Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Hi everyone, yup, we're back again with more of the great and the good from Rock's "Where Are They Now?" files.
My many thanks for all your comments and your good wishes during my recent illness. That bastard bug more or less wiped me out for the best part of three weeks, but i'm feeling much better now thanks very much.
Shall we get on with the music then?
We're all over the globe tonight with entries from the UK, the USA and to start with, Belgium.
WARHEAD were a four piece Heavy/Speed Metal band from Belgium formed in 1983, and signed to the Mausoleum label. They released two albums, "Speedway", in 1985, and "The Day After", in 1986. Musically, they specialised in speed metal in the vein of early RUNNING WILD and LIVING DEATH. The music is wickedly infectious, and the songs barrel along at a fair old pace. Perfect mid-'80's budget production values deliver a ragged guitar tone of doom whilst the singer, (Patrick "The Beast" Van Londerzele, formerly of CROSSFIRE), screams for mercy in what sounds like a huge cave. Awesome stuff! Guitarist Didier "Wall Of Sound" Kapelle went on to join thrashers CYCLONE in the late 1980's, whilst vocalist Patrick "The Beast" Van Londerzele worked with DRAGORLAD, appearing on their "On The Moonless Nights" Demo and their "Incantations" album.

WARHEAD - Speedway (1985) Belgium


Next, a NWoBHM influenced quintet from Brooklyn, New York, ARMED FORCES were originally formed in 1980 and went through the usual phase of having to play covers, in this instance songs by JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN, in order to get the gigs and pay the bills.
By the time the band recorded their debut offering, the 1984 mini LP 'Let There Be Metal', lead guitarist Michael Manne was the only original member of the band. Whilst the band's demos had publications such as Britain's 'Metal Forces' magazine proclaiming the band to be the future of Metal, the actual record once released turned out to be a rather muted affair, with the production shaving too many of the bands rough edges off. By 1985 the band had undergone severe series of line-up changes and, almost overnight, changed their image too, going with a "Road Warrior"/ROGUE MALE/Post-apocalyptic look, much to the horror of some of their strongest supporters, with only Manne and Tetro remaining from the band that recorded the mini album. Joining the revamped line up came vocalist Kevin Burns, guitarist Billy 'Flash' Blakk and drummer Dante 'Madman' Renzi. It was with this line-up that the New Yorkers shortened their name to ARMED FORCE and signed to the Iron Works/Azra label for the release of the 1986 'Heavy Artillery' album, and the octagonal (!) "Heavy Artillery" 7". Although the muted reception to the album caused the band to split soon after, some ex-members went on to further prominence. By 1988 Dante Renzi had linked up with N.R.G. vocalist Les Brown and ex BLACK LACE members Carl and Anthony Fragnito to form DAMN CHEETAH. Renzi's later bands included GREEN DEVIL INDUSTRY and by 2000 the Nu-Metal crew REACH. Tommy Bolan later joined German Heavy Metal outfit WARLOCK.

ARMED FORCE - Heavy Artillery (1986) USA


Short lived Birmingham melodic NWOBHM group SURFACE first demoed in 1985 with a four song tape recorded at UB40's studio. The band hardly gigged, allowing time for drummer Jamie Hawkins to divide his duties with fellow Birmingham act THE STARFIGHTERS. Surface only recorded one record, the live "Race The Night" album, that was eventually released in 1985 through the Killerwatt Records label. Two years later, the album was re-released as "Beneath The Surface", on the JCI label, but by that time the band was disintegrating. Nowadays the original and the repressing are both pretty hard to find, so enjoy this very listenable rip of a very listenable little album that didn't deserve to languish in such obscurity.

