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More - 1981 Warhead



ARTIST: More
ALBUM: Warhead
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: K50775 (UK), SD 19295 (USA)
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2011, Rock Candy Records, CANDY112

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Paul Mario Day - vocals * Kenny Cox, Laurie Mansworth - guitars * Brian Day - bass * Frank Darch - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Warhead * 02 Fire * 03 Soldier * 04 Depression * 05 Road Rocket * 06 Lord Of Twilight * 07 Way Of The World * 08 We Are The Band * 09 I Have No Answers

WEBLINKS: http://more2012.com


Background
I've always liked this UK band even though they were quite late to enter the NWOBM ranks during 1980/1981. The line-up was a very professional outfit indeed. Guitarists Cox and Mansworth would both excel with the bands Mammoth and Airrace soon after, while Day (who was once fleetingly in Iron Maiden) would soon join Wildfire. In the meantime, the More story really took off after an appearance on the Friday Night Rock Show. Mega label Atlantic came calling, and signed them up, perhaps looking for the new AC/DC? More would release two albums with them: this one 'Warhead', plus 1982's 'Blood And Thunder'.


The Songs
It's all NWOBHM inspired, played in a typical British bulldog fashion. 'Warhead' is a good gritty opener with a slight hint of Motorhead madness filtering through the opening mix. However things come back to centre-field with some melodic traits dominating precedings. 'Fire' trudges ahead, and it's fair to say these belong in the same fertile breeding ground as Praying Mantis and Samson. 'Soldier' drops back a notch in terms of speed and intensity. Not quite a ballad, not even a power anthem. Despite the name, 'Depression' is pretty good, but even better is the racy 'Road Rocket', which I think is one of the better tracks on the album. So too the rampant 'Way Of The World', which could be early Judas Priest for want of a better description. 'Lord Of The Twilight' was originally an additional song to the album, while for mine, 'We Are The Band' is the best track More ever recorded. An excellent rocker, one which has stood the test of time in my musical life. The final track 'I Have No Answers' starts with some guitar noodle madness, moving onward with a persistent rhythm section and some flying high solo parts.


In Summary
More gained many friends with their 1981 Monsters of Rock festival opening performance at Donington Park, but by the time the second album 'Blood And Thunder' arrived, the band had lost Day, Mansworth and Darch. After that album, the band folded, though Cox attempted a resurrection in the mid 80's to little fanfare. The band have been through several reunions, a tribute band called Exmore and a new line-up called More 2012 being two of these. For me, 'Warhead' is when the band were at their creative best. Even Rock Candy Records thought so too, and reissued the album in 2011.


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#1 | Jez on October 06 2014 19:01:12
Good solid album that I bought back in the day, after initially getting the excellent 'We Are The Band' 12". Saw them live a couple of times too and they were a good live act. Unfortunately I thought the second album was poor compared to this, so wasn't too surprised they disappeared off the face of the earth. Definitely one to checking out if you like all things NWOBHM
#2 | rkbluez on October 08 2014 23:09:52
Loved this one since it came out on vinyl...you knew just by looking at the cover what you were getting...Metal...and that's exactly what it delivered...one of the few Rock Candy releases I bought in the last year and a half.
 
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