Monday, March 03, 2008


Hello again, coming at you tonight : a mixture of old favourites & some relics you're sure to be unfamiliar with. The common denominator : they rock mightily.
Up first, as promised, back to 1982 for another fine compilation album from the Ebony Records stable. This one is entitled "Metal Fatigue", and was the first full length album to be released by the label, thus bearing the catalogue number EBON001. I'm unsure whether there are any Scandinavian or European bands on this one, but i am sure that the lion's share are British, and as i know how much you guys love obscure NWOBHM, i'm sure you'll be all over this one. The best known band here are the mighty SAVAGE, who weigh in with "Ain't No Fit Place", the remainder of the bands being much less well known. So if you fancy checking out the likes of SCHELL SHOCK, ASSASSIN, JD BAND, HEAD HUNTER, HOTWIRE, INNER VISION, STRONTIUM DOG & MODUS OPERANDI, go get it.

VARIOUS - Metal Fatigue (1982) UK

To America now, to the island of Hawaii. Specifically Honalulu, for the sole self titled release by the beautifully named Trad Heavy Metal quartet Rat Attack. Formed in '82, the band self-released the album in '83, and were no more by mid-'84. Blink & you'll miss 'em. Guitarist Tom Azevedo was the bands stand out talent, with his tremendous riffing and lightning leads. In fact he so impressed a young pre-MEGADETH MARTY FRIEDMAN that following Rat Attack's demise, Marty asked him to join his band HAWAII, which Azevedo did, recording the "Natives Are Restless" album with them in 1985. Following that band's demise, Azevedo and Hawaii bassist Joe Galiza formed a new band called LIQUID MIRROR, releasing an album called "Kicked Out Of Fantasy" on the Atomic label in 1987. Down the years, the legend of the original Rat Attack album had grown enough that the album was rereleased by Old Metal Records, on vinyl only, in a limited edition of 300 copies. All 300 copies disappeared very quickly and command almost as high a price as originals nowadays. Hear it for yourself right here, it's probably gonna be your only chance.

RAT ATTACK - Rat Attack (1983) USA

Staying in the States, we now head for that hotbed of all that is hard'n'heavy, Cleveland Ohio, to catch a lug full of four piece Metallers Jagged Edge. This is their self-titled EP on Hot Metal Records from back in 1982. There must be something in the water there, as it seems like we cover a criminally overlooked Cleveland band every 2nd post at NILOOB, and Jagged Edge are no exception. Check them out on the cover, could they be any more 1982? Could they be any more Metal? How come they weren't huge? Who knows, it certainly wasn't down to the quality of their songwriting and playing, that's for sure. This is thudding, anthemic, chest-beating, exhilarating Metal, that moves me to behave in a way quite unbefitting of a man of my advancing years. I think you're gonna like this.

JAGGED EDGE - Jagged Edge EP (1982) USA

Meanwhile back in Blighty, Macclesfield teen titans Silverwing were hitting their stride that self same year, with this, their "Sittin' Pretty" EP. Much championed in the pages of Sounds music weekly, the band had debuted in '80, with their "Rock And Roll Are Four Letter Words" 7". Whilst the EP doesn't contain a song with a chorus to match that glorious ditty, there's plenty of variety and toetapping hummability amongst the four tracks here. This is Hard Rock with a trashy glam sensibility, let down slightly by the weak vocals, but after a few plays that just becomes part of the records low rent charm. The band had a couple more releases after this, before a line up reshuffle & name change saw them release a pair of well regarded albums under the PET HATE monicker. If you have a soft spot for any of GIRL's output, chances are you'll enjoy this.

SILVERWING - Sittin' Pretty EP (1982) UK

With a slightly more rootsy take on what constitutes Hard Rockin', we're proud to bring you next, the two 45's by NWOBHM-ers the Dick Smith Band. Their first 45 was entitled "Motorway Madness" and was released on the Smile label in 1979,. The excellent follow-up was released the following year on Hol-O-Gram Records, and was called "Way Of The World". Fine Bluesy Hard Rockin' with infectious choruses and a charming naivety, these are certainly period pieces and sound pretty dated nowadays, but the sheer quality of the playing more than compensates for that. The band apparently released a three song demo cassette in '81 before dissolving.

DICK SMITH BAND - Motorway Madness 7" (1979) UK

DICK SMITH BAND - Way Of The World 7" (1980) UK

Finally, blog visitor ESH was kind enough to share his memories of FULL MOON and a live mp3 of a non-LP track called "Asteroids". Many thanks ESH, interesting to get a little background & awesome to hear more music by this talented band. Any more?
"My friends & I literally followed (some say, stalked) this band from May 1976 'til roughly May '84. We really admired & identified with these guys as they were our age, local and we all had rock'n roll dreams of our own. The music scene in Central PA was incredible in those days.
Harrisburg, York, Lancaster and every town in between was rockin' every weekend so much so that even the underage live music scene flourished!!! The pool in Mount Joy had its weekly 'splash parties' and FULL MOON played regularly. City Island had a concert stage before it was turned into a minor league ballpark. Every Sunday, local bands played all day long...and the Baltimore, Maryland scene was too close not stumble 'round there as well. They later changed their name to WINTER CITY in an effort to avoid confusion with the Neil Larson/Buzzy Feiton band when shopping their demos to the major labels.
Anyway, enough history.
Here's a crappy live recording of FULL MOON playing a seldom-heard instrumental called 'Asteroids' at a gig in Hershey PA:" - ESH

FULL MOON - Asteroids (Live) USA

And that's your wack for tonight. Hope you enjoy tonight's selection.
Can i remind commenters to add any comments to the uppermost post on the page, otherwise the chances are i'll miss them, like i almost did with the FULL MOON info & mp3 which ESH was generous enough to share with us all.
Many thanks again!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, since I found your blog a few weeks ago it's become a daily part of life!

I'll be grabbing the Jagged Edge & Dick Smith Band.

Was also wondering if you could help me out with some URCHIN & PARALEX - the links are dead.

Also looking for the 3 song demo from NWOBHM band RACE AGAINST TIME - Bedtime was their big hit.

Thanks a bunch for a ton of great lost classics!

Monday, March 03, 2008 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nightsblood checking in; great stuff! I've been curious to hear Rat Attack for awhile; a copy of the Old Metal reissue just sold on ebay for around $100- couldn't believe it went for so much! FYI, rumors from King Fowley of Old Metal Records hint at a CD release of the Rat Attack in the works. Also looking forward to checking out Jagged Edge; I remember seeing that one pictured in "Heavy Metal: The Vinyl Years". And finally, I'm pleasantly surprised to learn that Dick Smith Band released another single- I'm only familiar w/ 'way of the world', which you correctly described as dated but fun.

To Anonymous: I might can help with the Paralex and Race Against Time; I'll have to double-check. If I can, I'll post links for those later in the week.

FYI: to anyone that liked the Impeccable LP I posted a few months ago, I can provide a 320 kbs copy if anyone's not satisfied with the original version I posted (I think it was 192 kbs)

Monday, March 03, 2008 7:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found your blog recently too.You save me a lot of time and money.
Without your blog, I would never have a chance to hear rare stuff like BLEAKHOUSE live,MENDES PREY live and TYRANT demo.
I would like to request impossible to find ZONE ZERO demo tapes. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 8:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nightsblood back. Can't provide the Paralex, but here's a link for the Race Against Time demo. It's 192 kbs, but the sound is still kinda rough. Not a personal favorite (I never got into HELL's recordings either) but I hope whoever asked for this one enjoys it

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 8:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Nightsblood!
Can't seem to get the file though, keeps coming up "File Not Found" - will keep trying.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,just wanted to let you know that this blog simply rules.Found some amazing stuff on here since I stumbled across it a while back.

Here's a link to the Race Against Time demo :

Anyone here has the Polestar album (early 80's US band)???

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post - great to hear obscure NWOBHM compilations. How ya doin on finding Heavy Metal Heroes, + any chance of re-upping the Diamond Head Flight East Demos? The guy who put my new carpets down recently noticed my CD collection and we got chatting and it turns out he used to be in R.A.T !!! I know it's not the greatest NWOBHM story but it;s not a bad carpet laying one!!!!! Thanks and take care. Earnestblofeld.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 3:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nightsblood here. Not sure why the rapidshare link wasn't working; I'll dbl-check it when I get a chance. Maybe that megaupload link works?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Nightsblood, got the file to work - the full link wasn't showing on my screen for some reason.
Thanks to the other poster for the megaupload link as well!

And someone tell that Carpet Layer from R.A.T. to get off his ass & release everything they ever recorded NOW!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Glad the link is working! In related R.A.T. news, HELL is working on a release of old and new material. There had been plans for a HELL box set, but apparently that has fallen through. Instead, it sounds like they're working on a 2CD set, one disc of old material and one disc of brand-new songs. Of course, plans may change again...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Glad the current round of relics has found favour with you all.
I'm still looking for the HM Heroes comps, they're here somewhere, but i have so many discs now it's hard to lay my hands on stuff sometimes.
Be patient it'll turn up sooner or later.
Thanks again to Nightsblood for keeping the info & trivia coming, it's much appreciated.
I have to agree with your feelings about Hell too, their music sounds comical to me, amateurish and self important. I fail to see the appeal of the band, and i like some awful music!
More good stuff coming up after the weekend. "See" you all then.

Saturday, March 08, 2008 9:03:00 PM  
Anonymous nwobhm00 said...

Hi there !

Here's a link to one of the best nwobhm demos ever !! Name of the band: Killer, released 1980.

enjoy !!

keep up the good work !

Sunday, March 09, 2008 9:05:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

bigfootkit: glad to chip in; it's the least i can do since you're providing folks with so much great music! Your description of HELL's music is dead-on; I've always suspected that HELL wouldn't be nearly as popular had SBBAT not taken up their cause and touted them so much.

nwobhm00- thanks for posting the demo, I'm not familiar with that one so I'll check it out. Did this band have any vinyl output?

Sunday, March 09, 2008 9:28:00 AM  
Anonymous demoniser said...

Hi! can you upload the ep's by a band called witch, i noticed you have the hex is on, is there any chance you could upload Take Me Away and Nobody Sleeps, thanks! i would be very greatful, when you have done this, will you email me at:
thanks and keep up the good work

Monday, March 10, 2008 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger micksguitar said...

great blog.i'm in heaven finding all these great lp's ep's and 7 inchers.keep up the fantastic work and thanx for your blog. mick.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi !
Thanks for the music !

I'm so pleased to get the Dick Smith singles - they are rare and expensive on Ebay etc.

I saw Dick Smith Band in a pub in Liverpool (they were from Liverpool) several times around 1980 - they were excellent, very
loud, tight and confident.

Def Leppard in 1980 at Liverpool
Univ (before they went USA-commercialised) were simply mind-blowing !

Monday, April 21, 2008 6:31:00 PM  
Blogger Sir Lord Doom said...

Brother, you drive me insane with your web blog, it is so amazing, I am about to discover too many jewels from the 1980s underground and the late 70s, I am down on my knees...

Saturday, November 22, 2008 2:22:00 AM  

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