Monday, June 02, 2008


Another week, another post, more of yesterday's unfairly overlooked steel. Now buffed up to a high shine & brought back out into the light to gleam again, take a little time to marvel at the treats assembled for you this evening.
To begin this evening's selection we are pleased to bring you another of the great Ebony Records compilation albums. Ebony Records was one of the classic minor-league labels of the NWOBHM time, focusing on up-and-coming mid-eighties bands mostly from the UK, though a few Euro bands crept in as well. Similar to labels such as Metal Blade, Ebony started out releasing compilations of unsigned acts, a few of which went on to record albums with the label. This particular album is "Metal Plated" from 1983 & features eight bands in all, including four from the UK : BADGER, COMA, DOUBLE AGENT & STALLION, three from France : DEMON EYES, BLASPHEME & VULCAIN, and from Sweden, STEEL WINGS. If you've enjoyed any of the previous Ebony comps we've posted, i reckon you'll dig this too, if you haven't enjoyed them i suggest you may be at the wrong blog.

VARIOUS ARTISTS : Metal Plated (1983) UK/Fra/Swe

Next tonight, here's the 2nd (and best imho) album by classic Canadian Hard Rockers Goddo, the excellently titled "If Indeed It's Lonely At The Top… Who Cares… It's Lonely At The Bottom Too!", from 1978. The album features a rather barbed view of rock and roll lifestyles and the music industry in general with tracks like "Cock On", "Oh Carole (Kiss My Whip)" (about legendary ROUGH TRADE vocalist Carole Pope), "Drop Dead (That's Who)" and the Classic Rock anthem "Sweet Thing". The opening and closing tracks are my personal favourites, "Tough Times", the mellow but evocative opening shot and "Too Much Carousing", the heavy riffing deal sealer. All four of their early albums are worth seeking out, but for me, this is the cream of the Goddo crop.

GODDO : Who Cares? (1978) Canada

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 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. At the time of the debut's release, the band were summoned to the BBC to record a four song session for Tommy Vance's BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show. This is that session, i think you're gonna like this one.

BATTLEAXE : BBC Session (1983) UK

Expozer were a five piece NWOBHM band who were formed in Stoke On Trent in 1979. They debuted with the "Exposed At Last" 7" on Hit Hard Records in 1980. First track "Rock Japan" is a groove-laden and riff-based, all-out NWOBHM affair that sounds much like cranked up Boogie with a rough edge and somewhat contrasting, melodic-chants. This energetic upbeat number scores high in terms of all round impact, accessibility and structure, the latter which is highlighted by it's knack for melody and measure. "On My Knees" is a fast-paced number, less melodic and Bluesy rooted with rough style vocals and traces of early JAGUAR. Highly recommended.
The band got exposed on a larger scale through their contribution to the '81 Heavy Metal Records "Heavy Metal Heroes" compilation LP contributing the very same version of "Rock Japan", that appeared on the A-side of the 2-tracker. The single was later repressed as this EP which added two more untitled tracks. This four song version was only available for sale at their gigs.The band went their separate ways in 1982, with guitarist Tim Blackwood going on to form LE GRIFFE.

EXPOZER - Exposed At Last EP (1980) UK

DAGABAND were a Chesterfield based NWOBHM/Progressive Rock trio formed in the late 70's.
They debuted in 1980 with this record, the "Test Flight" 7" on Rutland Records. A serious car crash involving all three members of the band at the time put DAGABAND's career on ice until a return to the live circuit supporting BUDGIE on their 1982 British tour gave the band the impetus to release a further EP, and later, a cassette only live album. After several line up changes, the band finally split in 1986.

DAGABAND - Test Flight 7" (1980) UK

A NWOBHM band by association only, HORSEPOWER originally came from Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) in the USA. They relocated to the UK and released this, their "Outrageous" 7" in 1979 and became adopted as part of the NWOBHM. The single was produced by legendary ANIMALS bassist/JIMI HENDRIX producer Chas Chandler. The band were also featured on the 1980 "Metal For Muthas II" compilation with the song "She Gives Me Candy". They later moved back to Philadelphia in the USA and reportedly released a full-length album called "Stoked!" Late guitarist Mike Kennedy had previously been a member of the band ROCK ISLAND, and also worked as a session guitarist with John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Tony Williams, Simon Kirke, Eric Burdon, and many others.

HORSEPOWER : Outrageous 7" (1979) USA/UK

East Lansing, Michigan's DED ENGINE, were founded in 1980. Featured would be ex-RAZER bassist Marky DeSade (a.k.a. Mark Alan Sliker). DED ENGINE's recording debut had come in 1983 with the issue of a 4 song $300 demo cassette entitled 'Limited Edition E.P.' Later that year DED ENGINE re-recorded the track 'Renegade' for inclusion on the British compilation album 'It's Unheard Of' album, issued through Sane Records, leading many at the time to the mistaken belief that the band were British. This same recording was included on this, their 1983 'Two Bad' 7" single, a limited edition of 1000 copies from Genocide Records.

DED ENGINE : Two Bad 7" (1983) USA

I told you tonight's post was gonna be a bit special, i hope you agree with my assessment that we've surpassed ourselves tonight. Now to try & match the quality presented here next week!


Anonymous nightsblood said...

Nice, very nice! Looking forward to hearing the Ded Engine and Expozer singles; I've seen both on sale lists over the years but never had an opportunity to hear 'em in all their glory. While it's been awhile since I heard those Ebony comps, I remember this being one of the better ones. And then there's Horsepower; I never knew they were a faux nwobhm band, which might explain why I've always thought it was possibly the worst nwobhm single I've ever heard :-) Maybe others here will dig it, it's just not for me.

Monday, June 02, 2008 9:31:00 PM  
Anonymous MisterManiac said...

Thanks for the BattleAxe BBC tracks. Just listend to Burn This Town a few days ago, so will be nice to hear how well some of these songs hold up "live".

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NWOBHM Heaven! Great to get the Expozer tracks ( I'm slowly obtaining the HM Heroes tracks individually!!!), and fantastic to get as many Rock Show sessions as possible. Anyone got the Taurus session? Believe me, this is the best blog out there, and Tuesday night is becoming a bit of a substitute for the old Friday Rock Show ( late 70's, early 80's TV on the radio . . . ) Once again many thanks and best wishes to you! Keep on rockin! Blofeld

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:56:00 PM  
Blogger s204599 said...

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008 5:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008 1:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grabed EXPOSER and Metal Plated.
Thank you very much!!!!!!!

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