Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Is That Chainmail...or a Sweater?


Seems like a reasonable question to ask, right? I mean these guys don't exactly seem the Armored Saint types, so maybe the second guy from the right thought that he'd just wear a nice cozy sweater to the photo shoot. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

This is kind of a motley crew image wise, though the photo was certainly professionally shot (unlike some abominations I've posted here). It definitely has a distinctly '70s feel, but I can definitively say that this was taken in the mid '80s.

I have a feeling that certain people who are regulars here will recognize this band immediately as they, uh, achieved some amount of success. I don't think they lasted beyond when this photo was taken, though. May have been their last hurrah. Or at least certain members' last hurrah...

Update: Another quick (and correct) guess by Keir. Actually, he didn't really guess; he knew for sure that this is the German band Bullet. I didn't realize that this was taken for their first album, so, yes, they did have one more hurrah before packing it in. Apparently a couple of the dudes, guitarist J├╝rgen Graf and bassist Fitty Wienhold, have done time in U.D.O. (Fitty is still part of the group, in fact), fitting since Bullet were occasionally called out for sounding like Accept. Unfortunately, both albums that Bullet released in the early '80s, though reissued by High Vaultage in the late '90s, are out of print.

6 comments:

Invisible Oranges said...

Whatever turned into Van Halen??? The hat is really throwing me. At least 3 of the guys could look like Van Halen members.

Keir said...

Funny, the hat is what gave it away for me. This is Bullet from Germany. Somewhat surprisingly, this photo is much less gay than the one they chose from the same shoot for their first album cover (and they did put out a second album a few years later).

AT said...

Bingo. Nice work, Keir. It's Bullet. I figured that since it was a promo photo that came with the album it would be fairly recognizable. I think they were signed to a major label--at least in Europe.

Ian Christe said...

I'm pretty sure their No Mercy album was on CBS or Chrysalis in the States. That's my comment, in fact -- it's funny that bands who were on indie metal labels in the 1980s are much better remembered and have a much better track record of keeping their back catalog in print.

I guess there are two main reasons for that: Bands signed to major labels are hopefully tied up in paperwork, and it can be impossible to figure out who even owns the rights; and perhaps more importantly, most of the metal bands signed to major labels were mediocre or flat-out sucked!

Ian Christe said...

Oops -- "hopelessly" tied up in paperwork.

AT said...

You'd be surprised at actually how easy it can be for a previously-on-a-major band's album to get licensed for reissue. I did a story on this about 6-7 years ago. There are a half dozen little labels doing nothing but this sort of thing. High Vaultage being one of them. They usually just do small runs and more often than not without any input from the band. They just swing a deal with the label. Nice, huh?