Sunday, August 24, 2008


Back with more rare cast iron goodies for you all this evening, we've got a diverse selection of music spanning 21 years to make your day.
For starters, The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight was founded in 1996 as a mostly instrumental side-project by members of New Orleans bands EYEHATEGOD, DOWN and CROWBAR.
This project allowed the members to explore music outside their native Metal genre, dedicated to exploring the relationship between Blues, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal & Southern Rock. After several years of shows in New Orleans with the occasional out-of-town show they recorded their self-titled debut album on Tee Pee Records in 2000. This was followed by 2001's "The Father, the Son and the Holy Smoke", a split release with ACID KING on Man's Ruin Records. "The Father, the Son and the Holy Smoke" featured Scott "Wino" Weinrich (THE OBSESSED, SAINT VITUS, SPIRIT CARAVAN, PROBOT, THE HIDDEN HAND) on vocals. That same year they released a split 7" with The OBSESSED that featured both bands covering LYNYRD SKYNYRD. The Mystick Krewe covers "Cheatin Woman" and features Pepper Keenan of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY & DOWN on vocals. They also had exclusive songs featured on the compilations "Inhale" and "High Volume: The Stoner Rock Collection". As all their stuff's now sadly out of print, i've made a compilation album for you all which contains absolutely everything the band officially released. I guarantee this one will blow yer sox auf regardless of your musical tastes, whatever your favourite genre, this'll rock you.


Next tonight, a fantastic rare little compilation, which comes to NILOOB courtesy of CMR & \m/etal\m/inx. Many thanks for this one folks, it's much appreciated.
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. Featured bands include many cult favourites, BLACK DEATH, MISTREATER, BREAKER, JAGGED EDGE, SACRED FEW, SHOK PARIS, SORCERER & CERBERUS all contribute mostly exclusive tracks.


Staying in the USA for now, Ivory Tiger were an traditional Heavy Metal quartet formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1984. After a couple of years of local gigging, they released this, their sole slab of vinyl in 1986 on the Ambush Records label. The four song "Metal Mountain" EP, contained great fantasy inspired spit & sawdust Heavy Metal and stylistically sounded much like it had been recorded 3 or 4 years earlier. It sold poorly at the time, but the intervening years have seen it pick up a dedicated cult following, so much so that a bootleg split CD by Revenge of True Metal Records including the EP is now circulating. A six song demo cassette followed in early '87, but it failed to generate further interest from labels. In 1989, frustrated by the lack of progress, the band moved to Florida where they changed their name to AMBER ROSE. They carried on until 1992, but split without any further recordings surfacing.

IVORY TIGER - Metal Mountain EP (1986) USA

Canadian power trio Exciter were formed in Ottawa, Ontario back in 1980. They debuted in '82 with the four song "World War III" demo, with the title track later appearing on Shrapnel's "US Metal Volume 2", compilation album. The band recorded a further 9 song demo entitled "WWIII Heroes", which was picked up by Shrapnel, and released in 1983 as their debut album under the new title of "Heavy Metal Maniac". The positive worldwide press response to the record saw the band attract many fans with their speedy Metallic assault. Megaforce Records picked up the band for the following years "Violence & Force" album, with Music For Nations releasing the record in Europe to similar acclaim. Prior to the 1985 "Long Live The Loud" album, the band released this 3 song EP of exclusive non-album tracks in Europe only entitled, "Feel The Knife".
"Long Live The Loud", is generally seen as a disappointment, and the beginning of Exciter's decline after their classic fiery early material, with sales of their records waning in the wake of it's release. Although various incarnations of Exciter have recorded many albums since then, and continue to do so to this day, the heady days of the early '80's when they were seen as genuine contenders have never been recaptured.

EXCITER - Feel The Knife EP (1985) Canada

Norwegian Heavy Metal four piece BLACK ANGELS were formed in the town of Kongsvinger in 1982. They released this, their first recording, the NWOBHM influenced "Destroy" 7" in 1984 on their own Angel Records label. Later in the year they released a six song self titled demo cassette. Their final release was the 1986 'On The Run' EP which was produced by Dag Ingebrigtsen, better known as 'D.D. Dynamite' in his former role as frontman for TNT. The more polished sound of the EP won the band no new fans & cost them some of their old ones, so they split shortly after the records release.

BLACK ANGELS - Destroy 7" (1984) Norway

We begin the NWOBHM portion of tonight's post now with a nice one from North of the border. A NWoBHM band from Glenrothes Scotland, ZENITH played excellent riff-orientated and very heavy NWOBHM. They released a five song demo in early 1982 and this lone 7", "Easier Said Than Done", later that same year. Sadly there were to be no further releases from the band as they split in 1984.

