Thursday, November 08, 2007


Well, we're covering a fair old bit of musical ground with this one tonight, lots of different stuff to delight those of you who were less than delighted by last times all-Southern Rock post.
Not that anyone grumbled about it, the visitors here appear to be pretty open minded and/or tolerant of music which might not entirely be their bag.
Whatever the style we post here, you can be sure it'll be music with heart, soul, teeth, fangs, claws & balls. That should be our guarantee/warning.
Anyway, i'll get on with it & i'll try & be brief with the descriptions tonight, coz i'm tired & i want my bed.
Firstly, the one and only album by US Rock band Fortress, their lost classic, "Hands In The Till" from 1981. They encompass everything over the course of the record, ranging from Classic Rock to Southern Rock on the ten songs here, with occasional nods to Hard Rock & AOR too. Every song is superbly crafted and brilliantly sung by powerful vocalist Jim West, it's a real goodie! Go gettit, you need it.

FORTRESS - Hands In The Till (1981) USA

Some excellent early Power Metal next from Chicago's Thrust, this is their fabulous "Fist Held High" album from the year 1984. A great record that got lost in the avalanche of great releases in that most Metal year, this one's due for rediscovery, being as it is one of the great last blasts of traditional Metal before the burgeoning Thrash and Glam movements killed off most of the lower league bands in their wake. Great chest-beating stuff which reminds a little of the likes of ANVIL, MANOWAR, EXCITER & ARMORED SAINT in places. It also includes a song called "Posers Will Die!", what are you waiting for?

THRUST - Fist Held High (1984) USA

Something a little subtler now, this is the great debut album by BLUE OYSTER CULT guitarist Buck Dharma, "Flat Out" from 1982. Boasting a stellar backing cast of ex-ALICE COOPER members, Neal Smith & Dennis Dunaway, FOGHAT man Craig MacGregor and future B.O.C. colleague Rick Downey, this is neither the glum introspectiveness or the guitar wankery that might have been expected. Instead of taking the obvious route Dharma & co crafted a radio friendly assortment of FM Rock songs which are uniformly excellent and unlike much in the B.O.C. back catalogue. There's some touches of real elegance in the music here, as clever as it was unexpected, that it didn't hit bigger is a real surprise.

BUCK DHARMA - Flat Out (1982) USA

Up next, five minute "wonders" Oral, who created a moderate fuss in the UK rock press and tabloid newspapers for about a week back in 1985, with the single entendre dunderheadedness of this, their "Oral Sex" Mini LP. Musically, this isn't too bad, the all girl group have some good hooks and riffs, but the production lets them down musically, and the lyrics and image adopted blew any small chance that they had of being taken seriously. You may remember the fuss, i doubt anyone remembers the songs, wanna hear what the short lived fuss was about?

ORAL - Oral Sex Mini LP (1985) UK

Obscure US metal three piece Rex Vector next. This is their lone release, the "Breathe Fire" 7" from 1985 on the self explanatory Metal Rock Records label. It's Metal maaaan, and it rocks too!
Big bucks item nowadays thanks to it's scarcity, see what you think of it.

REX VECTOR - Breathe Fire 7" (1985) USA

Up next, this is the rare "Here Comes The Wrecking Crew" 7" by Cleveland Ohio's Black Death from back in 1984. This 7" only ever came free with the initial pressing of their "Black Death" album on Auburn Records, why they chose to put their best song ("...Wrecking Crew") on a bonus 7" instead of on the album is a little mystifying, but if you fancy the idea of MOTORHEAD going Speed Metal 1984 style, you'll dig the fuck out of this.

BLACK DEATH - Here Comes The Wrecking Crew 7" (1984) USA

Finally tonight, the debut release from collectible Hard Rockin' NWOBHM'ers Mother's Ruin, this is their 1981 7", "Streetfighter" on Spectra Records. With a big debt to UFO and a rousing chorus or two, this is nice stuff, let down slightly by an "of it's time", no-budget production job. I'll have their second 7" next time 'round if you enjoy this one.

