.. ..ATTACKER: The Lords of Thunder! .. Formed in the summer of 1983, ATTACKER is one of the first Heavy Metal bands to use ...the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien as a source of inspiration. An awakening that, eventually, would become the now classic "Battle At Helm's Deep" album. In recent times, the band has enjoyed one the best comebacks to ever occur in many years! The band has now come, quite literally, full circle and is back where they belong. Throughout their career, the band has amassed an incredible worldwide following, thanks to timeless Heavy Metal Classics such as the aforementioned "Battle At Helms Deep", "The Second Coming" and their comeback Classic "Soul Taker"! .. In 2004, ATTACKER established themselves as one of the great live bands when they performed their now legendary showcase at the KEEP IT TRUE Festival in April of that year at Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-Königshofen, GERMANY along with their headlining debut at the HEAVY METAL MANIACS Festival in October of the same year at Manifesto Hall in Hoorn, HOLLAND. In recent years, members of the International Press and Heavy Metal fans worldwide have lauded their efforts both on album and, especially, the live stage! .. Upon their return from HOLLAND, the band has kept, for the most part, a low profile in as far as their live shows are concerned with the exception of their still talked about performances in GERMANY in July of 2005 at the HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR and THRASH TIL DEATH Festivals. A trek that was highlighted by a special performance of the entire "BATTLE" album which took place at the world-renowned Head-Bangers Ballroom in Hamburg. .. Aside from conquering Europe, once again, the band kept an intense studio schedule while creating the, then, soon to be released new album "THE UNKNOWN"! During the making of their new album, Lou Ciarlo returned to the band in a full-time capacity. For the benefit of those of you that don't know, Ciarlo, was the member responsible for penning the bands Power Metal classic "The Second Coming" as well as co-writing most of the highly successful come-back "Soul Taker" album. .. 2006 is now in the proverbial "record book" as this was the most monumental year in the bands history! With bassist Lou Ciarlo back in the fold, in support of their, then, new album, the band embarked on their most ambitious road schedule to date with appearances on both sides of the Atlantic, including a tour of Europe. The band visited the countries of GREECE, ITALY and HOLLAND. .. The tour culminated and was highlighted, on September 16th, 2006, by their headlining performance at the SWORDBROTHERS FESTIVAL in Andernach, GERMANY, to which, at the end of their set, the fans gathered on stage and joined the band in a rousing rendition of one the bands signature songs "The Hermit". The band next appeared in Europe at the KEEP IT TRUE X Festival, once again at the Tauberfrankenhalle, Lauda-Königshofen, GERMANY on Friday April 4th, 2008. Following the bands' KEEP IT TRUE X performance, Bob Mitchell was let go from the group. As already mentioned, throughout their career, the band has built an incredible worldwide following, thanks to timeless heavy metal classics and great live performances. The bands legend continues to grow and they are now set to bring their brand of Metal Mayhem to the masses and make history ........ once again in 2007/2008! Heavy Metal fans around the globe have witnessed greatness! Have you??? .. 2012 will be a year of rebirth as ATTACKER enters the next chapter featuring new vocalist Bobby "Leatherlungs" Lucas and new bassist Jon Hanemann, who replaces the departed Lou Ciarlo.............ARE YOU READY!!
Savage – The Legend
Hailing from the heart of the UK, Savage where born out of the need for a bunch of teenagers to put thei...r own stamp on the hard rock scene. At just 18 and 15 years of age respectively, founder members Chris Bradley and Andy Dawson first set alight to the Nottinghamshire music scene by rampaging through covers of their heroes such as Thin Lizzy, UFO, Deep Purple and Van Halen. But the band weren’t dragging their heels when it came to penning original tunes and were soon wowing local audiences with a blend of energetic new metal. As a result they were invited to participate in 1981’s seminal compilation album 'Scene Of The Crime', contributing two barnstorming tracks 'Let It Loose' and 'Dirty Money' which would both go on to become stage favourites as the band’s star rose.
It was clear the band were head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd. A copy of ‘Scene Of The Crime’ ended up in the hands of Lars Ulrich and before long the newly-formed Metallica were playing Savage tracks themselves, famously recording 'Let It Loose' which set them on the road to creating their brand of thrash metal and securing their first deal. At around the same time, Savage were offered their first deal. The band's double A-Side single ‘Ain’t No Fit Place’ c/w ‘The China Run’ had been released to strong reviews, and in 1983 Savage released their legendary debut album 'LOOSE ‘N’ LETHAL' which not only received rave reviews but was soon acclaimed as the best-selling metal import album in America.
