Friday, August 20, 2010


Howdy, oh right-thinking peoples of the interweb who like to rawk out to vintage and obscure Heavy tunesmithery!
We're back again to bring you some more of that which you desire, the music.
So then, shall we begin?
LIONHEART was a British Hard Rock band formed in late 1980.
Originally the band featured singer Jess Cox (ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG), guitarist Dennis Stratton (ex-IRON MAIDEN), guitarist Steve Mann (ex-LIAR), bassist/vocalist Rocky Newton (ex-THE NEXT BAND), and drummer Frank Noon (ex-DEF LEPPARD).
Cox was quickly replaced by former LAUTREC frontman, Reuben Archer. Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks replaced the WILD HORSES-bound Noon for the 1981 UK tour with Def Leppard with former Wild Horses drummer Clive Edwards eventually replacing Binks.
Archer too would briefly spend time in Wild Horses before forming STAMPEDE.
The song "Lionheart", recorded by Archer, Stratton, Mann, Newton, and Noon would belatedly surface on the "Heavy Metal Heroes Vol. 2" compilation in 1982.
Said track remains the only representative recording of the band's early sound as they would change their style significantly later on.
A demo recorded by the core of Stratton, Mann, and Newton landed Lionheart a deal with the American branch of CBS Records in 1984.
Enlisting new vocalist Chad Brown and securing the studio services of drummer Bob Jenkins, the band proceeded to record their debut album, "Hot Tonight", with producer Kevin Beamish (REO SPEEDWAGON) in Los Angeles.
This was a slick AOR-styled effort that failed to capture the old fans' interest or that of their target audience in the U.S..
In 1985 the band continued with former GRAND PRIX members, drummer Andy Bierne and keybordist Phil Lanzon, appearing on Channel 4's popular ECT program.
Lanzon eventually left to join reformed 70's glam act, THE SWEET (and later URIAH HEEP), while Brown gave way to new vocalist Keith Murrell (ex-AIRRACE).
Failing to make any headway, Lionheart split up in 1986, with Bierne going into management, Murrell fronting Irish rockers, MAMA'S BOYS, and Newton and Mann joining the McAULEY SCHENKER GROUP.
Dennis Stratton later found fame in Japan as part of an all-star PRAYING MANTIS touring line-up alongside former Iron Maiden band mate Paul DiAnno.
Steve Mann would sign on with The Sweet as the guitarist/keyboardist in late 1989, ironically replacing his former Lionheart band mate Phil Lanzon who had decided to join Uriah Heep as a permanent member.
Mann stayed on into the mid 90's when he was invited by Frank Bornemann, owner of Horus Sound Studio in Hannover, Germany to play guitar and some keyboards for his band ELOY. Mann guested on both "The Tides Return Forever" and "Ocean 2 - The Answer".
"Unearthed - Raiders Of The Lost Archives", a 2-CD 30-song collection of vintage Lionheart demos recorded between 1981 and 1985, was issued in 1999 by Pony Canyon Records in Japan.

LIONHEART - Unearthed - Raiders Of The Lost Archives (2-CD) (1981-1985) UK

CD 1 :

CD 2 :

Next, Welsh UK Prog/Hard Rock act NO QUARTER formed in 1980 and the quartet released their debut cassette, the five song "Songs In Circles" on Neon Records, in 1981.
The band also had the track "Power And The Key" featured on the 1982 Heavy Metal Records compilation album "Heavy Metal Heroes II".
Further exposure came via a well received four song BBC Friday Rock Show session later the same year.
No Quarter released a further cassette, the seven song "Uncertain Future" in 1982, but this was later withdrawn.
No Quarter performed a somewhat unusual gig during 1983 at the Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane, which they later revisited on the track "Broadmoor Blues".
Another release, the classic 3 song 12" "Survivors" EP on Reel Records came later in 1983.
The band's final release came in 1985, the 3 song "Birds Of Prey" EP was issued by Bonzo Bear Records, before the band went on indefinite hiatus.
Having not been a going concern for some years, No Quarter reformed in 1992 with a 14 song, misleadingly titled, "Best Of" album being released through Vinyl Tap Records in 1994.
The album featured eleven previously unreleased remastered tracks which were recorded by the band at various points throughout their career but never issued, alongside the three songs from the "Survivors" EP.
A new line up of the band, featuring longtime members "Snappi" Lyes and Dave Young, gigged around the time of the album's release, but issued no further product.

