ROLLERBALL
Outlast The Game

line-up:
Maxx Bell (voc), Fabrizio Ricciardelli (git), Jey Key (bs), Peter (dr)

format: 12" EP Side A:
  1. Rollerbach (Prelude)
  2. Rollerball
  3. Do You Know Alan?

Side B:

  1. Escape

year: 1983
country: Italy
label: Disco Mix
#: -
insert: no
edition: ?
rarity: 6/10
 





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Fellow fans of cult, post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies should be familiar with the name, but few seem to be aware of this great band that for some unexplainable reason though it would be perfect as a name for a Metal-combo. Yes, it's a weird and somewhat narrow concept to build your image around,
but piss down my throat and call me Daisy if they didn't manage to churn out some quite remarkable Metal ditties in their time!

It's definitely a hard one to describe. Not that the music itself is that incredibly original, but all 3 songs differ so much from each other and none of them are really that reminiscent of any particular band. Um, but then again, the vocals are quite familiar. Very close to my favorite German screamer Toto Bergman of LIVING DEATH-fame, and I don't think it's just the vox that makes me think of the old Speed Metal gods. The 'balls play around with melodies and moods in a bit more adventurous way though, and with the exception of their intense and upbeat theme song they could hardly be called Speed Metal per se. "Do You Know Alan?" could almost be accused of being 'Party-Metal' if it didn't for some strange reason remind me of VENOM at times. On the other hand it's quite an intricate and well written piece of sing-along Metal music. Doesn't make much sense does it? The superb "Escape" could definitely fall within the Epic Metal category, but in a very woeful and down-to-earth way. It guess you could call it their very own "Hallowed Be Thy Name". Brilliant melodies in there, simply brilliant. ROLLERBALL at their finest.

I later discovered the band made a 2nd release. When I finally got hold of "Don't Push The Button" I was very sad to discover that in only one year, the band had completely turned away from Metal. This peculiar double-12" contains 6 songs of plain, poppy New Wave/Post-punk, and as a closet (but very selective) nw/pp-fan I can vouch for the fact that they're not handling this new direction very gallantly. I still flinch every time the laser-disc version of the original movie pops up on flea markets though.

Listen to this record here. (provided by the Vibrations Of Doom webzine)


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