domingo, 10 de março de 2019

CENTURION (UK) - Two Wheels (7'', SRT, 1982)


Let me start this one with a digression, so I can take a few things off my chest before proceeding to the actual review, will you? I do have a point, I promise.

It's not that I have any kind of prejudice against biker rock and/or the people who happen to enjoy the motorcycle lifestyle, I swear to God. But I could never bring myself into enjoying most of the recordings laid down by bike-obsessed bands - I wouldn't say it's torture to my ears, mind you, but I often feel like skipping such songs soon after pushing the play button, as simple as that. And I suppose most of this personal dislike comes from the unimaginative instrumentation and distasteful (sometimes even plain offensive) lyrics churned out by countless groups of the ilk. Of course I can appreciate the fact that there are biker-inclined bands from the NWOBHM era (Vardis being an example) that do try to push the envelope a little in the songwriting side of things, but these are exceptions rather than the norm, I'm afraid. Considering that the NWOBHM (though being the cradle for dozens of really inventive and highly original bands) is in itself a somewhat repetitive musical entity when it comes to its most distinguishable elements, I just don't feel too compelled to listen to an even more restrictive sub-genre, and that explains why biker rock reviews were virtually nonexistent around here up to this point. I will try my best to bring some get-your-motor-running reviews in the future (as I really consider such releases to be an important and impossible-to-ignore part of the NWOBHM legacy) but be aware that I tend to be less than charitable with such slices of vinyl, and kindly take some of the more grumpy comments with a pinch of salt.

That all said, let's focus our attention to Centurion's sole 7'' single from 1982, a mid-priced collectable pretty much since the NWOBHM became a niche of the market in the latter half of the '90s. I'm no scholar in the band's history, but it transpires that Gaz Yorke (G) and Chris McRae (D) were the core members here, putting Centurion together in the early '80s. A number of other musicians from the Humberside area were recruited through the years, including a chap named Steve, who reportedly laid down the vocals for the band's sole slice of vinyl, but didn't stay around for long enough to have his surname recorded for posterity. It's a bit of a shame really, as I have the distinct feeling (already voiced by Malc McMillan in his mighty NWOBHM Encyclopedia) that he's easily one of the best singers of the entire biker rock/metal scene. According to Chris McRae himself, a guy who opted to call himself Uncle Albert (yeah, go figure) played guitar leads on the single, and bassist Jez O'Kane completed the line-up for the recordings, pressed on vinyl via the SRT facility sometime in 1982.

"Two Wheels", the main focus of attention here, starts with a revving engine, no less. I suppose there's no room for a doubt on what is coming next, right? Yeah, you've guessed it: pretty straightforward rock/metal about the pleasures of riding a bike, wear jeans and leather, drink lots of beer and listening to rock and roll. The song structure is immensely simple, but the upbeat tempo keeps the adrenaline flowing well enough, and the nice vocals really carry the track along quite nicely. Flipside "Bitch" is a slightly less inspiring track IMO - and I'll honestly try to ignore the somewhat misogynistic lyrics, as I know those were different times and people would seldom ponder about such things back then, so it would be unfair to weigh the guys down with such a burden. It's all quite basic once again, and the anthemic chorus sure commanded some singalongs in the band's regular haunts, but I feel the whole thing just repeats itself a lot more than it should, to the point that everything starts to sound a bit silly towards the end. Still, I guess those who enjoy like-minded NWOBHM contemporaries such as early Vardis, Shader, Eazie Rider and so on are very likely to have fun with this piece, so you better make sure to have Centurion in your wants list if you happen to fit this description. Incidentally, it seems Splattered! Records is about to issue a official re-pressing of this one in the USA, so buying a copy tends to become a much less expensive enterprise from now on.

