WITCH MASTER GENERAL

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

WITCHMASTER GENERAL

Formed in 1986 by Mark Beaudoin (lead guitar) and Tom Kavanagh (drums), WITCH MASTER GENERAL are a power metal band based in Ottawa, Canada.

The band’s current demo was recorded in October last year and features five songs “October Frost”, “Scarlet Fever”, “Reduced To Ashes”, “On The Warpath” and the title track “Winds Of Salem”.

Musically, the band, whose line-up is completed by Randy Chase (vocals), Dan McNamara (rhythm guitars) and Bryant Dale (bass), mix early METALLICA and SABBATH influences with injections of thrash and enhanced with a strong sense of melody. Vocalist Randy Chase reminds me a lot of Ozzy Osbourne with a touch of CANDLEMASS’ Messiah Marcolin thrown in, which suits the complex story structures perfectly.

On the evidence of this tape, WITCH MASTER GENERAL have some strong material especially “October First” and the pacey “On The Warpath”, which displays excellent musicianship and a desire to be creative and original, and hopefully they shouldn’t have too many problems in securing a record deal in the near future.

BERNARD DOE

FATAL

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

FATAL

Reading based FATAL are a young British metal band who’ve been together for a little over a year and consist of Yeti (vocals/bass), Dave Caton (guitar) and Nigel Farrow (drums).

The band have already supported the dreadful TATTOOED LOVE BOYS which seems a complete mis-match because FATAL’s music is at the heavier, bordering on thrash, end of the metal spectrum.

FATAL’s three song demo kicks off with the title track, “Lynch Law”, a pacey MAlDENesque affair, well structured with some great guitar fills. In fact, guitarist Dave Caton plays with a lot of feel and melody, especially on “First Born”, which puts an exciting edge to bands music. Unfortunately, the final song “Passive Aggressor” is none too clever, sounding like a disjointed early CELTIC FROST, but if FATAL can polish up their song writing a little and get some decent gigs under their belt then they could well be a band to look out for in the future. The band are already planning to record a new demo so l look forward to that with interest.
BERNARD DOE

THE ULTRA VIOLET

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

THE ULTRA VIOLET


THE ULTRA VIOLET is a Chicago based modem rock’n’roll band, who put out an LP in 1986 titled “Mother Victim”. The band has an image somewhere between GUNS N’ROSES and DEF LEPPARD, but sound just the opposite falling between TOMORROWS CHILD, RAIN ON FIRE and FIFTEEN MINUTES. The bands current line-up reads: Chris Schneider (lead vocals), Angelo Vancheri (drums), Bob Pucci (guitars) and Bob Tyrell
(keyboards).

All their songs show major hit potential, from the vibrant “Shattered World” to the wildly commercial “Sanctuary” and the weirdness of the ballad “Shadows”.

There’s a helluva lot of U2 in there too and a lot of other comparisons too numerous to mention. If any band ever featured in this Demolition section had any chance of any real commercial success, then this is the band.

KELV HELLRAZER

ROZZI LANE

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

ROZZI LANE


ROZZI LANE have been on the LA. scene for quite a while now, although it’s taken me ages to track them down. The band consists of Toni Snow (drums), Michael Marquee (bass), Mickey D’Mone (vocals) and Willy Houston (guitars) and they describe themselves as ‘New Wave’s Bastard Stepchild’ and I certainty wouldn’t be one to argue ‘cos the two songs l have on tape – “Betty Angel” and “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep” – fit that description perfectly.

The nearest band they remind me of is THE RAMONES, but with a more rocking edge. There’s also a bit of SWEET in there as well.

With the wildest and wackiest hairdos in Hollywood – every member has either got pink or orange hair – ROZZI LANE are one of the best and most entertaining live acts I’ve seen in a long time.

I believe the two tracks will be available as a single by the time you read this, so you’d better get writing, ‘cos ROZZI LANE are gonna bigger than their hairdo’s!
KELV HELLRAZER


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FIFTEEN MINUTES

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

FIFTEEN MINUTES

FIFTEEN MINUTES are a new L.A. based band featuring David Walker (lead vocals/guitars), Darby (drums), Joe Ferrario (bass) and Mark O’Connell (lead guitar). The band took their name from an Andy Warhol statement and have their roots deeply embedded in the post-punk era. Basically, FIFTEEN MINUTES play straightforward rock with a psychedelic tint.

“Hurry Up Man” is my favourite cut, being both bluesy and commercial, whilst “Closet Man” is a weird kinda psychedelic sounding number, one minute DOORS sounding and the next getting real heavy.

“Impossible To Talk To You” is blues of the highest order and David Walker’s bizarre vocals make it totally original sounding. There is no doubt in my mind that FIFTEEN MINUTES will get signed and they’ve already picked up a publishing/artist development deal with Chrysalis, so big news is surely just round the corner.
KELV HELLRAZER

 

 

ADDICTIVE

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

ADDICTIVE


With the expected interest in MORTAL SIN in the coming months, there’s sure to be a sudden interest in Australian thrash metal. And there’s no doubt dozens of bands are waiting in the wings for the door to open.

