BAND OMEN (UK)
ALBUM DRAGON FLIGHT
LABEL OBSCURE NWOBHM RELEASES
OUR RATING 80/100
We're honest: among other cult NWOBHM names, we didn't know this band, only homonimus of better known US epic metal band.
But looking down members we can find a young WILL PHILPOT, guitarist of MILLENIUM and MICK THOMPSON, known as bass player of BLACK ROSE.
The band, formed in 1981, played live regularly, supporting, among others, BLACK ROSE.
Only one demo was recorded during these times, before the band disbanded when bassist MICK THOMPSON joined abovementioned BLACK ROSE.
We can find six songs in this album, with a sound surely influenced by bands as JUDAS PRIEST or first TYGERS OF PAN TANG (DRAGON FLIGHT), or by BLACK SABBATH (FLY AWAY, more in 70's mood).
Solos never obvious, beating bass..surely interesting considering the age of members, between 18 and 19 years old.
Not least SIGN OF THE SORCERER, more "punky", or OMEN, a real kick in the teeth.
If the darker ICE MAN reminds us somethin' from ANGEL WITCH, SATAN'S WRATH ends with power and energy this great demo.
Surely interesting for all NWOBHM collectors, always looking for new bands to add to own collection!