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Gaskin - 1981 End Of The World

ARTIST: Gaskin
ALBUM: End Of The World
LABEL: Rondolet
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1992, Pony Canyon (Japan), PCCY-00376 * 2011, Krescendo, KRECD58


LINEUP: Paul Gaskin - vocals, guitars, synthesizers * Stef Prokopczuk - bass * Dave Norman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sweet Dream Maker * 02 Victims Of The City * 03 Despiser * 04 Burning Alive * 05 The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended * 06 End Of The World * 07 On My Way * 08 Lonely Man * 09 I'm No Fool * 10 Handful Of Reasons

In keeping with my theme on 1981 releases, I now add in British trio Gaskin, led by the erstwhile founder and namesake Paul Gaskin. This outfit were well entrenched in the NWOBM scene, and their debut album released on Rondolet Records (stablemates including Witchfynde) is a pretty good melodic affair, in the vein of Tokyo Blade, Praying Mantis and Samson. The band came from Scunthorpe, and formed in 1980 at the supposed height of the NWOBM. Originally a trio, Gaskin recorded a demo that year. The following year saw the release of a single, alongside gigs with Girlschool and Wishbone Ash. Their first album 'End Of The World' soon followed.

The Songs
All of the material is damn good; that is if you look at it more from a melodic rock perspective than a NWOBHM one. The production and mix is understandably a bit cludgy, but the songs come across well. Gaskin's guitar work is really excellent. As a three piece, its' easy to see where the Rush comparisons came in, but in reality this lot are closer to fellow Poms Tokyo Blade. The rhythm parts are quite 'chainsaw' like, if you use bands such as Savage and Chateaux as comparisons. The opening pairing 'Sweet Dream Maker' and the AOR like (in parts) 'Victims Of The City' are well suited to Gaskin's style. But overall, the whole set is an enjoyable affair from start to finish. It doesn't matter if it's the guitar scorch and near thrash tempo of 'Burning Alive' to the traditional twin guitar sound of 'End Of The World'. It all sounds like the biz!

In Summary
Beyond 1981, the line-up saw turnstile like changes, and effectively a new band appeared for 1982's 'No Way Out'. The album title was appropriate, as Gaskin bade farewell not long after. However, bygones weren't exactly bygones, with Gaskin releasing an album of left-overs and offcuts in 2000, and confounding everyone in 2012 with the release of 'Edge Of Madness' on German label High Roller Records (HRR). I hope to get to that album very shortly. In the meantime, stock up on an 'End Of The World' experience.

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#1 | Eric on April 17 2013 22:58:23
Wishbone Ash are often mentioned in Gaskin reviews/ overviews. I never really heard that in their sound but an excellent band and great album.
#2 | gdazegod on April 18 2013 08:28:47
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