ROXXCALIBUR - Gems of the NWOBHM
In heavy metal music there are many tribute bands that pay tribute to a specific big name of our sound, but a band that pays tribute to a whole movement it is kind of rare. ROXXCALIBUR is such a band because through their albums they cover songs of the N.W.O.B.H.M. genre that are considered classic or have achieved a cult status amongst the fans of this genre. I think the only other band that has done something like that are POWERGOD, but these guys covered 80’s metal songs from all over the world and genres. So, ROXXCALBUR are about to release their third work and I am really happy to write a few things about it.
THE COVER: A really beautiful cover that could be on a heroic fantasy book or on a release of the rock band MAGNUM. You can see depicted on it a terrifying dragon with a menacing look guarding his treasures (which is a big pile of them). I think that the dragon might symbolize the band and the treasures are no other than the gems of the N.W.O.B.H.M. sound that the band chooses to cover here. At least this is my interpretation…
MUSICAL STYLE: Not much to say here, the title of the album says it all. It is the third release of ROXXCALIBUR and once again they cover songs from the N.W.O.B.H.M. sound. The great thing, though, with these guys is that they don’t cover songs that are well known to everyone, but they have done a deep search and covered songs that are very rare to find in our days. So in this way they cover the need of the old fans to listen to these songs which are hard or too expensive to find and also introduce these great songs to a new generation of metal fans. The band stays faithful to the reproduction of the songs, but of course they give them a fresh and modern sound production that can be listened more easily in our days especially from the new metal fans. In this album you can find the following compositions: 01. Why Don't You Kill Me? (by LEGEND), 02. Soldiers of War (by SATAN’S EMPIRE), 03. Paper Chaser (by TAURUS), 04. Running Blind (by BASHFUL ALLEY), 05. Fool's Gold (by VIRTUE), 06. Stormchild (by TRESPASS), 07. (The Age of) Machine (by MYTHRA), 08. Hounds of Hell (by SPLIT BEAVER), 09. Somewhere up in the Mountains (by MARQUIS DE SADE), 10. Midnight Chaser (by WHITE SPIRIT), 11. Black Ice (by ARAGORN), 12. Panzer Division Destroyed (by BUDGIE), 13. Rip Off (by SMOKIN' ROADIE) and 14. Name, Rank & Serial Number (by FIST). I have to mention here that track 13 can be found as a bonus only on the CD release.
CONCLUSION: ROXXCALIBUR have proven through their releases to have deep knowledge and deep understanding of the N.W.O.B.H.M. sound and because of that they manage to offer covers that respect the original songs, but also make them sound fresh and contemporary. It would be great though to see them compose their own music too.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis