Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Well, we've been down there in the dark mining the rock for you this week as per usual, and we came across a rich seam of precious metal indeed! Hold on to your hats boys & girls, because we've got the goods, and you need to hear this stuff.
Firstly, another nice compilation from the catalogue of Ebony Records, this one's from 1983, and goes by the name of "Metal Warriors". As usual obscure NWOBHM is the main theme, but their are also French & Scandinavian acts featured too. So who's on it? SHY, HIGH LEVEL, FLYTE, MITCHELL TROY, WISH, OMEGA, SORTILEGE, LYADRIVE, T.N.T., VORTEX, SINNER, RANDOM BLACK & BREEZE, that's who. No, i've never heard of half of them either. That's one of the reasons why it's such an interesting listen, i think you'll find lots to enjoy on this one.

VARIOUS ARTISTS : Metal Warriors (1983) Various

Next we are pleased to bring you one of the rarest NWOBHM albums. The self-titled and only album by Jody St. was released in 1980 on Stick Records. Apparently only a handful were produced as a white label in a plain sleeve with the band logo stamped on it.
The NWOBHM ENCYLOPEDIA says this : "Their monumentally scarce album rapidly passed into the realms of NWOBHM folklore, in spite of the fact that nobody seemed to be entirely sure just how good the album really was. NWOBHM fans, were by the end of the 90's foaming at the mouth at the prospect of any copies coming up for sale, and the theoretical value swiftly rocketed to astronomical level, in fact only a couple of copies have come into the market in recent years"
See what you reckon to this impossibly rare relic, right now.

JODY : Jody St. (1980) UK

Nextly, Black Ice were a traditional Heavy Metal band formed in Los Angeles California by bassist Tom Ferry formerly of cult Alaskan Metal act THE PLADS. Their only release was this four song EP entitled "Hot 'n' Heavy", released by Ironworks Records in 1986. The band was short lived however, and split without recording any further material. Drummer Steve Quartarola would subsequently reappear later as a member of Oakland's ALTAR OF THE KING, who released a lone self-titled album in 1995.

BLACK ICE : Hot'n'Heavy EP (1986) USA

Now another nice little item by Warrior, the NWOBHM quintet formed by guitarists Dave Dawson & Eddie Watson in Newcastle in 1981. The band debuted in 1982 on the Neat Records label, with a well received three song EP entitled "Dead When It Comes To Love". Here it is for your listening pleasure, and hasn't it aged well?

WARRIOR : Dead When It Comes To Love EP (1982) UK

Export were a class Hard Rock/NWOBHM act formed in Liverpool in 1980 by ex HARD STUFF vocalist Harry Shaw. Following this self financed 1981 single, "You Gotta Rock", & an album they achieved a major American deal with Epic Records, releasing 1984's more AOR styled 'Contraband' and, in 1986, the critically acclaimed, Lance Quinn produced 'Living In Fear Of The Private Eye'. Following the band's 1987 demise, guitarist Steve Morris produced the debut TORINO album and later joined ex DEEP PURPLE vocalist IAN GILLAN's band, whilst Lou Rosentahl formed 2AM with ex RAGE & NUTZ vocalist Dave Lloyd.

EXPORT : You Gotta Rock 7" (1981) UK

Sunderland Metal band BATTLEAXE suffered from their undoubted musical merits being somewhat marred by an appalling debut album cover. The band first came to prominence with this little gem, the 'Burn This Town' single in 1982 on the local Guardian Records label, and the B Side, 'Battleaxe', also appeared on the Guardian compilation album 'Roxcalibur'. The group was amongst the first signings to the Music For Nations label, with the London based concern releasing the band's debut album, 'Burn This Town', which featured the aforementioned offending artwork. BATTLEAXE stuck around with MFN for a follow-up release, 1984's 'Power From The Universe', which appeared a year later, seeing drummer Ian Thompson superseded by Ian McCormack. Thompson went on to DARK HEART. At their peak BATTLEAXE toured Britain opening for SAXON and although a third album, 'Mean Machine', was recorded in 1987, it never saw the light of day. Tracks from the shelved album finally surfaced as the "Nightmare Zone" EP a few years ago.

BATTLEAXE : Burn This Town 7" (1982) UK

Finally tonight, here's something a little unusual, Welsh language NWOBHM band, Y DIAWLED. The band hailed from Crymych, and formed in 1981. In 1982 the band contributed the track 'Shwt Mae Siapus', with Kevin Davies on vocals, to a Fflach Records four way EP showcasing other local talents MALCOLM NEON, ERYR WEN and Y FICAR. The 1983 single 'Noson Y Blaidd' featured Rhiannon Tomos as new frontman, and is the release we're featuring tonight. A further 45, "S.O.S.", followed the same year, but the group split shortly thereafter.

Y DIAWLED : Noson y Blaidd 7" (1983) UK

So there you have it, another assault on the senses courtesy of those nearly men from the margins of music's history.
Those who dared to rock, we salute you!
More soon.


Anonymous nightsblood said...

Nice batch this evening! 'Metal Warriors' is my favorite of those early Ebony comps, several strong numbers on there. Looking forward to hearing the Jody St LP (the single posted here awhile back was interesting) and also Y Diawled, a group that has stirred up alot of buzz in collectors' circles in recent years.
As always, thanks a million!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh For the Brains of a Ludwig by Flyte is a great song.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 8:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thursday, June 12, 2008 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big thanks for all those things you offer. I discover and rediscover gems over and over again. Keep it up.
Cheers from Athens Greece.

PS. By the way VOLTZ is by far the best NWOBHM band.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 4:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Khnud said...

Thanks a lot for the Jody St. & Y Diawled albums!

Friday, June 13, 2008 3:05:00 AM  
Anonymous sheena66 said...

Thanks for rare records!

Do you have TSUNAMI's same title album(1983,US)?
Please help me if you have it:)

Tsunami's data is here:,

Thank you.

Friday, June 13, 2008 1:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow -more gems unearthed
thanks a lot-much appreciated!

Friday, June 13, 2008 4:11:00 PM  
Anonymous stradinger said...

thanks for all the great stuff you've got here, Ive been coming here for quite some time and you never disapoint, it brings back lots of memories of going to the record stores in the 70's and 80's - THANKS !!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008 3:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! You continue to deliver, and I am always looking forward to what you will "bring to the surface" each week.

Wanted to request some Charlie 'Ungry. Any other glammish NWOBHM would also be dug heavily.

Au Revoir!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 3:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are blowing my mind with these albums! Amazing, astonishing gems that I missed the first time around. Yes, I was right there for the 70's and 80's Metal, but must have been hanging out with the Square Pegs gang because these are all new to me! Thanks x 100000!

Thursday, June 19, 2008 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hail! Your Jody St album has a song or two that skips, any chance you can correct this? Can't believe no one checked this out yet!!!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 7:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to download the Y Diawled in a while-i used to watch a Welsh language music prog called "Ser" (Welsh for Song or Music ) on S4C when the channel started and they would always have Rhiannon Tomas on it singing a track called "Blues Bangor".Also a band that went by the name of"Crys"-jammed with the drummer a few times and explained that they thought it a cool name but the English translation is Shirt!
Cheers boyo,John.

Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Zeeb Parkes said...

Thank You to Exist!!!
Thank You very much!
cheers from ascoli piceno!

Thursday, October 02, 2008 5:55:00 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Thanks for posting Y Diawled - I've never heard this before. I should've learnt Welsh a lot earlier :)

There's some good videos of both tracks on YouTube, plus a documntary about the recording process.

Diolch yn fawr iawn.

Thursday, August 05, 2010 4:47:00 PM  

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