Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Shocksplit - "Under Wraps" [1989]

Artist: Shocksplit
Title: Under Wraps
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Country: UK
Release date: 1989

Track List:
  1. Undo the Chains
  2. Take Me in Heat
  3. Running Away
  4. The End Is Nigh
The NWOBHM movement ended in 1984-85, but some British metal bands appeared in the second half of 1980s can be regarded as "post-NWOBHM". One of such bands is Shocksplit, formed originally under the name Vengeance. They've released an EP and a couple of demos during 1987-90, and then disappeared without a trace along with many other lesser known metal bands around that time.

All 4 songs on this EP are very melodic and catchy, especially the opening track "Undo The Chains". Other notable tracks are "Take Me In Heat" (a fairly typical love ballad, but quite catchy as well), and "The End Is Nigh" (as you can guess from the name, this track is about the fears of a nuclear war, a quite common lyrical theme in the 80s' metal). Very recommended to check out if you like obscure melodic metal from the 1980s.

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