By now Savage were gigging across the UK although focussing their efforts especially on London where Kerrang favourably reviewed a number of their gigs. In 1984 the band went to Europe and shared the bill with Metallica and Venom, at the now legendary ‘Aardschok Day’ playing to 10,000 people and again receiving outstanding reviews. Metallica knocked at the dressing room door and asked to share a beer with the Savage boys; the bands would later meet again in London where more beer drinking ensued, this time for a Kerrang! article on real ale! In 1985 Savage released their second album 'HYPERACTIVE'. The album received a full 5K review in Kerrang! followed by a UK tour with a homecoming sold out show at the Mansfield Civic Theatre, outside of which many years earlier Bradley and Dawson had first met giving birth to Savage. But despite the success of the first two albums and live shows, the lack of support from both labels and management caused much frustration and resulted in the band finally folding in 1986.
Bradley and Dawson continued to make music separately for the next few years until due to demand the band reformed with original drummer Dave Lindley to record the comeback album ‘HOLY WARS’ in 1995. The album sold well across the UK, Europe and Japan and the guys played a cracking set at Germany's Heavy Oder Was festival. Maintaining the momentum they recorded their fourth studio album 'BABYLON' which demonstrated Savage's ability to craft powerful, punchy classic rock, with Bradley's almost sneering vocals and thundering bass counterpointing Dawson’s outright riffing and searing solos, showing that British rock bands can have attitude, grit and punch! The new millennium brought 'XTREME MACHINE', an album full of mean, grooving rock which brought new fans to the band and was followed a year later with more live shows, the band hitting America for the first time with new boy Mark Nelson on drums before performing a stunning show at Wacken.
Joined again by drummer Mark Nelson and new guitarist Kristian Bradley, Yes! Chris’s son and Andy’s Nephew, the band spent 2011 preparing songs for 'SONS OF MALICE'. Released April 2012 ‘SONS OF MALICE’ once again showed the band were in touch with the contemporary metal scene without losing sight of their traditional British roots, an aspect recognised by the significant number of positive reviews the album received worldwide. Shows throughout Europe proved the band had not lost any of their bite live! In fact new boys Mark Nelson and Kristian Bradley have given the band a new energy wholly apparent from barnstorming sets at Hard Rock Hell VI, CRF 13 and a legendary performance of the entire ‘LOOSE ‘N’ LETHAL’ album in reverse at the Headbangers Open Air Festival 2013. In a neat twist High Roller records issued a collectable vinyl version of ‘SONS OF MALICE’ that includes bonus tracks from the album recording sessions. Although material for their next release is already being written, the band are considering recording a live album to capture the excitement of the band on stage.
Sparta was formed in late 1979 by Tony Foster on lead guitar. The line-up was completed by Tony Warren on bass guitar, Karl ...Reders on vocals, Steve ‘Snake’ Reders on guitar and Paul ‘Radge’ Reders on drums. Karl, Paul and Steve started a novice band in late 1978 and had started following/assisting local Mansfield band Xerox. Xerox split up in 1979 leaving Tony Foster and Tony Warren. Karl, Paul and Steve joined up to form Sparta. Karl laid down his bass guitar to concentrate on vocals. Sparta come from Mansfield (in Nottinghamshire) - back in the early ‘80’s a town with a healthy local scene. There were a good number of local pub-based venues to play at the time and local bands to play. Savage and Tyrant being among them (as featured on the ‘Scene of the Crime’ album).
After having established a good local following, the next step for Sparta was to have their own vinyl out. In 1980, Nottinghamshire-based label Suspect Records put out Sparta’s debut single pairing “Fast Lane” with “Fighting to Be Free”. Suspect Records was formed to allow us to release our first single, financed by the band. 1,000 copies were pressed primarily for promotional purposes. “Fast Lane” was named ‘Single of the Week’ in Sounds magazine. The single coupled with cuttings from the Sounds magazine allowed them to get interest in the band outside the local area. This allowed them to be able to secure support slots at bigger venues in the area with Diamond Head, The Ken Hensley Band (former Uriah Heep keyboard player), Praying Mantis, Lionheart, The Groundhogs and Budgie.
