VAULTING THE PUMMEL HORSE
So let's get to it eh?
In 2004, THE DICTATORS were on what looked to be a long break, so drummer JP "Thunderbolt" Patterson and guitarist Ross The Boss (ex- MANOWAR, SHAKIN' STREET & BRAIN SURGEONS), would play instrumentals together just for the fun of it. Along with CJ Scioscia, they recorded an instrumental CD, entitled "Thunderbolt Patterson with Ross The Boss", as THUNDERBOSS. Around the same time, JP's Spanish friend Juancho, from the band BUMMER suggested to him that he, J.P. and Ross get together with Fernando and Miguel Pardo from the band SEX MUSEUM and form a band. Madrid meets NYC, with members of Spanish rock bands and half of the Dictators. Following several fruitful rehearsals together, THE THUNDERBOLTS, as they were now dubbed, toured Spain with GUITAR MAFIA, as well as playing a couple of THIN LIZZY Tribute shows, with a few Dictators songs thrown in for an encore. A good time was had by all, so all agreed to do it again. In May 2006, the album, "The Thunderbolts", was released on CD by Rock On! Music. In Japan, the single "On The Tip" was released, backed with "Stay With Me". In early 2007, they played an eleven city Thunderbolts tour of Spain which included songs by THE DICTATORS, THUNDERBOSS, THIN LIZZY, MANOWAR and new original songs which have not yet been recorded by the band.
THE THUNDERBOLTS - The Thunderbolts (2006) USA
Chicago Metalworks Battalion was an early 1980's compilation album featuring (as the title implies), Heavy Metal bands from the state of Chicago. Some of the featured bands reputations have grown steadily over time, such as SLAUTER XSTROYES, DIAMOND REXX and SILENT RAGE, but there are also a wealth of more obscure artists present, such as PARADOXX, FELONY, BLACKSTAR, LUNACY, WARCRY, TORMENT and MAELSTROM. The album was successful enough at the time to spawn at least one sequel, (perhaps more, i'm not sure), but it's very hard to find nowadays. If you do track a mint original copy down expect to pay a hefty price to secure it.
VARIOUS - Chicago Metalworks Battalion ('80's) USA
RUNESTAFF began life in Ipswich in 1980 as an all male quintet in the Tolkien inspired Prog Rock mould. Their first recorded product would be a three track 1982 demo cassette recorded at Hillside Sound Studios in Ipswich. Dogged by line-up shuffles the band added vocalist Joanna Symes when guitarist/vocalist Andy Page departed. However, Page soon returned, inspired by the possibilities opened up by the new singer, concentrating solely on guitar. The band spent the next couple of years building up a strong live following with constant gigging and the odd decent support slot, gradually adding a Harder edge to their Proggy sound. The Wolverhampton based Heavy Metal Records issued a self-titled album in 1985. They followed this with two 7" singles, "Road To Ruin", and "Do It!" on Heavy Metal subsidiary FM/Revolver Records later that same year. Tragically, keyboard player Kaust Rakhit died of Thalasemia in mid 1985 and was replaced by Barry Godfrey. Depressed by the death of his friend, Page quit once more in 1986. A planned second album was stalled as vocalist Joanne Syme suffered a serious throat problem. With their momentum stalled by Syme's illness the band gradually dissolved in late '86.
RUNESTAFF - Runestaff (1985) UK
TRUX were an obscure New Wave Of British Heavy Metal quartet who only managed one release during their lifetime. The "Bad Luck" 7" single was released in 1982 on the bands own Trux Records label. One of the most obscure releases from a genre filled with hard to find records, expect to pay silly money for a copy of this record, if you can find it.
TRUX - Bad Luck 7" (1982) UK
I'll let Dan's Corroseum review do the talking on this next one.
This is one of the best, and for sure the most overlooked, Swedish metal single of the eighties. I can’t understand why it is so seldom seen on want or favelists. Sure it is rare, but that’s usually not an obstacle. Could be because of the late date of release or their not so heavy look on the front cover, but that sure as hell are no acceptable excuses. ”King of the Sea” is one of the most memorable moments in Swedish metal history. An up-tempo metal hymn with neat a-string riffing and a fantastic chorus that will lift you high above the clouds on wings of steel, or something like that. Kind of similar to the godly-in-it’s-own-right TREASURE single, but with better vocals and musicianship. Other names that spring to my mind are bands on the more metallic side of the NWOBHM, like AVENGER or BLITZKRIEG. The b-side is a melancholic acoustic ballad, but with a soaring chorus and a really heavy solo section. After a few spins you will realize that it’s nearly as divine as the a-side. Trumpets must sound and mp3’s be spread, until justice is done and Jackwave put where they rightfully belong: In the hall of fame.
JACKWAVE - King Of The Sea 7" (1986) Sweden
Finally tonight, Lord Ryur only made this one recording, but it's a good one. Due to the high, wailing vocals used in both songs and the traditional 80s metal style, comparisons are inevitably made to KING DIAMOND/MERCYFUL FATE. However, by far the best comparison is to SACRED OATH, particularly the excellent A-side, "Pact with the Sinner". The song has an interesting structure, a very catchy chorus, and showcases both normal and high vocals that add texture to the song. As is typical for bands using high-pitched vocals, "Pact With the Sinner" develops a somewhat eerie vibe similar to many compositions by King Diamond, LORDS OF THE CRIMSON ALLIANCE, and Sacred Oath. The B-side is less memorable but is still in the same galloping, slightly epic vein that will conjure up memories of Sacred Oath's "A Crystal Vision" album more than any other record I can think of. If you like galloping, epic metal along the lines of OMEN or GOTHIC KNIGHTS and don't mind higher vocals akin to King Diamond and Sacred Oath, then check out Lord Ryur if you get a chance. Note that the band hailed from Canada (not the US as sometimes stated) and the single was limited to a tiny pressing of 100 copies. Review from http://metal-archives.com/
LORD RYUR - Pact With The Sinner 7" (1986) Canada
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