It seems that Chris McRae assumed the mike stand after the single was out, keeping all drumming duties at first but soon requesting the frontman position for good. A cassette album named "Cold Daze" was also made available at some point, and it's surely a sophomore release with Chris McRae singing, though I don't know the exact year of release and never learned of anyone owning a copy, let alone listened to the thing myself. Maybe it will be made available in a metal forum or something in the future, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to happen, you know. Centurion seems to have bitten the dust for good in 1985 or thereabouts, with Chris joining a thrash metal band named Taryn (no official recordings, as far as I'm aware), while Gaz Yorke and Uncle Albert kept things going in the club circuit, mostly playing blues in local cover bands. I'm glad to say that Chris McRae is still around, recording songs on his own and with a page on Reverbnation that really deserves a visit. The persevering individuals who write and play music for decades for the sheer hell of it are those more deserving of encouragement if you ask me, so thumbs up to the man for doing his own thing, and thanks for all the music!

Thanks to Heavy Metal Rarities Forum for audio files and some very useful info for this review! Also thanks a lot to Discogs for the label pictures!

Steve ???? (V), Gaz Yorke (G), Uncle Albert (G), Jez O'Kane (B), Chris McRae (D).

01. Two Wheels
02. Bitch

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sábado, 9 de março de 2019

Rupert Preaching at a Picnic (Compilation, UK, Naïve Records, 1981)


Short review:

Typical DIY local-band compilation from the early '80s, with many annoying no-hopers, a few minor promises and absolutely zero bona fide NWOBHM to be found. If you like metal, you're well advised to steer clear of it, as your hard-earned cash can be safely spent on far better purchases, believe me. Please kindly skip to the next review. Thank You.

Extended version (and it's going to be somewhat lenghty, so hold your breath):

The phenomenon of local-band compilations in the UK coincided with the advent of NWOBHM pretty much by chance: though there are dozens of such LPs with a fair proportion of long-haired hopefuls (some, such as "The Bridge Album" and "Offering of Isca", happening to be quite generous in the metal contingent featured), most had little or no interest in showcasing NWOBHM bands, being way more inclined towards including punk, indie, power pop, new romantic, minimal synth and whatever else the guys and girls were willing to try their luck with back then. As a consequence, many of such items will be of little (if any) interest for NWOBHM collectors - which is the case with the bizarrely-named "Rupert Preaching at a Picnic" (some sort of inside joke for the compilers, I'd wager), released by the fly-by-night Naïve Records in 1981. Still, I must admit I enjoy listening to records such as this - maybe because if helps to give context on what else was going on in the scene to a NWOBHM aficionado that wasn't there at the time, who knows. And it's also a sought-after album that is often sold for near-extortionate prices, so I think it's useful to drop a few lines about it so people can perhaps make a more informed choice before buying it.

It's a DIY record typical of those times, mind you. As it transpires, a few guys from Hertfordshire were in a band called The Frets, and, after borrowing a 8-track tape recorder from a friend, decided to record songs from whoever came to visit a certain basement in the space of a single weekend in early 1981. It must have been quite eventful, you see, and I'm sure everybody enjoyed themselves while it lasted, but you better be OK with rough edges if you're willing to give this one a spin: the production job is acceptable at best, the musicianship is virtually nonexistent in some cases, and many songs were registered in a one-take-no-dubs approach that is surely heartfelt, but tends to highlight the flaws rather than the merits, if you know what I mean.

As you can probably gather by now, there's nothing to really set pulses racing when it comes to NWOBHM around here. The strongest point of interest would undoubtedly be Oblivion II, whose "Storm" number brings some powerful guitars and interesting solos to the table. Still, it's not all-out metal by any stretch, though the musicians involved (whoever they were) seemingly spent a fair amount of time listening to a few NWOBHM bands at the time. To my ears, it sound like an unusually heavy new wave proposition, a bit like a more forceful (and less punkish) version of The Shattered Dreams, or perhaps a least accomplished version of Rough Cut, if you ever listened to "The Bridge Album" in the first place. Not really recommended for those who wear denim and leather before going out to buy a snack at the local convenience shop, but it's a decent tune if you ask me, and may be a interesting enough listen if you're OK with borderline material from time to time.

