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Quartz - 2015 Too Hot To Handle

ARTIST: Quartz
ALBUM: Too Hot To Handle
LABEL: Skol Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: David Garner - vocals * Mick Hopkins - guitar * Geoff Nicholls - guitar, keyboards * Derek Arnold - bass * Malcolm Cope - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Too Hot To Handle * 02 Crack The Sky * 03 Hard Road * 04 Just Another Man * 05 Silver Wheels * 06 Frontline * 07 Love Em & Run * 08 Madman * 09 Buried Alive * 10 The Lawman * 11 Tell Me Why * 12 Revelations * 13 Avalon * 14 Right Above Myself * 15 Gold Digger * 16 It's Hell Livin' With You



These guys are the British grandfathers of rock. Or at least one of them. Probably not as old as fellow Brummies Black Sabbath or Judas Priest, but still wise and brave enough to continue plying their trade into the new millenium with a new album 'Too Hot To Handle'. I won't dwelve into their past. You can use Google for that, or read Danger Zone's previous article (refer the links below). However, what I will say, the 'new' Quartz have been reformed since 2011, and have pulled a swag of tracks out of the vault. I'm listening to this and it's very easy to transport yourself back on the timeline to a year like 1983. Oops, actually, ten of the sixteen tracks appeared on their album 'Against All Odds' from that very year. What a good guess! These songs had varied recordings back then, and this collection was remastered by Skol Records engineer and label head-honcho Bart Gabriel.

The Songs
This is utterly classic rock from the 70's and 80's, and even keeps within the confines of obscure hard rock a la Ozz, and bands of that ilk from that same era, something which we all adore here at GDM Towers. 'Too Hot To Handle' offers up sixteen tracks, and as mentioned ten came from 'Against All Odds'. What about the other six? 'Crack The Sky' is mired in late 70's British HM. Think Judas Priest around the 1975/1976 era. 'Frontline' has an updated sound, plugging away in early 80's style, and sounding similar to the commercial fare found on 'Against All Odds'. 'The Lawman' suffered from an inferior production. A demo no doubt, and nothing really Bart Gabriel could do to bring this up to par. 'Revelations' typifies the Quartz NWOBHM sound, and doesn't really stand out among the rest of the contenders from back then, although the guitars are definitely stolen from our friends Judas Priest once again. It would be fair to say the better tracks are the cuts from 'Against All Odds'. For instance, 'Too Hot To Handle' sounds like an Ozz tune, while 'Silver Wheels' isn't too far off it either.

In Summary
As a comparison exercise, it might be worthwhile trying to track down 'Against All Odds', just for shits and giggles. As a recorded piece of music, it would be hard to recommend 'Too Hot To Handle' due to the less than stellar fidelity. Considering it's mostly demo material, it would be very difficult to turn a nugget into gold.

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