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V/A SCENE OF THE CRIME- Compilation LP (Suspect Records, UK, 1981)

I’ve been meaning to post this for a long, long time. SCENE OF THE CRIME is not only a superb collection of five of the NWOBHM smaller names, it also comes in one of my most beloved covers. A headbanger demonstrating why Metal fans often refer to the guitar as “axe”. Wonderful! And another example to prove the PMAM (“Punk-Metal-Antagonism-Myth”), by the way (emphasize the word “myth” here).

If you’re a fan of the genre (and I mean, seriously, how could you not be?), this should knock you off your feet. The standout recordings come from SAVAGE who were approaching to what was soon to become Speed or Thrash Metal with their aggressive guitar sound and relentless riffing. Dungeons & Dragons Metal comes from SPARTA and from TYRANT, whose two sonsg are so extremely good and make one wish to hear more from the lads (Pagan Altar comes to mind). PANZA DIVISION (named after the Budgie song?) have two songs, “Blitz” is pretty towel-around-the-neckish, but “The Day Delta 4 played Mars” destroys! MANITOU’s self titled song has Led Zeppelin’ish qualities (of sorts), while “Overlord” is a rocker.
One of my fave NWOBHM compilations, first heard on a cassette tape that came from Tom Warrior and was given to a mutual friend.

Download the entire, bombasticalfantastical SCENE OF THE CRIME compilation here. (.zip file)

11 Comments

  1. Pär Arvidsson

    This looks very cool. Savage are great, I only gave Saparta a spin earlier and I don´t remeber how it sounded and the other ones a new to me. I only know the US Tyrant but they were queit good.

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    Posted on 15-Sep-10 at 18:30 | Permalink
  2. nikolas

    awesome!!!! every single song drives me tears of joy.

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    Posted on 15-Sep-10 at 20:07 | Permalink
  3. Dave G

    Yeah Savage kicked ass. Metallica covered “Let It Loose”. I have the Metallica version on my blog.

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    Posted on 15-Sep-10 at 22:15 | Permalink
  4. howardx

    have to disagree, rush “caress of steel” is dungeons and dragons metal at its best, that pagan altar is weak, very weak.

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    Posted on 15-Sep-10 at 23:44 | Permalink
  5. elliott

    damn erich. i’ve been wanting to hear this in your rip quality. i’d heard this (or at least part of it) on a tape but not as good as your rip. already have the savage songs but can’t wait to download this.

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    Posted on 16-Sep-10 at 03:18 | Permalink
  6. jazz

    veerrryy good songs by savage and tyrant. the rest is so so …….

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    Posted on 16-Sep-10 at 14:17 | Permalink
  7. ian

    The cover art & insert says it all about the punk influences – this could have been any punk or hardcore compilation back in the day. Can’t say the music does much for me as I ain’t a metal fan – but I’m intrigued by yr ‘towel around the neck’ metal sub-genre & comment – is this the parallel of the early 80’s Iron Maiden type look of tight black jeans & white basketball boots – the ‘athletic metal’ look? More info needed!

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    Admin Reply:

    Actually, it all occured to me when I posted this fine little platter and saw the backside centerphoto. In one moment, I understood:

    http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2010/04/18/metal-mirror-rock-anroll-aint-never-gonna-leave-us-cw-english-booze-7-mm-records-uk-1980/

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    ian Reply:

    Ha! Now I get it – very nice stuff indeed…’laundry metal’! Btw are you finding the new Franzen novel as amazing as I am? I just read that bit about Bad Brains & Ian McKaye last night – he is obviously from a punkish past – gives big props to Television in one of his earlier novels (Strong Motion)…also mentions the Minutemen in ‘The Corrections’. ‘Freedom’ is bloody incredible – I need me one of those (non-existent) Traumatics LPs!

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    Posted on 17-Sep-10 at 01:00 | Permalink
  8. ha, ha, yes the ‘athletic metal’ look, with little simetrical slits cut up and down the sides of your favorite Def Leppard shirt.

    Not what I was looking for as far as your next post, but I’ll be damned if you aren’t slowly turning me into a NWOBHM fan (30 years too late). Every band had something good to offer some a little harder than others. Actually really dug the Manitou stuff

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    Admin Reply:

    It’s never too late 🙂 I mean, I just don’t see how somebody more or less our age and into Punk and related music could not adore at least some of the NWOBHM’s sounds.

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    Posted on 17-Sep-10 at 19:58 | Permalink
  9. What's the Truth?

    Fantastic comp. The Sparta track was a real standout for me. A little more epic than their 7″ stuff. The cover art of course is wonderful, though I think New Electric Warriors takes the crown there. I’d love to get a large poster or a tee shirt with that image on it, but I don’t know if either is really possible…

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    Posted on 19-Sep-10 at 05:37 | Permalink
  10. Clinton Chapman

    This is exciting-I’m eager to listen to this gem. It’s taken me years to enjoy the pleasures of metal, but I’ve come around-in a big way. Thanks.
    That said, I’m listen to my Belching Penguin LP while visiting my Parent’s house in Sydney.

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    Posted on 19-Sep-10 at 06:16 | Permalink
  11. DFJ

    anyone have the tyrant (NLD) 83 demo in mp3 form?

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    Posted on 11-Oct-10 at 07:21 | Permalink

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