MOTHERS RUIN - Streetfighter 7" (1981) UK

That's yer whack for tonight folks, i'm dog tired and need to cut some zeds.
See y'all soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say thank you for all the hard work you put into this blog. It is bookmarked on both my computers and I visit you daily for the updates. Your unbelievable knack for finding the rarest gems of early 80s heavy metal has me totally blown away. Thanks again and keep up the great work!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Many thanks to you for your kind words my friend, it gladdens the heart of this old workhorse to know that people appreciate the work as well as the music.
It takes up more of my time than it probably should, but i get a kick out of sharing these "treasures" with folks who appreciate it, and i've "met" so many cool people through it that it's totally worth it.
Glad you enjoy what we do here anonymous.

Thursday, November 08, 2007 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also want to take the opportunity
to thank you for providing us with great rare metal. I visit your site every week, and I always find something interesting, like Black Death this time.
Keep up the good work
Bye from germany

Friday, November 09, 2007 7:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some more great stuff. This is definitely one of the better sites for osbcure 80's metal. If you're taking requests, some I'm on the lookout for:

Far East-Ripper Slasher 7"
Shokkwave(UK)- 7"

Friday, November 09, 2007 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for Black Death. I taped this in the 80s but know the quality of the MC is very bad.
Do you have the LP?


Friday, November 09, 2007 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger Beowulf said...

Thanks for the BUCK DHARMA - Flat Out
I'd forgotten about this and will add it to my BOC collection

Friday, November 09, 2007 2:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

Thanks again for all the good and rare stuff you keep putting on your blog!
I see that you posted Thrust on it. If you let hear that album to someone who doesn't like metal already, he or she will probably hate it forever haha. I like their mix of Anvil, Motörhead, Jag Panzer and Cirith Ungol a lot, it's certainly far from the greatest record of all time, but I played to death since I bought it 23 years ago ..., thare's something about it ...


Sunday, November 11, 2007 4:11:00 AM  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

Thanks for the Black Death post, Mr. Bigfootkit. You saved me some time digitizing my album. Also, did not know that 45" was only in the first pressing. Good to know.

I'm going to have to check out the Buck Dharma album too.

Sunday, November 11, 2007 8:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great NWOBHM stuff, and all the rest. I don't know how you manage to keep on unearthing goodies but keep up the great work. It's great to listen to and discover bands that I missed at the time, and your site is becoming as indispensable as Malc Macmillan's NWOBHM Encyclopedia. I used to go and see Maiden, Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Saxon, Def Leppard, Samson, Girlschool, White Spirit, etc but subsequently was unaware of just how huge an impact those bands had and the sheer number of bands that rose up in their wake. It's great to get the chance to listen to many of those bands who for so long had just been a name that you wanted to hear but didn't have access to. Many thanks again. PS - two requests - can you re-up the Diamond Head Flight East demos, plus any chance of posting the Heavy Metal heroes comp? I lost my vinyl copy and it just seems to be impossible to get on CD. Cheers.

Monday, November 12, 2007 7:18:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Nice stuff posted, as always! I've never heard of it before, but that Rex Vector 7" is pretty good, especially 'breathe fire'. Thanks for sharing it

Monday, November 12, 2007 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous bil said...

Thanks for the Buck Dharma, I have the record right here but nothing to play it on!

Thursday, November 22, 2007 5:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say thanks. I do have one complaint. I've been looking for Thrust - Fist Held High for quite a while (I've had it on cassette since 1985). On "Posers Will Die!", it has a major skip in it 11 seconds into the song. Is there a way you can fix this as it is my favorite song on this album, but it is ruined here.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Mandrake said...

Thanks a lot!!

Monday, September 15, 2008 12:05:00 AM  
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Anonymous Bailey said...

Thanks for the Buck Dharma, I have the record right here but nothing to play it on!

Friday, November 30, 2012 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

Thanks for the Buck Dharma, I have the record right here but nothing to play it on!

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