A year later, in 1981, Sparta unleashed their second 7" single “Angel of Death” (with “Tonight” on the flipside), once again on Suspect Records. It was again released on the same basis as the first single: 1,000 copies were pressed
After “Fast Lane” was voted ‘Single of the Week’ in Sounds, England’s most popular weekly music paper at the time, the Heavy Metal bible Kerrang stepped in and printed an article about the band in their famous “Armed and Ready” section (named after a tune by the Michael Schenker Group).
Still in 1981, Suspect Records published a compilation of local bands under the name of “Scene Of The Crime”, the original vinyl sells for anything up to 100 English Pounds nowadays and there also exists a (supposedly Greek) bootleg CD. ‘Scene of the Crime’ featured five bands: Panza Division, Tyrant, Savage, Manitou and Sparta. Each band had an allotted time on the album and contributed their share of the costs. They did not have two songs at the time that fitted the slot, so ‘Lords of Time’ was picked as their sole contribution
Sparta also recorded two sessions for Radio Hallam .There was an initial session at Radio Hallam after the first single but any tapes have long since been lost. The second session was recorded with new vocalist Trev Morgan after Karl had left around 1982. Initial interest was a result of sending the first single to the Colin Slade Rock Show at Radio Hallam. The studio was not really set up for serious band recording. The material was recorded basically live in a limited time.
Sparta carried on through the mid- to late 1980’s with Mark Henshaw on vocals then Steve on vocals but did not make it into the next decade, they disbanded around 1990. This was really the last line-up of Sparta with Karl on bass and vocals, Steve on guitar/vocals, Paul on drums and Dave Drury on guitar. Under the name of Richter Scale they recorded a studio demo, a good recording, but lack of gig opportunities and Dave leaving the band caused it to fold.
In 2003, the two Sparta 7" singles were bootlegged by Brazilian label Phoenix Records, each with a circulation of 250 copies, “Fast Lane” on sky blue vinyl and “Angel Of Death” on transparent blue vinyl. For obvious reasons, Sparta are not too happy about this illegitimate release.
1981 - Houston, Texas, at the tender age of 16, Larry Barragan knows he wants to form a band that is special; one whose memb...ers would all compliment his burgeoning writing and playing skills to create a musical monster! He forms Helstar with members of his previous band, Black Rose.
1983 - After numerous lineup changes the band settles into its first solid recording lineup: James Rivera (vocals), Larry Barragan (guitar), Tom Rogers (guitar), Hector Pavon (drums) and Paul Medina (bass). The average age of the band at that time was 19! The band records an 8-song demo in the springtime. Almost instantaneously, the newly recorded demo becomes one of the most highly sought-after and traded demos of the underground tape-trading scene. Before long, this little old band from Texas with members still in high school, becomes internationally known and celebrated as the next big thing in heavy metal. By year’s end, the demo finds its way to the right people and thus begins the official career of one of the most influential underground US metal bands of all time, Helstar! The band sign with Combat Records in November and in December enters the studio to re-record the songs from the demo to release as its first album entitled ‘Burning Star’.
1984 – 'Burning Star' is released to much critical acclaim. The metal press takes notice and heralds the band for its musicianship and songwriting ability. Many quickly point out the band’s highly-talented vocalist ‘Bill Lionel’ AKA James Rivera, whose voice is described as Dio meets Halford and the twin guitar attack of Barragan and Rogers that is just as lethal as many well-known established acts. The band opens for well known act Wasp in Houston, Texas. Regional Texas touring ensues and solidifies the band’s status as a crowd favorite.
1985 – In July, the band enters Mad Dog Studios in Venice, California to record its second release for Combat. The lineup: James Rivera, Larry Barragan, Jerry Abarca (bass), Rob Trevino (guitar), and Rene Luna (drums). In December, the band plays its first ever arena show opening for Christian rockers Stryper in the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, TX.
1986 – In March, the band tours with Anthrax throughout Texas. ‘Remnants of War’ is released in June and receives much praise from around the world. The album is in the top 10 heavy charts in Germany and others in the press are giving stellar reviews. A US tour begins in October. The band is opening for Megadeth and TT Quick as well as some headline dates. The response is overwhelmingly positive. More regional Texas touring occurs with some headlining shows and a couple of special guest slots opening for King Diamond, and Keel.
1987 - The band relocates to Los Angeles and signs with Metal Blade records. The lineup: James Rivera, Larry Barragan, and Jerry Abarca with newcomers Andre Corbin (guitar), and Frank Ferreira (drums).