Given the DIY spirit that guided the entire project (c'mon, the artwork and credits are but paste-ons over a plain white sleeve), one will hardly be surprised to learn that "Rupert Preaching at a Picnic" is mostly a collection of fairly enthusiastic, but not-really-accomplished indie/punk/new wave music. The Frets, who actually got the whole thing together in the first place, opens proceedings with "Two Choices", a noisy punk track with out-of-key vocals, but also some enthusiastic guitar work to make the grade. It overstays its welcome a little, getting quite annoying towards the end, but I'd say it's charming enough to deserve a listen. In fact, the other minor highlights (such as Life Machine's new wave rocker "Life and Times" and Innocent Vicar's "She Was My Girl", a noisy bubble-gum punk that really sounds like a Ramones demo or something) deserve a mention not because they show impressive signs of promise, but rather for being reasonably listenable, which is already an achievement of sorts.

The Marine Girls are something of an underground cult band to this day (I'll get back to it later), and their "Hate the Girl" contribution have a charm all of its own, but you really have to be into indie music to fully appreciate the ultra-simple guitar-bass aesthetics and the riot-grrrl vocals on this one. Not bad (I enjoyed listening to it, actually), but surely not something any of us pathetic metalheads will ever hold in high regard. Similarly, Deranged have a mostly good thing going with their rough "Factory Girl" punk-rocker, though I'm not sure why they didn't record a second take, as they commit some aberrant mistakes and even lose track of each other in places. Or maybe it was actually the best take they could do and the compilers just had to go with it, who knows? But oh well, apart from the aforementioned Oblivion II contribution, the second most interesting tune around here (and perhaps the best composition overall) would have to be Köln's "Dope Prohibition", a pretty decent power pop number with good basslines and a not-remotely-obvious, stop-and-go chorus. Maybe these lads could have turned into something really interesting if given the proper time to mature.

Plugs' "Bat Brain Moon Man Boiler Boy" needed a more careful production job if you ask me, since the Clash-inspired horn arrangements are way too overwhelming and you can hardly listen to anything else. After somehow educate my mind to identify the guitar and bass behind the barrier of trumpets and bugles and whatever else is being played up front, I could attest a perfectly passable display of songwriting - but let's face it, few of us will ever be willing to make such an effort, so this one can hardly be listed as a highlight. The obvious limitations in equipment and budget also ruin Elusive Diplomats' "Twist and Run" (a somewhat atmospheric post-punk number marred by a truly irritating guitar tone) and Absentees' "Fairytales", this power pop attempt also suffering from a highly immature vocal delivery - after listening to the chorus for the first time, you'll be wishing the lads had somehow forgotten to repeat it so you wouldn't have to listen to it again, which is not the case, unfortunately.

Another glaring case of lacking musicianship comes with Frankie's Crew and their poppy-punkish "Something" number, with a singing lady that, despite owning a sweet voice, just didn't knew how to sing just yet - and she's also struggling with some of the least inspiring vocal lines ever laid down on tape, including a songtitle-turned-into-chorus of the poorest kind. Bona Dish's "Actress" is unexpected, if nothing else, but one will hardly be impressed by this avantgarde number, packed with unusual (and annoying) percussion and hippies-on-acid vocal melodies (and some screams too, for no tangible reason). We're getting closer to the finish line, and I must tell you it's not getting any better, so hold on there, because Amatory Mass comes forth with "Girl on the Corner" - and oh man for God's sake, tune the damn guitars properly! Not that the bass is exactly in tune, because it's not, but I guess you can get what I mean. The vocal lines seem to have been recorded by phone or something, and it only adds to the precariousness of the composition as a whole. But it's still sightly better than Eddy Steady Go's "Boy Named Sue", believe me. It's nothing but a goddamn speech (delivered in the best just-don't-give-a-damn accent possible) about a one-night-stand-gone-wrong or something, that just go on and on until it's abruptly over, near the 1:50 minute mark. Youthful beatnik-meets-punk poetry in all its glory, I guess.

