Saturday, October 25, 2008


Hi again, another batch from the NILOOB time machine for your aural pleasure (yes, aural pleasure!) this evening, heavy on the nwobhm stuff, but also featuring some great music from the US and also from France.
Up first , as promised, the "Fire In The Sky" album by Kent's Denigh. Originally issued in 1984 on cassette only, the record was remastered & expanded for a cd release by Iron Pages Records in 2002. This is the cd version, it sounds terrific and there are some great tracks here. Hope you enjoy it, in fact i'm sure you will.
There's a very in depth band history in the txt document included with the rar, interesting reading that saves me having to say much more on the subject. :)

DENIGH - Fire In The Sky (1984) UK

Bassist Gordon Rowley formed NIGHTWING in 1980 upon the demise of his former mid '70s trio STRIFE, a band that had left a cult legacy and two albums in 'Rush' and 'Back To Thunder'. Interestingly, in between these two acts Rowley was actually a member of Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW for one day (!) before being sacked. Chicago based Ovation Records heard a Rowley demo track, 'Barrel Of Pain', and signed NIGHTWING. The resulting 'Something In The Air' album was more of a studio project and featured three drummers, NIGHTWING managed one showcase American gig at the Anaheim Convention Center in California before Ovation Records went bust. By 1982's 'Black Summer' NIGHTWING had gelled into more of a band unit, signing a deal with Gull Records and toured supporting GILLAN that year. 'Black Summer' raised their status considerably, even denting the top ten in Germany. Ex-MOBY DICK vocalist MAX BACON joined to take over lead vocal duties from Rowley on this record, the 1983 'Stand And Be Counted' album and debuted live with the band at the Wiesen festival in Austria. Both 'Black Summer' and 'Stand Up And Be Counted' albums proved strong sellers in Europe, gaining the band gold discs in Yugoslavia and Sweden. In the former territory NIGHTWING were a major act, playing to over 25,000 people on a 1985 tour.

NIGHTWING - Stand Up & Be Counted (1983) UK

Axton Pryte were a French traditional Heavy Metal band formed in 1984 as GENGIS KHAN in Quimper, in the province of Brittany. Releasing a 3 song demo in 1984, the band then lost one of their guitarists but carried on as a quartet. Having lost their guitar player, they then changed their name to AXTON PRYTE after the opening song from their demo tape. A five song self released Mini LP entitled "The Lab" was released in 1986 in very limited quantities. It has gone on to become a highly priced and much praised Euro Metal collectors item. Nothing is known of the bands activities after the record's release, but no further releases were forthcoming.

AXTON PRYTE - The Lab Mini LP (1986) France

Formed in 1979 and hailing from Long Beach, California, TSOL originated as a hardcore punk band, developing from earlier bands JOHNNY COATHANGER AND THE ABORTIONS and VICIOUS CIRCLE. Featuring the lineup of vocalist Jack Grisham, guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche, and drummer Todd Barnes, following a four song demo in 1980, the band's first official release was a harshly political eponymous EP later the same year featuring tracks such as "Superficial Love," "World War III" and "Abolish Government." In more recent years two of the EPs four songs were covered by SLAYER on their "Undisputed Attitude" album. In 1981, they released "Dance With Me", their first full-length record. A departure from the entirely political nature of the previous release, "Dance With Me" was far darker and more macabre, featuring such themes as necrophilia and horror movie clichés. Their most popular release, both then and to this day, the album earned them the title of the "West Coast MISFITS". They later signed to JELLO BIAFRA's independent label Alternative Tentacles, for which they released the "Weathered Statues" EP and the "Beneath The Shadows" album which featured, for the first time, keyboards. Around this period their style had switched further, moving towards a highly experimental and varied one which featured art punk and psychedelic leanings, as well as their customary horror themes. Fans backlashed against this change, and when on tour, the band was heckled for their change in music. Jack Grisham and Todd Barnes were so disgusted with the reaction that they eventually left the band. Today "Beneath The Shadows", is acclaimed by fans and critics as an achievement in experimentation. TSOL were featured in Penelope Spheeris' Suburbia movie, but following this changes occurred. Jack Grisham and Todd Barnes left the band to be replaced by singer Joe Wood and drummer Mitch Dean. This new line-up released the album "Change Today?" in 1984 on Enigma Records. Around the same time, Dave Ferguson of CD Presents Records decided he liked the original 1980 TSOL demo recordings so much that he released them as a four track EP in an edition of 500 copies with a folded xeroxed picture sleeve.

