High Roller Records started a while ago with a re-release series of metal classic that deserve attention and never really got the focus, when having been originally released. One of the longplayers is Tokyo Blade’s sophomore record ‘Night of the Blade’, that belongs to the classics in heavy metal.
At the time, Tokyo Blade was described as the next Iron Maiden. The band inhaled the spirit of the New Wave of Heavy Metal, that manifests itself in the first two records forged by the band. After having had some first success with the self-titled debut, the second release should keep things going for the band. Although Tokyo Blade kept the spirit from the debut, there are a few melodic moments that sneaked into their sound.
Furthermore a change of lead singer, from Alan Marsh to Vicki Wight, had an impact on the second longplayer, an album that still unfolds its relevance in the here and now. I think, listening to the first four songs gives a clear idea of what Tokyo Blade represented in the early eighties. There are with the galloping ‘Warrior of the Rising Sun’ and ‘Night of the Blade’ two tracks that show why bands like Iron Maiden were used as a comparison for what the quintet delivered. The opener ‘Someone to Love’ as well as ‘Rock Me to the Limit’ mirrors the more melodic aspect of Tokyo Blade at the time and remind me in parts of US melodic metal powerhouse Dokken who started to grow at the same time on the other side of the pond.
As mentioned, High Roller Records is re-issuing this classic in various formats on April 16th and the ones that for what reason missed Tokyo Blade at the time, here is your chance to catch up.
By the way, the label also re-releases ‘Night of the Blade – The Night Before’ on April 30th, which was recorded with Alan Marsh and sounds a bit harder.
- Someone to Love
- Night of the Blade
- Rock Me to the Limit
- Warrior of the Rising Sun
- Unleash the Beast
- Love Struck
- Dead of the Night
- Lightning Strikes (Straight Through the Heart)
Label: High Roller Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: April 16th, 2021