And then comes Portion Control's "Preach", the final offering of the record. A false start. Then, some bossa-nova-tinged experimentation with synthetizers ensues, with Casio keyboards bringing some horrid-sounding melodies to the table while some voices make weird noises on the background, all with not a hint of harmony and no sense of purpose whatsoever. It finishes with a backmasked message of some sort, and oh yeah, I'm a pathetic enough person to bother to open the mp3 file on my Audacity and find out the reversed message actually says (sorry for the spoiler, but here it comes): "Rupert Preaching at a Picnic". Funny, eh? Actually, I'm compelled to share with you good reader my sincere impression that the file actually sounds better when played backwards (yeah, I did play the backmasking from end to end, don't ask me why), but let's leave it to that, right? (actually, I need to tell you people something else before dropping the subject: the false start was actually the final lines of the Eddy Steady Go "song" in reverse, and I only found out about it because I played the whole file backwards! Yeah, go figure, the world is really full of surprises and all that.)

You may be intrigued to discover (well, if you don't know it already) that the very same Portion Control that inflicts us such shambles is actually the most successful history here featured by far. After recording a lot of bedroom-made cassette tapes in the early part of the '80s, the duo became something of underground darlings in the British industrial/electropunk scene, always with a strong DIY spirit and bringing new music to the world up until the present day. The Marine Girls didn't really last for that long, seemingly going their separate ways in late 1983 or thereabouts, but still got as far as to record a few cassette albums in their prime. One of the ladies involved (Tracey Thorn, that is) is now a well-regarded artist in her own right, both with Everything But the Girl and her solo efforts. Minor successful stories come with Bona Dish, that later recorded two cassettes now regarded as ultra-collectables in the indie scene (oh well, maybe I'm missing something here); The Frets, who took part in a handful of similar compilations, sometimes under the name Clampdown; and The Innocent Vicars, with two 7'' singles released via No Brain Records even before this particular LP compilation was out.

Curiously, many of the acts appearing on "Rupert Preaching at a Picnic" are also featured (all with different songs) on a cassette-only compilation called "An Evening with Rupert", also issued in 1981. Given that it came out on In Phaze Records (the same label responsible for many Portion Control, Bona Dish and Marine Girls releases), I tend to think this tape was a later showcase, coming out a few months after "Rupert Preaching at a Picnic" (the only release in Naïve Records' catalogue, as far as I'm aware) and using a similar title as to create some sort of thematic connection. Against my theory, though, comes the fact that "An Evening with Rupert" presents a band called Oblivion, apparently the same individuals responsible for "Storm", but without the 'II' - an indication that the cassette actually came first, and Oblivion added the suffix in a later date to acknowledge line-up changes or something? We obviously need some further enlightenment here, so be more than welcome to drop us a line if you happen to know more and/or are able (and willing) to share audio files of this elusive local-band release.

Many thanks to Die or DIY blog for audio files! Also thanks to Discogs for picture sleeve scans!

01. THE FRETS - Two Choices
02. ELUSIVE DIPLOMATS - Twist and Run
03. BONA DISH - Actress
04. LIFE MACHINE - Life and Times
05. KÖLN - Dope Prohibition
06. OBLIVION II - Sword
07. THE ABSENTEES - Fairytales
08. INNOCENT VICARS - She Was My Girl
09. MARINE GIRLS - Hate the Girl
10. FRANKIE'S CREW - Somebody
11. DERANGED - Factory Girl
12. PLUGS - Bat Brain Moon Man Boiler Boy
13. AMATORY MASS - Girl on the Corner
14. EDDY STEADY GO - Boy Named Sue