Well, one such band that could well be making their own headlines in the near future are ADDICTIVE, a Sydney based quartet who’ve recently released a highly promising five song demo entitled “Ward 74”.

Formed in November1987, and with a line-up of Greg (vocals/bass), Joe and Mick (guitars) and Matt (drums), ADDICTIVE are obviously influenced by the likes of METALLICA and especially TESTAMENT, and although the material isn’t mind blowing or particularly original, it is delivered with plenty of power, precision and conviction to suggest that they could well develop into a class thrash unit in time.
BERNARD DOE



PAIR A DICE

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

PAIR A DICE

Formed in 1986 PAIRADICE are a five-piece melodic hard rock band based in LA. Consisting of Paul Lancia (vocals), Dave Marshall (lead guitar), Billy D’vette (rhythm guitar), Nick Masella (bass) and Dazz Bash (drums), the bands demo contains three tracks which show their ability to write strong, catchy tunes which should grab the attention of a few A&R executives on the West Coast.

“I’ll Be There For You” is a moody ballad that oozes class. “Where’s Jenny” is an uptempo rocker with plenty of melody, whilst the pacey “Midnight Train” features some great lead work from Dave Marshall. Add to this the superb vocals of Paul Lancia, whose style is quite unique, and you have a real happening band who should be checked out at all costs.
KEN ANTHONY


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From the Pair A Dice Youtube channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/PAIRADICE88

JUNGLE ALLEY

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

JUNGLE ALLEY


JUNGLE ALLEY is bassist Gary J. Corso’s (ex-ROCKNEE) new act. Joining Gary is his brother Joee (lead guitar), Steve Phillips (lead guitar), Muke Russo (drums) and Bump Scott (lead vocals).

“Ready” hits off the demo in fine AEROSMITH-like style. “Too Loose For Love” has some killer axework from Joee and Steve with the whole song structured around a kind of funky, but really meaty riff.

“Even Though” is a ballad reminiscent of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, where Bump Scott’s vocals and the band’s harmonies come across exceptionally strong.
‘Tired Of Your Love” has a more commercial feel to it with keyboards and a memorable chorus, plus some more excellent dual axework.

Finally, ‘On My Way” has a mid-west rock’n’roll feel to it and closes a happening demo.

JUNGLE ALLEY has been working with Tony Thompson of the POWERSTATION and keyboard extraordinaire, Jeff Loiter who helped produce this demo, and I’m sure the band will be tearin’ up L.A. by the time you read this.
KELV HELLRAZER

Jungle Alley from their  myspace page

http://www.myspace.com/junglealley

 

 

BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB

 
BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB is none other than my old buddy Nigel Itson (ex-LONDON/RUBY SLIPPERS). “After the demise of RUBY SLIPPERS, it was pretty obvious that l wasn’t going to make it doing the OTT glamour thing,” explains Nigel, “so I decided that l would do the thing by myself.

I found four scum buckets that were already in a band and we formed MILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, but due to inflation we changed it to BILLIONAIRE!”

Being a big tan of Nigel I couldn’t wait to get my lugholes around his latest affair.

“Sealed With A Kiss” hits off the demo, and is Nigel at his trashiest yet, being backed up by the weirdest bunch of junkie punks I’ve seen in a long time – in the form of Robert Tracy (guitars), Billy (guitars), James Frey (bass) and Tony Purvis (drums). It’s not surprising the band sound trashy.

“Twinkle Twinkle” is the glamiest anthem around, Nigel turning in his finest vocal performance to date. “You Girl” is another glamour anthem of the finest order, showing Nigel’s MOTT influences.

I think Nigel stands a better chance than ever before with B.B.C., the image Is more streetwise, which will help ‘cos a lot of people were offended by RUBY SUPPERS – sometimes they were just too OTT.
KELV HELLRAZER

RUBY SLIPPERS MYSPACE

http://www.myspace.com/rubyslippersrock/music

TOMORROW’S CHILD

METAL FORCES ISSUE 37 MARCH 1989

TOMORROW’S CHILD

I predicted big things for TOMORROW’S CHILD Iast time l reviewed them, but l guess they didn’t take off as fast as I expected. The line-up remains unchanged: Adam (vocals), Rik Shaffer (guitar), Steve Resnick (bass) and Grey Dollinger (drums) and they have just landed a demo deal with Capitol. I’m pretty sure that this isn’t the result, as the production, as with the first demo, is poor. But what it lacks in production it definitely makes up for in the material.

“Walk In The Woods” blasts open the demo in fine style. This track is featured on the upcoming “Street Survivors” compilation. A barnstormer of a cut with ever so meaningful lyrics.

“All I Wanted” and “In The Silence” are both in the same league as “…Woods”. I can’t really stress enough how hot a live act TOMORROWS CHILD are, now it just needs the vinyl side to be taken care of.
TOMORROW’S CHILD are the bastard sons of U2, but with a whole lot more attitude and street credibility. Possibly my favourite L.A. band right now. Enough said.
KELV HELLRAZER


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