THE PIPS HAVE GONE
Victim were a promising Heavy Metal act from San Diego in the early 1980's. They released this one incredibly rare album, 1983's privately pressed "Power Hungry", and a further mini LP "DMN" in 1985. As the debut album is growing in reputation and value now, these guys are finally getting some long overdue kudos at last.
Sadly it's all too little too late, as the band folded around 1986.
Not to be confused with the other band also called Victim from Houston, TX.
VICTIM - Power Hungry (1983) USA
Next tonight, we complete a discography which we began last time out.
GLORY BELLS BAND acted as an early stepping stone for drummer Peter Udd, who later worked with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and, more significantly, guitarist Franco Santuine who was to later join the ELECTRIC BOYS and subsequently teamed up with REPTILE SMILE. The band released two well respected old school Heavy Metal albums, 1982's "Dressed In Black", then, under the shortened name GLORY BELLS, this one, 1985's "Century Rendezvous".
Singer Göran 'Glory North' Nord (a.k.a. Göran Edman) formed GLORY NORTH following the dissolving of GLORY BELLS and this group actually recorded an album, but it was never released due to the record label going bust. The group subsequently evolved into GLORY.
Edman subsequently worked with YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KARMAKANIC, STREET TALK, BRAZEN ABBOT, CROSSFADE, GEFF, MADISON and XSAVIOUR.
GLORY BELLS - Century Rendezvous (1985) Sweden
Back to the USA now, as we complete yet another discography.
Mox Nix were a four-piece Heavy Metal act from the state of Texas. The Houston quartet were formed in '82, and began as a covers band playing PRIEST, UFO, SAXON & MAIDEN songs on the local club circuit, gradually introducing more & more self written material into their set and building a strong local following. This seven song 1984 demo called "All Access", generated positive reviews in the European Metal magazines, and French label, Axe Killer Records offered the band a one album deal on the strength of it. The self-titled album was released the following year, and received strong reviews and a lot of local airplay, which resulted in the band touring with the likes of ACCEPT, WARLOCK and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. At this time they signed with Shatter Records & recorded a still unreleased album in New York which was produced by Alex Perialis & RAVEN drummer Rob Hunter, and featured ex - IRON MAIDEN man Paul Di'Anno on vocals. Unfortunately the label folded shortly thereafter and a proposed release through Metal Blade fell through, eventually leading to the frustrated bands demise.
MOX NIX - All Access Demo (1984) USA
Next we return once again to Sweden, for another piece of Northern steel courtesy of Dom.
This 3-song EP by Airborne is a rather coveted FWOSHM (First Wave Of Swedish Heavy Metal) item and bears the "In The UK" title because the band upped sticks and recorded this EP in England to try and get the full on NWOBHM vibe, and also to be taken more seriously by the International Metal community. It also had the unfortunate effect of fooling record collectors that they were a NWOBHM band, you still see it turn up on Brit Metal "wants" lists. They were at least semi-successful in their musical aims, opener "Burn In Hell" offering up a strong JUDAS PRIEST style feel. The opening bars to "Lord Satan" are simply astounding, Heavy Metal thunder, before returning to a more basic riffing structure. The closing "Temple Of Metal" with it's bleak SAXON-esque leads is probably the best track on this release, being less derivative than the others. So, "In The UK" is certainly not the most overrated of all FWOSHM EPs, you get 3 diverse full on Metal/HR songs for your cash. Or for free, right here, right now.
AIRBORNE - In United Kingdom EP (1983) Sweden
Would you believe we begin the NWOBHM portion of tonight's post by completing another discography? We're getting better at tying up those loose ends these days eh? This is the 3 song 1981 demo by NWOBHM/Doom legends Apocalypse. Other than their excellent 1982 single, this is the only recorded output prior to the bands conversion to OMEGA. The opening track, "Night Stalker", is a bit of a shock to anyone familiar only with their "Stormchild" single, as the song is a very upbeat, aggressive number more akin to a band like Mythra. It s a good song, just not one I expected from this particular band. Follow-up "The Light" is more along the lines of what you would expect; a long, slower number meant to induce an epic feel with layers of atmosphere. This song was reworked as "The Child" on OMEGA's "The Prophet" album. Finally, the demo closes with "Midnight Train", which is more similar to the tuneful, slightly atmospheric material of BASHFUL ALLEY's "Running Blind". Nothing whatsoever to do with the piss poor AC/DC copyists of the same name.
APOCALYPSE - Demo (1981) UK
NWOBHM quartet OVERKILL only released this one record, the 1981 single 'Elemental' on the Elly Jay label. Bassist Paul Nicholson was later replaced by Marcus Nason, with whom the band then recorded the two song "Demo '81", cassette.This appears to have been the end of the line for the band as no further releases were forthcoming. Not to be confused with the two US bands of the same name, the punk one from LA, and the other, the better known thrashers from New York.
OVERKILL - Elemental 7" (1981) UK
Finally tonight, here's Challenger, a Yorkshire based five piece NWOBHM band with a strong early '70's vibe. They released only this one record, the 1981 "So Sure Of Yourself" 45 on C.M.C. Records. Flipside, "Out To Kill" is probably the stronger of the two tracks, reminding me somewhat of QUARTZ.Highly prized nowadays by NWOBHM collectors, but at the time of it's original release sales struggled, and disspirited, the band went their separate ways.
CHALLENGER - So Sure Of Yourself 7" (1981) UK
That's tonight's haul, hope you enjoy our choices and find something here to cherish. I've got some great stuff lined up for next week as well, i think we've surpassed ourselves folks, so that's something for you regulars to look forward to.
Until then, keep commenting, keep rocking and keep the (Metal) faith.