Saturday, August 29, 2009

REPOST: A Chest As Smooth As A Baby's Bottom

Someone couldn't be bothered to button their shirt, or put on a T-shirt for this photo shoot. So feast your eyes on the oh-so-appealing glimpse of his pre-pubescent teenage boy-looking chest. Classy. Come and get it, ladies.

Doubtful he's looking as svelte these days, as this photo is at least 20+ years old and he may well have packed on a few pounds and successfully navigated the perils of puberty. Based on how freakin' obscure this band is (though they did manage to release a very hard to find album), we may never know.

The rest of the band aren't really that bad. The mirrored aviator shades are pretty sweet (pre-Axl Rose, of course) and, if nothing else, they managed to clearly establish a basic heavy metal look. No one was gonna mistake them for, say, Loverboy. OK, maybe Loverboy, but not Dexy's Midnight Runners.

Update: Keir has correctly identified these guys as Shining Blade from Italy. I absolutely loved their demo I received back in the mid '80s. One of the songs on that, " Winged Snake," ended up on the first Speed Metal Hell album (though I'd hesitate to call SB speed metal), which is where Keir spotted them. Apparently there was some sort of bootleg or quasi-legit release by these guys that came out a little later, Touch the Night, but I've never actually seen it or confirmed that it exists. I still have that demo, though. It's very NWOBHM-ish, but very technical and proggy (kind of a precursor to DragonForce, in a weird sort of way). I was always surprised that they didn't make a bigger impact, but so it goes.

Monday, August 24, 2009

REPOST: I Swear This Band Is From The '80s

I love this photo and, yeah, I know what band this is. I will be suitably impressed if anyone else gets this, because this is waaaay underground.

But look at that photo! It could have been taken in 1975! The facial hair, the leather jacket, the...everything! It's glorious how unintentionally retro this band looked. Once someone figures out their ID, I'll give you the full explanation as to why they look like this.

In the meantime, bask in the gloriousness of this photo and toss out a few guesses as to who it might be. (And, no, it's not Black Sabbath circa the Ian Gillan era, despite the obvious similarities...).

Update: I reposted this because "Anonymous" finally figured out who it is and I wanted to make sure it didn't get lost in the shuffle. This is, in fact, Lazarus Sin from Eugene, OR (hence the hippie-ish attire and overall image). Their self-issued debut, Intracranial Mass, which came out in 1988, is a cult progressive/thrash/power metal classic. It's even been reissued by the band, due to its underground notoriety and can be found here. I was living in Eugene when these guys were active and though they played shows, the Eugene scene didn't offer a lot of support. They were unjustly overlooked at the time and it's only in the last 20 years that people around the world have discovered what a solid band they were. I think at one point they changed their name to Lazarus and released a second album, but the debut (and get a load of that that cover below!) is the one to own.

And one more bonus pic from the same session as above.