Back in the day I LOVED their LP. I couldn't afford it, so I asked my folks to order me a copy for Christmas one year off the sale list of an old vinyl dealer from NY named Al Spremo. It was a mainstay in rotation on my turntable for years. Ended up with a second copy years later that I was able to trade into some NWOBHM singles I really wanted. And when I moved to Texas, I found a store with a bunch of old cassettes of their later/demo material. That's right, 'English Bastards' and the like just sitting there for $3 a pop, right next to old Heathens Rage demos (oh, but that's a story for another thread- I'm such a tease!). The only downside is that I really did not care for their 'American' material; I found it really lifeless compared to the killer debut album. As such I never had much interest in the box set.
That said, I haven't played the album in for-fucking-ever. Sad but true. I never stopped liking it, it just got buried in time (and dust- ha!). When I first got that album, I probably had roughly 200-300 metal titles. Today I've got around 4,000, and that doesn't count the 1,000+ I've gotten rid of over the years. With that kind of volume, even the old favorites sometimes fall by the wayside.
But I've been digging out some of those old favorites as of late and taking them for a spin, everything from 'Epicus Doomicus Metalius' and 'Peace Sells' to 'Babylon A.D.' and 'Blood on the Bricks' (fuck you, don't judge me- Derek Davis had a killer vocal delivery, and that Aldo Nova record should've been bigger than 'Slippery When Wet' and 'Long Cold Winter' combined!). So maybe 'Desolation Angels' is due up for a revisit.
"I'm sorry Sam, we had real chemistry. But like a monkey on the sun, our love was too hot to live"