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SOLDIER- Sheralee, c/w Force 7″ (Heavy Metal Records, UK, 1982)

“Sheralee” by Northampton’s SOLDIER has got to be one of greatest earworms of the NWOBHM. The chorus, the great voice of singer Gaz – and then the unexpected break in the middle of the song, weirdly turning the simple rocker into one serious Maiden-esque scorcher. The flipside, “Force” is noticeable too, a midtempo song with a clear pop appeal – before again, the song goes instrumental and becomes much darker, heavier. That’s a pretty original way of composing songs and one that had no success getting the lads a proper album deal.
After this 7″, SOLDIER released a demo tape (which I’ve never heard) and a so-so live cassette album, before calling it a day.


I couldn’t believe my eyes when I recently stumbled across this official video on youtube: