Wim R. : The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in the eighties did not produce that many successful bands. Weapon (the UK was added to the band name later on) is a prime example of one of those bands that gained some sort of cult status. The band did not even release a full length album till 2014. A single release by the band in 1980 had a B side that gave them some fame. The song ‘Set The Stage Alight’ proved to be some sort of blueprint for Metallica’s ‘Hit The Lights’.
The album in question here is ‘Rising From The Ashes’, which was released in 2014. Pure Steel made the decision to re-release the album on vinyl with two bonus tracks. First one is a cover of the Thin Lizzy classic ‘The Rocker’. The second one is a original called ‘Killer Instinct’. The band is still active, playing live every now and then. If, or when, there will be a new album is a question to me. From the original line up only singer Danny Hines and guitarist Jeff Summers remain. The album had some positive response when it was released back in 2014. The songs sound more American, with rock and metal influences, then like a band from the NWOBHM. Guitarist Summers shows he knows how to handle his axe. Singer Hines is less convincing with his limited reach. The album has some really strong tracks, like ‘Ride The Mariah’ and ‘Warrior’. But a song like ‘Ready For U’ is far less convincing and tends to bore. Vinyl and NWOBHM lovers will possibly be happy with this release by Pure Steel. Let’s see if Weapon UK will release some new material in the future, otherwise their resurrection in 2014 was a one time affair.