DOUBLE DIAMOND & ASSORTED OTHER GEMS
LEGS DIAMOND - Legs Diamond (1977) USA
LEGS DIAMOND - A Diamond Is A Hard Rock (1977) USA
Up next, the 3rd & final album from Nitzinger, "Live Better Electrically", from 1976. This one crept out without anyone noticing a couple of years after the band who made the first 2 classic Nitzinger LPs split. Still well worth hearing, this one is less blues-based than it's predecessors, more straight forward, more Hard Rockin'. As much as i miss the more subtle nuances of those earlier records, this is still chock full of great songwriting and great guitar playing. Also, as this is the cd reissue from a few years back, you get eight (!) bonus tracks too!
NITZINGER - Live Better Electrically (1976) USA
Now, as promised, some rare gems from the great and good of the NWOBHM.
First up, some nice prog-influenced heavy metal from Golgotha. This is their "Dangerous Games" EP from 1984, their sole release at the time, although i'm told that the guitarist released a couple of symphonic prog albums as a one man band under the Golgotha name in the early '90's.
GOLGOTHA - Dangerous Games EP (1984) UK
Some weird new wave influenced rockin' next, this is Triarchy's 1st 7" from 1979, the highly regarded "Save The Khan". They managed a couple more 7''s, but never really broke through, a pity, as they sound like an interesting band. Anyone got any of their other stuff?
TRIARCHY - Save The Khan 7'' (1979) USA
A classic NWOBHM one off single now, the essential "Suicide" 7'' by Cynic. Uptempo metal with great guitars, how they didn't become a household name (perhaps the pitiful name was to blame?), is one of lifes great injustices. This should be amongst the "no-brainer" picks for any self respecting NWOBHM compilers. I read somewhere htey're back together again too, if they can come up with a few more songs as good as these, they're in with a shout!
CYNIC - Suicide 7" (1983) UK
From the Future Earth label, which i believe was based in Mansfield and also brought us Limelight, this is another one off 7" release, this time the band in question are the little known Factory, who treat us to a tidy version of "You Are The Music...", as originally performed by Trapeze in the early '70's. Rumour has it that this might actually be Limelight in disguise, i'm not convinced personally. Nice version, although the vinyl's seen better days, check out the title of that odd b-side too.
FACTORY - You Are The Music... 7" (1982) UK
Finally tonight, here's some excellent doomy Heavy Metal from California's Child Saint. A two track EP? Yep. Check it, it'll cave your skull in. In a good way obviously! This was their sole release from 1988, cherish it, you'll never see one in real life, and even if you do, it'll be out of your price range. Enjoy.
CHILD SAINT - I Am Future 12" (1988) USA
That's it for now you lucky people, go get 'em. More soon.