Saturday, August 30, 2008


Another week, another fantabulous post of the great and the unknown from rock's barely remembered past, this time spanning the years 1982-1986.
We start off this time with a real piece of buried treasure, 2-CDs of live classic Heavy Load!!! For those not in the know, Heavy Load the first real Heavy Metal band hailing from the Land of the Vikings, with an image matching their sound. They were formed in 1976, as a trio, by the two brothers Ragne (vocals and guitar) and Styrbjörn Wahlquist (vocals and drums), together with bassist Michael Backlund. In 1977 Heavy Load recorded their debut-album "Full Speed At High Level" (released 1978), now with Dan Molén handling the bass playing. The record company, Heavy Sound Records, went bankrupt after a while, and the Wahlquist Bros. formed their own label, Thunderload Records. After their debut, Ex-Highbrow guitarist Eddy Malm was added to the line-up as well as Torbjörn Ragnesjö, replacing Dan Molén. This line-up released the EP "Metal Conquest" and the two full-length albums "Death Or Glory" and "Stronger Than Evil" before breaking up. It's this classic line up which are captured live here, in two live sets recorded for Swedish FM radio in 1982. The sound quality is excellent, and finds the band romping through all the classics in front of a live audience in the studios of the radio station. There are interviews with the band interspersed throughout for those of you who speak Swedish, and a few unrecorded songs scattered throughout for the hardcore fans. Best post ever? Possibly.

HEAVY LOAD - Swedish Live Conquest (1982) 2-CD Sweden

CD 1 :

CD 2 :

Another discography completed next, with another live offering, this time from TynesideNWOBHM heroes Warrior. This is the ten song "Live In A Dive" album, originally released in 1983 on cassette only, but bootlegged on CD in 2007 by the Chilean label Arsenal Of Glory Rekords. This was the Newcastle bands third release, following their "Dead When It Comes To Love" EP and the "For Europe Only" Mini LP. Following the live album, there was to be only one more release from Warrior, 1984's "Breakout" EP, before the band split.

WARRIOR - Live In A Dive (1983) UK

Lizzy Borden were a theatrical Los Angeles Heavy Metal band suitably named after an infamous murderess and fronted by the almost afro topped 'Lizzy Borden'. The band never truly broke out of cult appeal, with finances too restrictive to enable effective touring and early albums blighted by low budget productions, yet LIZZY BORDEN eventually overcame these obstacles to gain respect, particularly in Europe. Masked somewhat by the reliance on stage antics, LIZZY BORDEN actually delivered some sophisticated, punishing heavy metal, peaking with the masterly 'Visual Lies' opus. LIZZY BORDEN debuted in 1983 with an eight track demo cassette. Hitching up to Metal Blade Records, the combo contributed the song 'Rod Of Iron' to the 'Metal Massacre, Vol. 4' compilation then delivered this, the 12" EP 'Give 'Em The Axe' in May 1984.

LIZZY BORDEN - Give 'em The Axe EP (1984) USA

Arrow was a melodic Swedish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band that formed in Jönköping in 1984 when the band members were around 15 years old. They debuted that same year with their "The Only Way" 7" on AWS Records. 1986 saw the release of their second & final release, the four song "Diary Of A Soldier" EP. The band's profile grew to the point where they were to open up for acts such as EUROPE and MOTöRHEAD before disbanding in 1989. Four of Arrow's members then went on to form the melodic hard rock band RENEGADE. In 1992 they released their first album "Time To Choose", following this up in 1994 with the "Ravages Of Time" album.
Their first two albums sold about 30,000 copies, mostly in South-East Asia and Europe. "Renegade III" surfaced in 1996, and '98 brought their fourth & final album, "Time To Choose".
Renegade were to split in 1999 whilst recording what would have been their fifth album. Guitarist Mats Edstrom, the only member of Arrow who was not part of Renegade, finally reappeared as part of the AOR band SHIVA. Shiva, who also included members of DOCTOR WEIRD & CLOUDSCAPE, released the album "Desert Dreams" on MTM Music in 2004.

ARROW - Diary Of A Soldier EP (1986) Sweden

Mansfield were a US Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by New Yorkers Jerry & Tom Best and Pennsylvanian Doug Aldrich. After adding vocalist Pete Preston, they began playing all the Hollywood clubs, amassed a small following and started to headline their own shows. After doing this for a while, they got a manager, Mel Dakroob (who started a label named Nemer Records, after he split from RSO Records). Mansfield would be the 1st signing to his new label, and he arranged for them to go and cut a single at Westlake Recorders.
The songs, "Gonna Rock You" & "Overdrive" were recorded in the summer of 1983.
Aldrich went on to play with HURRICANE, HOUSE OF LORDS, BRUNETTE, BAD MOONUnfortunately, nothing more ever happened with this band. Jerry Best & Aldrich later joined ex-TYTAN singer Kal Swan's LION, recording two albums & a mini LP. After that band split, RISING, DIO & WHITESNAKE. Jerry Best subsequently played with DIRTY LOOKS, DIO, FREAK OF NATURE, MIKE TRAMP & COURTNEY LOVE. Thanks to glockose for the artwork & tips.

