Every now and then there comes a rather unexpected release that takes you way back in time. This is a great example! On The Dole Records have compiled a number of very rare vinyl singles in mainly NWOBHM style (quite varying in style, still) from the years 1978 to 1982. Although not being an expert on the field, I guess this is something of “the golden age” for this genre. All in all 12 British bands that were originally released on tiny labels.
The ones that are the most hard rocking are BASELINE “Suspended animation” (great track!), STRAY “This one’s for you”, DIE LAUGHING “You got the power” and SPEED “Down the road”. The band SPEED had a over-enthusiastic guitar player, though, who probably overrated his own skills.
A few bands and songs have one foot in the punk area, like OVERDRIVE “On the run” and not to mention PREDATÜR “Seen you here”.
One of my fave tracks is “Thanx for nothing” by FRENZY. It has got some THIN LIZZY vibes that speak to me. Almost the same in STRAY’s “This one’s for you”, actually! Good pumping melodic rock. THE NEXT BAND’s “Never on a win” could be placed in the same category too, with nice dual guitars.
More uptempo rock’n’roll in “Children of the street” by SPIDER. This one is a little too moch of a rip-off of “Johnny B Goode”. And “Voice on the line” by STATIC is almost like pop/rock with an uptempo:ish and slightly punkish vibe, with ENERGY “Don’t you’re your face” in almost the same style. Both with fine quality.
Finally METAL MIRROR’s “English booze” is the most heavy tune of all, still one of the most traditionally NWOBHM sounding songs, if you ask me. A bit like softer MOTÖRHEAD, which makes the song title even more suitable.
This is an absolute recommendation if you like old hard rock with attitude and edge. I reckon the original singles are hard to find, so grab this chance to get the songs.