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ARTIST: Marshall Law
ALBUM: Marshall Law
LABEL: Heavy Metal
SERIAL: HMR XD 138
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Andy Pyke - vocals * Dave Martin - guitars * Andy Southwell - guitars * Malcom Gould - bass * Mick Donovan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Armageddon * 02 Under The Hammer * 03 Rock The Nation * 04 Marshall Law * 05 Hearts And Thunder * 06 Screaming * 07 We're Hot * 08 Feel It * 09 System X * 10 Future Shock * 11 When Will It End


Background
Long overdue for recognition are this long standing English traditional metal act who have been on the scene for two decades now with no signs of abandoning their quest in pursuit of metallic perfection. The Birmingham founded band obviously had one foot step based in the Judas Priest direction of heavy metal judging from this onslaught, only this is superior to 'Ram It Down'. The band went through a host of lineups before the debut was recorded, and this lineup didn't last long either. There had been a 1988 demo 'Future Shock' preceding the debut, but this powerful exercise in heavy metal is one of the best albums to come out of the tepid English scene of the late 80's.


The Songs
A quick scan of the titles is perhaps all you need to get an idea of what to expect here. 'Under The Hammer', 'Hearts And Thunder', 'Rock The Nation', 'We're Hot.......' it doesn't get any more clearer than that. Surging, fast paced metal with a twin guitar attack on overdrive is the story here. I've often seen Marshall Law described as power metal, but this is HEAVY metal, make no mistake. Melody is in high quantity, 'Under The Hammer' a good representation of the bands output, speed of light riffs with an anthemic hook and some superb vocals from Pyke. 'Feel It' has a touch of Leatherwolf about it, commercially minded and sadly 'System X' runs short on excitement, but it's the lone example. I prefer the faster tracks like 'We're Hot' and blatant anthems like 'Screaming'. Simply put this is a metal fans dream.


In Summary
It has been a rough road for Marshall Law over the years but they are still around and poised to release their latest album 'Razorhead' soon, a clip of which is available on their MySpace page, and well worth a listen. Although a clear Priest copy, it's as heavy as metal gets in 2008. Good to see the band has stuck to their roots and not given in to all the hopeless trends that have ruined many a metal act since 1991! Southwell left the band in 2006 which was a setback, but has since been replaced by Dave Rothan, with Pyke and Martin still at the helm.


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