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Savage - 1983 Loose N Lethal

ARTIST: Savage
ALBUM: Loose N Lethal
LABEL: Ebony
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1997, Neat (UK), NM017 * 2001, Metal Blade (USA), 3984-14317-2 * 2008, Krescendo Records, KRECD22


LINEUP: Chris Bradley - vocals, bass * Andy Dawson - guitars * Wayne Renshaw - guitars * Mark Brown - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let It Loose * 02 Cry Wolf * 03 Berlin * 04 Dirty Money * 05 Ain't No Fit Place * 06 On The Rocks * 07 The China Run * 08 White Hot * 09 No Cause To Kill * 10 The Devil Take You * 11 Back On The Road


From the early eighties NWOBHM movement, come British metallers Savage, who left us with a heavy reminder of their abilities with this raw but extremely palatable slab of guitar fuelled metal. From the same camp as Raven and Chateaux, these guys power up with two guitarists leading the way, making for some OTT riffing at times. Originating from Mansfield in the UK, the bands origins go right back to 1976, with mainstay Chris Bradley holding the fort all the way through. A few line-up changes along the way saw them settle with the above named lineup. The band had their material released on some promo albums, before Ebony Records cut a 2-track single in 1982, then going all out in 1983 with their debut 'Loose 'N' Lethal'. the album has been described by many critics as one of the all-time pioneering British metal albums ever. Even the mighty Metallica took some influence from this band, playing some of their tracks, and also working alongside Savage when they came to play Britain in 1984.

The Songs
Of the songs, the band take no prisoners on the opener 'Let It Loose', featuring cutting guitars and a rhythm attack set to stun. Apparently Metallica have also played a version of this song too. 'Cry Wolf' plugs away, topped by some nice Eddie VH type tapping before the all-destroying solo sets in. More chainsaw inducing guitar antics on 'Berlin', a song of which the lyrics pre-date the fall of the Berlin Wall by about six years. 'Dirty Money' is full-on gung-ho metal, with very little in the way of a musical interlude for a break in precedings. Breathless stuff. 'Ain't No Fit Place' starts out with an acoustic guitar piece, very melodic, but the after-burners are turned on at the one minute mark, and it's back onto the metal highway in Savage style. Surely 'The China Run' must be classic era Thin Lizzy? - even the lyrics are Phil Lynott endorsed! lol. The album ends with 'White Hot', the guitars scorching hot and raw, as the name implies.

In Summary
Despite appearances at top-line European festivals and reasonable sales of this album through the Import racks, the band couldn't break out of the minor-league they found themselves in. Unfortunately Ebony Records did not have enough clout to drive home the marketing advantage after all the rave reviews. The band unfortunately departed for Zebra Records, and their subsequent 1985 release 'Hyperactive'. They folded not long after that, but Bradley has since resurrected the band on several occasions during the 1990's. However, for a piece of British metal as it was best heard, dine out on this album.

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