The reformation debut, which to be honest wasn't that great. I mean, I understand the world is still a giant shit hole and that serious social comment is needed but start a new band instead. I feel this way about most bands from the 80's when they reform 20 odd years later, it's just that. 20 years later...
This is not a bad record, in fact it's quite good BUT it's not the Lost Cherree's from 1983. Enjoy.
Their second 7" released on W.O.W Records. Pretty much carried on from the first ep. Highly political Anarcho Punk. This also some pretty Heavy Metal guitar solo's which were quite prevalent on the "Unite and Win" LP and put me off these guys a little at the time, but now it's just fucking great. Also the packaging is crammed full of opinions and relevant articles as was the case with a lot of Oi Polloi's earlier releases. Death By Night would be my favorite track off this ep.
Second and last(?) ep from this Swedish band. More hero worship amongst a couple of original tunes. I never really understood their existence as a band but I do like their recordings, even if the Nirvana tribute is a bit 'naff.
Well what can I really say about this ep? Classic UK Anarcho Punk. Intelligent lyrics delivered with malice from a guy who has an instantly recognized voice. The music is great, punchy bass lines, solid guitar and drumming. A fucking great release. To me, this has always been my favorite Oi Polloi release apart from the track "Silent Minority" from one of those old Rot Compilation LP's they use to pump out.
This is the first of many of their 7" records I'll add to the blog in the next few weeks.
Many have been quick to point out the direct influence that Motorhead, Venom and Diamond Head had on the early development of thrash metal, but Satan tends to be sort of an aside amongst the so-called founding fathers. However, when hearing the two songs that are found here, which have their origin in the very opening of the 80s, one can’t help but take note of the direction that this band was pointing toward. It still retains a strong remnant of the hard rock tendencies of Riot’s late 70s speed work and the punk trappings that could be heard in the faster offerings of Motorhead, but the marriage of this character with the darker guitar tone pioneered by Tony Iommi definitely points towards what Slayer ended up with on “Haunting The Chapel”.
Now the important thing to remember is that this is still very far removed from the dark, tonally chromatic character that personified the 84’ Slayer EP. In essence, “Kiss Of Death” is kind of a fancier answer to Iron Maiden’s “Prowler”, complete with a similarly unforgettable lead guitar theme loaded with wah pedal noise. Throughout the song there is an underlying tendency towards Sabbath-like riffing, complete with constant trill work and brief bluesy lead fills that take their cues directly from said band’s self-titled debut and “Paranoid”. In all, this is a song that perfectly captures that loose, free flowing tendency of the earlier NWOBHM releases that didn’t fully commit to the tighter riff work that more thrashing outfits like Blitzkrieg and Diamond Head imputed into Metallica.
“Heads Will Roll” is a classic example of that crunchy, riff happy, spirit speed metal that is just a little too complex for Motorhead, yet too fast and bouncy for Sabbath. It is loaded with lead fills that intermingle with fairly elaborate riff work and Trev Robinson’s gravely growls, both of which were probably a heavy influence on Dave Mustaine once he struck out on his own with Megadeth. But it can’t be emphasized enough that unlike the aforementioned thrash band, or Maiden when they did comparatively fast songs, Satan is still working with this looser rock tendency that is more readily associated with late 70s and early 80s Judas Priest.
Although a pretty difficult to procure rarity, from a collector’s standpoint, this is a significant piece of early underground Metal history that should definitely be pursued if feasible. It has about the same significance as the early Metallica demos, though obviously there is a bit more hype surrounding them, especially here in the states. And like said demos, it is just a good load of fun to listen to, in spite, or rather because of its archaic nature.
The first vinyl release from the band to emerge out of the ashes of the Subhumans. Sort of a continuation of the final records from them any way. Not a bad little release although the two remixes on the b side are a waste of space. Treat it as a nice little warm up for "Onwards & Upwards" which, in my opinion is a classic.
Fantastic Japanese Compilation LP originally released on the legendary Selfish Records. This copy is a nicely done Bootleg, but it did save me several $100 on trying to track an orginal. Just check the line up of bands!!
01 - Death Side - Black Lie
02 - Death Side - Mirror
03 - Death Side - Fool Fool Fool
04 - Death Side - Mass Medias Pets
05 - Tetsuarei - No Machine Trouble
06 - Tetsuarei - Dangers Latent
07 - Tetsuarei - Sassy
08 - Raise Cain - Lost Child
09 - Raise Cain - Nothing Nothing
10 - Raise Cain - Price Of Trade
11 - Raise Cain - S.D.I.
12 - S.O.B - (Just A) Nightmare
13 - S.O.B - Mental Attitude
14 - S.O.B - Humanity Of Stupids
15 - Nightmare - Positive Fact
16 - Nightmare - In Japanese
17 - Nightmare - Keys To Mind
18 - Nightmare - Give The Low To You
19 - Crow - Disgust
20 - Crow - Give Up All Hope - The Day Of Annihilation