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SWEET SAVAGE: The Band Metallica Tried To Sound Like

Unless you are familiar with the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s, then you probably have no clue about the band Sweet Savage.

Well, let me just get this out in the open and say that it’s quite obvious (to me) that Metallica frontman James Hetfield tried as hard as possible to mirror the vocal styling of Sweet Savage frontman Ray Haller (at least in the beginning). Metallica also  covered the Sweet Savage song ‘Killing Time’ as a b-side to “The Unforgiven” single.

Listen to this track from Sweet Savage called ‘Eye Of The Storm’ that appeared on the NWOBHM ’79 Revisited Double CD compilation  that was co-curated by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. If you weren’t told otherwise, you’d probably think it was early Metallica.


Side note: Sweet Savage also featured guitarist Vivian Campbell (Dio, Def Leppard) until 1983.

Friday Find: NIGHT DEMON

Well, it’s Friday (the 13th) and it’s time to bring you another Friday Find. Today’s find is Night Demon out of Ventura County, California. If you aren’t aware of these guys then you should definitely allow yourself the privilege. However, in order to truly appreciate this band for what they are, it helps to be familiar with the NWOBHM sound and the bands that were a part of it during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. If you are familiar with that genre, then Night Demon will sound like home to you. What’s great is that this is a brand new band, so there is actually a chance to see them live, as opposed to the vast majority of NWOBHM bands that just withered away. They are actually playing three shows with Diamond Head and Raven this coming October, you can get all those details here. But enough reading, it’s time to expose you to some music from this great band. You can check out the video for the song Night Demon below as well as stream their 4-song debut release. Enjoy!

Dates for DIAMOND HEAD and RAVEN US Tour Announced

It has been revealed that NWOBHM icons DIAMOND HEAD will be teaming up with fellow genre-mates RAVEN for a US tour. It is unclear as to whether these are all of the dates or if more are on the way, but if you get a chance to see them you definitely should. I mean c’mon…Metallica covered a bunch of their songs, though granted those songs were from an era with Sean Harris on vocals and not Nick Tart but that shouldn’t matter much because Nick does a pretty damn good job. Plus, this is a U.K. based band, which only recently played the states for the first time in 20 years! You might not get another chance people…just sayin’.

10/8 – Vancouver, Canada @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/9 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/10 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
10/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Malone’s
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
10/18 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/19 – Corona, CA @ M15 Concert Club
10/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
10/22 – Northglenn, CO @ Cheers
10/24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
10/25 – Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room

Two shows that I want to highlight in particular are the October 17th and 20th dates. Why do you ask? Because there is a band called Night Demon opening! This is a new band with that same NWOBHM sound. If you didn’t know who they were, you’d think they were around when Paul Di’Anno was singing for Iron Maiden. But alas, these guys are fresh out of Ventura County, Ca and could possibly be the ones to carry that NWOBHM torch (even though they’re American). You will most likely be hearing more about them from me in the future, I really dig these guys! Haven’t had a chance to see them live yet, hopefully I will be able to fix that in October.