Released: 2008, Stormspell Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
CRY OUT FOR METAL, a debut album from the German speed/heavy metal band Vampyr, was originally released on Gama Records back in 1985, and gladly it has now been reissued by Stormspell Records with a new cover artwork, but also including the original cover artwork on the back of the sleeve. Plus, the reissue comes along with 9 video clips of their songs that are taken from the cult-ish Heavy Metal Battle #4 (copyright Battle Productions 1985). Quite a package anyway.
As for the actual album, CRY OUT FOR METAL, wow... This release really does have a very nostalgic vibe stamped all over it. Vampyr reminds me heavily of such German speed/heavy metal troops as Running Wild, Tyrant and Warrant, and that´s not a bad thing by any means. Their speed metal-tinged heavy metal is quite a nostalgic trip back to the past German metal scene in which such fine Teutonic troops of metal such as Vectom, Gravestone, Stormwitch, Backwater, Veto, Bloody Six, Tyrant, etc., ruled the ground in the mid 80s. And speaking of the latter mentioned German cult act Tyrant, both of the Vampyr guitarists ´Ironhead´ Sterzik and Ralf Hollmer also had short stints in Tyrant. A tiny bit of trivia for you... ;o)
CRY OUT FOR METAL offers nothing but a very pleasing nostalgic trip back to the same metallic realm where especially the Germans Running Wild, Grave Digger and Warrant sharpened their weapons at, for their their own invasion toward a bigger and larger awareness. It was all about leather, up-tempo metal and spikes, but damn, it worked. This is all-round good stuff, and it makes me happy that Stormspell Records took the opportunity and reissued this classic piece of German metal again, digitally remastered with everything else you need to know more about them.
As for the multimedia enhanced video part for 9 video clips of Vampyr from 1985, I also dug it pretty much even if their live-in-studio performance looked - to be perfectly honest - damn cheesy and amateur-ish as hell, with their over-theatrical ´live´ performance - using more leather, chains and spikes onstage than Kerry King has ever collected for his personal wardrobe over the years in his Slayer duties. But what the heck, it´s still their music itself that counts more than anything. Besides that you can hardly see any of these older metal bands´ videos, or live concerts any more - not that much from the mid ´80s anyway.
For the album alone, this is an essential purchase for anyone who loves the German metal heavy/speed metal sound from the early ´80s. Vampyr ruled back then - and they even rule nowadays. Leather, metal and spikes... Yes, babe. Now bend down and prepare to get spanked hard! ;oP