Sunday, August 10, 2008


We're back!!!
Hopefully without any more connection problems and armed to the teeth with loads of great lost musical nuggets from the glory daze to set your ears and hearts ablaze.
Without further pontificating, let's get back to the music.
Up first, the rare lone album by US band Tailgunner from 1983 on their own Rapid label. Despite the 1983 date, this album is well-loved by 70s hard rock fans. Large quantities were bought by dealers and the album never shows up cheap, but if you’re a fan of noisy, aggressive hard rock, it’s a pretty great album. Think great wasted East Coast private label pressing hard rock with brutal heavy guitar, and the opening and closing songs are killers. I wouldn’t exactly say it sounds like it was recorded before 1983, but it doesn’t have the usual annoying 80s production tendencies. Make sure your neighbours aren't home the first time you play this monster.

TAILGUNNER - Tailgunner (1983) USA

Up next, we stay in the US of A for another one-off album, this time by Avalon. Avalon were a traditional Heavy Metal quartet formed in Rochester New York in early 1987. They were to record just this one very rare LP, 1988's "Live Or Die" on GFI Records. Much sought after nowadays as a fine example of privately pressed mid 1980's Metal, it commands high prices on the rare occasions when it appears for sale. None of the band's members appear to have gone on to further recordings.

AVALON - Live Or Die (1988) USA

Next, we head to the Southern hemisphere to fill a request which appeared in the comments section a loooong time ago. Taipan were a great little four piece Heavy Metal band from Melbourne, Australia, named after a highly venomous snake native to Oz. Following a 2 song 1981 demo, they released a terrific little self titled four song EP on the UK based Bullet Records label. With the right backing & more exposure they could've been huge, as the material on offer was of a uniformly high standard. Little was heard from the band for the next few years, the silence finally being broken by the 1985 release of this, their five song "1770" Mini LP on Cleopatra Records. This looked to be their final hurrah however, as the band split up in 1987 after bassist/vocalist Emilio Sarpa left. Recently, the original line-up has gotten back together complete with an additional guitarist known only as "Sam". This line up finally recorded the band's debut album "Stonewitch", which was released in 2007. A shame they never got the breaks back in the day, as their NWOBHM influenced gritty Hard Rock/Metal was obviously played by fans and from the heart. Hopefully the current version of the band can reap the benefits of the years of toil.

TAIPAN - 1770 Mini LP (1985) Australia

Next up, the 2nd EP from Akron, Ohio's least favourite sons, The Bizarros. This one followed their 1976 "Lady Doubonette" EP, and the split album which they recorded with the RUBBER CITY REBELS, "From Akron". The Bizarros then released this self titled EP on Clone Records in 1978, and appeared on the "Akron" Compilation album released in Europe by Stiff Records in 1979. As well as the three songs from the EP, i've included the "Akron" compilation track as a bonus in the rar. I spoil you people, i really do. The Bizarros' sound has in the past been compared to Television, Sex Pistols, Jefferson Airplane, The Stranglers, Gang Of Four, Dead Boys & The Velvet Underground. This was accurate in some ways & completely misleading in others. The Bizarros sounded predominantly like The Bizarros. I think you'll like the way that sounds.

BIZARROS - Bizarros EP (1978) USA

BLACK ANGELS was a six piece Melodic Heavy Metal band formed in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1979. Their debut LP, "Hell Machine" was released in 1981 on the Meteor label. The group's second album, 1983's "Kickdown", was produced by Martin Pearson, who had produced fellow countrymen KROKUS, and was released by Bellaphon in Europe and Gull Records in the UK. This self titled 3 song EP was also released by Gull in 1984, with "Blind Like A Fool", as it's lead track. At this point frontman Ron Phillips was replaced with new vocalist Clive Murray, while drummer Tommy Stuart was ousted in favour of Brian Irving. They released another album entitled "Black & White" with this line up in early 1985. A year later, though, The "Broken Spell" album saw a the band, now a four-piece, reunited with both Phillips and Stuart, recorded for new label Gold Records. The band lost their way and their label however, and following a single called "On The Run", on their own Angel label in 1986, they split up.

BLACK ANGELS - Black Angels EP (1984) Switzerland

Cult NWOBHM band Energy debuted in 1980 with the "Energised" EP, following it in '81 with the "II" EP, also known as the "Conquer The World" EP. Their next release would be a seven inch single which surfaced in 1982, coupling "Nowhere To Hide" with "Fight For Your Freedom".
A self-titled album was said to be on the way at this time, but it failed to materialize. Following a gap of several years, two further 45's, "Too Good To Lose" in 1985, & 1986's "Radio Radio" were issued. One of the least known of the great "lost" NWOBHM bands, their material is long overdue some critical reevaluation. "Too Good To Lose", is the only NWOBHM item in tonight's menu and it's a scarce one, but i'd recommend the B-Side first & foremost for it's excellent THIN LIZZY styled guitars, the A side is a little lightweight for my tastes, but it's well written & executed if you don't mind a little radio rock. Hope you enjoy it Dan.

ENERGY - Too Good To Lose 7" (1985) UK

The final one tonight is another requested item, that i only just got round to digging up, the 1985 "Before The Rain" 7" by Swedish band Scratch. 10 years ago you might have been able to track down a copy of this 7", but since then a certain collector-mistake seems to have totally eradicated it from the face of the earth. You see, for many years this single was thought to be of British origin, resulting in it being bought up by the maniac NWOBHM-collector fringe. And do you think these greedy bastards now acknowledge their mistake and willingly return this baby to Sweden and its starving collectors? Ha! OK, I can't really blame them. This is great, classic Metal and indeed very British-sounding. Even the semi-ballad A-side is more than merely listenable. The Karlskrona based outfit later changed it's name to KAZANDRA, but i don't know of any further recordings.