ZENITH - Easier Said Than Done 7" (1982) UK

Finally, this NWOBHM band lay at the lighter end of the movement's spectrum. They are actually more of a Melodic Rock band. Their entire recording catalogue consists of two singles, the other one being Jack/Still In Love With You. This is the most interesting of the two. What's interesting about these two tracks? The presence of synths isn't a standard in NWOBHM, but Valhalla weren't the only ones doing it (nor the first). It isn't the compositions, as the songs are rather simple. It's not the riffs, because there aren't any to speak off really. For the most part the guitar parts are just single chords being struck. It's not the production either, which merely sounds adequate (Neat Records was a small label, and not that much money could be spent on production). So, if at first glance there's nothing there to set the band apart, what the hell makes this single such an enjoyable listen? Easy. It's because the uncluttered melodic nature of the songs serves as a perfect vessel to deliver the good vocal melodies that are actually the focal part of Valhalla's style. It's all very straight forward. But so effective. Simplicity can sometimes be a beautiful thing.

VALHALLA - Coming Home 7" (1982) UK

That's us for this evening. Thanks for the suggestions, comments and requests, i'll see if i can't help with some of the stuff you're looking for, bear with me! Oh, and keep commenting! 10-4 good buddies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks once again. Much appreciation for all your efforts. Take care, Blofeld

Monday, August 25, 2008 4:32:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Still catching up on old posts and working out my own internet issues, so I haven't checked out any of this batch yet (Zenith sounds interesting though, and that Down spinoff does too).

If anyone is interested, in the near future I can upload some earlier tracks by Deuce (whose 'Radar Love' single was featured in the previous post). I haven't checked out the single yet, but the earlier tracks I have come from the 'Southern Comfort' compilations (vols 1 and 3) and are killer nwobhm tracks. I don't think they've been posted hereabouts previously.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 2:25:00 PM  
Anonymous khnud said...

Thanks a lot for Zenith! I saw you wanted requests, I'm currently looking for these (all nwobhm-7'' or 12'' singles):

Badger - Over The Wall
Buffalo - Mean Machine
Dawn trader - No One Gonna Better Me
Dry Ice - Harry the hippie
Easy Street - Person to person
esp - another way
Firebrand - Never Felt This Way Before
Frenzy - Without you
Fury - River Deep Mountain High
Hammerhead - Time will tell
Horizon - Stage truck
Influence - No Survivors
Lissen Precis - Gambit
Overlord - Lucy
Predators - Don't mess around
Rohan - Mil O Fastiau
Runestaff - Road to Ruin
Sinner - Need Your Love
Stormrider - Mr Supercool
Thirteen Days - Tightrope
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Petes Punk Song
Tobruk - Wild on the run
Trojan - Bombs Away
Twisted Ace - Firebird
Vital Force - Roll The Dice
White Lightning - This Poison Fountain

Some have been posted before, some not. Perhaps some are really crappy, but I know at least some are good.

Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 4:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Ron..... the cheeb said...

The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight posting is the epitomy of what puts this blog a cut above the masses. I have owned the album and split cd since their releases, but low and behold Kit serves up the two cuts I didnt know existed. thx!I've got my own 'almost useful' Mystick Krewe item to share--the artwork for the split cd. Pics on the 'net just show the front, which is the "Acid King" artwork. The rear of the tray liner, and the booklet inside seem to go with the Mystick Krewe theme. So follow the link to these artwork jpegs, for those who care......and what the heck is an "E-bow" anyway?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 5:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Ron..... the cheeb said...

I need a couple tracks I'm hoping someone might post here. A few months ago, FIST "Turn The Hell On" was posted here. Unfortunately, the track "You'll Never Get Me Up(In One Of Those)" has digi-errors. Does anyone have the album version of this track they can post? Also, I obtained the only single release by WIKKYD VIKKER on the net. Possibly here, I cannot remember for sure. According to Metal-Archives, the second track should be called "Release", but in it's place instead is the Metallic Storm compilation track "Super Rocker". Does anyone have the track Release from this band?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 5:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Mystick Krewe comp. I held that album in my hand this past Friday, but didn't buy it because I hadn't heard anything by them. This download will let me know if I need to rush back & grab it. Thanks, matt

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:04:00 PM  
Anonymous V.O.D. said...

Heya!! Been looking for the NWOBHM album from Runestaff, all I ever see around is a few demo tracks... They had a full length which I'm dying to check out!! Thanks, great unknown stuff here!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On your feet, or on your knees, hats off to you and this terrific blog!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

I'll try to help out w/ some of the nwobhm requests once I have regular internet access again. May be awhile though. That missing Wikkyd Vykkr track is not in the same league as the excellent 'black of the night'. I'll try to post it when things hereabouts are back to normal.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:45:00 PM  

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