WEAPON - Ready For U (Single Review)

01.Ready For U

Jeff Summers (Guitar)
Danny Hynes (Vocals)
Gavin Cooper (Bass)
Ian Sweeting (Drums)

Weapon, one of the greatest NWOBHM bands of all time, they released one single in 1980, Its A Mad Mad World/Set The Stage Alight', recorded an album for Virgin (Sadly unreleased until 2003) and legend tells of a soundboard live recording from the Motorhead "Ace Up Your Sleeve" tour that was labeled 'No Sleep Till Hammersmith' (So thats where that album title came from?).

Arch plagerists Metallica stole much of the singles B Side for their song 'Hit The Lights', yet the band never quite made it to the next level, however success was found with Wildfire, Statetrooper and Paddy Goes To Holyhead for some members whilst drummer Bruce found a degree of major fame with the reformed glam legends The Sweet.

Still here we are 30 years later and original members Danny and Jeff have a new line up and a brand new recording.

Its a melodic and catchy rocker, not the old style heavy metal but a more refined classic heavy rock sound, the vocals are as strong as ever and there is nothing to fault with the musicianship and songs production.

About time i say, a full album would be nice, though i believe a live album is promised later this year.

Rating 10/10

For Fans Of : Voodoo Six, Cavalar, The Answer, Black Candy Store





Anonymous said…
Beautifully Said Mr Tovell \m/
Andy - Monkey Reynolds No1 Fan!!!! \\m// ;o) said…
Yes you are correct Stu, Weapon are without doubt the driving force of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The song "Ready 4 U" still has the feel of being a heavy Rock song without any cornyness or down trodden feeling.
It may have taken the guys a little while to get the single out there but you cant rush perfection!!
Fingers crossed to Weapon being the band that reputs Rock into the charts so we can have proper guitars, bass and drums instead of drum and bass and bulls**t as is all too often the case. I fly the flag without fear for the new glory days of Weapon, may it be long and very prosperous for them.

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