Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Smallest Metal Band In The World

Sorry that this picture is so small, but I guess it kind of fits the theme of the post. Most metal bands try to make themselves look larger than life somehow in their promo photos, but by staging this shoot in front of what I presume are giant doors, these guys end up looking like Lilliputians.

I think I would have also avoided wearing bright red shoes, leather jacket, T-shirt, etc. in front of the bright red doors. I am a big fan, however, of the leather-jacket-with-the-arms-pushed-up look. I'm kind of surprised no one ever had the idea to simply make 3/4-sleeve leathers. I mean, those stupid full-length sleeves are always getting in the way. And what is the deal with those bright red shoes?

As always, comments, guesses and conspiracy theories are welcome.

Update: OK, I screwed up and left the band's name on the photo file I uploaded, so I obviously gave it away. Didn't seem like anyone ID'd them based on how they looked. This is Portland, Oregon's own Glacier. Glacier was kind of a hard-luck band who could have been a lot bigger had a few breaks gone their way. They went through a lot of lineups in the early 80s, but hit their stride with the Mach III lineup in the mid 80s which featured vocalist Mike Podrybau, who they recorded the classic 3-song demo, "Ready For Battle" with. Small French label Axe Killer put out their only official recording, a self-titled, 5-song EP (which is incredibly hard to find) that featured the Podrybau-sung tracks from the demo, as well as two newer songs, each with a different vocalist: Keith Flax, Rex McNew. It must have been confusing to people who bought it at the time, since it pictured the four instrumentalists in the band (though it even misidentified two of them, see below) and didn't show any of the three vocalists. Glacier stayed together for a few more years and recorded another demo, this time with vocalist Tim Lachman (brother of Pat Lachman of Damageplan, Halford, etc.) who went on to sing for Gargoyle (who put out a now-highly sought after album on New Renaissance records). Apparently Glacier are quite the underground heroes in Greece and a bootleg CD called The Writer's Eye, which compiles all of the abovementioned material, was released by Greek label Hot Metal Records.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Your Antics Are Making Me Sleepy

Well, we've entered a new era of Test Your Metal-dom. Rather than drawing from my own collection, I've scavenged this gem from the Interweb. So, it's possible that some of you may have seen this one before. It's a pretty obscure band, but ya never know.

Anyway, I couldn't resist its Spinal Tap appeal. And the fact that the dude on the right's eyes were closed and yet they decided, "That's the best photo we can offer to the world to represent our band." Maybe the guy always looked like that, so it was no big deal.

The other three seem awfully chummy and happy to be mugging for the camera together, while poor ol' Sleepy is the odd man out. If only his hair was longer, the other guys might have accepted him as one of their own.

And the band is?

Update: Whoa, I totally fell asleep at the wheel there! Yes, this is Slauter Xstroyes, as Keir correctly noted. I found this photo when I was looking for info on a band in one of my previous (still unidentified) posts. (I always love it when people compare a super-obscure band to another super-obscure band--that's useful.) Anyway, I loved the photo and I loved the name. And I have no idea how to pronounce it. These guys were from Chicago and they put out a self-released album in 1985 called Winter Kill. They recorded a follow-up that was set for release in 1987, but it didn't see the light of day until 1995. Very progressive, kind of thrashy. And they are remarkably like that mystery band from an older post that I alluded to above, which is kind of crazy.