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Voltz - 1982 Knight's Fall

ALBUM: Knight's Fall
LABEL: Airship Records
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2011, Private, VLZ 2342


LINEUP: Glen Leinster - vocals, guitars * Mark Fisher - guitars * Paul Hancock - bass * Gary Leinster - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 After Armageddon * 02 In A Dream * 03 Dorian Grey * 04 Badon Hill * 05 The Rose * 06 Red Eyes * 07 Years * 08 Knight's Fall

Another interesting release from the eclectic and collectible Airship label; a neat little British indie whose roster encompassed notable progressive acts Gemini and Protos as well as bevy of NWOBHM hopefuls including Hampshire's Voltz. Formed by brother's Glen and Gary Leinster in the waning months of 1979; Voltz got off to a slow start and it wasn't until 1981 after signing with Airship that their future looked a tad brighter. Their one and only long player 'Knight's Fall' sold well, bolstered by regular BBC play and gigs that included several shows with Grand Prix. Moving considerable units in Europe, the band signed to the French label Amidisque who quickly funded demos for a proposed second album as well as high profile showcases in Paris although for reasons that remain unclear, the label backed out of the deal leaving Voltz with no other option than to return to England where they eventually dissolved.

The Songs
'Knight's Fall' isn't the heads-down NWOBHM we've come to know and love. That's right, no punkish full-throttle aggressiveness anywhere to be found on this rather short, but quality set but it's really not missed. Instead the Voltz sound more often than not hearkens back to 'old school' Lucifer's Friend, Uriah Heep and Quartz although vocalist Glen Leinster has just enough of Dan McCafferty's raspy howl to put the mighty Nazareth in front of the line. Likeable, at times dark and dirgey; 'After Armageddon' opens the record with the same chilly ice-burn blues of 'In A Dream' while the up-tempo 'Dorian Grey' kicks it up a notch with galloping Tony Iommi riffs from guitarist Mark Fisher who provides just enough six-string wizardry to make it interesting especially on the meat in the sandwich threesome 'Badon Hill', 'The Rose' and 'Red Eyes' which all receive this reviewers resounding seal of approval. Yet rounding out with the lonely desolation of 'Years' and the proggy dungeons and dragons metal of the title track galvanizes the general opinion that was a helluva talented band with plenty of ideas and should have had a much higher profile.

In Summary
Released on CD with vastly different but impressive artwork, it's unfortunate the demos for the unreleased French album were not included as bonus tracks. Maybe that will happen in the future; who knows but as it stands 'Knight's Fall' is a worthy addition to any hard rock/ metal collection worth its salt.

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