NO QUARTER - The Best Of No Quarter (1981-1993) UK

SARACEN were an Australian Heavy Metal act with strong Prog-Rock influences.
The band were formed in Perth, Western Australia, in 1980 by former FATTY LUMPKIN and EVEREST Vocalist/Guitarist John Meyer, Bassist Jon Ryder and Drummer Tony Cooper.
Around this time the band released a cassette only live album, called "Live In The City".
After a short time Tony Cooper left and Peter Thompson took over drums in 1981.
SARACEN was put on hold in 1983 when guitarist John Meyer opted out in an unlikely move to hook up with Austalian Hard Rock institution ROSE TATTOO.
The two remaining members, frontman Jon Ryder and drummer Peter Thompson united with ex-BLACK ALICE guitarist Jamie Page to found TRILOGY.
After two years of rehearsing, gigging and refining the band's sound, Trilogy released their ten song debut album, "Life On Earth" in 1985 as a private pressing.
The album belied it's modest recording budget, with a sympathetic production giving the bands Heavy yet Progressive and accesible songs lots of light and shade.
After the album's release, and despite favourable reviews, Jamie Page left the band, later reappearing with ANGUS McDETH and then BLACK STEEL.
Peter Jenkins was brought in to replace Page, but it wasn't long before he was ousted in favour of the returning John Meyer.
The French Axe Killer Record label released Trilogy's second and final album, "Next In Line" in 1986 in Europe only.
By the time of the album's independent release in Australia later in the year, Trilogy had reverted to the SARACEN name, releasing the record as a self-titled Saracen album.
This incarnation of the band would also, sadly, prove to be short lived, with the members going their separate ways in 1987.
Bassist John Ryder reappeared in the early 1990's as a member of PROJECT X, who released an album entitled "The Mirror" in 1995.
Guitarist John Meyer went on to join CHAIN, recording three albums with them, before going solo in 1992.
Since then he's released four solo albums in a Blues Rock style, as well as playing on various sessions and doing production work.

TRILOGY - Life On Earth (1985) Australia

Finally, 100% PROOF were a four piece Stockport based Christian NWOBHM act formed by brothers Steven and Phillip Wright in 1978.
They debuted with the 1980 EP "New Way Of Livin'" on the Smile Records label.
Myrrh Records then published their eponymous debut album in 1981, which went on to sell very well.
During their time 100% PROOF were probably the leading "White" Hard Rock band in the country.
Amongst their notable achievements was a headlining appearance at the Christian Greenbelt festival at Knebworth in 1983, where they were promoting their second and final album, "Power And The Glory", released by SB Records.
Ending the "Power And The Glory" tour with a sold out televised concert in Dusseldorf, Germany, Guitarist Charlie Wilson shocked the rest of the band by announcing he was leaving to start a brand new outfit called FORCE 3.
The rest of the band eventually decided to carry on by replacing him with a keyboard player.
Unfortunately, this didn't work out and 100% Proof then decided to call it a day.
FORCE 3 released their lone album on the Pure Metal label in 1988, entitled "Warrior Of Light".
They split up soon after, only to reform in 1994, releasing a demo called "On The Right Track", which saw them moving in a sickly AOR direction, before they disappeared again.
Christian Rock?
I know it sounds like an oxymoron, and however you feel about religion mixing with rock music, somehow, this works.
To me, there's only good, bad or indifferent music, and this is the former.
Maybe the devil doesn't have all the best tunes.

100% PROOF - Power And The Glory (1983) UK

So that's it for tonight, i hope there's something to your taste amongst this evening's sonic smorgasbord.
Let's have some comments on tonight's selection please, i'm afraid that the response to the last post was not particularly gratifying in volume.
Let's get typing eh?
Be lucky folks!
Over & out!


Anonymous marquis70 said...

Obscure stuff these time , again stuff that I didn't know was released by these bands. THANK YOU

Friday, August 20, 2010 9:01:00 PM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Nice NWOBHM set this time. I've heard other titles by these bands, but not these particular ones. I need to catch up on listening before I tackle 'em.

Can't believe I completely missed the last post, lots of really nice stuff in that one. I agree that DaN may have unfairly savaged Savagers.

The Tellurian single is the best of the releases on that label IMO; would love to see them release some more material.

