May 18 – TOKYO BLADE – NIGHT OF THE BLADE … THE NIGHT BEFORE (High Roller Records) – Review by Stefan

In 1983 I first came into contact with the Salisbury, Wiltshire-England-based band Tokyo Blade and their self-titled debut. I was immediately hooked on their way of Metal and the beauty of the whole story is that I got to witness them at the 3rd. edition of the legendary Belgian-based Heavy Sound Festival which took place two years later on. More great acts on stage those days were: Crossfire, Warlock, Lee Aaron, Pretty Maids, Tobruk, Slayer and UFO. That day is etched in my memory, a first milestone in my life as a 21-year-old metalhead. Nothing but good memories to think back to but this review relates to Tokyo Blade you know.

A little background info on their early days of existence… before Tokyo Blade they were active by the name of Killer and then Genghis Khan including a privately pressed double 7” single brought out in 1983. It seems that with the change of the band name to Tokyo Blade, everything gained momentum. Their debut album (released through Powerstation Records) received worldwide acclaim and numerous gigs were completed, the five young lads from England were very highly regarded. With a view to a second album it turned out that there was something going on between the band and the record company. The story goes that… READ MORE…