Saturday, September 6, 2008
SOLDIER 7" ep (1982)
Soldier were another of the the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands that was plowing through Britain with little or no popularity in the early 1980s. I'd guess it was partially do to the drummer was the singer, that was sort of a no no for metal bands at least(unless you were Exciter). They were on Heavy Metal records with the likes of Holocaust, Witchfinder General, etc. When I think of Soldier I think of bands like Sabbath, Kiss, Holocaust, Crucifixtion, etc. The song "Sheralee" has that "paranoid" riff that just makes you think, fuck yeah, Sabbath. There are some awesome double leads going on here that remind me of "number of the beast" era Maiden mixed with the hard rocking sound of say Riot.
This stuff is pretty mellow for the most part, Not really one for the punks, though the cover looks kinda punk.
As a kid growing up in the metal scene, I didn't really savior these singles like I should have. I looked at them as pretty disposable ways of deciding if I should search out the bands full length. Many of these records ended up as frisbees, ash trays, and weapons to throw at family members. Luckily this one survives. Below is a postcard that came with the ep.