Year : 2016
Style : Hard Rock , Heavy Metal
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 121 mb
Vardis are an influential three-piece hard rock, boogie rock and heavy metal band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, who enjoyed hits between 1978 and 1986, and reformed in 2014.They formed a prominent part of the new wave of British heavy metal scene, then prevalent in the United Kingdom. They consisted of frontman Steve Zodiac on guitar and lead vocals, Alan Selway on bass guitar and Gary Pearson on drums. Alan Selway was later replaced by Terry Horbury (previously of Dirty Tricks) on bass guitar. With a new album Red Eye in 2016 the current lineup consists of Zodiac, Joe Clancy and Martin Connolly.The band were originally formed under the name 'Quo Vardis' (Latin for 'whither goest thou?') because they did not know which direction they were going. This was later abbreviated to Vardis. Their first recordings were made at Holyground Studios in Cass Yard, Kirgate, Wakefied. The first ever track laid down on vinyl was titled "Jiving All Night Long" with the B-side titled "Stay with Me", both penned by Zodiac. This was followed up with a second record, both cover versions, those being "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry) and "Don't Waste My Time" (Status Quo).Vardis quickly gained notoriety for their high energy live performances, the unique approach of incorporating elements of 70's glam rock and heavy metal music and frontman Steve Zodiac's searing Fender Telecaster sound. Zodiac was reputable for playing Vardis concerts barefoot and bare chested, his look completed by long, naturally ice-blonde hair.They took the unorthodox approach of comprising their debut album, 100MPH (1980), of entirely live recordings. This is largely considered to be their finest hour and gained the band a large following early on in their career. They were invited to play the Heavy Metal Holocaust music festival in August 1981 alongside Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne and Triumph. Around 30,000 heavy metal fans were estimated to have attended with the PA reportedly reaching new heights of amplification at over 100,000 watts.Their second album, released in April 1981 and called The World's Insane, featured a cover version of Hawkwind's "Silver Machine", and featured bagpipes played by Judd Lander, making it one of the few heavy metal albums of that time to ever feature bagpipes. The album also featured a guest appearances from Status Quo's Andy Bown on keyboards. In 1982, Steve Zodiac was voted in the top 15 rock guitarists by Sounds magazine readers.Vardis dissolved in the mid 1980s amid lengthy legal disputes with former management.Two compilation albums, The Best of Vardis (1997) and The World's Gone Mad: Best of Vardis (2002) have been released since their premature split, but no new material. Original Vardis records are rare and are valued in most record collector's books and guides. An original copy of 100 M.P.H. including the enclosed tour guide and poster has an estimated value of approximately £500 ($940).Vardis reformed with the Zodiac/Horbury/Pearson lineup in March 2014,and performed at festivals in the U.K. and Germany until Gary Pearson's departure at the end of the year, with Hoplite Records reissuing a remastered edition of Vigilante (1986) on CD and digital download for the first time on 1 April.New drummer Joe Clancy was unveiled in January 2015, as Vardis announced plans to write and record new material.This new lineup released the EP 200 MPH on 18 July, the first new Vardis material in 29 years, to critical acclaim.In November 2015, Vardis penned a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer, with the German label announcing the fifth Vardis album, Red Eye, had been scheduled for release in 2016.On 15 December, bassist Terry Horbury died suddenly after a short battle with cancer. Martin Connolly was announced as Vardis' new bassist two months later.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band VARDIS will release its new album, "Red Eye", on May 20 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort will be made available as a digipak version (including two bonus tracks and poster), LP version in red vinyl and as a digital download (iTunes exclusive contains two bonus tracks). The cover art for the CD was painted by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, who has previously produced artwork for Hammer Studios and posters for "Nightmare On Elm Street", "Basket Case" and "Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead II".VARDIS was forged out of glam, punk, heavy metal, blues and rock 'n' roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England. They are a product of rock music across three generations: inspired by the great rockers and electric bluesmen of the '50s and '60s, learning their trade rubbing shoulders with the young guns of hard rock and punk in the '70s, and achieving prominence in the '80s as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The hard, ferocious attack of their sound directly influenced the development of thrash and speed metal across North America and Europe, cited by metal giants such as METALLICA and MEGADETH. Never losing sight of the melodic, boogie sensibilities of their earliest influences, the VARDIS brand of hard rock retains a unique heavy groove, and has endured as truly original.In March 2014, VARDIS founder Steve Zodiac began remastering the "Vigilante" album, and to coincide with the re-release on Hoplite Records, VARDIS reunited to headline Brofest II in England, going on to perform at festivals in the U.K. and Germany before an emotional homecoming show at Unity Hall, Wakefield, where it all began. After the warm reception of fans at the reunion shows, Zodiac and bassist Terry Horbury not only felt at the top of their game, but that they had more gears to hit, and so decided to continue. Recruiting the dynamic powerhouse drummer Joe Clancy, who had spent the previous ten years in IRON MAIDEN's Adrian Smith's side project blues band, VARDIS set to work on their first new material in nearly 30 years.Says Zodiac: "Reuniting after a 30-year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the fifth VARDIS album today as I was cutting our first demos in '76."After the tragic death of bass player Terry Horbury last year, the band recuited Martin Connolly (Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox) and played their first successful show with the new lineup at this year's Up The Hammers festival in Greece.Zodiac comments: "We are very lucky to be able to welcome Martin Connolly to the band. Despite knowing VARDIS would continue, after losing Terry so suddenly it took some time before we could consider playing with another bassist. By the time we were ready, the job required someone with the musicianship and experience not only to maintain the power of our live shows but to form a tight chemistry quickly. After just one rehearsal, we knew we wouldn't need to see anyone else, Martin is a top bassist and has brought a new dimension and fresh energy to VARDIS as we rebuild to get the show back on the road this year. Thank you all for your support and patience, we are proud to rock on with you in tribute to a man whose life was music."
Steve Zodiac - Vocals, Guitars
Martin Connolly - Bass (ex-Paul Fox, ex-Rick Wakeman)
Joe Clancy - Drums (ex-Melodic Meltdown, ex-Michael Søbygge, ex-Adrian Smith's blues band)
01. Red Eye
02. Paranoia Strikes
03. I Need You Now
04. The Knowledge
05. Lightning Man
06. Back to School
07. Jolly Roger
08. Head of the Nail
09. Hold Me
10. 200 M.P.H.
11. Out of the Way (Bonus Track)
12. 200 M.P.H. (Reprise) (Bonus Track)
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