MANSFIELD - Gonna Rock You 7" (1983) USA

More NWOBHM for ya now, from East London New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band DESOLATION ANGELS, who endured the pub and club circuit for many a year before relocating to America.The band arose from the remains of BLACKWATER FEVER in 1979, and debuted with a three song demo in 1980. The four song "Live Demo" followed in 1982, but members came & went with alarming regularity. Their line up stabilized in late 1984 with the band comprising vocalist Dave Wall, guitarists Robin Brancher and Keith Sharp, bassist Joe Larner and drummer Brett Robertson. Wall had played previously with Rhythm n' Blues band ROADRUNNER. AM Records finally released the band's vinyl debut, 1984's "Valhalla" 7", which garnered strong critical acclaim worldwide.

DESOLATION ANGELS - Valhalla (1984) UK

Finally, Buffalo were a NWOBHM band formed in Accrington in 1977 by ex-TANGLEFOOT guitarist Mick Priestly. The line up of the band was very unstable in the early days, with members leaving between the recording & release of their debut 45, "Battle Torn Heroes", which was issued by Heavy Metal Records in 1980. Drummer Pete West and Mick Bailey on Guitar/vocals were to be the next stable line up with Tom Reid rejoining on bass. The band played gigs with the likes of A II Z, LIONSHEART, Y&T and WITCHFINDER GENERAL, and released their second single "Mean Machine". The record had been recorded at the same 1980 sessions that produced the 1st single. Due to friction,disillusionment, poverty and the lack of the elusive big deal, members continued to come and go, and following a late 1982 demo Buffalo split.

BUFFALO - Mean Machine 7" (1982) UK

Hope you enjoy tonight's selection, i'll look forward to hearing what you think of this little lot. Keep them comments a-comin' and requests too. Khnud, please, no more! : )


Blogger Hellride Mike said...

Another great post! Thanks a ton!

If anyone ever has the following I'd love to even clap ears on them, just impossible to find:

Bellzlleb - Satanic Metal flexi (Japan 85?)

Velle Witch Demo (Japan (?)

Robespierre Demo 83 (UK)

Hellslave Deaths Pageant demo 87 (England)

Sniper - Special tape (Japan?)

Trinity - demos 93 & 94 (Scotland)

Stone Soldier either demo (Los Angeles late 80's)

Saturday, August 30, 2008 8:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Elvenking said...

Thank you for the Heavy Load post. Yes it is the best post ever!

Sunday, August 31, 2008 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Oh yes, this has to be up there with your best posts! Thanks for the Heavy Load gem, and the killer Lizzy Borden ep, still have my vinyl copy of that one.


Sunday, August 31, 2008 1:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Khnud said...

Haha, I promise to lay low for a while!

Sunday, August 31, 2008 2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Aweesome post! Always wanted to hear that Arrow EP but never got to! Can't wait to hear the live Heavy Load as well. Folks should def. check out the Desolation Angels 7". Their LP is also fantastic, but later on they relocated to Los Angeles with a revamped lineup and started putting out some very pedestrian rock-metal. A sad end for a killer band.

Sunday, August 31, 2008 4:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Ron..... the cheeb said...

Just finished listening to Warrior "Live In A Dive". Thanks so much for that post. There's something special for me about the NWOBHM era cassettes. Even the bands that produced everything themselves and released a single 45rpm 2 tracker had to get to a pressing plant somewhere. But listening to the cassettes like this one, Chasar, Satan, etc, really nails the vibe for me. I can almost see them making dupes one at a time in their parents' basements. And the Heavy Load 25 year old Swedish radio broadcasts? Dude, now yer just showin' off. Impressive. I must now request that you post recordings of the primary school spring choir concert that Paul DiAnno participated in. Cheers from Northern Illinois, USA

Sunday, August 31, 2008 11:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again, Blofeld

Monday, September 01, 2008 9:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous RagnarR said...

Thanks for the Mansfield! I haven't heard that since 1985. I had both songs on two different tapes. There was a short-lived but great metal show on a commercial station here in the Bay Area called KRQR, called "The Hard Rock Café" that had nothing to do with the restaurant. They played this one and other stuff like Ladykiller, Warlord and even the first Slayer LP.

The "We're Gonna Rock" has that still kinda tough, early 80's but not all the way Sunset Strip feel to it.

Monday, September 08, 2008 2:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please can you re-up


Old Rocker !!

Monday, September 15, 2008 10:57:00 AM  
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