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STRATEGY- Technical Overflow, b/w Astral Planes (Ebony, UK, 1982)

strategy_astrategy_bThe recent debate in our beloved comments section about “the best NWOBHM album” keeps on setting the direction. To tell the truth, I was pulling your legs a bit – how could a man of taste (I’m sorry to say, but I’ve given up hope to ever meet a woman who’d be equally into music of sorts) really believe in such a funny thing as a “best” record, as if taste wouldn’t change in short and long perspective and as if thousands of records were so easily to be set in a hierarchical order.

The 7″ we have is definitely not the best of any sorts. But it’s most likely one you have not heard before as it seems to be totally obscured. Although Ebony Records was one of the most profiled labels of the genre, not all of the band on its rooster made themselves a name. STRATEGY seems to the least known of them and indeed this 7″ does not turn up too often, be it because the press run was so low or be it because nobody really likes it. I must admit, that after a couple of months of owing this (this was a gift for the blog; thanks Dave!), I still don’t know what to think of these two songs. The NWOBHM was a pretty diverse musical movement, often refered to as “the thinking man’s Punk” (haha, okay, nobody but me refers to it as such). Most NWOBHM bands are dug by Punkists because they sound a bit Punky. That is not the case here, although the cheap production and the out-in-spaceness in a way make this feel Punk for a 1982 record. I mean, honestly: Two instrumental songs with a fake live intro, wobbling and dobbling around in two very oddly composed songs – who would buy such a record? Honestly. STRATEGY sound more like a drunk prog rock band. Now that I found this label for it, I realize that I like this 7″. Your turn now.

Technical Overflow.mp3
Astral Planes.mp3

PS: Astral Planes totally rules after a few listens. Fuck, this is a great NWOBHM (and nothing but a NWOBHM!) record. And both the drummer and the drum sound – so sweeeeeeet!


  1. Markus

    I don’t believe this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just yesterday I was thinking “gosh I really wonder what this strategy 7″ on ebony sounds like, it’s nowhere in the blog world” – and now look at this!!!!!!!!!


    Posted on 10-Jan-09 at 10:21 | Permalink
  2. That’s no coincidence, Markus. I just scanned your brain waves. How do you like it then?


    Posted on 10-Jan-09 at 10:26 | Permalink
  3. Technical Overflow pisses of guys like me so that means it rules in some way. Astral Plane is up my alley. I like prog rock and though it’s not up there with biggies like Rush, Yes, U.K. etc it has this underground charm. Cool.


    Posted on 10-Jan-09 at 11:03 | Permalink
  4. Jay Thurston

    A side gave me a serious urge to poop. The B side however…is really good!!! Thanks


    Posted on 10-Jan-09 at 12:29 | Permalink
  5. behjan

    the idea of the “best” NWOBHM sounds cool
    how do you think of that old band named BROCAS HELM and their 1984 LP called “Into The Battle”?They were from
    San Francisco, while not the “BEST”, I find it still an interesting record. But ask 10x people and at least half of them will put ANGELWITCH on the NWOBHM-
    throne,won´t they…?!
    BTW Erich,do you have these mid-1980s “Battlefield” mag’s from Denmark ?


    Posted on 10-Jan-09 at 20:55 | Permalink
  6. Hmm, this sounds like the songs isn´t finished without vocals. No this wasn´t good at all. Will give it a few spins more though.


    Posted on 11-Jan-09 at 00:40 | Permalink
  7. Ha Ha ha! What a great karaokerecord!
    When the pipe has gone the entire round we can all sing and play flutes along with this great band.


    Posted on 11-Jan-09 at 04:08 | Permalink
  8. Behjan: The first Brocas Helm LP is indeed wonderful! Wish I hadn’t sold it.

    Senap: Haha, thanks for this.


    Posted on 11-Jan-09 at 04:40 | Permalink
  9. elliott

    ok i was afraid this would be boring shit. man was i wrong. i love the guitar sound on this one. and great guitar work. thanks for this. it’s a really good record. i really like it. who needs singers anyway haha.


    Posted on 12-May-10 at 04:25 | Permalink
  10. LongHairedAsshole

    Hm, about the whole thing of Pentagram being doom metal pioneers, well, maybe not Pentagram, but their side-project Bedemon from 1972-78 is certainly doom metal.


    Posted on 25-Feb-11 at 07:16 | Permalink
  11. LongHairedAsshole

    Oh shit, I meant to put this comment on the Pentagram post…


    Posted on 25-Feb-11 at 07:16 | Permalink

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