• NWOBHM Band of the Week - 27th February 2009: Tygers of Pan Tang (Part 1)

    27 Feb 2009, 18:56 by GrantRS

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    (Part 2)

    Hopefully, even if you're already familiar with this band, one of the better known nwobhm bands, you'll still find something interesting in this journal. For some reason, a lot of my previous entries don't seem to show up as related journals on the relevant pages, I'm guessing it might be number of words or (more likely) number of links so I'm going to split this rather big one in two to see if it makes any difference.

    Neat Records, as I've mentioned in previous entries, were one of the primary driving forces behind recording and distributing the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. That wasn't always the case though. Beginning as just a recording studio, they expanded to also become a label and initially could only afford to finance singles. The label's first two releases were commercial flops (neither of which have been played by a single user) and for some time afterwards were buried and denied by the label's managers. …
  • NWOBHM Band of the Week (16th December 2008): Persian Risk

    16 Dec 2008, 19:16 by GrantRS

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    The project to research and evaluate all the 'forgotten' bands continues with Persian Risk. (If you already know this band, feel free to skip reading this week, but I promise you it'll be shorter than last week.)

    This one chosen slightly less randomly than last week, I remembered seeing the name somewhere before specifically with the letters "ex-" in front of it and brackets around it, but couldn't remember who I'd seen that in relation to. A quick glance at the band's original line-up immediately throws up two candidates who I'm sure I've read about before.

    Original line-up:
    Vocals: John Deverill (would go on to Tygers of Pan Tang)
    Guitars: Phil Campbell (would go on to Motorhead)
    Guitars: Dave Bell
    Bass: Nick Hughes (would go on to Idol Rich)
    Drums: "Razz"

    Originating from Wales in '79, the band didn't last long enough with this line-up to get anything officially released. …