Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Hi again oh seekers of sublime sounds from the dim & distant half remembered margins of the history of rawk. Lots of terrific lost listenable treasures for us to get through tonight so let's get to it.
Victim were a promising Heavy Metal act from San Diego in the early 1980's. They released this one incredibly rare album, 1983's privately pressed "Power Hungry", and a further mini LP "DMN" in 1985. As the debut album is growing in reputation and value now, these guys are finally getting some long overdue kudos at last.
Sadly it's all too little too late, as the band folded around 1986.
Not to be confused with the other band also called Victim from Houston, TX.

VICTIM - Power Hungry (1983) USA


Next tonight, we complete a discography which we began last time out.
GLORY BELLS BAND acted as an early stepping stone for drummer Peter Udd, who later worked with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and, more significantly, guitarist Franco Santuine who was to later join the ELECTRIC BOYS and subsequently teamed up with REPTILE SMILE. The band released two well respected old school Heavy Metal albums, 1982's "Dressed In Black", then, under the shortened name GLORY BELLS, this one, 1985's "Century Rendezvous".
Singer Göran 'Glory North' Nord (a.k.a. Göran Edman) formed GLORY NORTH following the dissolving of GLORY BELLS and this group actually recorded an album, but it was never released due to the record label going bust. The group subsequently evolved into GLORY.

GLORY BELLS - Century Rendezvous (1985) Sweden


Back to the USA now, as we complete yet another discography.
Mox Nix were a four-piece Heavy Metal act from the state of Texas. The Houston quartet were formed in '82, and began as a covers band playing PRIEST, UFO, SAXON & MAIDEN songs on the local club circuit, gradually introducing more & more self written material into their set and building a strong local following. This seven song 1984 demo called "All Access", generated positive reviews in the European Metal magazines, and French label, Axe Killer Records offered the band a one album deal on the strength of it. The self-titled album was released the following year, and received strong reviews and a lot of local airplay, which resulted in the band touring with the likes of ACCEPT, WARLOCK and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. At this time they signed with Shatter Records & recorded a still unreleased album in New York which was produced by Alex Perialis & RAVEN drummer Rob Hunter, and featured ex - IRON MAIDEN man Paul Di'Anno on vocals. Unfortunately the label folded shortly thereafter and a proposed release through Metal Blade fell through, eventually leading to the frustrated bands demise.

MOX NIX - All Access Demo (1984) USA


Next we return once again to Sweden, for another piece of Northern steel courtesy of Dom.
This 3-song EP by Airborne is a rather coveted FWOSHM (First Wave Of Swedish Heavy Metal) item and bears the "In The UK" title because the band upped sticks and recorded this EP in England to try and get the full on NWOBHM vibe, and also to be taken more seriously by the International Metal community. It also had the unfortunate effect of fooling record collectors that they were a NWOBHM band, you still see it turn up on Brit Metal "wants" lists. They were at least semi-successful in their musical aims, opener "Burn In Hell" offering up a strong JUDAS PRIEST style feel. The opening bars to "Lord Satan" are simply astounding, Heavy Metal thunder, before returning to a more basic riffing structure. The closing "Temple Of Metal" with it's bleak SAXON-esque leads is probably the best track on this release, being less derivative than the others. So, "In The UK" is certainly not the most overrated of all FWOSHM EPs, you get 3 diverse full on Metal/HR songs for your cash. Or for free, right here, right now.

AIRBORNE - In United Kingdom EP (1983) Sweden


Would you believe we begin the NWOBHM portion of tonight's post by completing another discography? We're getting better at tying up those loose ends these days eh? This is the 3 song 1981 demo by NWOBHM/Doom legends Apocalypse. Other than their excellent 1982 single, this is the only recorded output prior to the bands conversion to OMEGA. The opening track, "Night Stalker", is a bit of a shock to anyone familiar only with their "Stormchild" single, as the song is a very upbeat, aggressive number more akin to a band like Mythra. It s a good song, just not one I expected from this particular band. Follow-up "The Light" is more along the lines of what you would expect; a long, slower number meant to induce an epic feel with layers of atmosphere. This song was reworked as "The Child" on OMEGA's "The Prophet" album. Finally, the demo closes with "Midnight Train", which is more similar to the tuneful, slightly atmospheric material of BASHFUL ALLEY's "Running Blind". Nothing whatsoever to do with the piss poor AC/DC copyists of the same name.

APOCALYPSE - Demo (1981) UK


NWOBHM quartet OVERKILL only released this one record, the 1981 single 'Elemental' on the Elly Jay label. Bassist Paul Nicholson was later replaced by Marcus Nason, with whom the band then recorded the two song "Demo '81", cassette.This appears to have been the end of the line for the band as no further releases were forthcoming. Not to be confused with the two US bands of the same name, the punk one from LA, and the other, the better known thrashers from New York.

OVERKILL - Elemental 7" (1981) UK


Finally tonight, here's Challenger, a Yorkshire based five piece NWOBHM band with a strong early '70's vibe. They released only this one record, the 1981 "So Sure Of Yourself" 45 on C.M.C. Records. Flipside, "Out To Kill" is probably the stronger of the two tracks, reminding me somewhat of QUARTZ.Highly prized nowadays by NWOBHM collectors, but at the time of it's original release sales struggled, and disspirited, the band went their separate ways.