1988 – ‘A Distant Thunder’ is recorded and released. The band returns to its home base of Houston, TX and later embarks on its first ever European tour. The tour is a huge success playing several arenas with Yngwie Malmsteen and Tankard and also headlining and selling-out the famed Dynamo club in Eindhoven. In the U.S., the band is given a support slot for Savatage at their performance in Riverside, CA.
1989 – The band records and releases ‘Nosferatu’, which is partially a concept album with the first six songs dedicated to the story of Braum Stoker's ‘Dracula’. The music was highly complex, yet highly musical, and dealt with a subject matter that would become quite en vogue in years to come. At the time, it is misunderstood, yet now, almost unfailingly, most consider this release to be the band’s Magnum Opus. Also, this year saw the band tour with label mates Fates Warning in support of the Perfect Symmetry release.
1990 - The band records a 4-song demo with two new members, Aaron Garza (guitar) and Russell Deleon (drums). However, with the grunge movement gaining momentum, the face of heavy music in the U.S. is changing and the band is unable to secure a new deal.
1995 – The band signs with Massacre records and hires Megadeth bassist (and friend from years back) David Ellefson to produce its 5th release, ‘Multiples of Black’. The lineup: James Rivera, Jerry Abarca, Russell Deleon, Aaron Garza, and Mike Heald (guitar).
2000 - Metal Blade Records releases a live bootleg CD ‘Twas the Night of a Helish Xmas’.
2001 – Iron Glory Records packages 2 demo recordings and releases them as ‘The James Rivera Legacy’. James assembles a reunion lineup with Jerry and Russell and some guest musicians to perform at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Europe. Following this, the band embarks on a US tour beginning with the Milwaukee Metal fest and ending at the Powermad festival, held in Baltimore, MD. Participation in the German Bang Your Head!!! festival inspires James to organize a carbon copy of the event in Houston, TX, in which the band headlines.
2002 – The assemblage of reunited and guest musicians perform at the Dynamo festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
2004 – Touring Europe in support of his ‘Distant Thunder’ release on Massacre Records, James headlines the Keep It True festival in Germany as Helstar. Select appearances in Greece, Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands follow. The lineup: James Rivera, Jerry Abarca, Mike Heald, Eric Halpern (guitar), and Mikey Lewis(drums).
2006 – The year 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of ‘Remnants of War'. After 19 years of separation, James, Larry, Jerry, and Rob reform with Russell to bring the nucleus of this classic line-up back together.
In June the band plays its first show in San Antonio at the 4th annual Robb’s Metalworks Showcase. It is a triumphant return with people traveling from all over Texas and the US to witness the event. In August the band plays 2 shows at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, California, a sold-out performance in its hometown of Houston, TX and also appears at the 3rd annual Minneapolis Mayhem festival in Minnesota.
2007 – In March the band lands supporting act for Testament in Houston, Texas, while the summer yields two festival performances; Burning Star Metal Fest II in San Marcos, CA and Bang Your Head USA Texas II, held in Houston. Amidst these events, the classic reunited lineup garners interest from AFM Records, located in Hamburg, Germany, with whom they ultimately sign a four album worldwide distribution deal. The album 'Sins of the Past' is recorded over the summer months at Bravo Studios in Houston, TX, and Skull Seven Productions in Northridge, CA. AFM Records releases 'Sins of the Past', in Europe on November 23, 2007; a collection of the band's favorite classic songs re-recorded with updated style and production, plus two brand new bonus tracks.
2008- The band kicks off the year by making several European festival appearances at Germany’s Keep It True and Rick Hard festivals and the Play It Loud festival in Italy. Later that year, the band releases its first official release of new material since Mulitples of Black. The album, ‘The King Of Hell’ is released in October on AFM Records and shows a different side of the band; a darker, heavier and more aggressive face is shown to the world.
2009 - Multiple regional and international tours follow with the band making appearances at several major European festivals such as Germany’s Head Bangers Open Air, Belgium’s Alcatraz Metal Fest, and Sweden’s largest festival, Sweden Rock.
2010 – After making several guest appearances during the last few months of the King Of Hell touring cycle, drummer Mikey Lewis claims sole ownership of the throne. Re-invigorated, the band records and releases ‘Glory of Chaos’ and this time it takes no prisoners. The album is an all-out thrash assault. Larry Barragan states, "It's the album I've always wanted to make. It's the heaviest and definitely thrashiest album we've ever done. It's an album that just punches you in the face." More regional and international touring ensues, with the band finally making its first ever appearances in the UK and Poland.
