of dedication goes above & beyond the call of duty, this great record was recorded after 5 years together, can you imagine how good they must be now?


On a heavier note now, here's the sole album, "Released From The Crypt", by Seattle-ites Serpents Knight, from way back in 1983. Best known nowadays for featuring future SANCTUARY & NEVERMORE vocalist WARREL DANE, the 'Knight were one of the best traditional Heavy Metal bands of their day. Sadly, their progress was hampered by the burgeoning Thrash movement and they were unable to capitalize on this early triumph as members began leaving and the tide of musical fashion turned against them. Various versions of the band came together and parted ways over the years, then came the news that the "...Crypt" line-up were going to rerecord unheard demo tracks and write material for a new album, which is due next year apparently. Could this finally be their time?

SERPENTS KNIGHT - Released From The Crypt (1983) USA

As a companion to their first album which i posted here a wee while back, we now travel back in time to bring you the second album by Munich based Heavy Metal Rock'n'Roll stormtroopers, Railway. This is their self-explanatory "II" album from 1985, and is considered by them in the know to be the high water mark for the Teutonic terrors. On the back of this release they were offered several high profile European tours, and went out on the road with MOTORHEAD, TOKYO BLADE & BONFIRE. After this they changed direction somewhat, going for a more mainstream sound and losing their identity as members began to leave, but if you enjoy Hard edged European Metal from this era with an ear for a good melody and tight songwriting, you'll be in heaven here.

RAILWAY - II (1985) Germany

On to the NWOBHM segment of our post for this evening, and, as promised, here's the 2nd 7" from Mother's Ruin, this one is entitled "Street Lights", and like it's predecessor "Streetfighter", is high on melody and dynamics, but is perhaps a little too radio-friendly for the denim & leather brigade. There was an album which followed this called "Road To Ruin", which i've never managed to track down, it'd be interesting to hear a whole albums worth of material from this overlooked act. Anyone?

MOTHERS RUIN - Street Lights 7" (1982) UK

Now, on the Santathal Records label, the one-off 7" release from the (apparently), much sought after Impact, this is "Days Gone By" from 1981, and i've yet to hear it myself, so why don't you people tell me what it sounds like after you've d/led the bugger. Time's been a bit short recently and i'm way behind on my listening!

IMPACT - Days Gone By 7" (1981) UK

To finish things off tonight, another one-off release, this is the "Black Of The Night" 7" by the excellently named Wikkyd Vikker. This one appeared on the Boogie/Furnace label in 1983, and i dimly recall an appearance in the pages of Kerrang! magazine around that time, possibly in the "Armed & Ready" section. If memory serves, and it often doesn't these days they were from the Midlands and also had a track on one of the numerous Ebony Records compilations. Bottom line? Typical NWOBHM bombast with a shit production job and a poor vocalist, raised out of the ordinary by some interesting and inventive songwriting touches and guitarwork.

WIKKYD VIKKER - Black Of The Night 7" (1983) UK

Have a great weekend people, especially any fellow Scots watching the BIG game tomorrow.
Do we dare to dream?


Anonymous esh said...

Thanks so much for "Railway II" !!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007 8:59:00 PM  
Blogger KEEP IT NWOBHM!!! said...

Hey bigfootkit, many thanks for this NWOBHM gems!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

many thanks for another batch
of obscurities
great stuff

Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:45:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Glad to know i'm "hitting the spot" for you folks.

Saturday, November 17, 2007 8:11:00 PM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Looking forward to hearing the Serpent's Knight and Raillway! Regarding the Impact single, I've played it a couple of times now and it's pretty light rock. Kinda similar to contemporaries such as 7 Year Itch, Paul Inder, and The Hall. 'God of Thunder' is the better of the two tracks, having a decent melody that slightly catchy. Still, I can see why they weren't included in Malc Macmillian's 'nwobhm encyclopedia', as they're a bit too light for the typical nwobhm fan. Cool to hear it... any idea why it's so sought-after? I'm guessing some members went on to a better-known act?
Nice inclusion on the Wikkyd Vikkr too- 'black of the night' is an awesome song. Shame their b-side and compilation track weren't as good. They were on the Metallic Storm comp for Ebony Records alongside an obscure bunch called Mercyful Fate who showed a lil' promise :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2007 9:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there... i saw you were looking for the mothers ruin album.. i can upload it for you. just tell me where i can send it to.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 1:17:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Hey, thanks very much for the offer to post the Mothers Ruin album, if you post the link here in the comments section, i'll add it to the main page in the next post.
Thanks very much nwobhm00!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 5:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Hal Roman said...

Just came back from England. Went to a Heavy Metal Fest featuring Avenger, Diamond Head, Girlschool,Saxon & UFO amoung others. Because of your website, I knew more about NWOBHM than most people I met there. This is the best website ever in the history of Music Blogs. I praise you.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there bigfootkit ! here's the link to mother's ruin..i hope it works, cause i never uploaded something this way before.
anyway, the album is not that good in my opinion.. a little soft..

if you are looking for more nwobhm stuff, just let me know.. i've got plenty overhere.... just let me know what album you are looking for.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007 2:26:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Many thanks for the Mothers Ruin album nwobhm00, the link seems to work fine buddy, am downloading now, can't wait to hear it, much kudos to you sir!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:18:00 PM  
Anonymous matt said...

Thanks again for all the great stuff bigfootkit. You keep me rockin' through my work day.
Also a heads up to all you NWOBHM heads, alocacoc has returned from a months absence with a wonderful bunch of nwobhm comps. Stop by & check it out here;

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 9:31:00 PM  
Anonymous jlb418 said...

just downloaded the 2 EQT albums these guys are great listened to it twice now and still can't get enough,there's blues some great old r/r alittle bit of country and I thought I heard some ol time jazz piano man what a band !!!!!

Thursday, January 03, 2008 7:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Mandrake said...

Thanks a lot!

Monday, September 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Chantler said...

Oof that IMPACT 7" is an intriguing cove, it's not HM by a long stretch but it's a highly atypical and unorthodox kind of undistorted but driving rock with touches of post-punk and Moog solos... Thanks for it, and for everything else!

Thursday, December 23, 2010 6:27:00 PM  

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