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Glory Bells Band - 1982 Dressed In Black



ARTIST: Glory Bells Band
ALBUM: Dressed In Black
LABEL: SOS
SERIAL: SOSLP-068
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Glory North - vocals * Miguel Santana, Marks Anderson, Franco Santunione - guitars * Bo Andersson - bass * Peter Udd - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dressed In Black * 02 Guest Working Man * 03 I'm The Captain * 04 Sir Lionheart * 05 Firestorm * 06 Flying Dutchman * 07 Ciyt In My Soul * 08 This Is Freedom * 09 Old Viking Man * 10 Military Toys


Background
Heralded by some quarters of the metal fraternity are this Swedish heavy metal act who released a pair of albums to mild acclaim in the early part of the 80's. Attempting to find information on the bands beginnings turned up almost zero results, but several of the band would later go on to play with the likes of Yngwie J Malmsteen and The Electric Boys long after Glory Bells stopped chiming. This is as basic and traditional as metal could get for the era and despite being feted as a lost classic one listen indicates this isn't quite true, although it rates with previously reviewed third division Euro metal like Oz, Witchcross and Battleaxe for undoubted enthusiasm and energy. The comparisons with Raven and Accept are unwarranted however, the gulf in production and class the exact reason why the band never made the grade.


The Songs
There are some real belters included, namely 'City In My Soul', a driving slice of infectious boogie that has Saxon all over it, with an obvious dash of 'Killers' era Iron Maiden. The main stumbling block are North's vocals that like so many others lack the grasp of proper English, with the notion he fancies himself as Robert Plant! The Accept factor is due to North's wretched Udo impersonation on 'This Is Freedom', a clear attempt to match such Accept epics like 'Breaking Up Again' (which of course Peter Baltes sang on). The title track is a worthy opening, surging riffs the strong point, with Judas Priest guitar breakdowns dominating. 'Guest Working Man' gets a piece of AC/DC into the midst of the other five hundred attempts at copyism. 'Sir Lionheart' pays homage to Black Sabbath circa 1971, making it clear Glory Bells are at a loss for a true image themselves. Luckily they put enough effort forth that it remains listenable, the guitar trio their ace in the pack. 'Firestone' isn't a tribute to a brand of tires surely, but another foray into well worn (excuse the pun!) galloping rifforama, as is 'Flying Dutchman', stifingly predictable Euro metal with little to separate it from a plethora of other bands hot on their heels in 1982.


In Summary
Hardly one to make a pilgrimage for, but it shows itself to be good enough for a spin or two, simply to play 'spot the ripoff/influence'. It's hard to agree with one reviewer who described this as 'amazing', let's not fool ourselves here lads! What that would make Saxon or Iron Maiden then is beyond compare. Upon the bands dissolution following 84's 'Century Rendezvous' North created the splendidly titled Glory North who failed to release anything, before renaming the band simply North. Udd was the man lucky enough to back up Yngwie J Malmsteen on sticks While Santunione became a member of once touted funk metal merchants The Electric Boys. On reflection, perhaps Glory Bells are a victim of hype, an album you're glad to hunt down but content with a single listen before calling it a day.


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