HEAVY METAL HEROES Vol II Compilation LP SIGNED / autographed N.W.O.B.H.M Heavy Metal Records (1982). Check samples
HEAVY METAL HEROES Vol II: Heavily SIGNED N.W.O.B.H.M compilation on Heavy Metal Records (1982)
Witchfinder General, Lionheart, Overkill, Pallas, Twisted Ace, Shiva, No Quarter, Mendes Prey, Jess Cox, No Faith, Persian Risk
1. Lionheart – â€œLionheartâ€: The album surprisingly starts off nearly identical to the Dragster song from the previous volume but soon we hear the powerful chorus and this turns out to be one of the better songs on this LP. Quite a bit different from their more commercial sounding Hot Tonight LP from 1984. 2. Shiva – â€œEn Cachentâ€: Usually compared to Rush, I find this song has more in common with another Canadian trio, Triumph. Either way itâs a great prog-tinged NWOBHM song that also appears on their 1982 Firedance LP. A different recording of the song was released on their 2004 Continuance CD.
3. Pallas – â€œArrive Aliveâ€: Scottish band Pallas continues the progressive trend, but they mix it with a new wave sound. Donât let that scare you though, itâs a song that most melodic metal fans should enjoy. This is the title track from their 1981 cassette only release. It was also rerecorded as â€œEyes in the Nightâ€ and released as a single in 1984. I like this version better because while â€œEyes of the Nightâ€ is arguably more metal, â€œArrive Aliveâ€ is less polished and commercial sounding.
4. Mendes Prey – â€œWhat the Hellâs Going Onâ€: An exclusive song similar to more mainstream bands like Michael Schenker Group.
5. Mantle-Swallow Palmer – â€œIce Cold Diamondâ€: Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just canât find enough info on a particular band. All I could find out was that the latter part of their name comes from drummer Steve Palmer who played in Glenn Tiptonâs first group, The Flying Hat Band. I have no idea who Mantle or Swallow are, or if the trio released any other recordings. The song itself is a decent 70s style rocker.
6. Overkill – â€œOut of My Headâ€: From a band with an all-too-common moniker we have another exclusive song with a galloping rhythm and nice chorus in much the same vein as their lone 1981 â€œElementalâ€ single.
7. Jess Cox – â€œDevilâs Triangleâ€: Jess Coxâ post-Tygers of Pan Tang career consists mostly of dull, radio-friendly hard rock. However, this exclusive track is actually kind of heavy and interesting.
8. Twisted Ace – â€œThis Fire Insideâ€: Twisted Ace finally stopped pretending to be a metal band with this unreleased single, and it works! The result is nice, catchy melodic rock/AOR which is what I think they were meant to play from the start. This song was originally slated to be released as Heavy 14 but for whatever reason was only released on this compilation, leaving a mysterious gap in the labelâs catalogue.
9. Witchfinder General – â€œFree Countryâ€: When I heard this song I became an instant fan. This is the same version as on their 1983 Friends of Hell LP.
10. No Faith â âOh Wellâ: Perhaps taking a cue from Judas Priest, No Faith decided to cover an old Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac song. Unfortunately, the song they chose was never that good to begin with and the end result is absolutely terrible. This song is exclusive, the bandâs only other output being a rare private issue single in1981. 11. Persian Risk â âCalling for Youâ: Some classic Welsh NWOBHM that is much more metal than their later material. Powerful vocals by Carl Sentance and some good guitar soloing make this one of my favorite songs of the genre. The song was originally released as a single in 1981. According to Malc Macmillanâs NWOBHM Encyclopedia, the two versions are different, but I canât tell them apart. Given that the single is quite rare and usually exceeds $100 when sold, this compilation is a cheap way to get it.
12. No Quarter â âPower and the Keyâ: Another fine song from a band out of Wales. As their name would suggest No Quarter was strongly influenced by Led Zeppelin. However, on this exclusive track they take a more traditional and energetic NWOBHM approach”