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Rapid Tears - 1984 Cry For Mercy [EP]

ARTIST: Rapid Tears
ALBUM: Cry For Mercy (EP)
LABEL: Indie
YEAR: 1984


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tossin' Turnin' * 02 Eye Of Rock * 03 Electric Shockwave * 04 Cry For Mercy

Canadian band from Toronto. These guys were definitely influenced by what was going on around them at the time. I guess Iron Maiden and Judas Priest would've given Rapid Tears ample inspiration. They do have a bit of melody for a metal band, and come off sounding more hard rock/metal rather than some of the aggressive styles of metal that would soon follow (e.g. Slayer, Voivod). The only other Canadian bands operating in a similar way at the time were the three-piece outfits Exciter, and the aforementioned Voivod, though admittedly, both were far more rabid (not rapid) than this lot.

The Songs
Visually, a couple of the guys even sported moustaches. Must've been back in the days when Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I) were popular huh? Musically, it's decent stuff for the era I guess. 'Tossin' Turnin' is melodic metal with the twin guitar attack, the stomping rhythm section and some high pitched vocals from Brian Frank. The aggressive riff attack continues on 'Eye Of Rock'. They certainly don't make heavy metal like they used to when listening to these guys. However, in saying that, 1982 was a long time ago. It starts out sounding like Riot then 'Electric Shockwave' ends up moving into Judas Priest territory. The vocals of Brian Frank take on a definite Rob Halford like stance. This track is excellent. The final and title track 'Cry For Mercy' takes on an Iron Maiden chug-a-lug direction, which ends up giving Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' a run for its money.

In Summary
All in all a promising EP for its time. The band had a full-blown album called 'Honesty' during 1982, and many years later, the two made it onto a single CD that is now as rare as hens teeth. A good metal band with an ear for melody, and given a decent producer could've been where Queensryche or Armored Saint ended up success wise.

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