SAVAGE: Loose n Lethal CD. NMO17. Metallica covered “Let it Loose”. Check all samples. Neat Metal CD reissue contains 3 bonus tracks

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Classics like Let it Loose (a song that Metallica used to cover regularly during their early years (up until the release of their second album) and the 3 bonus tracks that are included on this CD that come from rare / unreleased demos that the band has recorded in 1980.

This album fully captures the sound and feel of early 1980 New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). The guitars are some of the most powerful to come from this scene, with only Iron Maiden and Saxon being of a higher octane level. Chris Bradley vocals are spot on and his bass playing is right up their with Algy from TANK; THUNDEROUS! The first 8 tracks were done with drummer Mark Brown, who was a bit more pop influenced, and this is the only area that SAVAGE appear to be lax (definitely not weak though). Dave Lindley hit the skins for the last 3 tracks and is much more NWOBHM oriented.
There ain’t a bad track on this disc, and if you don’t find yourself fully enthralled by tracks like “”White Hot”” and “”Ain’t No Fit Place””, you need to take off your leather jacket and find another genre.
“”Loose ‘N Lethal”” is a quintessential part of any NWOBHM Collection and I advise strongly that any Metal Fan that is into this era of Metal purchase this disc immediately.

Tracks
1. Let It Loose 3:16
2. Cry Wolf 4:32
3. Berlin 4:47
4. Dirty Money 4:43
5. Ain’t No Fit Place 5:35
6. On the Rocks 3:51
7. The China Run 4:08
8. White Hot 3:45
9. No Cause to Kill [bonus track] 3:47
10. The Devil Take You [bonus track] 4:53
11. Back on the Road [bonus track] 3:59

Total Running Time: 47:16

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Savage were one of the band ‘most-likely-to’ from the NWOBHM and with the 1983 release of their debut ‘Loose N’ Lethal’ they staked their claim in a major fashion. To this day, ‘Loose N’ Lethal’ remains a colossal achievement.

This album is an excellent example of the kind of rough heavy metal that came out of the UK in the early 80s. Here you will find classic tracks, such as This aint no fit place (with a riff to die for) and Let it loose. You will also find songs that other, now famous, bands have made covers of. In the beginning Metallica used to play songs from this album live. Included are also old demos the band made when the member were in their teens. Very cool, very powerful headbanging friendly music. One of the best albums of the ’80s.

Personnel
Chris Bradley: bass guitar, lead vocals
Andy Dawson: lead guitar, vocals
Wayne Renshaw: guitars
Mark Brown: drums
David Lindley: drums
classic debut album, probably one of the finest British Metal albums ever released. The album displayed a very aggressive punch, razor-sharp guitars and some fine Lynnot-esque narrative style lyric writing.


This Neat Metal CD reissue contains 3 bonus tracks.All tracks are digitally remastered.When it was finally released in 1983 by (very) independent Ebony Records, Savage Loose’n’Lethal was a walking, breathing musical anachronism. Containing a batch of songs which had been stewing for years as the band slogged unknown through local pubs and clubs, desperately looking for a break, it was a direct throwback to 1980, when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (which had spawned the group) was in full-flight and dominating the U.K. music weeklies. But by the time of its belated release, musical tastes had evolved considerably and the original onslaught of NWOBHM bands had been decimated by time and failed returns, leaving only a few major players like the unstoppable Iron Maiden, the fast-rising Def Leppard, and Saxon still prospering in its wake. There was therefore little hope for a rough and tumble group like Savage to make any serious headway, no matter how energetic and exciting their sound. Proudly wearing their humongous debt to Judas Priest on their sleeves, the quartet were hardly reinventing the wheel here either, but despite their vaguely familiar riffs, solid heavy metal anthems like “”Let it Loose,”” “”Cry Wolf”” (AC/DC), “”The China Run”” (Thin Lizzy), and “”Back on the Road”” (Saxon) still manage to entertain. They still couldn’t rescue Savage from historical oblivion, and the band soon became just a small footnote in heavy metal lore. [Note: Audiophiles take heed, the Metal Blade CD reissue of Loose’n’Lethal sounds very sketchy, with much of the album plagued by tape noise and fuzz — especially when played at high volumes]