Been ages since I heard the Universe album; I seem to remember it suffering from 'chronic swedish power-less metal syndrome', a widespread malady affecting an unfortunately large percentage of the Swedish musician population between the years of 1980-1986. While a fortunate few acts managed to avoid this contagion, most were not so lucky. Symptoms include unnecessary keyboard indulgence, massive hairspray intake, and a fever resulting in deluded hallucinations of being EUROPE. Some may say 80s swedish metal was unlucky to be rather unrenowned compared to their European neighbors, but I don't buy that. Let's just say "I ain't superstitious" and instead attribute Sweden's relative obscurity to other factors in the Final Countdow... er, I mean Analysis :-)

Wow, that rambled on longer than intended, I must still have some repressed angst from spending actual money on that AXE WITCH 'hooked on high heels' LP all those years ago!

Friday, August 20, 2010 9:56:00 PM  
Blogger Sadness said...

If you want the other trilogy album give me a buzz.. i blogged the 2 albums (2on1)a long time ago..
all best

Friday, August 20, 2010 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Sadness said...

thanks for lionheart.. great band..
here is link for trilogy - next in line..
keep well my friend

Friday, August 20, 2010 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks once again for the rarities-great stuff!
Has anyone got anything by the british prog band called Trilogy?
I think they had an lp called "Arctic Life" cheers!
Rob -Rob

Saturday, August 21, 2010 4:27:00 AM  
Blogger Sadness said...

have an album by band trilogy called Trilogy - Here It Is (1979)
is this the album.

Saturday, August 21, 2010 4:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks- but that's another band called Trilogy!
Found a site for the Trilogy I'm after read it here

but even they don't have a listing for the album,may have to drop em a line!

Saturday, August 21, 2010 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Rob, the "arctic life" title rang a bell with me, and i went back & checked a post here from May about Red Alert and read this:
"RED ALERT were a short-lived Heavy Rock band formed in the late 1970's.
Their big break was being featured on the 1980 EMI Records NWOBHM compilation album "Metal For Muthas Volume II", with the track "Open Heart".
The band's only other vinyl appearance was a 7" release, the 1980 "Break The Rules" single on State Records.
In a somewhat bizarre career move, RED ALERT, after winning the Arctic Life Beer "Battle Of The Bands" competition, changed their name to ARCTIC LIFE!
Then promptly disappeared."
It seems like too much of a co-incidence that such an unlikely phrase would come up twice without there being some kind of link.
Does this help or only further muddy the waters?
I'm afraid i'm unaware of either Trilogy's which you and Sadness mentioned.
Oh Sadness, that was kind of you to upload the 2nd Trilogy elpee, but i already had it uploaded for the next post. I'll add your link as a mirror when i get round to the next post. It's still appreciated though!
What's the word on Heavy Rock Spectacular? Has HRS given up? Nothing new there for a long time now. :(
Nightsblood, i can totally understand how "Hooked On High Heels" may have coloured your opinion on mid-'80's Swedish Steel, but i think you're being harsh on Universe, they were more distinctive than they've been given credit for and i really enjoy the singer's voice. Maybe a 2nd try is in order?
Thanks to you all, and Marquis70 too, for taking the time to drop a line.
It's very appreciated.

Saturday, August 21, 2010 1:17:00 PM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Kit: A re-appraisal is probably in order. I heard Universe about 10 years ago; got a cassette dub in a big tape trade with a zany but awesome headbanging gal named Natalie. Long-time power metal fans might remember her from her days writing reviews for the great Sentinel Steel zine back in the mid 90s. Nice gal, total music nut. We met up thanks to a bootleg copy of Avatar's 'city beneath the surface' EP, a duck, and a rubber hose (just kidding, no duck was involved). Anyway, we did a couple of tape trades and she sent me all kinds of random stuff, turned me on (oops!) to lots of cool non-metal music like The Church, Chameleons, The Mission, Behind the Scenes, Handful of Snowdrops, etc. The odd thing was that she would throw in copies not only of stuff she thought was great, but also of things she thought were awful. I remember she labelled the Universe tape "Swedish Meatballs" and filled out the proceedings with some Heavy Load singles and their EP. Universe probably only got a couple of listens and the tape is long gone, jettisoned in The Great Cassette Purge of 2005, which is a story for another day. Come to think of it, that story also begins with that darned Avatar EP! Arrr, surely that record do be haunting me very existence.

