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There's just something about the title track that makes me smile..."Streetfighter" is without a doubt one of those songs that can immediately boost your mood; it's simply uplifting! You dudes are gonna have to listen to that chorus countless times to understand what I mean by that!
One of the better known bands from the glorious NWOBHM scene, Persian Risk's first ever release is nothing short of a pure gem, and is often overlooked by fans of the band. The record features Phil Campbell on guitars, who would later move on to join the mighty Motörhead in 1983; this fact alone surely reinforces the talent and ambition that Persian Risk brewed, alongside Carl Sentance's vocals that roughly defines the NWOBHM singing style. Although Persian Risk's 1983 single "Ridin' High' is without a doubt a more polished record overall, "Calling For You" is a highly recommended release no doubt. Enjoy and Hail!
My all-time favorite french record; this is as good as it will ever get! It is almost insane to even begin to think how Sortilege was capable of producing such memorable tracks like the melodic chorus-oriented "Mourir Pour Une Princesse" or the epic ballad "Quand un Aveugle Rêve". Give these tracks a listen and you will evidently see why Zouille is so praised in the underground community. The band sadly called it quits after the release of this album, but at least they sure as hell went out with a bang!
It's been 6 months since I first heard Stallion's incredible demo. That means 6 months of relentless agony in waiting to get my hands on their upcoming record. Well, it is safe to say that that day has finally come and boy was it worth the wait. Now if this is the first time you dudes hear about Stallion, make sure to take a look at my previous review on their absolutely fantastic demo, which featured both "Canadian Steele, and "Give It To Me" (both are also available on this EP). Take the time to read that review if you would a general summary of what Stallion has in store for us on this record as well as some interesting details on the lyrical formation of "Canadian Steele"!
I'll just go right out and say it now: this is arguably one of the greatest heavy metal releases of 2013 by far, alongside Borrowed Time's debut album (which all of you maniacs better check out).
This is by far one of the most diverse and assorted heavy metal albums in recent years, offering much more than just your typical traditional metal riffing. Thrashers can easily bang their heads at the blazing fast "Shadow Run", whereas fans of speed metal can easily take a kick at the now classic "Canadian Steele" or even "The Right One", whose intro reminds me of something out of Savatage's repertoire. It also happens to be my personal favorite on the EP, and it's quite hard to deny that statement! Aside from the gut-wrenching riffing that is oh so perfectly executed by Axl and the melodious raspiness of Paul's vocals, what takes the cake for me on this record are the harmonious guitar leads that are evidently apparent throughout those very aforementioned tracks. Now I know I've said this time and time again, but if you really want a simple phrase to summarize Stallion's songwriting and sound, it would certainly be "the Motley Crue/Accept from hell". Why I say this is because it is clear that Stallion emits a certain "glam" vibe to their overall sound, in which they blend with classic heavy metal influences, such as NWOBHM and speed/thrash, in order to produce a fairly unique experience. The production of the record itself is also reminiscent of 80s speed/thrash metal albums, but with a modern twist that surely emphasizes the true might of the raging Stallion. Simply put, if you are a fan of heavy metal, loving this album is your metal-given right!
Needless to say, this is a perfect way to start these dudes' musical career, and I simply cannot wait once they fully assemble a lineup to be played live! Their popularity amongst metalheads seems to be growing at a very fast pace indeed, as it is clear that their passion and dedication to the true meaning of heavy metal has gathered them the much needed attention they deserve! Let us just hope that they will eventually Mount the World....only time tell!
I urge you guys to purchase the album; making quality music like this deserves our support!
Track #1-5 are taken from the "Grito Mortal" demo; the other tracks are unreleased material that was featured on the 2005 re-release of the record. Bang your head and enjoy this historic piece of rare Argentinian Heavy Metal!
One of the most compelling obscure NWOBHM releases I have ever come across. It is almost baffling to even begin to think how this band didn't receive the recognition it deserved...until now. If this is the first time any of you hear about the great Night Vision, look no further than to crank up "Promises"; it is arguably one of the greatest NWOBHM epics, as interestingly follows the same melancholic progression as Omega's "The Child". Nothing short of pure perfection on this one and I cannot stress it enough. The classic British Metal sound is alive and well with "Breaking the Chains", which showcases all that we can ever ask for in a straightforward heavy metal number: the lead-driven intro that jumps straight into Chris Harrison's mesmerising vocals. I highly advise you guys check out their live shows featured on guitarist Russ Sharpe's YouTube page; they are just absolutely surreal.
I got around to speaking with Russ Sharpe not too long ago and was floored when he told me that Night Vision have reformed and will be releasing their very first vinyl shortly, so stay tuned!
Tracks #1-3 are from the "Your Time Will Come" demo released in 1985
Track #4 is from the "Concepts of Success" compilation released in 1985
Rest of the tracks are unreleased material!
Chris Harrison: Vocals
Russ Sharpe: Guitars
Graham "Sage" Evans (R.I.P.): Guitars
John Towle: Drums
Mark Lambourne: Bass
Fantastic heavy/speed metal in the vein of early Europe (back when they still produced quality music), which is quite obvious to notice even through both band's Swedish background. The melodious dual guitar leads on this masterpiece of an album are simply mesmerizing, and don't even get me started with Goran's vocals, who can hit those blistering high notes with ease; again reminding of Joey Tempest from Europe. Make sure to check out my personal favorites, which include the mighty "Lay Down Your Arms", "Diamond Mistress" and "Turn Me Loose"!