What does it sound like?:
Well this was an eye opener and no mistake – I remembered Sounds championing the NWOBHM and this never really appealed back then – perhaps time has diminished my antipathy – or perhaps I’m missing my youth
(and the hair that I would, no doubt, have shaken !).
My idea of heaven – decent guitar, bass and drums in tune with each other and a singer who can actually sing reasonably sensible lyrics.
My idea of hell – instruments all playing over each other, very little tune and a singer who screams muffled screaming vocals.
This compilation has, thankfully, an awful lot more of the former than the latter !
I’d actually heard very few of these bands – heard the names of a lot of them but was only really aware of the better known – Saxon, Samson, Girlschool (and the Girlschool track here included is excellent).
I’d previously assumed that I knew what I was getting when I saw the names Satan, Venom, Savage and Demon Pact on an album cover. In some cases I was dished up roughly what I thought I was going to get but, in the majority of cases, I was pleasantly surprised.
No – it isn’t awfully cerebral but, there again, was it ever marketed thus ?
Good “fun” music abounds on this compilation – music to which you can shake your hips (and bang your head if you’re so inclined).
A few notes I made whilst I was listening :
Jaguar sound a bit like Judas Priest and there’s the teensiest bit of prog creeping in.
Rock Goddess – an all female band from Wandsworth (and therefore doubly “unusual” in that the NWOBHM was, in the main, a Northern male phenomenon) make a hell of a good sound.
I liked Mournblade even though it did sound like the vocalist was singing in a bathroom.
Saracen sounded to me like they had a lot of ability and, according to the internet, are still going.
Bitches Sin featured legendary producer Chris Tsangarides who died earlier this year.
Possibly the strangest bit of information I gleaned from the internet was that Chevy were, in a previous incarnation, Cupid’s Inspiration – yes them from “Yesterday has gone”.
There were only a couple here that I really did not like – those being Atomkraft and Dark Star.
I’d certainly consider listening to more of some of these bands – Girl, Axis,Tokyo Blade, Raven, Persian Risk, Witchfynde and Satans Empire being prime examples of good heavy rock’n’roll.
Will these winds of time be so mighty as to lay low the mountains of the earth ? Possibly not but the breeze from Lautrec’s motorcycle may cause a few ears of corn to sway in the breeze.
To end and to quote Vardis “If I were king I’d rock’n’roll”
What does it all *mean*?
Not very much – if you don’t like rock this probably won’t change your mind
Goes well with…
An old copy of “Sounds”
Might suit people who like…
Saxon, Motorhead, Quo