Archives for February 2014

Iron Claw vinyl release makes the papers in Scotland!

Iron Claw newspaperThe release of the early 70s Iron Claw recordings on vinyl made headlines in Dumfries, Scotland recently. After 40 plus years these recordings have finally made it to vinyl, a life long dream, for Iron Claw founder, Alex Wilson. Alex is seen here holding the red vinyl version of the record and sporting the new T-shirt from the collector edition package. (Click on photo to enlarge and read the article.)

Remastered IRON CLAW now available as double album vinyl!

Iron Claw LPIRON CLAW – s/t 2-LP. The Vintage/Rockadrome label is happy to announce the gate-fold cover double album vinyl release of this early 70s Scottish underground heavy rock music. Iron Claw were stomping around the UK with the likes of Black Sabbath, Hackensack, Pink Fairies, Juicy Lucy and others from the time, but never released a proper album. Their name, Iron Claw, was taken from the first line in King Crimson’s song “21st Century Schizoid Man”. In the beginning, Iron Claw probably became the world’s first Black Sabbath tribute band, as they incorporated the entire first Black Sabbath LP and single into their set! As it turns out, Bassist Alex Wilson was the one who unearthed his personal recording of the oldest known concert tape of Black Sabbath, a 1969 gig recorded in Dumfries, Scotland! As time progressed, Iron Claw’s live sets included many originals as well as hanging on to some covers such as War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, Wicked World, Green Manalishi and Lady Whisky. This collection of sixteen original studio tracks documents their existence from 1970 thru 1974 and includes extensive liner notes, lyrics and photos inside the gatefold and on a 12″ insert. Also includes an 11×17 poster. For fans of Tear Gas, Leaf Hound,   Jerusalem, Ancient Grease, Toad, Incredible Hog, Elias Hulk! All new mastering for vinyl by Tony Reed!

It’s also available in a limited edition red vinyl package through the label website only. The special edition extras include:

  • RED vinyl version (only 100 pressed) exclusively available from www.rockadrome.com in collector pack.
  • Embroidered patch (red logo with red border)
  • 4″ x 4″ sticker x 2 (cover art)
  • 1.5″ pinback button (logo)
  • IRON CLAW double-sided T-Shirt (Gildan pre-shrunk 100% cotton) with cover art on front and 70s tour dates/amplifiers on the back.

Iron Claw LP red vinyl

Track Listing:

Side One:

  1. Claustrophobia
  2. Mist Eye
  3. Skullcrusher
  4. Let it Grow

Side Two:

  1. Sabotage
  2. Crossrocker
  3. Winter

Side Three:

  1. Rock Band Blues
  2. Pavement Artist
  3. Strait Jacket
  4. Gonna Be Free

Side Four:

  1. Loving You
  2. Lightning
  3. All I Really Need
  4. Knock Em Dead
  5. Devils

 

Press:

“Best of all is the should-have-been-a-hit ‘Pavement Artist’, which hits all the right spots.” – Shindig!

“16 pulverizingly heavy early masterpieces of dirty doom metal, this is a can’t miss package for all fans of heavy psych, proto-metal and the early days of doom rock.” – The Ripple Effect

“This Scottish band are just ridiculously heavy and I think it’s a travesty that the 16 songs they wrote around 1970/1971 never got an official release until 2009. This whole album is just breathtaking.” – Terrorizer

40th anniversary ICECROSS vinyl reissue is out now!

Icecross CDICECROSS – Icecross LP. We are very proud to announce the 40th anniversary LP reissue of this 1973 Icelandic hard rock underground monster that’s been the target of collectors for at least two decades! Carefully remastered for pristine sound that lays waste to all the bootlegs that have come before. Includes 12 x 12 insert with liner notes, clippings and photographs and 11 x 17 poster featuring cover art and band photos celebrating 40th anniversary of this classic underground cult favorite. With quality poly-lined paper sleeve for record.

It’s also available in a limited edition (only 100 made) package direct from the Rockadrome label. This SPECIAL EDITION includes extras:

  • WHITE vinyl version (only 100 pressed) exclusively available from www.rockadrome.com in collector pack.
  • 3 x 3 embroidered patch
  • 4 x 4 sticker
  • 1.5 pinback button
  • Two-sided ICECROSS T-Shirt (Gildan pre-shrunk 100% cotton) with cover art on front and 40th anniversary commemoration on back

Icecross LP white vinyl

Icecross possess a unique and dark sound for their time which reveals influences ranging from Sabbath to Crimson to Blue Oyster Cult and beyond all melded together in such a way to form their distinct Icecross style. Considered proto-metal by many, though they don’t achieve this with a typical smash your face approach. Instead, Icecross unleash some killer inventive guitar sounds by way of Leslie speakers combined with wild ominous bass lines, frantic drumming, spooky effected vocals and splendid use of bow to create a perfect dark heavy guitar album. One of the few, if not the only, Icelandic band inspired by Sabbath at that time.

For fans of Leaf Hound, Blue Cheer, Elias Hulk, Iron Claw, Jerusalem, Necronomicon, Hairy Chapter, Incredible Hog, Dust, Pentagram, Flower Travellin’ Band and the like.

All tracks are self-composed and sung in English:

Side One:

  1. Wandering Around
  2. Solution
  3. A Sad Mans Story
  4. Jesus Freaks

Side Two:

  1. 1999
  2. Scared
  3. Nightmare
  4. The End