(ok, it's definitely time to quit typing when I slip into Pirate Jargon mode)

Saturday, August 21, 2010 5:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great posts, Kit. Much appreciated. Have you got the new Maiden album yet? Been listening to it non-stop since it came out (not literally) and have read a few reviews which seem quite polarised. It is definitely a grower and I rate it really highly. Didn't think Final Frontier and El Dorado sounded too special when they were previewed before the album release but after repeated listens they are fantastic, as is the rest of the album. Every track is a cracker and I think it's the best release since Brave New World in terms of consistency. Some of it reminds me a little of tracks like Remember Tomorrow or Strange World from the first album. I can't think of a band that so long into it's existence is able to continue to create albums that add to the integrity of their legacy, but Maiden just keep on doing it. There's some talk of this possibly being the last album but I don't believe that a band that is still producing first rate music such as this will be able to leave it there. There's definitely more to come from Maiden and I'm already looking forward to the next one! Another great new album is the new Ozzy one which, as is always the case with Ozzy, has benefited from the addition of a new guitarist. Ozzy was exactly right when he said that he felt that his albums were sounding too much like Black Label Society and not enough like Ozzy. Black Rain was good but Scream is better - it just shows more range which as an album makes it a more interesting listen from start to finish. One last comment - some great new NWOBHM releases recently; bought the latest release of Angel Witch's debut ( 2 disc special edition) - I think I've purchased this album five or six times now including the original vinyl and it was great from day one as all NWOBHM and Sabbath fans always knew! Also out is the double CD of Diamond Head on the BBC. I enjoyed reading Brian Tatler's autobiography and would recommend it to anyone out there. Head on over to the DH website and order a copy today, you miserable curs . . . whoops, that pirate speak is catching! Just got to set some money aside for the new Saxon movie now. As ever, take care, Blofeld.

Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:19:00 AM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

Hi Kit---- Once again, I was able to download, but not listen to, the last post. Take a look at your post *before* Bowler's Grip, the last comment added was actually about Bowlers Grip. I have almost done this once or twice myself--- accidentally scrolled down past the current post, and added a comment to an earlier post. It's easy to mouse too far, because the first page includes so many posts.


Monday, August 23, 2010 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nightsblood, I found this band to be a pleasant surprise. Certainly not overly keyboardy at all, although the guitars could be louder. There are some lightweight moments, but most songs have a vibe that sounds a little bit older than 1985, and on the whole, is filled with chewy, chocolaty goodness.

Monday, August 23, 2010 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

oops, that post above was me again, I forgot to sign it.....

Monday, August 23, 2010 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

Okay, thanks to Nighstblood's second post, I have to trot out my favorite Pirate joke----

A Pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel sticking out of his pants. Bartender looks him over and says "Hey Mister Pirate, why do you have a steering wheel sticking out of your pants?" The Pirate replies
"Yarrrr, it's driving me nuts."

Thankyou, thank you, I'll be here all week.....

Monday, August 23, 2010 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger Lord Bones said...

Hmm nice set up of a post! Interested in the No Quarter one hehe
Thanks for that one

Oooh and a hello to Ron The cheeb.

Nice pirate joke!

Do you do also Bar Mitzwah's?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:09:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Q: What is a pirate's favorite subject at school?

A: ARRRRithmetic!

Piracy continues to run rampant. Oh dear, I fear 'Kit's wonderful blog is being twisted into something ugly and horrid; it's like the release of Jaguar's 'This Time' and 'Maiden's 'Virtual XI' all over again! This could be bad! Better batten the hatches ye scurvy dogs! Swab the decks, flibber the gibbets, and, uh, de-louse the mongooses!.... or is it mongeese? Those are the ones pirates have on their shoulders, right?

I promise next time I post here I'll have something at least semi-intelligent to say about a record (this is the last time the missus let's me have two daquiris in the same night)

Saturday, August 28, 2010 8:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks as always for the wonderful metal rarities!

Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't complete the download of Lionheart - disc 2. Stalls mid-way, do you have any other links. Disc 1 is awesome!

Sunday, August 29, 2010 5:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q - Why are pirates called "pirates"?
A - Because they AAAARRRRR!

