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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Cloven Hoof – ‘Cloven Hoof’, 1984.

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email Cloven Hoof – ‘Cloven Hoof’ (DISS060CDD)Originally released on Neat Records, NEAT 1013, 1984With a self-pressed EP ‘The Opening Ritual’ and an exciting session for Radio One’s ‘The Friday Rock Show’ already in the bag – bassist Lee Payne reckons it was hearing Tommy Vance broadcast the four tracks in June 1983…

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VENOM – The ‘Assault!’ Box Set

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email January 1985 saw a surprising new addition to the Venom catalogue. By this time bassist/vocalist Cronos, guitarist Mantas and drummer Abaddon already had three official album releases for Neat Records under their bullet belts, together with a clutch of singles in a seemingly bewildering array of formats. Then, in advance of…

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THE KRAFTSMEN PT 1 – Ged Wolf tells the story behind the band’s three Eighties’ releases, now being made available once more by Dissonance

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email With a name famously taken from the ‘Atomkraft Nein Danke’ slogan from the mid-Seventies Atomkraft was founded by bassist/vocalist Tony ‘Demolition’ Dolan towards the end of the decade. The original band had several line-ups and at one stage featured guitarist Steve White, who’d later form his own band War Machine and…

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AGENTS OF FORTUNE – John Cyriis on the rebirth of the legendary Agent Steel

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email The hugely influential and highly-exciting Agent Steel first broke through in 1985 with the release of their debut album ‘Skeptics Apocalypse’. Its blend of technical speed metal, together with frontman and founder member John Cyriis’s distinctive vocals, set it aside from the plethora of thrashers that were flooding the record shops…

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