Heavy & Dangerous

Luciano Palermi (voc), Mario di Donato (git), Enio Nicolini (bs), Silvio Canzano (dr)

format: MLP Side A:
  1. Unreal Terror
  2. The Voice In The Darkness

Side B:

  1. Headbanger
  2. Freedom Be Your Law
year: 1985
country: Italy
label: Bess
#: BSMX 0019
insert: no
edition: ?
rarity: 7/10


I've discovered so many great, old Metal albums from Italy this last year. I know I'm stating the obvious here, but Italy had one of Europe's best scenes in the 80's and I urge anyone to take a deep dive into the wonderful world of Italiano Steel. One of my absolute favourites so far is U.T.'s blistering debut 12" "Heavy & Dangerous". It's nothing outstanding as far as production or musicianship goes, but who cares about such trivial matters when they write songs so catchy they leave scars on the inside of your skull? I had their theme song playing in my head for weeks after first hearing this album. Perhaps even stronger is the phenomenal "The Voice In The Darkness" with some really neat tempo-changes. Both these songs display a level of catchiness you only ever hear from old obscure, heavier NWOBHM single-bands like SPARTA, OVERDRIVE, TURBO, REINCARNATE etc, i.e. a healthy approach to actual HM songwriting rather than posing with the right clichés. On the other side of things... "Headbanger" (pronounced [heddah-bangah] in case you didn't know) is a rather straight forward metal song with some fine riffing. Almost, but not quite on par with the hits on side A. "Freedom.." sets an end to this great album in the form of a heavy ballad which isn't half as bad as it could have been. It also sets an end to UT as a band to look out for. 1 year later they released their 1st and last full-lenght LP "Hard Incursion" and it's quite a let-down. Despite a handful of decent songs, it's ruined by terrible production and weak guitars. By the way, did anyone take a good look at the line-up above? Guess not, so check again. Yes, that's the same Mario Di Donato who formed Minotauro Records' cult doomsters REQUIEM and later THE BLACK, also known as The Meanest Looking Bastard Ever! Another reason why this rare, brilliant album is an essential collectors item.

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