Judas Priest rebounded from the shaky Point of Entry with Screaming for Vengeance, arguably the strongest album of their early-'80s commercial period. Having moved a bit too far into simplistic hard rock, Vengeance found the band refocusing on heavy metal, and achieving a greater balance between commercialism and creativity. The results were catchy and accessible, yet harder-hitting, and without the awkwardly apparent calculation that informed the weakest moments of the album's two predecessors. Ultimately, Screaming for Vengeance hangs together better than even the undeniable landmark British Steel, both thematically and musically. There's less of a party-down feel here – the remaining traces of boogie have been ironed out, and the lyrics return to the darkness and menace that gave the band its mystique.
Blind Vengeance was a short-lived heavy metal band that formed in the middle of the '80s. Talented teen singer Harry Hess was the strength of the endeavor, along with experienced drummer Darren Smith. In 1984, Blind Vengeance signed with Attic Records and finished work on a debut album, Taste of Sin. When no other recordings came about, Hess and Smith put a quick end to Blind Vengeance and formed a new band, Harem Scarem, with bassist Mike Gionet and guitarist Pete Lesperance.
"Mark Of Vengeance" is a killer album of classic heavy metal with great guitar riffs and epic vocal lines melted in a perfect combination between power and feeling. The record takes inspiration from the rock monsters of 70s mixed with the powerful sounds of the 80s school, making an original and effective sound.
THE RODS are marking their 30th Anniversary as a band with their first new album since 1986. VENGEANCE will be released on May 10 via Niji Entertainment Group. The first single from the album entitled The Code features guest vocals by RONNIE JAMES DIO, in one of his final recorded performances. Dio's cousin David 'Rock' Feinstein fronts THE RODS.
Extensive 5CD/book set exploring the evolution of the Goth movement, from the glacial postpunk of the late 1970s through positive punk and into the Batcave era, dark electronica and beyond.