SCRATCH - Before The Rain 7" (1985) Sweden

Hope you enjoy tonight's oft delayed selection, hopefully we're back to business as usual after all the delays. Please comment on tonight's post, and feel free to make requests, if i've got it, you'll get it. Enjoy!


Blogger micksguitar said...

great bunch of posts today.all are excellent lp's. thanx.
any chance of getting any of the powerage lp's on your site.i would be very grateful.thanx in advance.mick

Sunday, August 10, 2008 7:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad everything is sorted. Did you ever find Heavy Metal Heroes as I've searched for it everywhere but just can't find it. Can anyone help? Thanks a lot, Blofeld

Monday, August 11, 2008 6:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Suicidal86 said...

great stuff.
somehow i just stumbled onto this blog and i'm glad i did.
I'm checking out everything.
Love the NWOBHM stuff.

Monday, August 11, 2008 7:50:00 AM  
Blogger Cleveland said...

thanx for a great blog!

btw, i would like to request re-ups of the following:

(just disregard the # in front of the name)

and here's a small gift for you...
(it's a RS link, just shortened for 'comments' page)

Style: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Year: 1983
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Clubside Records
Format: Vinyl
Quality: MP3, 320kb/s (Full Stereo)

01. Black Death: Taken by Force (4:38)
02. Black Death: Until We Rock (6:56)
03. Sacred Few: Sacred Few (4:44)
04. Cerberus: Rampage (3:39)
05. Jagged Edge - Eyes of Fire (3:22)
06. Mistreater: Without You (3:41)
07. Breaker: 10 Seconds In (4:18)
08. Breaker: Walking the Wire (5:47)
09. Shok Paris: Go Down Fighting (3:45)
10. Sorcerer: Bloodline (6:10)
Total Play Time: 00:46:52

notes: "25 years ago, two metal college radio show hosts in Cleveland, Ohio formed Clubside Records in 1983 and released this compilation called Cleveland Metal. The metal and hard rock on this comp definitely show their age, but it's completely fascinating. It takes you back to 1983 without a doubt."

feel free to post it on the main blog :-)

stay hard!

- CMR & \m/etal\m/inx

Monday, August 11, 2008 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another killer selection! Special thanks for the Bizarros ep. I really like it when you throw in the odd
punkier items.

Monday, August 11, 2008 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Cleveland : here are alternative links for some of your repost requests.

Bad Brains - Pay To Cum 7":

Agony Bag - Rabies Is A Killer 7":

Chateaux - Young Blood 7":

Paralex - White Lightning EP:

Black Axe - Highway Rider 7"

Witchfinder General - Music 7":

This compilation album contains both the Hollow Ground EP & the Legend Hideaway 7":

Someone reposted the Battle Axe "...Attack" album in a recent comments section.

Hope this info helps.

Monday, August 11, 2008 2:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Ron..... the cheeb said...

Wow. I found your blog about a week ago. I went back and DL'ed every nwobhm entry that was still alive, as well as numerous other Roxcurities. (nwobhm compilation ripoff, heh) I am now emotionally exhausted, spiritually drained, and morally bankrupt. (Some of these may have been pre-existing conditions). While reading your insightful reviews and band/release info, I have also come to the depressing conclusion that you are cooler than me! Keep up the great work. A few requests, if I may be so bold/pitiful/lame--

Chevy-- In addition to their excellent LP, they had 2 or 3 singles, each of which had a non LP track, I believe.

No Quarter-- They had a couple homemade cassettes, and 2 EPs. I have 2 of their tracks, and I am quite impressed.

Angel Witch-- "Give It Some Tickle"

Warrior "Live In A Dive" cassette

Monday, August 11, 2008 5:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great NWOBHM & other top-notch Rock over the months - It's about time I spent a few seconds to say a big thankyou - I've filled lots of gaps in the collection thanks to your Blog & heard some fine new music which I was not familiar with beforehand

Thanks again Cheers J.T

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Awesome post! Thanks for digging up the Taipan EP. I heard some clips from it recently and it doesn't sound like it holds up to the killer debut, but I'll still be interested to check it out in its entirety. Love the Scratch single; the b-side is one of the absolute best metal songs ever recorded any time, and place, any genre (IMO anyway). Sadly I never could track down a copy, and the price it currently commands is well beyond my means.

Thanks to Cleveland for the Ceveland Metal link; my cassette dub doesn't sound so great after all these years. I can help re-post many of the titles you asked about, but I can't get to it until September. Hopefully some other folks can share the wealth for now, and I'll try to fill in the gaps for you once my life regains a modicum of sanity

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:13:00 PM  
Blogger Skydogg said...

Hi Bigfootkit, about that El Blog De Archi: it gets even funnier. He wrote a post about how disappointed he was not getting enough thanks for his effort, and how he first needs to get some thanks before continuing. Then listing all the goodies he had planned to post (obviously, as expected, coming from others blogs and forums). I tried to comment on this calling him a joker, since he never saif=d thanks to the ones doing the actual work, or even mentioning where he gets it from. Of course he has to approve of my comment, which he wont. Oh well...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 4:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Khnud said...

Awesome post as always!

And I absolutely love THE BIZARROS! Keep posting their albums, I'll be sure to buy them!

Thursday, August 14, 2008 3:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a comment on Tailgunner: Although I did know many bands from the early 80s, I never had heard of Tailgunner. You've posted them. And they are really awesome.
Thanks Kit!

Saturday, August 16, 2008 11:33:00 AM  
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