SURFACE - Race The Night (1985) UK


The Rochester, New York based act UNCLE SAM enjoyed the majority of their fame thanks to the release of their debut album 'Heaven Or Hollywood' in 1988. Actually, if truth be told, it wasn't so much the record but the album cover that attracted attention to the group formed by guitar playing milkman Larry Miller. The cover depicted a razor handed, naked unidentified female seemingly about to transform a certain part of her anatomy into what's known in the trade as a "shaven haven". The band had formed earlier as Garage Rock act THE ATTICS. When original drummer Tom Shippers left the fold to join IMMACULATE MARY, the band pulled in drummer Glenn 'G. Avery' Brisk and switched titles to UNCLE SAM. The line-up of the group that recorded the first album was completed by vocalist Scott Cessna and bassist David Gentner.
UNCLE SAM grabbed tons of coverage in the likes of 'Kerrang!' with the debut, leading to a European deal with, ironically enough, Razor Records. The first album certainly made an impact, going on to sell over 10,000 copies. Touring saw Ron K. taking the drum role before Jeff Mann made the position more permanent. In April 1989 Cessna was reported to have quit and was replaced on lead vocals by bassist David Gentner. Gentner's brother, Bill Purol, was enlisted to fill his shoes in the four string position. UNCLE SAM's next release was the 7" single 'Whiskey Slick', the B side of which featured a cover version of LINK WRAY's 'Rumble'. Their second album 'Letters From London', was another big success in the UK, and would have charted, but for the fact that their label , Skeller Records, had forgotten to put a bar code on the sleeve, making the sales ineligible for inclusion on the album charts. This was probably the most accomplished of the bands releases combining their Hard Rock, Garage, Metal and Punk influences perfectly. A third album, 'Fourteen Women...Fifteen Days', issued through London based Communique Records, was based upon the exploits of infamous Rochester serial killer Arthur Shawcross, but did not emerge until after the band's demise in 1993. Gentner went on to form THE VEINS, re-recording UNCLE SAM's 'Fallout Shelter' from their last album. No relation to the AOR/Pomp Rock band of the same name who released an album called "America America" in 1985.

UNCLE SAM - Letters From London (1990) USA


Anyway, that's your lot for tonight, hope you enjoy this weeks selection and i'll catch you all back here in approximately seven days or so. Let's be careful out there people! ;)


Blogger Sadness said...

God Glad You baxk..thanks so much for UNCLE SAM..brilliant stuff
all best and keep well mate

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 2:45:00 AM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

Been away too long. No time to listen to new things, life kinda took over for a while. Catching up waaaaayyyy back--

Sound Barrier "Total Control"
First and best? Probably. Being most closely related to their time as an R&B band, I was hoping for an even stronger funk influence than what's here. But it still manages to stand apart from their decent, but very run-of-the-mill 80s metal of their later efforts.

Heavy Metal Army "1"
Really glad Kit warned of the strange choice of band name here. I would have been let down. Knowing what they were helped me enjoy this release. Being from 1981, this release perhaps creates a bridge to the AORish keyboardy metal from way later in the decade. Anyway, I like it. It has enough hard edge, and the singer doesnt sound like he's in love with himself.

Kid Dynamite
Oh man, if anyone knows any obscure music halfway between KD and Sound Barrier, I'd be all over it like a drummer on a groupie. KD sounds just a little too 1973ish for me. BTW-- take the clothing and helmet back in time about 800 years, and you got a Molly Hatchet cover.

...time to DL the next installment

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for Surface. It's a new one on me! Take care, Blofeld.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 2:24:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

More catching up on old posts.....

Killer "Ladykiller"
It's very Krokus. A few AC/DC touches in "Get Out" and "Crazy Rosie" (cough), but this could have been shared as unreleased Krokus tracks from the early 80s, and a lot of people would believe it. Great stuff.

Mirage "And The Earth..."
Wow, another gem! The best thing I can say is they don't remind me of anyone in particular. Their debut single is a pleasant surprise. The straight ahead non-metal lyrics do not sound dumb at all, it somehow works. Having listened to the metal driven songs/lyrics from the LP first, I was expecting cheese.

best wishes from Northen Illinois, USA

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 4:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surface ! Another band on this site who used to play the small clubs in my home town (Birmingham, UK). They made the typical '80's mistake of sacking the un-photogenic members for better looking pretty boys - only to find out they had got rid of the talent too !!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:37:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

still catching up on old posts...

Witch Cross "Fit For Fight"
This one escapes me. Maybe it's the weakish vocals. Maybe it's from hearing better production on Kit's previous posts. I should like it, but it's just so-so.

