Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Grand Halls 32

HERITAGE – “Remorse Code” LP ’82 (Rondelet, Eng) – Along with a handful of other gods like Legend, Witchfinder General, Witchfynde, Shiva and Limelight, HERITAGE were, chronologically a part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)…but not sonically, that’s for sure. Owing more to mid / late ‘70’s hard rock, this foursome of Brits created a special sound on this gettin’-rarer-everyday platter that’s seldom been done this well. Like all truly top-drawer music merchants from any age, HERITAGE display songs that are memorable. The title cut and “Need You Today,” especially, are moments of pure magic. The songs gel remarkably in the form of melodic heavy rock, highlighted by beautiful double lead guitar work, often calling to mind (moment of silence) Thin Lizzy. Truly, “Remorse Code” is one of the very best records of the NWOBHM. Code Red

4 comments:

Michael said...

Somehow I knew you'd find a way to insert THIN LIZZY into this review :) Thanks for the tip, I'll search this one out pronto.

raysrealm said...

Hey, at least I switched off and didn't say Wishbone Ash, right? Great record, you'll dig it!

SueNolz said...

Just when I thought I knew the NWOBHM...another rare gem is unearthed! I must hear this!

greek granpa said...

The NWOBHM movement was characterized by musical sincerity, raw energy and oceans of creativity, but also by artistic naivety, expressional stiffness and executional inefficiency... However, there were exceptions in this rule. A few bands (like Shiva, Limelight, Tytan) enjoyed all the pros and none of the cons. They were the servants of a higher art, favored by the Muse, both energetic youths bend into electrocuting their hardware AND artists by right of birth. But why the vast majotity of 'metal fans' tends to overlook them? Because these guys were not made to be trendy or famous, or even productive. They were made to release precious musical gems, numbered on the fingers of one hand and aknowledged by the public only at the passing of years and decades... This tiny fraction is NWOBHMs cream of the crop and Heritage are the crème de la crème.