Edge Of The World
This is the UK hard rock band that signed to Chrysalis a couple of years ago, released a single (‘Head Contact (Rock’n’Roll)’ / ‘A Soul For The Devil’) and then seemed to disappear into obscurity… until now.
Most, if not all, of the material here is at least two or three years old, and will be familiar with a lot of headbangers who have the singles and tapes of the band’s early radio sessions. Included are the tracks from the aforementioned single, as well as ‘Highway Rider’ and ‘Red Lights’ from the band’s debut release on the Metal label back in 1980 when Wolf went under the name of Black Axe.
‘Red Lights’ is undoubtedly the heaviest track on the album, although the best has to be the hard driving ‘Shock Treatment’. Other highlights are ‘Too Close For Comfort’, ‘Medicine Man’ and the title track, ‘Edge Of The World’.
The remaining two numbers, ‘Heaven Will Rock’n’Roll’ and ‘Rest In Peace’, are of only average quality, and it must be said that ‘Head Contact (Rock ’N’Roll)’ isn’t the headbanging mayhem that the title suggests.
Still, a good album from Wolf, but whether they can challenge the likes of Heavy Pettin’, Mamas Boys and countless other commercial UK hard rock bands fighting for supremacy, remains to be seen.
Review taken from Metal Forces, Issue 4 (1984)
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