TSOL - 1980 Demo EP (1980) USA

Tampa Florida based Progressive Heavy metal act founded in 1981 by vocalist Doug Lee.
The 1984 self financed "Metro-Mercenary"single found SIREN with a line up of Lee, guitarist Ron Phillips, bassist Ben Parrish and teenage drummer Ed Aborn. Following the single release Parrish made way for bassist Edward Amyx and recording the January 1985 four track demo tape 'Iron Coffins'. This exposure prompted Pennsylvania based Sanaty Records to include the SIREN track 'Over The Rainbow' on their 'Start To Stardom' compilation album. Following their 1986 debut album, "No Place Like Home", SIREN revamped their rhythm section adding Gregg Culbertson on bass and drummer Brian Law. Lee completely rebuilt SIREN for their second outing, 1988's "Financial Suicide", drafting in guitarist Brian C. Hendrickson, bassist Les Talent and drummer David Smith. This line up would prove unstable however, and the Siren name was put to rest in 1989. Lee would later front strange German Art/Prog/Thrash Metallers Mekong Delta for four albums between 1990 and 1997. Not to be confused with the other Florida band SIREN, who were based in Miami.

SIREN - Metro-Mercenary 7" (1984) USA

Purple Haze were a NWOBHM trio formed in Cork, Ireland in 1980. Their only release was the "Hear It On The Radio/Forever Lost" 7" released on the SRS Records label in early 1985. In late 1985 bassist/vocalist Stee-V was replaced by Paul Purcell (vocals) and Robbie Dunphy (bass) and the band became DIRTY FINGERS.

PURPLE HAZE - Hear It On The Radio 7" (1985) UK

After Dark were a NWoBHM era act created in 1979. During the band's initial lifetime they issued two singles, 1980’s ‘Evil Woman’ and the promotional 7" release ‘Deathbringer’ in 1983, but folded during 1985. Vocalist Steve Annets and guitarist Michael Hare formed DANGEROUS AGE before reforming AFTER DARK. Annetts also served time with MORITZ whilst Hare also held IRONHEART credentials. Signing with the European Art Of Music label the album ‘Masked By Midnight’ emerged in 1995. Drummer John Metcalfe went on to join the SMOKEY JOE’S BLUES BAND.

AFTER DARK - Deathbringer 7" (1983) UK

So that's it for this week, hope you like this little grab bag of goodies. Apologies for the way the page looks with all the different sized images, Blogger's being a pain in the arse again, there's nothing i can do about it i'm afraid. If you haven't been, check out my other blog, STILL ALIVE & WELL @ You might find some stuff there you haven't come across before. :) Laters.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers, Kit. You always find something I haven't got! This time it's Perple Haze. How do you do it ( sounds like a song title)? Take care and have a good week. Best wishes, Blofeld

Saturday, October 25, 2008 3:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for bringing us such rare stuff!!! I'm aware of rapidshare points, but it's getting more and more a cage of madness. May you please find also other solutions?


Saturday, October 25, 2008 4:37:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

Denigh sounds great! They somehow never even rose to that 'unknown nwobhm band cult status' level that so many also-ran outfits have achieved. I find it very cool that After Dark managed to distribute a picture disc promo single. It doesnt match up to their earlier release, though. It did inspire me to search out their 1996 "Masked By Midnight" cd, which is either an unreleased 1984 LP, a collection of old tapes, or a completely new recording. Does anyone know which it is?

