SHRIVEL ME TIMBERS
First out of the blocks this time is the sole self titled release by New York Heavy Metal quintet Lady Killer. This 1983 album came out on the Allegiance Records label, and is crammed with chest beating anthemic heavy-but-catchy traditional Heavy Metal, comparable perhaps to some of RIOT's earlier material in places, which should really be all the recommendation you need. Unfortunately Lady Killer split up midway through the recording of their second album which was being produced by TALAS & HEAVEN guitarist Mitch Perry. A shame, as this band played proper old school US Metal of the kind they just don't make no more.
LADY KILLER - Lady Killer (1983) USA
Next tonight we bring you the debut album by UK/German Hard Rock band Zar. "Live Your Life Forever", was released on the Hurricane label in 1989, and reunited former REBEL bandmates JOHN LAWTON & TOMMY CLAUSS. In fact, musically, this is almost a continuation of REBEL, keeping that bands knack of penning classy Hard Rock without having to sacrifice any of their power to get your toe-tapping. This line up of ZAR didn't last beyond this album however, as a shift in direction towards a more Power Metal style didn't thrill Lawton, so he took his leave of the band, but returned briefly to guest on a song on Zar's 1993 "From Welcome... To Goodbye".
Fans of Lawton's work with LUCIFERS FRIEND & URIAH HEEP will find him in equally fine form here, like RONNIE DIO, his voice only seems to improve with the passing years.
ZAR - Live Your Life Forever (1989) UK/Germany
Next, here's another various artists compilation for you, this time the final entry in EMI Records "Muthas" NWOBHM series, "Muthas Pride" from back in 1980. Not as well known as the previous entries in the series, "Metal For Muthas" & "Metal For Muthas 2 - Cut Loud", nevertheless, there are still some fine songs on this one. You'll find the classic likes of QUARTZ, WHITE SPIRIT, WILDFIRE as well as the little known BABY JANE here, just the four bands though as this was only an EP. Good things come in small packages they say, this proves the point.
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Mutha's Pride EP (1980) UK
Last time out we brought you the self titled EP by New York metal godz Steel Warriors. This time around we complete their discography with their second and final release, 1985's "On The Road To Hell" EP. Everything that i wrote about their debut is just as true of this sophomore effort, all the familiar pomp, bombast and silliness remains present & correct, all of which are, of course, cranked up to eleven. This was to be the bands swansong sadly, despite main man Steve Scott's attempts to resurrect the name with an all new line up later on, their fate was sealed.
STEEL WARRIORS - On The Road To Hell EP (1985) USA
We'll give over the rest of tonight's post to some rare seven inchers from the good ole NWOBHM, if that's alright with you guys, three little crackers incoming.
First one from the vault is the 1981 "Red Lion" 45 by Stevenage, Kent band Ground Attack. This was the bands only release during their original incarnation save for a demo tape entitled "The Lost Tapes", and is a tribute to their favourite venue, biker pub The Red Lion. Musically this is biker boogie rawk for the most part, with a great dirty AC/DC-esque groove and fantastic lead guitar from band mainstay Tom "Katz" Atkinson. The band originally folded in 1982, but Atkinson put together a new line up in 2003 and released a full length album entitled "Sectioned"the following year.
GROUND ATTACK - Red Lion 7" (1981) UK
Nextly, a band we've featured a couple of times before, Melton Mowbray's Prowler. This was their debut release, the 1983 "Forgotten Angel" 7". If you've heard any of their stuff from previous posts you'll know how good these guys were. If not, go get this one and grab the follow up 45 & demo from the archives. You need these, that simple.
PROWLER - Forgotten Angel 7" (1983) UK
Finally, here's the 1980 "Heart Of Stone" 7" from VHF (Very High Frequency), on Lion Records. A bit of a borderline inclusion, nevertheless this power trio sure knew how to play and display good songwriting nous on this, their sole vinyl outing. A demo followed in 1985 from a version of the band with a different line up, but they were to split soon after.
VHF - Heart Of Stone 7" (1980) UK
That's yer lot for now, more hot poop coming your way right here real soon.
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