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Crysys - 1981 Hard As Rock

ARTIST: Crysys
ALBUM: Hard As Rock
LABEL: Long St Records, Metalworks Records
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Stefan King - lead vocals, percussion * Tim Kasey - guitar, vocals * Gene Kasey - drums, percussion, vocals * Cary Ray - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Blue Steel * 02 Running * 03 Hard As Rock * 04 Touch Me * 05 My Desire * 06 Fire Light * 07 Super Starz * 08 Satan's World * 09 Blackout * 10 Hellsville

From the same era and location as Wild Dogs and Sequel come the band Crysys. From Portland Oregon (the supposed beer capital of the USA), this is American metal at its infancy. It's quite likeable, but the production borders on dodgy. A shame really because these boys had something to offer. Originally released in 1981 on the indie label Long Street (the version with the blue/red cover), it also came out in 1983 on the Metalworks label, and featured an image of a big stone rock.. hence the album title. Very original huh? The music can be classified as a foot at the entrance to America's own NWOHM door, though nowhere as prolific as the British movement, which had been going on for a few years prior to 1981.

The Songs
So what do we have here? Musically, they sound similar to Georgia rockers Fortnox, but without the finesse. The opener 'Blue Steel' starts out with the same guitar part to the intro of Krokus's 1980 single 'Heatstroke', and this guitar theme is continued, while the drum work is as tinny as anything. Did they forget to mic up the bass drum? The title track 'Hard As Rock' sees Crysys trying to speed things with questionable results, though I do like the hard riffing going on here. 'Touch Me' is a ballad which can be ignored, while the next few tracks do nothing to make any headway into my consciousness. The dodgy titled 'Satan's World' lifts the tempo somewhat, and it's these faster paced tracks which seem to be Crysys' specialty. 'Blackout' is toward the end of the album, and if that legendary 1979 LP from the much-maligned Wizard is used as a reference point, then this track comes close. Mostly to do with the very under-whelming production. Closer 'Hellsville' sounds half decent, but surely you don't leave your best till last?

In Summary
Even in the realms of the fledgling American metal movement, Crysys were not a band that stood out; not when compared to legends such as Riot, The Rods, Motley Crue, Metallica, Quiet Riot and Y&T. Just the one album, and an exit out the rear door.

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#1 | david on October 04 2015 08:25:50
This was the first album I managed to trade via Bernard Doe. Bet is going for a nice little sum now days.
#2 | gdazegod on October 04 2015 09:21:50
Bernard bought it off you? Or the other way round?
#3 | david on October 05 2015 00:30:05
Bernard got it for me, had to trade something in return.
#4 | dangerzone on October 05 2015 16:43:33
Was just listening to this out of ineterst based on the review. Total second/third division metal, even by 1981 standards.

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