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Rapid Tears - 1982 Honestly



ARTIST: Rapid Tears
ALBUM: Honestly
LABEL: Chameleon
SERIAL: CR-575
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Brian Frank - vocals * Clayton Bonin - guitar * Mike Miller - guitar * Jon Wein - bass * Rick Nemes - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Survival * 02 Headbang * 03 Eliminator * 04 Actress Of Passion * 05 Variations 05 Variations * 06 Operation Airlift * 07 Wonderland * 08 Down On You * 09 Tomorrow * 10 Here To Heaven * 11 Keep Runnin'


Background
From the wasteland of early 80's heavy metal rejects comes Canada's Rapid Tears, and I say rejects only because of the albums cover photo featuring the band, four of whom are adorned in the classic black leather image while one standout member is decked out in white - looking poised instead to break out as a solo AOR star! There isn't much out there concerning the history of Rapid Tears (their 1984 EP reviewed here also), but they are one of the heaviest basic metal acts to surely come out of that region for the time, alongside Anvil naturally. That however doesn't automatically translate into success, and it took five years for the band to record the debut, having formed as far back as 1977. Clearly this is a nod to the NWOBHM, with minimal results, as it partially distinguishes itself from so many other similar metal pretenders littering the landscape in 1982.


The Songs
There's little wrong with 'Survival', a short two minute opener that shows these guys weren't afraid of playing fast, with an alarmingly crude production that gives it a dose of credibility and proves these guys had studied their British counterparts well. 'Headbang' is an anthem as you would expect, with the humorous line 'we don't need no sissy punk', and this is as authentic metal as you could hope for. Some of the riffing predates the oncoming thrash movement, especially during 'Eliminator'. There is a massive Mercyful Fate inspiration to 'Down On You', but it's difficult to say who was copying who, just listen to the melody lines halfway in and tell me that isn't King Diamond. Commercialism wasn't out of the question, cue 'Keep Runnin', which is hard rock influenced, the chugging riffs a highlight. 'Tomorrow' is the obligatory epic, the NWOBHM in it's pomp and glory, but 'Operation Airlift' comes off like Mad Max or other relics like Maltese Falcon, with the guitar work raising them a notch above.


In Summary
Far from poor and it sounds like the band improved based on the previously reviewed EP 'Cry For Mercy' which unfortunately was to be the last offering from Rapid Tears. Several members went on to other bands, with Miller and Nemes forming the short lived Castle Of Pain, Nemes also playing with Infernal Majesty. A good shot of old fashioned metal are both releases however, if sadly destined for nothing more than obscurity. Some of today's bands could do better than digging these up and listening to what real metal used to represent, because what they're playing certainly isn't it.


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