Friday, November 07, 2008


Hi again people, lotsa good stuff coming your way tonight, we're spoiling you we really are.
Again, my apologies for how the page looks, blogger is playing silly buggers again, up until a few weeks ago it used to resize all images to 200 x 200, and blow them up to full size when you clicked on them. Not any more apparently!
Let's get on with it shall we?
For starters tonight we bring you DEALER. The Cirencester, Gloucestershire NWOBHM band band was rooted in the earlier AXE VICTIMS, this antecedent outfit featuring vocalist Trev Short, bassist Pete Gentil and drummer Malcolm Hanselman. Suffering membership changes, the band evolved into LONE WOLF. However, due to the formation of a London based act of the same title, fronted by the high profile figure of ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'anno, the name DEALER was struck upon. Shortly afterwards, Hanselman was replaced by Andy Powell. DEALER scored national media by appearing on the HTV television programme 'Best Band West' and scored valuable supports to GARY MOORE and MOTORHEAD. Singer Trev Short, guitarists Steve Tarrant and Andy Jones with bassist Pete Gentil performed on the 1983 single 'Better Things To Do' issued on the Windrush label. A three song demo was recorded the following year containing 'The Final Conflict', 'Money Is Your Password' and 'Looking For A Reason'. Guitarist Andy Dunne was enrolled but soon vacated his position, being substituted by a then 17 year old Ashley Jon Limer. DEALER's solitary album "First Strike", emerged on Hull's Ebony Records in 1987, after which frontman Trev Short was replaced by female vocalist Julie Gove. DEALER folded in 1988. Subsequently, Trev Short, bassist Pete Gentil, guitarist Ashley Jon Limer and drummer Andy Powell went on to form the more melodic VAN DAMNE and Limer later turned up on SACK TRICK albums.

DEALER - First Strike (1987) UK

Next, Alpha Centauri was formed in Greeley, Colorado in 1971. The band performed its hard driving rock throughout the American Midwest for years opening for artists such as STYX and URIAH HEEP. With a fairly strong US following, the band moved to Canada where they began to write original material. The result was 1977's long awaited eponymous debut on Salt Records.
With the release of the album came more concerts as well as several radio and television appearances including the Canadian TV special "Alpha Centauri In Concert" from 1978. The band was then aiming for the UK, but management problems and road burnout led to the band returning to the USA, appearing on TV's 'Rock and Roll America'. Alpha Centauri stayed on the road until 1983 when they finally broke up. In the '90's a resurgence of sorts occurred following a glowing review of their sole album in the International Encyclopedia of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Rock aficionados began scouring the globe for their only album and in 1996 Pacemaker Records re-issued the disc. It's a really good album, with a very distinctive sound and some outstanding guitar playing, successfully blending Hard Rock with Prog elements without sacrificing the hard edges.

ALPHA CENTAURI - Alpha Centauri (1977) USA

From Stockholm Sweden, GRAND MAGUS is a hard slammin' Heavy Metal band, with the emphasis on heavy. Grand Magus was formed by former CARDINAL FANG vocalist Janne "JB" Christoffersson and bassist Fox, formerly with BAJEN DEATH CULT. They soon teamed up with ABRAMIS BRAMA drummer Fredrik "Trisse" Liefvendahl and recorded a three track demo, which i posted here a while back. This recording led to an appearance on the Waterdragon Records compilation, Greatest Hits Vol 1 (2000). This further eight song demo "Grand Magus" was recorded in late 2000. After this they put out a split 7" with SPIRITUAL BEGGARS (who JB would later join) on Southern Lord Records. This split was followed closely by their debut album, Grand Magus (2001), on Rise Above Records. Two more albums would follow, Monument (2003) and Wolf's Return (2005), both on Rise Above. In 2006 Trisse left the band and SEB was recruited on drums. The band released their fourth album, "Iron Will", on June 9, 2008 on Rise Above, and i'd like to recommend it to all of you, it totally slays. Go buy it now!

GRAND MAGUS - Grand Magus Demo (2000) Sweden

Steffan Rodd were a four piece Heavy Metal band formed in Newark, New Jersey in 1982. Their lone commercially available release was their 4 track "Shocker" EP issued in 1984 on their own Steffan Rodd label. A demo followed later that same year, but the band split soon after. The "Shocker" EP now changes hands for silly money on the rare occasions when offered for sale.

