QUARTZ: Stand Up And Fight LP NWOBHM Check samples
The name of Birmingham Metallers Quartz is now synonymous with the legendary NWOBHM movement. Quartz are rooted in the industrial hotbed that gave vent to so many world status acts. Indeed, Mike Hopkins’ act Way Of Life, pre Quartz, featured no less than a pre Led Zeppelin John Bonham on drums. Prior to their 1st album, the band had already proven their mettle with the single releases & tours supporting AC/DC & Black Sabbath. The Sabbath connection proved a useful ally. Sabbath’s tour manager Albert Chapman took over the business reins whilst guitarist Tony Iommi lent his skills to producing the band. Even Queen guitarist Brian May handled lead on 1 track. Keyboard player Geoff Nichols joined Black Sabbath later on.
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1. Stand Up and Fight 04:43
2. Charlie Snow 03:24
3. Can’t Say No to You 06:17
4. Revenge 04:13
5. Stocking Up the Fires of Hell 04:07
6. Rock ‘n’ Roll Child 04:51
7. Questions 04:21
8. Wildfire 06:03
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we have to stick with the consensus classification and call Quartz NWOBHM. With that being said, I’m prepared to proudly proclaim that Quartz’s Stand Up And Fight is by far the best NWOBHM album of 1980 (in my opinion). I won’t elaborate too much other than to say this is one nasty record that has withstood the test of time better than any other album.
Stand Up And Fight is a minor metal masterpiece of street-tough anthems loaded with hooks and jabs. There are some standouts like “Revenge” with its beautiful breakdown at around the 1:20 mark, that brings to mind UFO more sensitive moments, and “Charlie Snow,” a spirited rocker about the perils of heroin. Stand Up And Fight isn’t anything that will profoundly change your life, but is well worth buying. QUARTZ Stand Up And Fight:
Quartz unleashed Stand Up And Fight back in 1980. At the time British heavy metal was riding high, and tons of young British bands were emerging as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). Quartz were not exactly a young band at the time, as they had been knocking around for a while before the NWOBHM scene kicked into high gear around ’79. (Quartz released their debut album in 1977.) Nevertheless, Quartz are often lumped in with the NWOBHM by most writers and critics. To me, Stand Up And Fight is one of the finest albums of the early eighties, NWOBHM or otherwise. In fact, I would probably place it in my top five albums of the year 1980!
A tip of the cap to Derek Lawrence for his fine production job on Stand Up And Fight. The album sounds crystal clear and each instrument is distinct and well separated. The bass and drums are really beefed up, shining a spotlight on the fine playing of Dek Arnold (bass) and Malc Cope (drums). Not a dull track in the bunch. One of my favorite things about Stand Up And Fight is the inclusion of very cool bridge sections (or middle eight sections) throughout the songs. I particularly love the hazy, trippy, slow section of Rock n’ Roll Child where it goes; Look at me, look at you, I’m floating. That part always get me. Revenge and Charlie Snow also have similar cool sections. This is a kick-ass album that is one of my favorite metal releases of 1980, a year with no shortage of classic releases. ”