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PERSIAN RISK- Calling for you 7″ (SRTS, UK, 1981)

There was a time when nobody doubted that PERSIAN RISK would be the next big name in what was then simply called Heavy Metal. The first single, featured here, sounded highly energetic and the title song’s memorable chorus would stick in your head forever in the long winter of 1981/82. My local record shop carried a very limited amount of this 7″, but I didn’t manage to get myself a copy. Money was short being a professional teenager and you always had choose carefully what you’d buy and whatnot. Nobody would have dreamed of the technical possibilities of today, when friendly folks like myself all over the planet would make even the most obscure record accessible in no time (ps: don’t let this happen!). One had to fully rely on other friendly folks and cassette tapes. In my case, said record shop would tape new and old releases for you for a small, rather symbolic fee and that’s how in the end, I ended up having at least on cassette what I couldn’t afford, like PERSIAN RISK’s first single, which today is worth quite a bit of money.
The a-side will forever be my favorite track by the lads from Cardiff (although on the following 7″ and the 12″ after that, they adapted a heavier sound): “Calling for you” is one of the NWOBHM’s most defining moments still and maybe even more now than ever before. “chasing the Dragon” misses these qualities a bit, but still is a more than decent song.
What a breath of fresh air bands like this were, after a decade of rock dinosaurs that got big and bigger, songs that got long and longer and the whole ridiculous stardom crap that followed with it. Much like in the Punk movement, you’ve had bands play at eye level in the NWOBHM. Bands that were often self producing records, playing small venues, all in a quick rush of sweat and adrenaline.
Of course, all of them hoped to be the next big thing, like Iron Maiden and Saxon etc. who started to make a living of their music and gained fame throughout the world, but that didn’t seem so wrong when you came from a working class background yourself and had first handedly experienced the frequently invoked “dignity of labor” in your local sweatshops or being at the mercy of the often sadistic despotism of the unemployment office’s officials.

Naivety, spontaneity – all against the odds is what to me makes these bands be so highly enjoyable now (and maybe more than they ever were). On the contrary, we now witness an endless stream of dreadful reanimations of long buried corpses that all of a sudden smell funnier than they ever did before. Like it is the case with the reformed HELL (check out the new video here – if this doesn’t leave you deeply ashamed for a couple of minutes at least, you deserve no better).

Calling for you.mp3
Chase the Dragon.mp3

11 Comments

  1. Dan

    Thanks for the Persian Risk! I love this band despite having only listened to a couple songs before.

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    Posted on 10-Apr-11 at 18:33 | Permalink
  2. henri

    man …………that hell video. this is too much. and on nucular blast a label run by a born again christian. fuck!

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    Posted on 10-Apr-11 at 18:41 | Permalink
  3. tony

    damn, that a-side is fantastic…no wonder this 7″ is so sought-after…thanks for the rip!

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    Posted on 11-Apr-11 at 05:51 | Permalink
  4. Jochen

    That Hell video is truly disturbing me: Did the band members really think that they would come across as the scary, badass wizards of the flame? Isn’t that what friends are for? – Talking you out of bad ideas?

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    Admin Reply:

    In that case, these blokes would be pretty friendless.

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    Posted on 11-Apr-11 at 19:48 | Permalink
  5. PS: “badass wizards of the flame”: quote of the day, hahaha.

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    Posted on 11-Apr-11 at 19:55 | Permalink
  6. Thomas

    not exactly sure if marcus is born-again christian, he seemed pretty christian to me when i first got to know him in the mid-eighties. but that’s besides the point: persian risk rock. never heard the first 7″ before, so i’ll save that for bed time, but i generally like the second one and the track on “heavy metal heroes 2″. and funny thing: never in my life would i have thought that wonderful video with the guys from my local supermarket in halloween costumes is the same HELL as… HELL. fuck my ass! that makes it even sadder. hell sure is a very bad place to be. sign me up for heaven right now. which makes me a born again christian right then and there. marcus’ mission is accomplished. see?

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    Admin Reply:

    Isn’t it weird how such rare and (I admit) very dated sounding records get no comments compared to the bigger names?

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    Posted on 12-Apr-11 at 20:30 | Permalink
  7. Nikolas

    Reminds me of early maiden playing a more later maiden record… you can hear the right riffs in there (maiden used the too later on!!!……)
    In the singer you can hear the manowar too….
    I think this record is absolutely fantastic…
    Lucky are they who never heard this before……..
    Just like me and it’s a shame…..
    THANKS ERIC for sharing this with us…

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    Posted on 18-Apr-11 at 14:19 | Permalink
  8. howardx

    “experienced the frequently invoked “dignity of labor” in your local sweatshops”

    hahaha nice!

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    Posted on 18-Apr-11 at 16:25 | Permalink
  9. Tony

    has anybody else had problems with calling for you Itunes doesnt like it for some reason tried downloading it twice

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    Posted on 09-May-11 at 03:26 | Permalink
  10. dave starry

    First time I’d heard this — great NWOBHM single. I may be mistaken, but the vocal on “Chase the Dragon” sounds suspiciously like Jon Deverill.

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    Mike Reply:

    That is DEFINITELY Jon Deverill singing on the second song, I’d heard he sang with these guys before joining Tygers, didn’t realize that he’d ever actually recorded anything with them. It’s pretty obvious why they hired Carl after he left – they sound so similar it’s scary.

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    Posted on 21-Jul-11 at 22:28 | Permalink
  11. come on, give hell a chance. and also out of the famous metal labels of today, i prefer nuclear blast(better than metal blade & roadrunner IMO). anyways the singer does kinda look creepy(he looks like a freak! but that IS the point!)

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    Posted on 15-Sep-11 at 05:40 | Permalink

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