CHALLENGER - So Sure Of Yourself 7" (1981) UK


That's tonight's haul, hope you enjoy our choices and find something here to cherish. I've got some great stuff lined up for next week as well, i think we've surpassed ourselves folks, so that's something for you regulars to look forward to.
Until then, keep commenting, keep rocking and keep the (Metal) faith.


Blogger Chris said...

Love your blog, even if it's a band I don't check out,the info is amazing and a great read. Thanks so much. One of my favorite blogs, I appreciate the effort put in here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd just like to say a big thanks for all the great NWOBHM stuff.I love listening to long-forgotten bands or bands I've never even heard of.
Long may it continue!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 3:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again for the grear music you are sharing with us.For me, this time, the Apocalypse demo was a big surprise and specialy songs like Nightstalker and Midnight train show me another dimension of this great band.Thanks again and Keep Rockin'-Chris

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 5:32:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Nice set as always! Looking forward to hearing Airborne and that Mox Nix demo; their LP is one of many cool, forgotten LPs that I've found via this blog. Great addition w/ the Apocalypse demo, a very cool band.
For anyone wondering, this Overkill is the same band that was featured on the 'Heavy Metal Heroes vol 2" compilation.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 9:35:00 AM  
Anonymous MisterManiac said...

Thanks for all the great forgotten gems. You do a great job in keeping the sounds of classic metal alive!

In response to the guy that said he would soon be ripping the "Live" e.p. by Pittsburgh band Axtion, count me in on that request too! I used to live in good 'ol PGH and would love to hear this again (yeah..the boot CD has a bunch of annoying static). Never heard radio station WDVE play anything by these guys (they wimped out about this time...remember the TV ad where they threw all the metal albums into a garbage truck?), so the fact that you have some other rare Axtion is also a find. Looking forward to hearing these too!

Again, thanks to all for the great classic metal posts!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

That VICTIM LP smokes! Nice power/speed but still catchy and melodic! Excellent stuff, though I doubt the cover art helped their cause :-)
Challenger is kinda cool; I like the vibe of "Out to Kill".
From last week, Predatur turned out to be alright; decent lil' rocker.
Now for some requests:
1- can anyone upload the '1770' mini LP by Aussie band TAIPAN? I love their 'Breakout' EP, but I've never gotten to hear '1770'. I suspect it's not as good, coming out several years after 'Breakout', but I'm still curious.
2- 220 Volt's 7" 'prisoner of war'. Allegedly one of the best from Sweden; I can't bring myself to pay $25 for the bootleg copies that turn up on ebay.
Thanks for any help w/ these two!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Great post as usual. Looking forward to hearing VICTIM and the MOX NIX as well. One correction though, Goran (Glory North) Nord and Goran Edman are two different vocalists. It's always been a confusion because GLORY was indeed formed out of the ashes of GLORY NORTH, but the singers changed with the name change. If you listen to each singer's work, it's definitely noticeable (Edman is far better than Nord, technically). That said, I have been a huge fan of Glory Bells Band since the vinyl came out, I've got them both on CD now. Unfortunately, Goran (Glory North) Nord just passed away, I haven't heard the cause yet but it's on the GLORY BELLS website (in the guestbook). Hopefully I didn't make all of this even more confusing :)

Here's the link:

Thanks again!

Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:46:00 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Oops...I just read the bio on the Glory Bells website and I guess the band GLORY NORTH had absolutely nothing to do with the band GLORY. Heres the quote from the site:

"Glory North" has nothing to do with the Swedish hard rock band "Glory", who acted during the same period. This name has caused a lot of confusion and many people have asked and wondered if Glory was a member of the band "Glory", but that is all wrong. The band "Glory North" and the band "Glory" were two different bands! At first he did not like that the band had his name, but after a while he felt flattered.

Glory died in February 2008 after a long time of sickness.

Sorry for the double post.

Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again great posts.

Please post the secong Victim.
I love the first one.


Thursday, May 29, 2008 1:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again thanks for the great NWOBHM stuff. Looking forward to hearing the Challenger 7"; and it's always great to get demos!
Take care, Blofeld

Thursday, May 29, 2008 7:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for all your hard work, your blog is bookmarked in my browser, love it!!!!

Monday, June 02, 2008 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Acpolypse demo. I used to be a roadie for them. We used to live locally in Enfield, North London.

Monday, June 02, 2008 4:41:00 PM  
Anonymous robertbassist said...

Love the blog...FYI Mox Nix has been getting together about once a year...since 2005 for a reunion gig...usually around vocalist/guitarist Johnny Duff's birthday...all original recording/touring members have participated at the same time...they usually do about eight or nine Mox Nix tunes...Lost Sierra, Reckless and a few UFO or MSG covers...most members live in Houston while the bassist Robert Fernandez lives in LA...the "All Access" demo was recorded at a welding/oilfield warehouse in Pasadena, Texas at night when the facility was closed.

Thursday, June 19, 2008 5:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantasic BLOG, mate. Long live the NWOBHM!

Hey, you got the WAR CRY (USA)-"Trilogy Of Terror" Demo from 1983?
Would like to hear it! \m/

Sunday, August 03, 2008 10:37:00 AM  
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