Have you been involved with any of the bands mentioned here? Have any extra info and/or corrections? Please e-mail me ( and let me know!

quarta-feira, 6 de março de 2019

ROHAN (UK-Wales) - Mil O Fastiau (7'', Sain, 1984) plus Rohan (CD, Recordiau Arwen, 1996)


From the many mystery rock combos that adopted the Welsh-language lyrics in the early '80s, Rohan was perhaps one of the least mysterious, if you know what I mean. Though often associated with the NWOBHM fraternity, it was clear almost from the start that it wasn't really the case, this Bangor band being much more attuned to the prog rock revival that was going on in the UK pretty much at the same time. Their main discography was also well established from the start, and the band members are far from nonentities in the Welsh scene, so we always had a good enough deal of info to work with. Still, there's always new facts to be discovered, and it's fair to say we now have a far better knowledge about Rohan's history than we had, say, 10 years ago, with many details only recently being revealed.

In fact, it transpires that Rohan was something of a continuation from a '70s prog rock band named Children, with three of its members - namely Charlie Goodall (V/G), Bev Jones (B) and Dave Evans (K) - once taking part on this previous outfit. It seems Children never released any studio material under their original moniker (I couldn't find any reference to such sessions, at least), but it doesn't mean Mr. Goodall was a stranger to recording studios, as he was also a member of the well-regarded Pererin, one of the very first combos to build the bridge between Welsh folk music and electrical, rock-influenced instrumentation. I'm not 100% sure of the timeline here, but it's reasonable to presume that, after contributing to Pererin's "Haul Ar Y Eira" (1980) and "Teithgan" (1981), the talented musician just felt it was time to move on to pastures new, getting in touch with some old fellows from Children in order to form a new proposition. With Owen Hughes handling the drumsticks, and with the help of Fran Lock on rhythm guitar, Rohan was finally born, most probably sometime in 1982.

There are a few hints around about a very early apparition of Rohan in a cassette-only compilation named "Just When You Thought We Were Dead - Music from the Bangor Area" (1983), with a song called "Celtica". It's probably true, but I wasn't able to independently confirm it just yet, as this compilation seems truly difficult to locate (if you happen to have it, or are at least able to fill the blanks, you're more than welcome to get in touch). Whatever the story, it's safe to assume that the band's first fully official release was the "Mil O Fastiau / Rasus T.T." 7'', issued by the ever-dependable Recordiau Sain sometime in 1984.

Far from being a mere curiosity without much musical substance to it, Rohan is actually a very good band and, dare I say, quite original in places. There's nothing immensely inventive on "Mil o Fastiau", for instance, but the way this track seamlessly unite the typical keyboard-laden neo-prog ambiences with a straightforward, almost punk/new wave rhythm section is quite charming, and the vocal melody, albeit very simple, will stick to your mind for quite a while. The production is anything but heavy, and it's difficult to imagine any die-hard metalheads throwing shapes while giving this one a spin, but I for one like this tune quite a lot, and I strongly think it ranks among the best Welsh-language rock offerings of the period. "Rasus T.T.", the B side of this single, is not in the same league though: an instrumental cut that doesn't really go anywhere I'm afraid, being far from truly objectionable, but also instantly forgettable as soon as the turntable stops spinning.

Unfortunately, the whole Welsh-language rock/pop scene of the early '80s fizzled out in the second half of the decade, and most of those groups disbanded long before the decade was over. To Rohan, it was no different, and the once well-regarded band quietly drifted towards oblivion in the following years. Surprisingly, it wasn't the end of the story just yet: after a full decade of inactivity and seemingly out of the blue, the original trio of Goodall/Jones/Evans decided it was about time to give the old Rohan compositions a proper recording after all, and recruited much-traveled drummer Graham 'La' Land (formely with Rhiannon Tomos A'r Band, Omega, Louis A'r Rocyrs, Geraint Griffiths and so on) to complete the line-up. The four-piece soon laid down the tracks for an eponymous mini-album, released via Recordiau Arwen in 1996 and consistently kept available on a handful of online CD shops ever since. Actually, I'm not sure it ever received a proper pressing, as all copies to my knowledge are CD-Rs, most probably made on demand.

