Roxxcalibur - NWOBHM For Muthas

14 songs
57:49 minutes
***** ***
Limb Music


Let’s face it: the idea is not new. Nostalgia for the new wave of British heavy metal movement started when Lars Ulrich helped piece together such a compilation twenty years ago. Early on in this millennium, German metal band Powergod decided to record tribute albums full of cover versions. Roxxcalibur may therefore be a little late with NWOBHM For Muthas, but their pathologically geek approach makes this CD still an interesting addition to every metal historian’s music collection.

Consisting mostly of members from Viron, a metal band I have never heard of before, Roxxcalibur is their alter ego working as the best NWOBHM tribute band, according to themselves. A look at the set-list made clear that they don’t care too much for the big names. I discovered three classics (Witchfinder General’s eponymous hit, Grim Reaper’s See You In Hell and Savage’s Let It Loose which was covered by a young Metallica way back in the early Eighties), the remaining material is from quite obscure bands: JJ’s Powerhouse, Cloven Hoof, Jameson Raid, Bleak House, Jaguar, Dark Star, Trident, ARC, Radium and Chateaux. Metal nerds may point out that some of these are cult bands for underground fanatics, but it’s a fact that a lot of tracks come from artists who never even released a longplayer.

If you are looking for something familiar, this tribute album is definitely not working for you. For most normal metal people, NWOBHM For Muthas sounds like a retro album full of great songs, and I doubt that the musicians can come up with such outstanding material in their main band. Most of us have been too young when the British metal movement started, and even the older ones among us might have had a hard time finding these rare vinyl editions. I have come across writers who condemn this kind of grave robbing, but I disagree. Roxxcalibur have given birth to a true labour of love, finely researched and perfectly adapted. Old school heavy metal fans should have a wonderful time with this one hour journey into the past.

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