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METAL MUTHAS Volume II (Rare N.W.O.B.H.M compilation LP originally released on in 1980) does have a few select gems on it. Particularly the opening and closing cuts from Trespass; a truly underrated British metal band, “”Cutting Loose”” by Xero, a great song with very soulful vocals and a totally bitchin’ opening riff and killer lead break! White Spirit (the original band of current Maiden guitarist Jannick Gers’) contributes the track “”High Upon High”” that features a great vocal performance from Bruce Ruff. Dark Star was another band who never hit it big, but does contribute a catchy hard rockin’ tune called “”Lady Of Mars.”” “”Hard Lines”” by The Raid (formerly Jameson Raid) is a decent tune with a great opening bass line.
Trespass – “”One Of These Days””
Eazy Money – “”Telephone Man””
Xero – “”Cutting Loose””
White Spirit – “”High Upon High””
Dark Star – “”Lady Of Mars””
Horsepower – “”You Give Me Candy””
Red Alert – “”Open Heart””
Chevy – “”Chevy””
The Raid – “”Hard Lines”” (Jameson Raid)
Trespass – “”Storm Child””
A really thoroughly researched compilation documenting the NWOBHM phenomenon’s rarer out reaches. 10 tracks licensed from rare and hard to find New Wave Of British Heavy Metal songs. This LP will appeal to all metal fans, and aficionados. This is for everyone into rock music history and anyone interested in British music – and culture history. Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and Saxon all got signed by majors and sold records galore, meanwhile bands in every village across England formed. Inspired by the energy and DIY attitude of the punk scene these acts recorded and released their records all on their own. The music heard on this LP has been treasured by NWOBHM connoisseurs.
Immediately following the epic epoch documentary Metal for Muthas, this sequel corrals notorious entries, and maintains the rollicking spirit of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Vol. 2 exhibits some fine lost artefacts. The encroaching squeal of keyboards begins to rear its head in only the second song, but “Telephone Man” packs a bundle of fun anyway. In fact, the whole record is amazingly quaint and guiltily enjoyable, and should amuse beginners and experts. These are totally lost gems, cultivating the seeds of the golden era of AOR and prog rock. “Lady of Mars” is a cosmic keeper, and “You Give Me Candy” rages brilliantly. “Chevy” puts a foreign hatchet to Southern rock, and “High Upon High” hits the sky. Great stuff the majority of the universe missed out on, and regardless of how often Metal for Muthas, Vol. 2 actually lands on your turntable, the slab remains an essential history lesson.
My favourite track is Dark Star’s Lady of Mars but most of it is really good. Xero only ever released one single at the time – 1983’s Oh Baby. Eazy Money never released a record, neither did The Raid, Horsepower put out one single, Trespass 3. Red Alert a lone single. Chevy, Dark Star and White Spirit were the only ones to release an album.
They must’ve all thought being on this would really boost their career but it simply didn’t.
This is the Metal for Muthas Volume 2, releases right after its predecessor and, at first glance, and judging by the name of the bands included here, one might think this release is not as powerful as the first one. Trespass might be the most well known nowadays, but what is undeniable is that the spirit of the Metal for Muthas comp is here. Anyone interested on early NWOBHM this is for you.
|1.||TRESPASS – One Of These Days|
|A great example of the talent of this sadly underrated band. One of the finest riff-smiths of the NWOBHM. Later featured on “The Works” anthology CD from 1992.|
|2.||EASY MONEY – Telephone Man|
|Seems they wanted to be UK’s Van Halen and I guess it’s a decent try.|
|3.||XERO – Cutting Loose|
|Hard Rock with one foot still in the mid-70’s. Different to The Friday Rock Show LP version|
|4.||WHITE SPIRIT – High Upon High|
|Pretty mellow, keyboard-driven hard rock.|
|5.||DARK STAR – Lady Of Mars|
|One of the Mightiest anthems to have come out of the early NWOBHM scene. Outstanding melodies and guitars.|
|1.||HORSEPOWER – You Give Me Candy|
|Straight forward HR boogie|
|2.||RED ALERT – Open Heart|
|No more cutting-edge than most of the other bands here, but still a great energetic rocker. No relation to the pre-Wildfire band w/ the same name.|
|3.||CHEVY – Chevy|
|Another boogierocker that might fail to catch the attention of us narrowminded Metalheads.|
|4.||THE RAID – Hard Lines|
|Fast AND atmospheric stuff from the band formerly known as Jameson Raid. One of their coolest tracks with some odd sound effects added to match the sci-fi lyrics. The band were unhappy that EMI had, unbeknown to them, completely remixed the song (which the band had already mixed to their satisfaction) and in doing so pretty much destroyed it.|
|5.||TRESPASS – Storm Child|
|Another genre-defining masterpiece. Later featured on “The Works” anthology CD from 1992.|
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