Warrior - Fighting For The Earth (1985) (Japan Edition 1993)
Year : 1985 (Japan Edition 1993)
Style : Heavy Metal , Power Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 110 mb
Warrior is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1982.As was the case with contemporaries Ratt and Rough Cutt, the group's core - guitarists Joe Floyd and Tommy Asakawa, bassist Rick Bennett and vocalist Parramore McCarty - was made up of San Diego, CA transplants in search of fame and fortune up the coast in L.A. Adding drummer Liam Jason to the band and initially going under the name Fury, the band soon started to make a name for themselves in the local clubs with their futuristic brand of European influenced heavy metal.In 1984, the band recorded a 3-song demo, including the anthemic 'Fighting For The Earth', which went into heavy rotation on KMET radio and became a huge hit locally helping turn Warrior into one of the most buzzed about acts around town. Subsequently, the band signed a record deal with MCA Records and Richard Branson's Virgin/10 Records label in Europe, and began to record their debut album with producer Doug Rider at Cherokee Studios and Sunset Sound in L.A.. The rhythm section of Jason and Bennett would be replaced after the sessions were completed with Black Sheep bassist Bruce Turgon and drummer Jimmy Volpe stepping in. Fighting For The Earth was released in 1985 and though not a huge commercial success, the album became an instant favorite among underground metal heads. A short trip to the UK that same year saw Warrior perform at the legendary Marquee Club in London and make an exclusive TV appearance on Channel 4's popular ECT program where the band performed 'Fighting For The Earth' (the band's single and video) and 'Defenders of Creation.'Fueled by internal turmoil and record company problems, Warrior lost their record contract with Virgin and split up in early 1987, with vocalist Parramore McCarty briefly fronting Rough Cutt in place of the Quiet Riot bound Paul Shortino and Jimmy Volpe joining Foreplay. Bassist Bruce Turgon would later turn up in Shadow King, featuring Lou Gramm (ex-Foreigner, Black Sheep) and Vivian Campbell (ex-Whitesnake, Dio). Guitarist Joe Floyd initially teamed up with former Warlord drummer Mark Zonder. Floyd and Zonder's partnership was to be short-lived, with Zonder joining Fates Warning. Warrior then continued on with Floyd acquiring the services of bassist Kelly Magee and vocalist Shawn Carvin from the band Wrathborne, along with former Warrior drummer Liam Jason. This marked the only time in Warrior's History that the band was a four- piece as opposed to their traditional five piece lineup with two guitarists. A heavier, more physical style of play was evolving from the band...and with Magee and Carvin also contributing to the songwriting it became obvious that a name change to the band was in order. "Cold Fire" became Warrior's new name. The band went through several drummers, including Jason, and David Eagle (Oingo Boingo) before finally settling with future Megadeth drummer Nick Menza (ex-Rhoads, The Green). Cold Fire would contribute the song 'Of The Flesh' (with Floyd, Magee, Carvin and Jason) to the Rock Climbers-The Hottest of Hollywood compilation LP before folding in 1990. Meanwhile McCarty had been brought in by Warner Bros. to complete the Atomic Playboys album, a new project put together by former Billy Idol axeman, Steve Stevens. Released in 1989, the album proved a commercial disappointment and the group disbanded after undertaking a US club tour (which featured McCarty's former Warrior band mate Bruce Turgon on bass). McCarty next formed the short-lived PTM with Hellion guitarist Alan Barlam, bassist Mike Davis (ex-Terriff, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Reynold 'Butch' Carlson (ex-Terriff, Driver, Jag Panzer). Barlam was let go in favor of Carlson's Driver band mate, Roy Z, who collaborated with McCarty on several new songs which soon sparked the idea of a Warrior reunion.Come 1991, Floyd and McCarty had put together a new Warrior line-up featuring Roy Z on guitar, bassist Kelly Pattrik (ex-Darren Housholder), and drummer Dave Imondi (ex-Assassin & I, Napoleon). The band played several shows before Imondi was ousted and replaced by San Diego native Jorge Miguel Palacios (ex-No Alibi). In 1992, the band cut a 3-song demo at Joe Floyd's Silver Cloud studio consisting of 'Fight Or Fall', 'White Mansions', and the Bruce Turgon-penned 'New Nation', produced by Warren DeMartini of Ratt. With grunge and alternative rock dominating the musical landscape Stateside, the band caught the attention of German-based indie label Dream Circle, who had previously signed Roy Z's Latin hard rock band, Tribe of Gypsies. A deal was struck but progress on the album was slow and eventually halted when Z left the fold to concentrate on his own group and work with former Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. Most of his guitar tracks were erased and eventually re-cut by new arrival Mick Perez (ex-Jones Street). The album, titled Ancient Future, finally saw the light of day in 1998 with Dream Circle handling Europe, Metal Blade taking care of North America, and Teichiku releasing the album in Japan where it included a bonus track in the form of a Fighting For The Earth era demo, 'All I Need.' Warrior were also invited to play Germany's massive Wacken Open Air festival with a line-up that now featured McCarty, Floyd, Perez, bassist Sam, and drummer Dave DuCey.In 2001, Warrior returned with The Code Of Life on Reality Entertainment/Nuclear Blast, the band's first album not to feature Parramore McCarty on vocals who had declined to take part in the recording. His replacement was Rob Rock (ex-M.A.R.S., Impellitteri, Joshua) who had earlier recorded his solo debut album, Rage of Creation, at Joe Floyd's Silver Cloud studio. Rock and Floyd were joined by guitarist Mick Perez, bassist Simon Oliver, and drummer Dave DuCey. The album featured a number of notable writing contributions: Former guitarist Roy Z co-wrote the album opener 'Day of Reckoning' while Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, himself a Silver Cloud alumnus, is credited on 'We Are One.' Dickinson's The Chemical Wedding touring guitarist, Richard Carrette, co-authored and played lead guitar on 'The Endless Beginning.' Even though the album earned some of the best reviews in the band's career, The Code Of Life was not supported with any gigs or touring.With Rob Rock off tending to his fledgling solo career, Warrior was once again in need of a vocalist for their next album. At the suggestion of the band's co-producer, Warren Croyle, legendary Maltese born singer Marc Storace of label mates Krokus was brought into the fold for 2004's The Wars Of Gods And Men (Reality Entertainment). Storace flew to Los Angeles where he recorded all his vocal tracks at Floyd's San Fernando Valley studio. Godhead guitarist Jason Miller was tapped to contribute additional lead guitars as Mick Perez had retired from music. The album also marked the debut of new bassist Rob Farr, a band mate of drummer Dave DuCey in National Dust. Again, the album was not supported by any live work and Warrior remained strictly a Joe Floyd studio project.In 2008, Floyd once again reunited with original vocalist Parramore McCarty who brought along San Diego guitarist AC Alexander, with Farr and DuCey remaining on board on bass and drums, respectively. The band played their first live show in nearly a decade in April 2008 in San Diego and announced plans for a new album studio album which has yet to materialize. As of 2009, Warrior have markedly stepped up their live profile, playing their first show in over a decade for Hollywood Sherriff Productions February 28TH, 2009 at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip for the DC4 record release show. Warrior also played their first European show in over a decade at the prestigious Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany as well making an appearance at Rocklahoma 2009.