Sunday, October 26, 2008 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Hey Ron, regarding After Dark, it seems as though the album was recorded around the time of the "Deathbringer" 7", whether or not extra tracks or overdubs were recorded later i couldn't say as i don't have the album in question.
This page:
shows both sides of the Deathbringer pic-disc (which looks great btw) and on the b-side it boldly states "2 promotional tracks from the forthcoming album Masked By Midnight" with a cat no. for the forthcoming album.
So i'd guess from this that the album was already in the can at that stage.
Hope this helps.
To the fella who doesn't like Rapidshare, it's what i use because it's the most convenient for me, and i can't say i've ever had any other complaints in the comments section about RS. So the status quo remains my friend, although i must say i liked your phrase "Cage Of Madness", sounds like a Dutch power metal band circa 1984, probably signed to Roadracer. :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008 2:00:00 PM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Lots of interesting titles this week. Definitely look forward to hearing more from Denigh.

As I recall, 'Masked by Midnight' was recorded in '83-84 but got shelved due to lack of label interest (whoever Lazer Records were, apparently the deal fell through). Personally I've always thought After Dark were a bit overrated; some good tunes here and there, but many songs are either too lite or have too much of a 70s hard rock vibe (and not in a good way). Not a bad band, but not a personal favorite.

I'll be interested to hear the TSOL demo. 'Dance w/ Me' is indeed a great early example of goth/death rock. Never got into 'Beneath the Shadows' at all... experimentation is fine, but the music was just laughably bad IMO. Seems like many folks these days overlook that tiny detail in their rush to anoint it as revolutionary (it's not like TSOL were the only band branching out in the post-hardcore scene). Apparently the band (with a very different line-up) went on to record a couple of glam-trash albums in later years. There's a great write-up of the band in "American Hardcore- A Tribal History" by Stephen Blush (Feral House Publishing). I'm not a huge hardcore fan but the book is a very interesting read

Monday, October 27, 2008 8:13:00 AM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Hi Nightsblood, thanks for the extra background on After Dark, and i hope you enjoy the Denigh album.
Nice to see someone express an interest in TSOL, i don't tend to get a lot of feedback on the punkier stuff i post, plenty of d/ls but very little commentary, positive or negative. The TSOL demo is far more in the style of their debut EP than any of the various styles they toyed with later, short sharp spiky blasts of attitude. I agree wholeheartedly with your points on the reassessment of "Beneath The Shadows". There are some decent songs there for sure, but the attempts of an influential few to rewrite history & hail it as some lost classic are misguided at best. If you like the style of "Dance With Me" their "Weathered Statues" EP which i posted here aeons ago might be to your taste.

Monday, October 27, 2008 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blondie link is broken
take a look

Monday, October 27, 2008 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous MisterManiac said...

Thanks for posting another old gem from a digital source (Denigh). Had to check it out. I thought it was OK, but nothing that blew me away (unlike the Heavy Load and Weapon posts from a few weeks back). Can't win 'em all, I guess, but certainly do appreciate all the lost music you're helping to bring to light again. Looking forward to seeing what other CD goodies may be posted in the future!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I have that After Dark record, given to me by John Metcalfe in 1984. woah, a long time ago. I wonder where he is now? Tina

Friday, November 07, 2008 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger Truth Be Told said...

It is important to note that any information provided by Douglas Lee on the Brandon based band "Siren" is to be regarded as fabrication of a delusional metal fan. All subject matter provided by Mr. Lee should be viewed as highly suspect and self serving but definitely not as fact.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 12:27:00 PM  
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember After Dark, I remember them playing in a pub in ascot with John Metcalf, one hot dude! and Zak Starkey. Two drummers - small pub - Good night! Can't remember the pub's name, it was on the high street at the top of the road that went to the station. Also remember Roger Lewis and Smokey Joes Blues Band that both John and Zak played at one time or another. John, where are you now. x

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