The Almighty

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Great band, great albums, great everything :)

After the disintegration of New Model Army in 1988, their rhythm guitarist, Ricky Warwick, founded The Almighty in his native Glasgow, Scotland with lead guitarist Tantrum, bassist Floyd London and drummer Stump Monroe. The foursome gradually moved away from their punk origins, acquiring a hard rock sound and biker image to match the prevalent heavy metal trends of the day. Signing with Polydor Records, they entered the studio with a highly suspicious producer in first-timer Andy Taylor of Duran Duran fame. The collaboration proved surprisingly fruitful, and 1989's excellent "Blood, Fire and Love" resulted in a solid collection of metal anthems spiked with punk attitude. The band then hit the road for over a year, earning a reputation as a formidable live unit and recording the appropriately titled "Blood, Fire & Live" to serve as a stop-gap until their next studio outing.

1991's "Soul Destruction" may have retained much of the debut's general formula (as well as producer Taylor), but the band played it a bit too safe for most critics and fans. The subsequent tour saw the Almighty struggling with internal strife and exaustion. Guitarist Tantrum exited at tour's end, being quickly and efficiently replaced by ex-Alice Cooper band member Pete Friesen. The Canadian's arrival seemed to re-energize the band, and 1993's "Powertrippin'" saw a surge of creativity as the group tried to keep up with the quickly changing musical scene. But while the album was the first to benefit from simultaneous release and moderate promotional support in the U.S., the group's relationship with Polydor was deteriorating rapidly, eventually resulting in their release from the label.

1994 was a year of great change for the Almighty. Signing with Chrysalis Records (not exactly a power in hard rock circles) may have been a mistake, but the band made up for it by securing the services of mighty Sanctuary Music Management, home to Iron Maiden, W.A.S.P. and others. Released in early 1995, "Crank" was not the group's best effort but was certainly their most honest as they shed their heavy metal posing and began to preach a return to their punk rock roots. Unfortunately, the move seemed too calculated for most fans who saw the band as trend-chasing musical mercenaries, landing the final blow to their waning fortunes. "Just Add Life", released in 1996 by Castle Communications, proved to be the Almighty's swan song, yet rumors still suggested that Warwick was planning to re-form the band. [source]

Useful links:
The Al-fuckin'-mighty official page
The Almighty official MySpace account
Ricky Warwick official MySpace account

Make sure you check out the band's DailyMotion group
The gigs featured there:
1991 - Soul Destruction Tour = 16 videos
1992 - Hard Rock Club = 4 videos
1992 - Roskilde Festival = 9 videos

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