Warlord is a band that was established in 1980 in L.A. the band was comprised of 4 members, lead singer, Nicholas Leptos, guitar, William Tsamis, Mark Zonder, drums & Philip Bynoe, bass.
In a six year period in the 80’s, these guys managed to get their tracks on the albums, Metal Massacre II & Metal Massacre III. Along with being featured on both of those albums, they had dropped 2 of their own, “Deliver Us” in 1983 & “The Cannons of Destruction Has Begun”. The first album was a progressive, 70’s metal sound while the 2nd album was a more mature sound and much more creative.
This band had many problems trying to keep a steady line-up and music critics feel that was what caused them to fall. They did try a reunion, however, they never captured the appeal or power that they once had in the 80’s.
Mef Manning (bass)
Gina Stile (guitar)
Laura Left (guitar)
Gina Kenny (drums)
The Poison Dollys were formed in Long Island, NY in 1981. The 4 ladies who were in the original line-up only put out one album in 1984, self-titled “Poison Dollys”. All of the tracks on this album are pretty good. I’m not sure why they weren’t more successful, maybe because it was because men ruled that heavy metal scene in the 80’s.
They moved the band from NY to L.A. in hopes of finding fame and fortune, in 1988. They continued on until 1994. After several line-up changes, the band called it quits. When Gina Stile left the band, she went on to form the band ‘Envy’ with her sister then onto Vixen for one of their resurrections. She also played in a ‘Heart’ cover band called ‘Ban Animals’.
These guys hail from jolly ol’ England. Band members are Danny Bowes (lead singer), Mike Morley (backing vocals/guitar), Gary James (drums), Ben Matthews (guitar/keyboard) and Mark Luckhurst (bass).
Their debut album called “Backstreet Symphony” came out in 1990 and reached #21 on the UK album charts and #114 on the USA Billboard 100. In 1992, they released their 2nd album, “Laughing on Judgement Day” which reached #2 on UKAC. Both of these albums were certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry.
Thru the years, there have been several hiatuses and coming and going of members, but they still managed to put out some great albums. They have 11 albums under their belt and they STILL sound pretty good!
This band was named Cold Sweat after the Thin Lizzy song of the same name. This band had some great tunes in this genre, but unfortunately, they only had one album entitled “Break Out”.
You might know lead guitarist, Marc Ferrari, who also played in the band Keel. His guitar playing on this album was amazing. Oni Logan, lead singer of Cold Sweat went on to play in George Lynch’s band, Lynch Mob.
There was some bad blood between Cold Sweat & Lynch Mob when Logan on the day Cold Sweat was going to sign with MCA.
The album, “Break Out” is a classic 80’s rock album from start to finish and it’s a shame that it’s a forgotten album because it really does rock hard. Check them out!
Larry Barragan (guitar)
James Rivera (vocals)
Michael Lewis (drums)
Garrick Smith (bass)
Andrew Atwood (guitar)
Helstar is an American, heavy metal band from Houston, Texas formed in 1982. Through the years, this band has had a hard time keeping members, especially guitarists and drummers.
In the beginning, they had a basic, heavy metal vibe but as they progressed, they began being referred as a “power metal”. Plenty of awesome guitar riffs filled their songs. Unfortunately, after their conceptual album, “Nosferatu” in 1989 (which was inspired by the Dracula novel), they lost their focus and split up not long after.
In 2001, after being apart for 6 years attempted a reunion but sadly they never came close to having the sound they had when the first started out.
This was an exceptional, produced band that was fronted by the former Accept singer, David Reece. Their sound was highly melodic blended with AOR, as you will hear in the links provided below.
They formed in 1991, but unfortunately, they came out just as grunge was coming around and taking over. They slipped under the radar, which was a shame. Their debut album, “On Target” was produced by Max Norman, who has produced for other bands such as, Savatage, Lizzy Borden & Lynch Mob. This album also featured songs co-written with Jon Bon Jovi & Aldo Nova.
Band members for the original line-up were, David Reece (vocals), Curt Mitchell (guitar), John Kirk (guitar), Ian Mayo (bassist) and Jackie Ramos (drums).
Under a new line-up, the band put a new album out in 2010 called “Cadence” followed by another album in 2012 called “Metaphor”. Critics views varied but the ones I have read in depth weren’t the greatest. I, for one, can’t figure it out. I’ve listened to both of the newest albums and I think they are great! Click the links below and have a listen for yourself! I think if they would have gotten together a couple years prior, they would have really done well!
Song co-written by Jon Bon Jovi:
One of my Favorites!
This band released their debut album, “Social Intercourse” in 1988, alongside Guns n’ Roses, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat where they kinda got lost in the shuffle. Releasing when the big names were releasing as well did not do them any favors They had a great sound partly due to the raunchy, toughness of their lead singer, Sally Cato. She was as strong of a presence as any of the guys on the scene at that time. She had grit and mega power in her voice.
Smashed Gladys had a major deal with Electra Records and was in the video for Run DMC’s cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”. On one of their songs, they had Ozzy Osbourne on background vocals. Unfortunately, this band never broke into the mainstream music. There isn’t a whole lot of information on the male members of the band, but nowadays, you can find Cato writing science fiction novels and dark-comedy screenplays.