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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)