Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

reyno-roxx
20-11-2017 22:15
Anyone have a rip of the Daddy Warbucks album on Tiger Lily from 76 please?

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1980 Articles » Samson - 1980 Head On
 
Samson - 1980 Head On



ARTIST: Samson
ALBUM: Head On
LABEL: Gem
SERIAL: GEMLP 108
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1990, Grand Slamm, SLAMCD16 * 1991 Repertoire, REP 4037-WZ * 2000, Air Raid (UK), AIRCD 9

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bruce Bruce - vocals * Paul Samson - guitars * Chris Aylmer - bass * Thunderstick - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hard Times * 02 Take It Like A Man * 03 Vice Versa * 04 Manwatcher * 05 Too Close Too Rock * 06 Thunderburst * 07 Hammerhead * 08 Hunted * 09 Take Me To Your Leader * 10 Walking Out On You

WEBLINKS: www.paulsamson.co.uk


Background
Samson's second album was a marked improvement over the debut and a NWOBHM classic that got lost in the shuffle with Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon etc. Bruce Bruce (aka Dickinson) was now lead vocalist proper, bringing with him the most sought after vocals of the whole movement. Musically the sound was more metal, a departure from the sometimes experimental hard rock of the debut. The band was still at the forefront of the scene in 1980, resulting in a top 40 chart placing for 'Head On'. In terms of notoriety they were peaking, with masked drummer Thunderstick indulging in bizzare behaviour on and off stage, capable of only making animal noises according to Dickinson. His likeness made for one of the all time classic album covers though: the masked hardman wielding a gullotine in menacing fashion.


The Songs
'Hard Times' is a classic opener, brazen riffs from Samson and Dickinson's distinctive warble a great pairing. Thunderstick was a great drummer for all his excess, and annihilates his kit for this and most of the album. There's no let up with 'Take It Like A Man', which demonstates Samson's ability to keep it heavy while stamping melody down also. It's an acquired touch that usually only the great's can do. Nothing even remotely AOR here. 'Vice Versa' has a 70's atmosphere, not unlike what Thin Lizzy sounded like during their 'Chinatown' period, with some unsettling riffs and overall vibe. 'Manwatcher' is more advanced than most British bands in 1980, state of the art riffs and clean production with another accessible chorus. High gear is reached with the explosive 'Too Close To Rock' which posesses an insanely fast passage mid song, a forerunner to thrash. The true sound of British heavy metal. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden, bass) co- wrote the instrumental 'Thunderburst' with Samson, essentially an early 'Ides Of March', that later showed up on Iron Maiden's 'Killers'. The melody is the same, amazing this has been forgotten. Same goes for the pivotal 'Hammerhead' and 'Take Me To Your Leader, both breathless energetic metal. A more sinister, slower tone is reserved for 'Hunted' and 'Walking Out On You', the latter the final track of a timeless album.


In Summary
While a certain amount of acclaim has always been reserved for 'Head On', it's never been on the level of Iron Maiden or Saxon. Whether Paul Samson's untimely death during August 2002 will bring it a greater level of recogniton remains to be seen. But through Dickinson's stints with Iron Maiden, there has always been an interest in his work with Samson, and his vocal's were impressive from the start. Not to be forgotten either was Paul Samson's fiery playing, fast or subdued. 81's 'Shock Tactics' was equally as powerful, but once Dickinson left, Samson were left behind in the NWOBHM rush. Time has not diminished 'Head On's impact and stands as a testament to Paul Samson's legacy.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Samson 
 
Comments
#1 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:30:19
Along with Saxon's mighty 'Wheels Of Steel' & Maiden's 'Number Of The Beast' one of the standout albums of the NWOBHM. Unfortunately, this was criminally overlooked for the most part as most people got stuck on Saxon, Maiden and an up and coming Def Leppard. A real shame as this album has songs to match the best of those bands and then some. Powerful, yet very melodic in places, this is one hell of an album that EVERY metal fan worth his/her salt should have in their collection!
#2 | sabace on December 25 2007 19:58:27
featuring the talent of bruce bruce who in my opinion ruined the magic of early maiden .
#3 | gdazegod on December 25 2007 21:07:03
Ah you crack me up John! lol clap
#4 | sabace on December 25 2007 22:25:07
YOU ARE WELCOME GDAZEGOD & THANKS AGAIN FOR DOWNLOAD!
#5 | vinyldinosaurus on February 14 2008 14:30:49
Bruce sounds more like Ian Gillan than Bruce on this one!
#6 | george_the_jack on July 06 2008 15:14:49
Lol! Dickinson joined Maiden to ruin them! No comments...As for the album and Samson in general? Very average band that no one would remember today, if Bruce wasn't a member at that time...
#7 | sabace on December 08 2009 14:44:18
vice versa is a great track, to be fair!
#8 | reyno-roxx on February 27 2013 19:09:31
Lemon are reissuing this album shortly with bonus tracks.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 100% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
American Suitcase - 2000 Bluefoot, Line Of Fire - 2005 Line Of Fire, Puzzle - 1974 Second Album, Novak - 2005 Forever Endeavor, Monro - 1987 Monro, Streek - 1981 Streek, Carswell, Neil - 2009 Keep You Guessing, Chasing Violets - 2013 Jade Hearts, Rapid Tears - 1982 Honestly, Quiet Riot - 2014 10, Wolfpakk - 2017 Wolves Reign, Deep Purple - 1993 The Battle Rages On, Waterloo - 1970 First Battle, Nielsen Pearson Band - 1978 Nielsen Pearson Band, Nexx - 2003 Interview with Fran Rodriguez
Tags©
April Wine Saxon Cold Chisel Supreme Majesty Shoot Crossfade Pablo Cruise Eyes (#1) Robby Valentine Ruby Faith Bente Smaavik Singles Bob Carlisle Billy Steinberg Billy Thermal Cooper And Ross Asia Split Enz Taxxi On-Off Monro Nightrider One Desire The Feeling Rhythm House Metallica Steve Porcaro Toto Iron City Houserockers Petra Craig Fuller Eric Kaz Dreamtale Cheryl Dilcher Best Of 2009
All Tags
Search DDG