Fighting for the Earth is the debut album by the American heavy metal band Warrior, released in 1985.It has been re-issued on CD by Metal Blade in 1991 (North America), Toshiba-EMI in 1993 (Japan) as part of the Burrn! Legendary Masters series, and by NL Distribution in 2008 (Europe).In 2005, Fighting for the Earth was ranked number 275 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.Yes Warrior's Fighting for the Earth may be about small green men, or as another theory says about small Jewish men. It doesn't really matter when the music is this great. On the base of some solid traditional riffage, Warrior pumps energy and power throughout the entire record, which is further enhanced with very classy vocals, powerful and somewhat gritty.The title song sets the standard from the very start. The gritty voice is mixed with the high-pitched all along the pumping riffs and drums. Those high-pitched screams are some of the best of its sort, classy indeed. The riffs sound like two guitarists dueling, which adds a suggestive side to it, even in the slow part, with the unnecessary, sick, scrabbled vocals. The keyboards are there too, creating a background atmosphere - but only at times. Very tasteful. The 80's bands knew better how to use this kind of instruments!The album is supposedly space-themed, which is mirrored both in lyrics and music. At one point of Only the Strong Survive they play with volumes and channels, producing with their guitars, a sound like if a fast, low-altitude space ship flew right over one's head. Next song: Ruler. What an amazing song! It's a thrasher, or at least a proto-thrasher. There's a text on the opening riff, in big letters reading T-H-R-A-S-H. And even after the opening riff, more and more cool riffs follow. What's special though, is that the riffs are mixed perfectly with the keyboards. The way they co-operate, taking different ends of the sonic spectrum, transcending into each other never ceases to amaze and impress me. The vocals are the grittiest and most aggressive on the album, and yeah, it's a superb song.Mind over Matter is fast, but only decent. The opening and the main riff manage to interest, but it never gets anywhere and turns out to be a rather boring song. Defenders of Creation, however, is a dramatic little piece, starting with clean guitars going like circles on the water. It also has the best vocals on the record, more clean than before, with more range and less flaws than before, hitting every note. Then the song gets heavy and turns into a magnificent heavy metal anthem. There's just a short disappointment in the calmer part they've thrown in, just like in the title song. The solos aren't too kickass, but the riffs are. We're quickly back on track, so it's not too big a disturbance.Not as great as the songs before, Day of the Evil still presents some interesting guitars, especially the laser-esque following the bomb detonations of the beginning. Put in context with the other songs, it's filler. Isolated it's very decent. Cold Fire is different. It starts out like a sub pop song, with just slightly too outspoken guitars. It gets a little darker after a while, though.Cold Fire is the calm song of the album, you always need one. It refrains from becoming neither a ballad nor an instrumental. Emotional and suggestive guitars and tempo shifts make for a good, however not too metal, song. Next track is one long spoken intro - bah. Welcome Aboard has vocals that sound like Iron Maiden. It's a happy closer, with good but not the top-notch guitars. It lacks the thrashy power that the first songs held. But that's the LP format for you; the first side is always the better.Worth getting? For sure. I'd pay a lot for the riffs alone.
Joe Floyd - Guitars (1982-1987, 1991-present) - See also: Big Muff π, ex-Rob Rock, ex-WWIII, ex-Cold Fire
Tommy Asakawa - Guitars
Liam Jason - Drums
Parramore McCarty - Vocals
Rick Bennett - Bass, Keyboards
Rick Bennett - bass, keyboards on all tracks
Liam Jason - drums on all tracks
Doug Rider - producer, engineer
David Thoener - mixing
Brian Scheuble, Peggy McCreary, Ray Leonard - assistant engineers
Bob Ludwig - mastering at Masterdisk, New York
01. Fighting for the Earth 05:26
02. Only the Strong Survive 04:53
03. Ruler 03:34
04. Mind over Matter 03:52
05. Defenders of Creation 05:56
06. Day of the Evil (Beware) 03:57
07. Cold Fire 05:10
08. PTM I 00:36
09. Welcome Aboard 04:42
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