Line Up :
Dave G. Halliday - Vocals & Guitars (R.I.P. 1987 - suicide)
Sean Kellen - Guitars
Kev Bower - Guitars (Paralex)
Tony Speakman - Bass (Paralex, Rainbow's Rising)
Tim Bowler - Drums (Paralex, Overdrive (UK))
There's something about NWOBHM that just makes it so...metal! It's like finding a black metal demo from Norway that came out beween '89 and '94...chances are it's gonna be good. I've yet to hear anything bad from the NWOBHM, it's that fucking good. I really can't think of a good metaphor. It's like pizza. Some pizza is really great, but even the really shit pizza, with burnt crust and scarce toppings and an unbalanced peppers/meat ratio is still good, in and of itself.
The recording for this demo, for all intents and purposes, is shit. There's some thick, heavy static, all the instruments are deeply muffled, there are little squeeks every now and then. Other than that, the musicianship, whilst for the most part being stellar, can get a bit sloppy, and the vocals sound like the dude from Budgie on helium (seriously...'on helium' gets overabused as a description of vocals, but here it's really spot on).
But putting all that aside, there's just something about NWOBHM that simply saves it from being even average. You cannot deny that, for example, the opening riff (after the Macbeth intro) is purely epic, and the riff that follows drives manically and forces you to headbang without favour to your neck. And then 'I bid you welcome to heeeeeeeeeeeeell!' refuses to leave your head forever until you drive it out with another album. Keep listening to it, the quality never drops. Dark, fast and epic riffs, one after the other, driving through the tape without mercy. You simply cannot beat the NWOBHM. There's so defeating the cries of 'Deliver us from EVIL!!!'
Speaking nothing of the musicianship! The lead guitar especially here is fantastic! Take first song (well, not the Macbeth intro, the second song I guess) and listen to the first solo, and how it screeches in, and how the rest of the music picks up and speeds off as it does. Too fucking cool.
I would say that this is as good as it gets, but really, this is an example of how poorly something can be produced, yet still rock so hard due to the fact that the NWOBHM was just so awesome.
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