Quartz – Too Hot To Handle

Reviewed: March 2015
Released: 2015, Skol Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Quartz were one of the bands considered to be at the forefront of the NWOBHM. TOO HOT TO HANDLE is a collection of songs the band recorded between 1981 and 1982 and never released. Some of these tracks were however issued a year later in a different form on the AGAINST ALL ODDS record.

This newly remastered collection is a much welcomed treat for all NWOBHM fans and especially Quartz fans. The recordings sound great for the most part but they do suffer from aging tape in some places as the distortion is distracting. Apart from that this collection is pretty well flawless. It is a perfect snapshot of the era that will never be replicated again. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal had a distinct sound all it’s own. The music was raw, energetic and most of all, heavy. Listen to the first Iron Maiden LP’s or the first Def Leppard and you will know exactly what I mean. It was cutting edge for the time and it influenced countless musicians and bands.

This collection is extremely enjoyable despite the few flaws that cannot be helped. Hearing these songs and versions is a much welcomed treat of an era long since passed. Everything about this screams Metal from the guitar to vocals to…the whole package. Thank you Skol for digging up these tracks and getting them out to the masses.


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Track Listing:
01. Too Hot to Handle *
02. Crack the Sky **
03. Hard Road *
04. Just Another Man *
05. Silver Wheels *
06. Frontline **
07. Love \’Em & Run *
08. Madman *
09. Buried Alive *
10. The Lawman **
11. Tell Me Why *
12. Revelation **
13. Avalon *
14. Right Above Myself **
15. Gold Digger **
16. It\’s Hell Livin\’ Without You *
* (First appeared in the “Against All Odds” album in slightly different versions)
** (Previously unheard songs)

Lineup:
Mick Hopkins – Guitars
Steve McLoughlin – Bass
Malcolm Cope – Drums
David Garner – Vocals
Geoff Bate – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Additional;
Mike Taylor – Vocals
Dave Carter – Keyboard

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