Posts Tagged ‘1986’
Damien Thorne hit the scene in 1986 with their debut release Sign of the Jackal on Roadrunner Records. At that time Roadrunner had decent distribution and their tapes and records were in most stores. I am pretty sure a former friend from high school and I were out and about when this one got discovered. Sometimes it gets hard to remember. Doesn’t matter. This was a good discovery.
Damien Thorne fit the category for what I considered speed metal with a hint of NWOBHM in them. Justin Fates vocals were definitely the high point for me with these guys. He reminded me a lot of Glen May from Tyrant (LA)…good normal singing voice and great high notes heavily laden with reverb/delay/chorus. Good times!
Since I was listening to this on cassette for many years, side 2 would be considered my favorite side. Hell’s Reign, Escape or Die, Siren’s Call and Damien’s Procession (March of the Undead). Side 1 wasn’t shabby by any means, but the album got better as it went along.
DT had pretty decent riffs and good drumming with some good straightforward double bass stuff in it. Most of the songs are good mid-paced US metal.
While Damien Thorne weren’t any sort of groundbreaking act, the debut is certainly worth tracking down. The CD version was available for a few years but seems to be out of print now.
Tonight was the first time I have spun this in a few years and it really brought back good memories of my high school years (there weren’t many) of hanging out in Churchland with the old crew…
Man, looking back it’s a wonder that some of us are still alive. Well, sadly, some of us aren’t. It’s interesting to see who ended up where doing what.
Going back and listening to some of these old albums really sets off some stuff in the brain. It’s a good stroll down memory lane with some music that always takes me back. I definitely wore out a few cassette copies of Sign of the Jackal. Riding around in my 66 Nova II 4dr. While I generally don’t miss those days, there were enough good times intertwined with friends and music that will never be forgotten. Luckily I talk to friends that remind me of an album or I listen to an album that reminds me of some old friends.
Download it here. Buy it if you can find it.
Not sure who I first heard this through and it really doesn’t matter. I do know that they weren’t my discovery within my circle of friends but it was one of those albums that everyone seemed to love. It was really too bad that they didn’t do a follow-up to this one. I was happy to finally get a CD copy from Sentinel Steel Records about 15 years ago.
This is 80s speed/thrash metal at its finest. It’s a great album front to back and was only officially released on CD via SPV/Steamhammer forever and a day ago. Bill at Auburn Reocrds has said that he wants to re-release it but to date it hasn’t happened. Auburn Records had a few good bands on it like Shok Paris, Breaker, Purgatory and Black Death. Pity their bands pretty much wavered around in the underground.
But as I was saying, there’s not a bad song on this album. The singer, Jeff Hatrix, ended up in Mushroomhead as J.Man I believe. Shame, the dude had a phenomenal metal voice.
I highly recommend that you download and listen to it…over and over.
I picked this album up sometime in 1986 or 1987 and I think I got it at Unicorn Records in Portsmouth, VA. Not important. What was important is that it had Jeff Scott Soto on vocals. I was a HUGE fan of his work on Yngwie’s first 2 albums and randomly finding this in a record store was sweet. I remember looking at the cover thinking, “Damn, they could have found someone a little better looking.” ha ha. Even in those days the big hair didn’t do much for me. Then turning the album over and seeing that Jeff was singing, I had to have it. I think I got it for $1.
I’ll be straight to the point…this is not a great album but it is good and a little better than average. JSS’ vocals are great. To me he’s one of the greatest singers in metal/rock although I haven’t liked everything he’s put out such as Talisman and Takara. He did sound great with Journey though! I wish he could have kept that gig.
Anyhoo…Most of the songs on here are mid-paced metal anthems but all-in-all pretty good. I can still remember listening to the my vinyl copy and I think this digital version retains much of that vinyl tinniness. Best song would be “Warchild” and the worst is “Panther.”
- First There Was Rock
- Deliver The Axe
This album can do no wrong. Seriously. This was another one that I first heard through a former friend from high school. I was 16 (1986) and drove my ’66 Nova 4dr to his house to hang out. I believe this was the first time that we hung out and I was in awe of his record collection and his bedroom walls filled with cool metal posters.
I’m flipping through his crate of records and see the WASP S/T album and asked him to play it. I’d seena nd read about them in the ‘zines but hadn’t put ears to it yet.
Being blown away doesn’t really even mildly describe how hard this album hit me upon my first listen. WASP was different, especially coming from the LA scene where lipstick and hairspray was ruling the scene. I never really got into that look or sound that came along with it except for the early Crue stuff.
Sure WASP had hairspray and makeup, but it wasn’t the same. There’s not a bad song on this album at all. Sure, School Daze had some goofy lyrics, but it is still a great jam.
Blackie Lawless has a very haunting quality to his voice. It’s vicious at times. These guys were the perfect combination of power, dark tones and tasteful metal.
When I put this CD in my car, it generally stays in there for a few weeks. I never grow tired of listening to it. If I have to pick my favorite cuts on this they would have to be Hellion, Sleeping in the Fire, Tormentor and L.O.V.E. Machine.
And let’s not forget what W.A.S.P. stands for. If you look on the inner ring of the actual album, it’s spelled out as “We are sexual perverts”.
My current guitarist saw their first 2 shows in LA…@ the Troubador I believe. There’s some footage of these shows on YouTube I believe.
“I have got a secret hidden behind my eyesA violation tragedy of violence hate and lies.Locked deep within a chamber, dark recesses of my mindA tribute to insanity, through hours days and time.”