February 1983

BREAK OUT yer stack-heels, and dab on the make-up, ‘cos the glamsters have escaped once more from their cage! Yes folks, the long-mooted revival seems once more to have been given the green light. A gala night is in prospect on Friday, March 18, when Salford College Of Technology hosts what they claim to be the worlds first ever glam rock festival.

Although the bill for this orgy of mascara ‘n’ mayhem hasn’t yet been completed, CHINA ROGUES, WRATHCHILD, SILVERWING, CLOVEN HOOF and SACRED ALIEN have confirmed their participation. The organisers are hoping to persuade a “major name” to headline the affair, but just who they have in mind isn’t at all certain. Aside from the live n’ pretty boyzz on-stage, the festival will also feature a glam-rock and a host of guest stars. On the latter point, the mega-likes of Suzi Quatro, Gary Glitter, Noddy Holder, Twisted Sister, David Bowie, Sweet and Kiss have all been invited to stick their platform boots round the door.

Whilst on the subject of glam, those painted wierdos CLOVEN HOOF (pictured below) are set to record their first album with Heavy Metal Records. Entitled ‘Gates of Gehenna’, it will be in the shops at the end of March, and aside from the aforementioned title track, will not feature any previously available material. A video is to be shot (suitably laden with comic-strip monstrosity, we trust!) to coincide with the LP, but as to live dates, this remains very much in the air (not to mention earth, fire and water). The band have also firmed up a management deal with former Judas Priest / Pat Travers man David Hemmings.

CLOVEN HOOF ‘Cloven Hoof’ (Neat Records NEAT 1013) Review by Geoff Barton April 1984
I’ve followed their career since the earliest days and they’ve always struck me as an immensely affable yet highly ambitious bunch, with that 12-inch EP of a while back surely laying the frenetic foundations for greatness-to-come.

But, sadly, this album just doesn’t deliver. And it ain’t just because the band have abandoned those ridiculous costumes and made us privy to their real names… it’s really the record’s overall atmosphere of calculated cacophony and highly mannered menace that’s its downfall.

With a dense-but-thin production sound doing ’em no favours, the Hoof clatter through a selection of dark, doomy, but ultimately rather dorkish trax, their cause not helped by a frankly pathetic vocal display from David Potter and a biscuit tin guitar sound.
‘The Gates Of Gehenna’ has lost a helluva lot in transition from EP to LP and the two straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll numbers, ‘Crack The Whip’ and ‘Laying Down The Law’, are too Priesty for comfort.

It pains me to be so down on this album, because Cloven Hoof really do deserve to succeed. But it really is desperately disappointing.

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