KAOS "Agent Killers"
I don't like the singer when he gets nasal. Overall, just okay.

Pallas "The Sentinel"
Tough to judge this properly. My only interest in the "second wave" of progressive music --the early/mid 80s-- has been squarely centered on the first 4 Marillion albums. Their debut has spent it's entire life on my desert island list. To make matters worse, these guys are also from Scotland. It just pales in comparison. I will say, the "Atlantis Suite" has some great retro vibes.

Riff Raff "Robot Stud"
I like this much better than Witch Cross. Not sure why, maybe I'm in the right mood for their slightly biker/motorhead attitude. Maybe I just love the mutilation of "It's All Over Now".

I still got a lot to DL and listen to, as always your very hard work is much appreciated

Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

ever forward, onward, whatever

Riff Raff "Dead Man...."
Overall pretty good. I wish I hadnt read comments about the Who song before listening. It wouldve surprised/shocked/delighted me to hear how bad this is, without first knowing what song it was.

Raven Bitch "Tear Down The Walls"
Musically rather repetitive. Not much musicianship. Not for me. I can dig the meathead metal when it's intentional/over the top, but this just sounds weak.

Megaton "Megaton"
Tasty old bluesy / psyche rock. Doesnt strike me as really progressive. Okay I just heard some flute. It's progressive.

Clientelle "85 demo"
Ahhhhh, still love those nwobhm demo tapes. I could easily clean up the hiss and sound, but I don't want to. It would spoil the fun.
The songs are decent too.

Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:09:00 PM  
Blogger s204599 said...

Taking Surface. Sounds very interesting.

Friday, March 27, 2009 5:25:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

clawing my way back to the present

Zoser Mez "Vizier Of Wasteland"
Sounds older than 1990. I like the singer's occasional "Glenn Hughes-ish" crooning.

Shaftsbury "Lull Before The Storm"
The first track worried me. It was too pretty. After that, things began to heat up a little. Then they cooled down again. Lastly the side two tracks--- NICE!! Quite old-fashioned PROGORIFIC.

Dumpy "Get Out On The Road"
The releases made by nwobhm bands after a period of inactivity are always suspect. Many of them grew up, got slick, learned how to play better and ruined their sound, etc.
Not dumpy. This 1987 release may have better production value (somewhat) but it's the same biker nonsense he released in the early 1980s. Fun and simple. "Let's get out on the road, we got a long way to go." Dumpy didnt go anywhere, and I'm glad.

Kit, I feel the need to mention what a great job you do when you veer off your main path of old school metal. Shaftsbury, Megaton, Kid Dynamite, etc.... they are blended in just right, and give a great breather when listened to as a group of all one blog posting.

best wishes from "awww crap, winter just came back a bit" in Northern Illinois, USA

Saturday, March 28, 2009 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

caught up at last !

Surface "Race The Night"
Wow, this sounds like a very confident, experienced band. I wish they had released a studio album. Anyone heard of any demo tapes of these guys?

Armed Forces "Heavy Artillery"
Pretty good. Brooklyn, NY, 1986, eh? They must have been looked on as a more commercial, radio friendly alternative to Carnivore.

Warhead "Speedway"
I'm not a huge speed metal fan. This is okay. I wish they had included a cover track. I always like to hear these type of bands mutilate a treasured rock classic.

Uncle Sam "Letters From London"
A sleazy version of a hair band.
Some decent songs. Without the bar code debacle, they may have had a slight chance.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger 88 said...

followed here from Time Traveller, any chance of re-re-upping Poobah-Let Me In (1972)-- last post on TT back 2006, all 3 or 4 posts of it in searches say it is good, but links are all long dead 2006-2007

ironic same said posts also note how hard it is to find, dude, it is still hard to find

meanwhile, checkin' out new stuff here I never heard of, thanks...


Sunday, March 29, 2009 7:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For 88

POOBAH - Let Me In:

POOBAH - U.S. Rock

Credit to original poster


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Stuff here!!!

Every free minute Im downloading from here. Really like the descriptions too. Makes it more interesting.

I was wondering if you have compilations albums from the ;ate 70s beginning 80s, the NWOBH period.

Thanks again

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