Andreas Rössner (voc), Uwe Ellenberger (git, voc) Klaus Bode (bs), Karl-Heinz Wehde (dr)

format: LP Side A:
  1. There Ain't No Running Away
  2. They Who'll Creep At Night
  3. Rock'n Roll Close To The End Of The World
  4. Heavy Mad Head
  5. Deadman's Dream

Side B:

  1. The Meanest Man
  2. Doom Power
  3. Poisonoise
  4. The Hound
  5. The Lights Of The Blind
year: 1979
country: Germany
label: Doom Records
#: 001
insert: no
edition: 500 #:ed
rarity: 8/10


I had been curious about this album for years until I got the bright idea to inquire about it on the Metal Treasures message board (r.i.p.). A few days later I got lots of info on it and a CD-R copy on the way. A month or so later I had an original handnumbered copy (#142) in my hand!:-D
I guess it's the name of the band and album that raises such an interest. So, is it Doom then, you might ask? No, it isn't. But is it heavy? HELL YES it is! It may be older than most other records reviewed here, but I would say it still belongs since it was one of the rawest, hardest Heavy Rock records of it's time with a truly groundbreaking sound; a true "Roots Of Metal"-item! It may have been recorded in the 70's, but I'll be damned to life as a Depeche Mode-groupie if you'll find any Purp's/Zep's/Sab's vibes in their music. No, The H.O.D. lies closer to the raw, crushing sound of 1980 BRATS, SARCOFAGUS (1st), CRYSYS, early MOTÖRHEAD and the hardest of the earliest NWOBHM 7"s. There can't be a NWOBHM-fan alive who could resist the riffing, rhythms and lyrics of "There Ain't No Running Away". Total Heavy Metal balls! "They who'll creep at night" follows, and with it a fistful of great heavy guitars, but if I had to pick a favourite track it would have to be the sonic bulldozer "RnR Close To The End Of The World" - BRUTAL & primitive Hard Rock Metal agression at it's finest! I'd say just about every song is a high-quality, high-energy monster of rock and heavy enough to please the most demanding metalhead. If there's any particular 70's parts at all they can be traced to bands like THE STOOGES or MC5, but only on a few trax and never quite that punky. "Doom Power" is a deadringer for the THE STOOGES' "Raw Power", until the guitar break comes and suddenly they're in early MAIDEN-land. The only song which really stand out is the closing "The Light Of The Blind", which is more of a moody 60's/psyche thing, but still good. The bands strongest asset and the thing that gives them that extra brutal edge is the vocals of Andreas Rössner. Man, this guy is really pissed! I can't remember when I heard a singer sounding so angry on a Hard Rock record. Kinda what you'd expect when looking at the band picture on the front. Mean, shit-kicking bikers and juvile delinquents the lot of them!(?) With only 500 copies made almost a quarter of a century ago and frequently on the wanlists of both 70's and 80's HM/HR collectors, you have quite a task before you, trying to locate a copy. Let's hope for a respectful and well done re-issue real soon.

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