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the overlooked Greats!,
This album fully captures the sound and feel of early 1980 New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). The guitars are some of the most powerful to come from this scene, with only Iron Maiden and Saxon being of a higher octane level. Chris Bradley vocals are spot on and his bass playing is right up their with Algy from TANK; THUNDEROUS! The first 8 tracks were done with drummer Mark Brown, who was a bit more pop influenced, and this is the only area that SAVAGE appear to be lax (definitely not weak though). Dave Lindley hit the skins for the last 3 tracks and is much more NWOBHM oriented.
The only flaw in the album is that the recording technology was not really up to par and some tracks have a “”fuzzy”” sound. I still listen to vinyl too, so this doesn’t bother me at all.
There ain’t a bad track on this disc, and if you don’t find yourself fully enthralled by tracks like “”White Hot”” and “”Ain’t No Fit Place””, you need to take off your leather jacket and find another genre.
“”Loose ‘N Lethal”” is a quintessential part of any NWOBHM Collection and I advise strongly that any Metal Fan that is into this era of Metal purchase this disc immediately.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still One of my Faves, this record only has 5 reviews. Shame cause of the 300 or so metal and heavy rock albums I own, it in my Top 10, no joke. If you’re reading this, then I assume you listen to metal and kinda know what you’re looking for. Closest reference I can give would perhaps be Motorhead, but songs are less rock ‘n’ rollish and more guitar-driven. Just dirty, loud, and in-your-face for 8 tracks of NWOBHM madness. “”Berlin”” (monster riff)and “”On the Rocks”” (great groove) are my favorites, and tracks 3-6 comprise as good a run on any album I know of. The bonus tracks are pretty weak and watered down, with nowhere near the heaviness of Darryl Johnston torrid production. Savage never amounted to anything like most NWOBHM bands, so give this record a spin and hoist a pint to some lost NWOBHM glory.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The lost NWOBHM band,
These guys came long just a little too late in 1983, by this time the NWOBHM had been absorbed by the American thrash bands, as 83-85 was the years that those bands who had been filling their heads with this vile racket from England had taken the first steps needed to metal glory (Metallica in particular who covered the title track), however that is no reason to skip this album by as it is by far one of the best albums from the time. There were a lot of inconsistent NWOBHM bands (Satan, Jaguar, Samson, Tyrant) but the obvious masters of the genre (Venom, Tygers, Angel Witch, Saxon, Motorhead, Priest, and the obvious Diamond Head) have carried the torch into legendary metal lore for years to come, these bands never made it like our most famous and well known headbangers did but they’re not forgotten. And Savage 1983 debut album Loose ‘N Lethal is one of the most “”metal”” records out there. It doesn’t thrash to the point of monotony, it just rocks out, plain and simple. The guitar sound is one of the most brutal and powerful ever caught on record. This is rock and roll straightforward. Dirty, raw, fun, and in your face. Of course these guys are obvious disciples of the more well known bands (AC/DC, Priest, Motorhead, and to a lesser extent Thin Lizzy). But who was original during this blooming time for the metal genre anyway? It not the point. Tracks like Dirty Money, The China Run, White Hot, and the crushing Berlin (which might be the best track here) are perfect slices to educate anyone on real heavy metal. Of course like most of these bands of the time, they faded away not to soon after for the most usual reasons (bad management, bankrupt indie labels, personal disputes etc). But the tunes are still here years later and the 2008 Metal Blade re-issue features 3 great demo bonus cuts. All just as good as the album itself. While this may not be the exhausting platter other reissues like Angel Witch or Venom albums feature, in today music world, when something like this even gets the time of the day, it doesn’t really matter. This is a true masterpiece for any self respecting heavy metal fan and while it may apply to the more simplistic and fun side of metal (i.e. Motorhead, AC/DC, Priest) and may not be enough for fans who prefer bands like Exodus, Slayer, or Kreator, you still owe it to yourself to get this record.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW,
an absolute sonic assault of the senses. Loose n Lethal has the honour of having the all time OVER THE TOP distorted guitar works that truly sets this album apart. album material sat on the shelf as the band toiled the UK pub scene and it was finally put on vinyl as the NWOBHM had already begun to set apart the mainstays like Maiden and Saxon from the soon to be obscure. For that reason, Savage never really stood a chance. but nevertheless,an @ss kicking metal album for the ages.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic NWOBHM,
Blistering metal from Mansfield based band who never quite followed this classic.
The album boasts a fine collection rifftastic aural assaults which sound like they were recorded yesterday, not in the early ’80. The guitar sound leaves your speaker cones in shreds, an effect I understand the band achieved simply by turning all levels up to the max !
Metallica “”Kill ‘Em All”” owes more than a nod to this album. Indeed, so impressed was a young Lars Ulrich that Metallica regularly covered album opener “”Let It Loose”” in their early days.
Simply a classic. Now remastered with bonus tracks. A must for fans of full on metal. Buy this album – it rocks !!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any NWOBHM fan,
One of the greatest, and most obscure bands from the NWOBHM scene circa 1981-82. Melody -wise similar to early Maiden or maybe VERY early Def Leppard, but what sets this album apart from the rest is its truly brutal guitar sound. Incredibly raw, like being hacked to death with a giant chainsaw, over-modulated, way in the red, and barely restrained. This album still sounds as awesome today as it did on vinyl in 1982. Highly recommended to fans of the metal genre esp. NWOBHM.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Strond debut,
Very strong song writing & riffing make this an essential addition to any NWOBHM collection. Excellent extra trax help add to the running time. Well worth checking out just as Lars Ulrich of Metallica did way back then….!

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where the mid-80s German sound came from – 86%
one of those bands where their name completely and utterly sums them up… this is one of the absolutely dirtiest, most vicious albums I’ve ever heard in my life. The guitar tone is something fucking fierce.

this almost goes into Ample Destruction territory with the amount of sheer fucking balls-out ass it kicks… the vocal performance is over-the-top, the riffs vicious, and we get one particular corner-case of NWOBHM. Venom were more unpolished and heavier, but even they were never this fucking slashing and brutal.

We’ve probably all heard Let it Loose, because Metallica did a pretty tepid cover of it sometime in the late 1980s (early 1990s? I forget when they did the studio version, but it was part of their set as far back as 1982). Imagine that sort of speed-metal riff style, not that far removed from the first Running Wild or maybe even Rage to come later, but again, with that buzzsaw-fuck of a guitar tone that would make Exodus drool.

The rest of the album doesn’t quite get that fast again, but instead assaults you with midpaced power-metal number after power-metal number. The highlights are probably China Run and On the Rocks, though the first really heavy riff in Berlin is a real brick to the temple… imagine Green Manalishi, except someone threw a chainsaw into the batter before they baked the whole thing.

In general songwriting style, this isn’t all that unusual for NWOBHM, but it still is a few years ahead of its time… lots of single-note power-metal riffage, which would really only truly come about in such a consistent fashion in the German power sound of the mid-1980s. A lot of people think Running Wild, et al, were spawned from Venom, but this would probably be a closer comparison.

The CD re-release comes with a few demos from 1980-1981, which are conspicuously lacking the over-the-top destroyer sound, and are a few years behind in terms of songwriting too, sounding more like staple NWOBHM than the missing Helloween demo from 1983.

Recommended? Fuck yes!!

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