Category: DVD Reviews

Biff Byford – ‘School Of Hard Knocks’ (Silver Lining Music)

When an iconic frontman from an iconic band releases their first ever solo album – and does so more than four decades into their career fronting said band – it is perhaps fair to say that the prospect of same could be approached with equal amounts of anticipation and trepidation. The canon of British heavy metal is littered with stories of varied success. Paul Di’Anno has spent his time since leaving Iron Maiden living on the legacy of the two albums he recorded with them, while Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson both produced some very dodgy stuff, to say the least. In fact, it could be argued that only Ozzy and Robert Plant have flourished by carving their own paths outside of the bands with which they made their respective names… which brings us neatly to this first ever solo offering from one of the most recognizable voices, never mind dominant forces, on the ÜK metal scene…

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Dead-End Drive-In – ‘Dog Eat Dog: All Boro Kings Live’ (Metalville)

Formed when Mucky Pup bassist Dave Neabore and guitarist Sean Kilkenny quit to find an avenue for songs they had been writing but which didn’t find the band’s style, New Jersey’s Dog Eat Dog are regarded as one of the pioneers of the hardcore punk/hip hop/rap/ska crossover style. They quickly hit their stride in 1994 with the release of their debut album, ‘All Boro Kings’, which not only saw them become one of the first bands to feature saxophone as a prominent element of their sound but also spawned them three moderately successful singles, one of which ‘No Fronts’ was featured on the legendary ‘Beavis And Butthead’ cartoon series.

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