Classic Metal rocker's Savage who formed in 1976, Just as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was breaking out, After a 11 year hiatus the band comes back with a furious vengeance in the new album Sons of Malice their 6th studio album after there last in 2000 Xtreme Machine. The album was released on April 23rd of this year on Minus2Zebra Records, distributed by Plastic Head. The title track Sons of Malice is an anthem with a hard driving rift that talks about the banker's greed and selfishness throwing this world into a chaotic state of affairs and have not been held accountable for their heinous actions and completely destroying people's lives and futures as well.
The album opens with the fury, "The Rage Within" with guitar riffs that make you feel like your back in the 80's with thunderous lead guitars and all out drums and bass and wonderful chorus to prepare you for the amazing sound you are about to hear. The next track Black N Blue is a bit more groove laden and more melodic very akin to their various influences. Also The Sons of Malice the title track, also others that will pull you in for the ride and not let go to the end are: 'The Hanging Tree', 'Monkey on My Back', 'Blow', 'Waking the Dead' and 'Master Of War' to satisfy your hunger.
Stated by the Guitarist Andy Dawson he states that "Sons of Malice" is the best produced and sounding album the band has ever done" I can't say much about the bands previous works I previewed some of them but they are hard to get since they are out of print, from what I did hear the quality is superior then again you have to remember the album quality in the 80's is different to what the sound quality and technology is capable of now. But you can still hear the sounds of the 80's and capture it beautifully the singer's voice has not suffered from time unlike some other bands in the genre they still sound as energetic as they did or have ever sounded.
Inspired by the likes Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Saxon, Savage founding members Chris Bradley and Andy Dawson were 15 and 18 respectively when they first entered the local music scene in the East Midlands. The aggressive sound they possessed gained them attention of the record company Suspect Records to appear on their Annual compilation in 1981, 'Scene of the Crime' for which Savage recorded two explosive tracks the Trash laden 'Let It Loose' and 'Dirty Money' As luck would have it the album ended up being purchased by one Lars Ulrich the Drummer for Metallica when he was visiting London. He was excited to play his new discovery with his fellow band mates and before you knew it Metallica was playing Savage tracks and covered 'Let It Loose' establishing their own brand of Thrash Metal and secured Metallica's first recording deal which led to their amazing debut album 'Kill 'Em All' the rest as they say is history.
Soon after that it lead to Savage being signed by Ebony Records, who promptly put them in the studio to record their debut album 'Loose N Lethal' which went on to becoming the best-selling metal import album in America in the year of 1983 an impressive feat for an obscure NWOBHM band that was surrounded by Judas Priest and Iron Maiden etc. It went on to become according to Gary Sharpe-Young's '2002's 'Rock Detector' A-Z of Thrash Metal' book as "The finest British Metal albums ever released" Quite a feat for a band quite new on the scene the album received such glowing reviews they were also invited along to play in various European festivals in 1984 along the likes of Metallica and Venom, after the touring they went into the studio to finish their second album 'Hyperactive' it was awarded KKKKK in the Heavy Metal bible Kerrang! They set off on a Headlining tour of the UK, finally culminating in a sold out show in theatre venue in the bands home town, After it was winding down die to the lack of the support of the record label and disintegrating management involved and the infighting in the band they parted ways with the company in 1986, just a year after the second album was released and seems like the band was finished but the record label Neat Records persuaded them to keep going so they reformed and under the new label finally released the third album 'Holy Wars' in 1995 which sold rather well in the UK, Europe and Japan and the band played a Lightning set in Germany's Heavy Oder's War Festival riding the success of 'Holy Wars' they decided to put out their fourth album 'Babylon' which received wonderful reviews then after a four year gap released their fifth album 'Xtreme Machine in 2000, Finally setting off for another big tour this time and for the first time in the US, Then returning to Germany playing an explosive set at the famed Wacken Open Air Festival to the older fan base and to newer fans as well. Then sadly due to external personal issues Savage decided to take a break, a decade passed as Bradley and Dawson re-energized and with a new sense of purpose began to write 'Sons of Malice' recorded with a new guitar virtuoso Kristian Bradley ( son of Chris and nephew of Andy) and an older friend of theirs Mark Nelson on drums.
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