First of all we take a look at the five brandnew tracks at the bottom of this release. There we have “Take it easy”, an up paced heavy metal anthem that would make quite a few legendary 80s bands on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean go wild. Second in the row is “Twice shy, once bitten”, a mid paced stomping heavy rock fistbanger with a slightly classic rock approach, which is definitely fine with me and certainly with each fan of great hardrockin` heavy metal sounds. There are wonderful guitar leads allover this track, pushing your emotions to a simmering level. “Fight for your life” has a more mid paced verse and a slightly up paced, very melodic but heavy chorus line. Great classic 80s metal, no frills, just thrills. “Got me where you want me” and “Love addiction” can be found somewhere in between and are indeed a great proof that BLACK ROSE still know to write tunes that are catchy, anthemic and heavy at once. This was the “& more” part as indicated in the album title. Now for the early years part, which compiles an exiting mix of tunes from the first five years and therefore best releases this band has ever laid down. The complete first 7” with “No point running” as a mid paced anthem on side a and the raging and wild “Sucker for your love” on the flipside opens the dance and two rare compilation tracks, “Riding higher” from the megarare “Roxcalibur” compilation and “Knocked out”, which can be found on the “One take no dubs” four track compilation EP, are heating up the atmosphere even more. This stuff rawks so hard and pushes your blood temperature up. Three tracks from the 1983 “Black rose” EP, four mindblowers from their “Boys will be boys” album from 1984, the b side “Liar” of the classic “Boys will be boys” 7” and the title track of the “Nightmares” EP from 1985 built the rest of the journey back into the glory NWoBHM days and may certainly drive every fan of classic british heavy metal sounds wild. And since a physical CD release shall also please the eye, this anthology features a great booklet with all lyrics and tons of old photographs, which show the band at a peak. So, who would ask for more? A must have!
Sir Lord Doom