TENSION: Breaking Point LP 1986, KILLER US HEAVY METAL, AUDIOPHILE. Check audio.
9 track album
label: Torrid Records 1986 , MX8098
features: w. lyric inner sleeve, pressed on AUDIOPHILE VINYL !!!
style: US metal, (ex-DEUCE, pre-WARDOG)
Title: Breaking Point
Format: 12″ Vinyl LP
Year of Release: 1986
Genre: Heavy/Power/Speed Metal
Record label: Torrid/Combat – 88561-8098-1
Band’s Country: USA
A2 Wrecking Crew 3:55
A3 Reach For Your Sword 5:36
A4 Angels From The Past 5:36
B1 W. O. C. 5:28
B2 Shock Treatment 4:15
B3 The Downfall Of Evil 3:01
B4 Metal Paranoia 3:45
B5 Seduced 5:17
Originally formed as Deuce in 1978 by guitarists Tom Gattis and future Megadeth/Cacophony virtuoso Marty Friedman, Maryland-based heavy metal band Tension had undergone numerous transformations by the time they unveiled their 1986 speed metal debut album, Breaking Point. Featuring Gattis on vocals, guitarist Timmy Meadows, bassist Tim O’Connor, and drummer Billy Giddings. Gattis eventually moved onto another project named Wardog, and later Ballistic.
Here is Tension’s “Breaking Point” album from 1986. It was released by Torrid Records, and is a prime example of U.S. technical/speed metal as it existed in the 80s. Tension was a Baltimore, Maryland band that started out their existence as a band called Deuce. Deuce included founding member Tom Gattis and a very young Marty Friedmann (Hawaii, Megadeth) on guitar. Friedmann left to pursue other interests, leaving Gattis to continue on and change the band’s name to Tension. MUST HAVE.
Oh yes. Obscure 80′s, one album only, American power/speed metal. The sweetest fruit.
As mentioned, Tension existed for one sweet album in 1986, during that sweet, wild west time of American power metal where the scene and style was open for exploration. On Breaking Point, Tension is mixing classic metal, speed, some thrash, and some NWOBHM to create their power metal sound. It’s a little Maiden in spots, especially some of the riffs and how they play with the vocals but for the most part, Tension have crafted a killer style that is all their own.
They do have their speedier, more aggressive moments, like the fucking fist pumper “Reach for the Sword” but most of the album is made in catchy as fuck riffs and stellar vocals.
It definitely sounds 80′s and that’s part of the charm of this album. Well, that and it’s fucking killer for any decade. Yet another buried treasure in the 80′s American power metal landscape.