2012 - After 30 Years of life, Helstar releases its first official live DVD to commemorate the milestone. Recorded live in their hometown of Houston, Texas, ’30 Years of Hel’ treats the fans to classic tunes from every album spanning the band’s storied career. The band embarks on its most ambitious tour since reforming in 2006, with first ever appearances in Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Turkey, to name a few.
2013- The band kicks off the year with performances on the 3rd annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Festival (cruise ship) and several other select shows around Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Connecticut. The remainder of the year is spent writing and recording.
2014 – Energized from the writing, recording, and mixing process, the band is ready to destroy all that comes within its path. Helstar is set to release This Wicked Nest, worldwide to the masses on April 25, 2014. An album that promises to return the band to its roots of power metal while combining the thrash elements of Glory of Chaos, This Wicked Nest will certainly prove to the world that there is much more left in these Texas Metal Legends!
“The Future of Heavy Metal” according to Kerrang! magazine.
Formed in 1983 by Dunken F Mullett and Rich Jones, the band’s early influences included the books of Michael Moorcock, very apparent in early material and theatrical live shows (at a book signing Moorcock officially gave Dunken and Rich permission to use the name “Mournblade”, a sword from one of his most famous books). At one stage the live show featured 14 costume changes as well as many props, notably a 7 foot wooden sword, a 4 foot high doll (“Victoria”), a decaying WWI soldiers mask, a devil (including a cape with a 10 foot wingspan) and of course the legendary Titanium hero space helmet, complete with LEDs and lasers!
The band gigged tirelessly around the UK promoting their first official release “Times Running Out” performing over 400 gigs and playing with everyone from Motorhead to Doctor and The Medics, Zodiac Mindwarp, Hazel O Connor and The Enid. Mournblade were great supporters of the free festival circuit playing at the infamous Stonehenge festival amongst many others.
By the late 1980′s the band decided to leave behind the theatrics and make-up and the music and stage show became much more raw, stripped down – pure, NWOBHM, unadulterated British Rock n Roll, but still retaining the unique tongue-in-cheek Mournblade energy and uncompromising attitude.
Now a 4 piece, the keyboards largely replaced by Paul “Blacken” White’s immense 8-string bass sound the band went on to achieve official cult status
with their second album release “Live Fast Die Young” and toured non-stop until the band split late in 1989.
Motivated by fan requests, the band reformed in 2012. With only 3 days rehearsal after a 25 year break, the band stepped up to play The Heavy Metal Maniacs festival in Holland, a show now firmly ensconced in Mournblade Legend as one of the great shows ever.
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BLACK HAWK from Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) belongs almost among the founding fathers of the classic Metal-scene. The band was formed in 1981 but had only some self-releases before they split up in 1997. Their first album “Twentyfive” was released in 2005 after their reunion. Their second album “Dragonride” and the two following were released by Karthago Records. Now our Pure Underground sub-label presents their latest album “A Mighty Metal Axe”. Their musical style has changed not very much since the 2010 album “Straight to Hell”; the eleven tracks feature mostly hard Metal. Straight and quick double-bass songs like “The Fighter”, “Heroes” and the final song “Beast in Black”, catchy SAXON-like pounders like “Nightrider” or “Killer”, or the more quiet and exceptional “FashionVictim”, which got an acoustic-guitar intro: “A Mighty Metal Axe” breathes the pure spirit of the glorious German Metal- and NWoBHM-times. Udo Bethke’s rough but very melodic voice, the harmonic interplay of both guitars and the firm production which has lots of rough edges give BLACK HAWK’s sound a special kind of originality, which makes them distinct from the multitude of releases. Powerful, straight and true Heavy Metal of the best kind: A manifesto for all Heavy Metal traditionalists!
Amulance is a heavy metal band based out of Aurora, Illinois, founded by guitarist, Bob Luman. After several personnel chang...es, the classic lineup of Amulance was formed in 1986 which consisted of Bob Luman (guitars), Thom Braddish (bass), Eric Wedow (drums), Vince Varriale (guitars), and Rick Baez (vox).