Everything starts with an expanded, slightly heavier (and better) version of "Mil o Fastiau", here augmented with a "Dau" - this word means "Two", so I guess it's the way they found to make clear it's a re-recording. The guitar arrangements are far more interesting too, with some very engaging solos going on. "Cymylau'n Hedfan" is another truly pleasant, complex number, with a somewhat contemplative mood that still allows space for some forceful arrangements in places, most of all in its dynamic solo section. "Wyt Ti'n Barod" is the closest to heavy metal we get around here, with noisy guitar arrangements and some definitely strong, atmospheric drumming. Still, the vocal lines are a bit too generic for its own good, leaving something to be desired and preventing this otherwise pretty cool song from being the mini-album's highlight.

Next comes "Atgofion", a typical neo-prog instrumental piece that won't win any prizes for originality, but keeps the flow of the record when heard as part of the CD's running order. Along with following number, "Lleislau'n Y Gwynt" it's the one most prominently carried along by the keyboards - and the latter also deserves a mention due to the fact it is the only number to ostensibly present something resembling a chorus, a feature Rohan seems to be peculiarly uncomfortable with, for God knows what reason. A good enough song, but "Brwydr Helm's Deep" is way better, easily the best instrumental track Rohan ever penned (yeah, no vocals on this one too). It's a highly interesting tune that starts with some movie-score-influenced, violin-like arrangements before launching into a atmospheric-yet-intense vibe that works very well if you ask me, closing proceedings in reasonably grandiose terms. All in all, a very good release, more than worthy of a careful listen from any heavy/rock enthusiast.

I'm not sure of how long Rohan kept things going with this particular incarnation, or if they actually performed any gigs to promote the release. But it wasn't a long-term commitment for any of those involved, by the looks of things, and Graham Land soon got back to his usual works as a producer/session musician, with a career that goes on to this day. Charlie Goodall also kept firmly involved with music, recording a couple albums with the Celtic rock band Coast and releasing (with the help of Danish female singer Therese Harris Buus Nielsen) a solo album named "Seascapes" in as late as 2015.

Dave Evans joined the reformed version of a late-'60s folk band named Y Cyffro, and also recorded a (reportedly fairly heavy) EP with an outfit named Niwed in 2002. I don't know exactly what Bev Jones was doing musically until recently, but I'm glad to say he teamed up again with former Rohan guitarist Fran Lock in a pop/rock studio project called Seventy Per Cent Water (I really liked the name BTW), that are consistently putting out some original compositions in download-friendly form. Incidentally, most of post-Rohan releases from the ex-members were issued by the same Recordiau Arwen, which tends to suggest 1) the venture was something created solely (or mostly) to spread their music to the world 2) the final disbanding of Rohan was most probably an amicable one, all musicians agreeing that the project had naturally run its course and keeping some sort of connection ever since. I really enjoyed the music anyway, lads, and if you ever decide to plug in again as Rohan in the future, please make sure to let us know, will you?

Many thanks to riptorn from Heavy Metal Rarities Forum for providing some invaluable info for this article! Also extra thanks to the Heavy Metal Rarities Forum for the picture sleeve images of the single!

Charlie Goodall (V/G), Francis 'Fran' Lock (G), Ben Jones (B), Dave Evans (K), Owen Hughes (D).

01. Mil O Fastiau 2:31
02. Rasus T.T. 2:51

Charlie Goodall (V/G), Ben Jones (B), Dave Evans (K), Graham 'La' Land (D).

