Originating from Birmingham, England, QUARTZ date back to 1974, and were considered to be at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. On January 31, 2015, Skol Records released “Too Hot To Handle” CD, which can be considered as a complete unreleased album from back in the day, as it’s a collection of 16 previously unreleased songs recorded between 1981 and 1982. Some of those tracks were re-recorded in different versions for the “Against All Odd’s” album (1983), and some of them see the light of the day for the first time ever.
Official promo clip “Tell Me Why” :
QUARTZ released their first same titled album, which was produced by Tony Iommi of BLACK SABBATH, on Jet Records in 1977. The band toured heavily during this time, playing the Reading Festival three times (1976, 1977 and 1980) and touring with of some of the larger Heavy Metal bands of the time, incl. IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, UFO and RUSH. Late 1979 saw Geoff Nicholls leave the band to join the legendary BLACK SABBATH, providing keyboards and songwriting for them for the next 24 years. Incidently in 1980 Malcolm Cope was approached by OZZY OSBOURNE to join his solo band, but declined stating QUARTZ was his band, and they had just signed a deal with MCA to record “Stand Up And Fight”. 1983 brought the release of “Against All Odd’s” which had been partly written with vocalist David Garner, and the departing Derek Arnold had been replaced by Steven McLoughlin. Prior to the final recording of the opus, David Garner was replaced by Geoff Bate, whose vocals appear on the album. During this period Malcolm Cope also joined the roll call of QUARTZ members being called up to BLACK SABBATH, working on pre-production demos for the “Born Again” album.
QUARTZ reformed in 2011, and the current line up consist of: Geoff Nicholls on guitars and keyboards, Mick Hopkins on guitars, Derek Arnold on bass, Malcolm Cope on drums, and vocalist David Garner.
Metal Mind Productions presents Quartz – one of the first bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era. Their albums showcased the true essence of late 1970’s/early 1980’s metal, delivering a stunning mixture of brilliant guitar riffs and passionate vocals. The group’s second opus – “Stand Up And Fight” – is to this day considered as their most stellar work, reminding the modern listener how real metal should sound like…
The band was formed around 1974 in Birmingham, UK. The first line-up consisted of Mike Taylor (vocals), Mick Hopkins (guitar), Malcolm Cope (drums), Geoff Nicholls (guitar) and Derek Arnold (bass). In 1976 the group signed to Jet Records. The label sent them out on tour with AC/DC and Black Sabbath, which turned out to be very fruitful for the band, as Sabbath’s tour manager Albert Chapman agreed to take them under his wing. Also Tony Iommi became a huge fan of Quartz and insisted to produce their debut album, which the band recorded between 1976 and 1977. With their self-titled debut release Quartz joined the ranks of groups such as Def Lepard and Diamond Head, proving that metal can be faster and more aggressive. Unfortunately, in 1979 Geoff Nicholls left to join Black Sabbath, with whom he stayed until 2004. Quartz continued to play as a four-piece. In 1980 the band moved to a bigger label – MCA – where they released their second LP called “Stand Up And Fight”. The album brought an excellent blend of Sabbath-like riffs with upbeat hard rock. Quartz managed to write some of their heaviest material ever which proved the group’s extreme talent and brilliant songwriting skills. The album was produced by Derek Lawrence, known from working with Angel and Deep Purple on some of their early records (including their debut “Shades of Deep purple” from 1968). After a string of live shows Quartz returned to the studio to record their third offering – “Against All Odds” (1983). Sadly, in the same year the group disbanded because of their irreconcilable differences.
This exclusive re-issue of Quartz’s classic album “Stand Up And Fight” brings back the true essence of NWOBHM, captured in these eight amazing tracks. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies and contains a bonus track. Remastered using tube technology, digitally edited on a golden disc. The release date is scheduled for 6th September in Europe and 9th November in USA (via MVD).
“Stand Up And Fight” (remastered + bonus track)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1372 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)