“The Rage Within”, a six song demo in 1986 led to the release of the album "Feel The Pain" through New Renaissance Records in 1989. Unable to tour, Eric Wedow departed in 1988. After nine months, Amulance recruited drummer, Tony Divozzo and was able to record pre-production tracks for what later came to be known as "The Aftermath" sessions before the band unceremoniously folded in early 1990.
"The Rage Within" was re-released in 2007 through metal label Stormspell Records on the CD titled "The Rage Within: and the Aftermath" along with six bonus tracks from "The Aftermath" pre-production sessions as well as two live video performances circa 1988 & 1989. The release of this CD found Amulance momentarily reunited and gearing up to go overseas in 2008. Divozzo pulled out of the show a month prior to the band's first overseas appearance for personal reasons. Varriale left shortly after and declined to rejoin when asked in 2009 in an attempt to again reunite the band.
In 2009, drummer Ed Foltz (David Shankle Group) and guitarist Pat Cassidy were recruited in order for the band to fulfill their commitment to playing at the Headbanger's Open Air Festival (HOA) in Germany. Amulance also began working on what was intended to be a full-length CD but then changed to the "Deutschland" EP due to a lack of time; however Amulance finally made it to Germany in 2010. Upon their return to the U.S., Amulance once again went into hiatus; this time re-emerging in 2013 with news of Thom Braddish's departure from the band and the addition of bassist, Chuck Hamilton.
Due to frequent conflicts with the band, August of 2013 marked the departure of Foltz. In an effort to keep the band moving forward, Amulance began pre-production work on their next studio release with the help of friends/drummers Ken Comer and Marty Gonzales. Marty eventually became Amulance’s newest member and drummer on June 24, 2014.
Originating from the Heavy Metal city of Birmingham,England,Quartz date back to 1974 releasing their first album on Jet reco...rds in 1977 which was produced by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi.
Quartz were considered to be at the forefront of the NWOBHM boom at the end of the 1970's.
The band toured heavily during this time, playing the Reading Festival three times (1976, 1977 and 1980) and touring with of some of the larger Hard rock bands of the time (Iron Maiden, Saxon, UFO,Gillan and Rush).
The 1980 release 'Live Quartz-Count Dracula and other love songs showcased the live set from the 1970's.
Quartz appear to have endeavoured to deliver a hard rock sound that was both classic and commercial,the band could certainly deliver the goods courtesy of some twin guitar riffery when needed but would also offer a bit of sophistication too.
Prior to the founding of Quartz,Mick Hopkins had played in Wages of Sin, a shortlived Birmingham band which toured as a backing band for Cat Stevens in 1970. After that band's dissolution, two of his bandmates, expatriate Canadians Ed and Brian Pilling, returned to Canada and formed the band Fludd; Hopkins briefly joined that band in 1972 as a replacement for founding guitarist Mick Walsh, but left by the end of the year after they were dropped from their original record label.
Late 1979 saw Geoff Nicholls leave the band to join the Legendary Black Sabbath providing Keyboards and songwriting for the Sabs for the next 24 years.
Quartz released their second studio album, Stand Up and Fight, in 1980 and the album featured the singles 'Stocking up the fires of hell' and the title track 'Stand up and fight' the album was produced by the Legendary Derek Lawrence.
1983 brought the release of 'Against all Odd's' which had been partly written with Vocalist David Garner and the departing Derek Arnold had been replaced by Stephen Mcloughlin.
Prior to the final recording of the opus David Garner was replaced by Geoff Bate who's vocals appear on the album.
During this period Malcolm Cope also joined the roll call of Quartz members being called up to Black Sabbath working on pre-production demo's for the 'Born Again' album.
Incidently in 1980 Malcolm Cope was approached by Ozzy Osbourne to join his solo band but Malcolm declined stating Quartz was his Band and they had just signed a deal with MCA to record 'Stand Up And Fight'.
In 1994 'Sabbat' covered 'Satan's Serenade' on their Black up my soul compilation and in 2004 doom metal band, Orodruin covered "Stand Up and Fight" on their album Claw Tower.
2011 also saw 'Roxxcalibur cover 'Satan's Serenade' on their 'Lords Of NWOBHM' album.
Quartz Reformed in 2011 playing a reunion gig on 16 December 2011 at The Asylum in Birmingham,England,The line up consisted of Geoff Nicholls, Mike Hopkins, Derek Arnold, Malcolm Cope and vocalist David Garner.
The reunion proved to be succesful and Quartz continue to work together and are working on new material and will be performing again during 2013.
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