01. Mil O Fastiau Dau 4:31
02. Cymylau'n Hedfan 6:06
03. Wyt Ti'n Barod 3:54
04. Atgofion 4:08
05. Lleislau'n Y Gwynt 4:39
06. Brwydr Helm's Deep 4:01

Have you been involved with any of the bands mentioned here? Have any extra info and/or corrections? Please e-mail me ( and let me know!

terça-feira, 5 de março de 2019


OK, time for a few changes around here.

The thing is, I have been feeling kinda separate from this blog for quite a while now. There are many reasons to this, that's for sure, but I guess the most important aspect is that I wasn't really happy with the shape Drequon's Playlist assumed as time went on. I originally meant it to be a place for NWOBHM, a near-lifelong obsession around here: not only a way to fulfill the intentions applied to a couple of blogs I attempted (but failed) to keep alive in the past, but also a vehicle to get in touch with like-minded individuals and people who were involved with the scene when it originally took place. A few years ago, I realized it turned into something else - something, quite honestly, not as funny as I originally envisioned. By allowing other genres and/or recent releases to appear on these pages, I turned the blog into something pretty generic, with nothing too distinctive on it - and this somewhat sad state of affairs surely reflects on the fact that hardly anyone come to visit it anymore. Not that it was ever crowded with visitors (it never really did), but there were readers once, and now they're mostly gone. Including myself. Why bother, if there was nothing really cool being published here anymore?

And it started ruining everything else, really. I could no longer bring myself into posting on forums. I got lazy with answering e-mails, and quite possibly offended a few people with my delayed responses (for which I wholeheartedly apologize). It got so bad I actually wouldn't even listen to NWOBHM as much as before - not because I didn't wanted to, but mostly because it felt like a frickin' waste of time.

I could just press the button and finish this blog's misery, I guess. But I decided to do the exact opposite. I will try to make it fun again - to myself, at the very least. Not that I really expect anyone to become a regular around here anymore (blogs are such a thing of the past, right?), but everybody needs a hobby, goddamn it, and I won't give up having fun with my gloriously amateurish, rough-edged, lyrically brain-dead, technically-lacking small-town wannabes so easy!

So, that's how it will be for now on: only NWOBHM-related reviews around here, with limited exceptions. I will sure post lots of '70s hard/heavy music around here, and I plan to include some neo-prog and '80s metal discographies as well, but these are going to be exceptions, as NWOBHM will be the rule in the foreseeable future. The non-NWOBHM reviews will often be posted somewhere else (Encyclopaedia Metallum, most of all, and also on Metal Observer, if they're still interested), but will hardly (if ever) appear on the blog. Most of previous non-NWOBHM reviews were deleted from the blog, never to be read again (in here, at least). A handful of interesting posts turned out to become temporarily unavailable in the process, but I hope to rework it in the not-so-distant future, with a good proportion of it being re-posted in due course. But, again, such posts will be hardly dominant on this space anymore. There are tons of NWOBHM-related stuff I want to review / write about in the coming months, and I'll focus on these inclusions, you can take my word for it.

I will honestly try to publish diverse NWOBHM content, as much as time constraints allow me to. The reviews (packed with as much history info as possible) will always be the main feature, but there are some interesting interviews I can make possible, given I actually put my mind into contacting the right guys (and a few ladies) involved, and I think some articles / thematic posts are a distinct possibility too. Audio files will be few and far between, but there are a handful of nice gems in my possession (some, I think, no one but the band members themselves ever listened to), and I may provide links to some selected material, once I get the thumbs-up from those who own the rights in the first place. Some mixtapes, perhaps? Let's see what happens.

I'm also trying to improve the blog's structure, with improvements on the "Index" page (now totally updated and with some browsing options); updated "Wants List" page; eliminating some hopelessly long posts that were too thick and unfriendly to be read from start to finish; and some other minor changes I'll be implementing in the following weeks. I'll let you good people know of further developments, if there are any.

Rock on \m/