With my sincere apoligies to you all.
I thang yew.
Blofeld, i've yet to hear the new Maiden, but i've had a quick listen to Ozzy's latest, and it did indeed sound promising.
I've got a strange relationship with Maiden, i was a fan right from the "Running Free" single, up to "Live After Death", after which i enjoyed their out put less and less.
I don't think i even heard any of the albums they released after "Seventh Son...", until a friend played me "Brave New World", which didn't exactly set my world on fire.
Then a funny thing happened, the same friend played me "A Matter Of Life & Death", a while after it came out, and it really caught my ear.
After a few more listens, i actually found myself in a shop buying a new Maiden album for the first time in about 25 years!
So i'm curious to hear the new one, i just haven't had the spare cash to get it yet.
I watched a trailer for that Saxon movie recently too, and i'm extremely intrigued now, and impatient to see the full thing.
Lots of dry humour on display, it would be nice if it does for them what the Anvil film has helped them achieve.
To the feller who had problems d/ling disc 2 of the Lionheart collection, i can only assume that it was a problem at your end as no-one else has reported a problem with the link.
I can only suggest that you give it another try. Best of luck.
Nice to see that so many of you enjoyed this last selection, and impressed that some of you were moved sufficiently by the Universe album to speak up in praise of it.
If you liked this little lot, you're gonna love love love the post i'm preparing for next week.
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts, remembrances, queries, silly accents and poor jokes.
More of the same please folks!


Sunday, August 29, 2010 2:20:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

"The snow falls hard and don't you know
The winds of Thor are blowing co-o-o-owld"

heh heh

These guys are one of my favorite obscure nwobhm outfits. Lordy, "Racing For Home" ranks waaaaaaaay up there amongst my top all-timers.

"I can see the lights are flashin'...reminds me of your eyes"

That's pure nwobhm delicious-ness.

Monday, August 30, 2010 9:44:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

Lord Bone, hello !

Tellurian--- First song is rather sinister innit? Second song promising....altogether okay!

Forger--- finally listened to it.
Mehhh, it's soooooo 1985 glammish
Keeping with the current theme, I should work in a joke about these guys being "butt pirates", but I have too much class for that......

Monday, August 30, 2010 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 unsuccesful attempts to download and more on other peoples PC's and now link to Lionheart disc 2 is "temporarily unavailable". Help!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Keeping with the current theme, I should work in a joke about these guys being "butt pirates", but I have too much class for that......"
Yeah Ron, you've just got too much class for that!
Nice one.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone maybe help out Anon with a mirror link for Lionheart Disc 2?
I just don't have the time/bandwidth for a re-up @ the mo' as i'm getting stuff ready for the next post.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry that was wrong link.
Try now this one-


Tuesday, August 31, 2010 3:14:00 PM  
Anonymous MisterManiac said...

Thanks for posting the Lionheart. Knew them by name and line-up only, but never heard too much of their stuff prior to your post. Borders a bit on AOR as opposed to NWOBHM, which I think Stratton has favored after his Maiden days (see also: Praying Mantis). Not bad by any means, but was craving some good ol'fashioned metal by the middle of CD2. One item of note is that their song Ace In The Hole is actually a cover from the first album by the Rods. One obscure band covering another...gotta love it.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 4:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many, many thanks for the mirror to disc 2. Downloading now!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 5:26:00 PM  
Anonymous ron..... the cheeb said...

No Quarter "Best Of"
Phooey on the fake cd title, but all in all, pretty good! Wait, I spoke too soon, "Surrender" just started with some yucky keyboard crap........ouch, it sounds like something from "Bent Out Of Shape" by Rainbow......
Still pretty good overall.

Now, can anyone out there score a digital copy of the band's "Bird Of Prey" release? I cannot find it anywhere.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 5:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelv, thanks for sorting Anon out with a mirror for Lionheart, very good of you.
As Mister Maniac rightly says, the material on the Lionheart disc (espescially disc 2), does indeed lean heavily towards the AOR side of the street.
That came as no surprise to me really, as i've heard their sole album, what i was more surprised with was the harder edge to, and the quality of the earlier material on this compilation.
If they'd stayed more in this mould, perhaps things would have turned out differently for them.
Can i second Ron's request for a digital copy of No Quarter's "Birds Of Prey" EP?
I've turned the internet upside down looking for a copy to no avail, someone must have it.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 4:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Trilogy/Saracen Perth. The information about the departure of members is not quite correct. John Meyer didn't "oust" Peter Jenkins, in fact John Meyer was still in Sydney when Peter Jenkins filled the vacancy left by John in Rose Tattoo after already leaving Trilogy. The Saracen reunion with Jon Ryder didn't happen until months later. Ancient history now but facts are facts.

Friday, June 10, 2011 9:03:00 AM  
Anonymous muebles en leon said...

Well, I do not really suppose this may work.

Monday, October 17, 2011 12:30:00 PM  

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