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Snow (USA) - 1980 Snow

LABEL: Sass Records
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Doug Ellison - vocals * Carlos Cavazo - guitars * Tony Cavazo - bass * Stephen Quadros - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crack The Whip * 02 No Way To Treat A Lady * 03 Hell No * 04 Don't Want Anymore * 05 Bad Generation

Snow were a fantastic raw, and hard rockin' band out of L.A during the early eighties. So hot were they, that you had to wonder at the idiocy of the band name, considering the helter-skelter-swelter of the L.A scene at the time. Snow were right at the infancy of that scene which would take off in a year or two's time.. and be known as the NWLAHM. The scene was near on incestuous, with many band members having played in different bands at different times, and as the metal scene was so new and raw, not many top labels were willing to take a punt on these up and coming Los Angeles bands. So to Snow, who released this 5 track EP on 10' vinyl on the independent Sass Records label.

The Songs
The band contained the Cavazo brothers Carlos and Tony, plus acclaimed actor, fight choreographer and of course drummer - Stephen Quadros. I first heard these tracks in 1981, and they made an immediate impact on me. Firebrand tracks such as 'Crack The Whip' and 'Don't Want Anymore' set the stage, the OTT vocal howls by Doug Ellison sending this pair over the edge. 'No Way To Treat A Lady' is a smouldering bar-room rocker, with the flanger effects of Cavazo's guitar rig set to max.

In Summary
For years this EP was high on the wants list of many, and still stands as a testament to the birth of the NWLAHM, though the band itself did not last any great length of time. Carlos Cavazo later joined Quiet Riot, where Kevin Dubrow attempted to reform the band, some callously suggesting he was trying to cash in on the unfortunate death of ex QR guitarist Randy Rhoads. Tony Cavazo found success with Hurricane while Quadros moved into the TV/Movie circuit whilst still finding time to play drums on occasion.

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#1 | Jokerdean on August 04 2006 20:21:29
Wow..I'd love to hear this...
#2 | gdazegod on August 05 2006 01:40:34
Perhaps it might make it to our Featured Album of the Week? Who knows..
#3 | Jokerdean on January 10 2008 18:24:46
Okay I have heard this...Pretty good stuff for the time...some good ideas and nicely played...pretty raw but not that bad..
a nice look into pre-Quiet Riot (80's) stuff...
#4 | reyno-roxx on May 17 2008 11:59:10
This was the best thing since sliced bread when it came out. Much better than the (I thought at the time) overrated Motley Crue who appeared a year later.
And how prophetic are the lyrics to 'Bad Generation' now ('we're comin' your way') when you think about the youth crime currently blighting many countries, but especially the UK?
I still love this EP. I paid what seemed like a fortune for mine (£25) at the time and long since got it on a 'fan club' CD.
Worth tracking down are live tracks and demo material.
#5 | gdazegod on August 20 2016 21:52:15
Escape Music are officially releasing the live tracks on their label. Mid-late 2016 I've been told.
#6 | reyno-roxx on August 21 2016 08:59:59
Excited by this if the material is from any of the shows I have heard over the years from Snow at their peak
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