Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Basement Metal

Taist of Iron - Resurrection

Hearing 1984 and metal in the same sentence probably doesn't sound too promising to regular site visitors. Visions of overproduced and overplayed records and the smell of hairspray are almost certainly your first thoughts. Keep reading, though.

This CD is the first '80's metal CD I've liked since, well, a long time. I like it because it is different in a lot of key ways from the going style (Ratt, for instance).

First, the singer is a woman. Not only is she a woman, but she is a tough woman. With female singers, the temptation is always to compare to someone else, but she doesn't really fit any of the types. Not Pat Benetar, like most rocker women at this time. Not Joan Jett or Chrissy Hynde, like the rest of them. Mayyyyybe, a little Janis, but with better pitch and no blues phrasing. Anyway, she's good, and it's a shame she never made another record.

Second, the production on this album is strictly muddy basement sludge quality. In a good way. This makes the album sound either older or more recent than its vintage. To me, it sounds a lot like that kick-ass Pentagram First Daze Here record (what do you mean, you don't have Pentagram). Yeah, the guitar player plays a lot of notes, but the tone is bigger and dirtier than the rest of the Van Halen clones from the time.

Did I mention Van Halen? This is 1984, so there are a couple of Eruption-style instrumentals. They are pretty good to my ears, nice echo work, good technique. They don't overstay their welcome. Just enough to give the singer time to catch her breath.

If metal gives you a headache, you probably aren't going to like this as much as I do. But if you've got a rockin' itch, this is a great way to scratch it. This is probably the rarest record I've put up here yet, so get it here or get it nowhere, rocker.

Files are from a bootleg CD from an lp copy. It doesn't matter though, the low-fi burn only makes it sound better.

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