STEFFAN RODD - Shocker EP (1984) USA

Nightchild were a traditional Heavy Metal quartet formed in Indianapolis, Indiana in May of 1981. The name was originally suggested as a great name for a band by a friend back in 1977.
Being a die hard vampire fan, guitarist Randy Joe Duke never forgot it and wrote a song called "Nightchild" in 1979. The band adopted the name from the tune, which was the first original they learned when they got together. Their sole release was the 1000 copies only "Remember The Faithful" 7", pressed on red vinyl, which was issued by Nightmare Records in 1985. A planned 11 track album was recorded at the same time as the single, but it went unreleased, subsequently surfacing only as a nine song demo cassette in early 1987. Sadly, by the time the demo was being traded, Nightchild were no more, having split that March. Guitarist Randy Joe Duke went on to form the band DIREWOLF in 1992.

NIGHTCHILD - Remember The Faithful 7" (1985) USA

Shadowfax were a short lived London based NWOBHM band. Their lone release, the highly regarded "The Russians Are Coming" 45, was a self-released affair on their own Risky records label. The single was only available at their gigs and via mail order from the band themselves.
It's become a cult collectors piece in recent years since the reevaluation of the NWOBHM. No relation to the Irish Thrash metal band.

SHADOWFAX - The Russians Are Coming 7" (1980) UK

Finally, the Newcastle based NWOBHM/Hard Rock quintet SHE was amongst a number of groups signed up by famed local independent label Neat Records. The group's sole release was this 1985 "Never Surrender" single which was produced by ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG & PENETRATION guitarist Fred Purser and former VERITY & ARGENT man JOHN VERITY. No relation to the other UK band of the same name who featured future GIRLSCHOOL, ROCK GODDESS and ex-CANIS MAJOR members.

SHE - Never Surrender 7" (1985) UK

And that's all for tonight folks! I've been thinking about changing the format of the blog somewhat in the future, but am still considering my options. I'll let you know more as i mull the possibilities over, but if anyone has any suggestions on how to improve NILOOB, please feel free to share them in the comments section. If you still need more Rawk, give my other blog a try, you might turn up something interesting @


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kit - good to see Grand Magus featuring. They've released some killer albums. Got any rare Count Raven demos? Best wishes, Blofeld

Saturday, November 08, 2008 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Sorry Blofeld, Count Raven are one of those bands that i always meant to listen to, but never quite got round to it. This is no doubt a huge mistake on my behalf, which i'll rectify eventually. Glad you appreciate the Grand Magus stuff, one of the best pure Heavy Metal bands around today in my opinion. Strange that their profile isn't higher, as "Iron Will" is one of the best albums released all year.

Saturday, November 08, 2008 3:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry too much about the format or look of the blog. Just the fact you are here, that you make this available for us, we give you a huge Wanye's World "we're not worthy" bow.
Really, this is my favorite blog.
Thanks a million!

Sunday, November 09, 2008 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alpha Centauri are great.
IMO they are more like Legs Diamond


Sunday, November 09, 2008 6:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey!kidz! either i can't appreciate th' avant garde o' nwobhm or there is somethin' messed up wit' th' shadowfax recordin' in the last minute o' the ruskies are cummin'?!? seems like a bunch o' tracks slapped together???

Sunday, November 09, 2008 7:17:00 PM  
Anonymous FadoShax said...

yeah, there's some thrashy shite that cuts in suddenly in the last half of that shadowfax tune. it's also about twice as loud and obviously from another song.

Monday, November 10, 2008 8:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kit - you've got to listen to Count Raven! You know those bands they keep saying sound like Sabbath? Well, this band sounds like Sabbath ( in a good way). Yes, Iron Will is a cracking album. Take care, Blofeld.

Monday, November 10, 2008 5:57:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

Hello. Legs Diamond is a good reference for the Alpha Centauri. Parts of their songs remind me of the very early Styx albums. Dealer may have looked like a lame spandex/hair band by the time their only LP came out, but it's really pretty decent. The sound doesnt quite match the look.

Excellent songs by Nightchild, I only wish the recording was better.
The singer either sucks, or was using a 25 cent microphone.

The She choruses are nice, the verses not so much. According to Iron Pages, they did manage a second single on their own label.
Thanks so much again and again.

Friday, November 14, 2008 4:13:00 PM  
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