Prompted by finding an Angel Witch album in the sale, I tentatively looked to see if this album had ever been re-released as well. I wasn't hopeful, as I have only ever met one other person who had heard of it, and he introduced me to it nearly 30 years ago! It was there, and very soon after it was bought! I still have the vinyl upstairs. I don't suppose it's been played for maybe 20 years now, but I always remember it fondly. But surely that's rose tinted specs? It probably isn't any good really, is it?
Is it ever! I remembered right. This is excellent - standing the test of time much better than the Angel Witch album. The sleeve notes have this down as an influence on Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Blimey. Funny old World eh? But actually not, because once heard, there's no reason why anyone who likes their metal wouldn't like this. The cover artwork and the title suggests a Black Metal band, with a penchant for comical cod satanism. Nope. Only one track, Unto The Ages Of The Ages plays the magick card fully, and that sounds epic rather than silly. This music is classic NWOBHM, pulling off the winning combination of melody, a cheeky sense of humour and pure rock 'n roll noise. It's hard rock, not white noise as some Black metal can be. The extra tracks fit the album perfectly, and compliment the release rather than pad it out as sometimes happens. I'm sitting listening again as I write this, for the second time tonight. All the tracks are greeted like old friends, but a special mention to Gettin' Heavy, which could only have been recorded by Englishmen. Tongues firmly in cheek as the jams are gloriously kicked out.
Clearly there are more people who heard this than just me and my old schoolfriend's older brother. But, if you are not one of them yet, then now is the time.