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Formed in 1980 by Dennis Stratton (guitar) on his exit from Iron Maiden, he was joined in this crusade by vocalist Jess Cox (b. England, ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang), Frank Noon (Next Band/ Def Leppard) on drums, Steve Mann (Liar) on guitar and Rocky Newton (Wildfire) on bass. They made their highly impressive debut one Saturday night at the Marquee, London, but suffered from bad press thanks to criticism of Cox. This led to the cancellation of the next two appearances and saw Cox replaced by Reuben Archer (Lautrec). Noon quit in 1981 to join Paul Di’Anno’s band before setting off for Waysted. The nucleus of Stratton, Mann and Newton continued with various line-ups that included drummers Les Binks (Judas Priest) and Clive Edwards (Grand Prix). In 1982 they signed to Heavy Metal Records but only managed to release one track, on the Heavy Metal Heroes, Vol. 2 compilation. That track, ‘Lionheart’, remains the only representative recording of their early sound, as they later changed their style significantly. With the addition of Chad Brown on vocals and session drummer Robert Jenkins, they went on to record an album with producer Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon). This was a slick, Americanized effort that failed to capture the old fans’ interest or that of their target audience in the USA. In 1985 the band continued with drummer Andy Bierne and Phil Lanzon (keyboards), who had been playing with re-formed glam rockers Sweet. After a while, Lanzon also left and was replaced by Steve Mann from Stratus and new vocalist Keith Murrell. They eventually split up in 1986, with Bierne going into management, Murrell to Mama’s Boys and Newton and Mann joining MSG. Stratton later found fame in Japan as part of the British All Stars/ Praying Mantis line-up, which featured a number of ex-New Wave Of British Heavy Metal musicians.
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  1.   Song
  2.   Pain
  3.   Relentless
  4.   Never Break
  5.   The Hand That Feeds
  6.   Hail Mary
  7.   Towers of Silver
  8.   From Nothing
  9.   Die for Love?
  10.   LHHC
  11.   Rat
  12.   What Doesn't Kill You
  13.   Don't Speak My Name
  14.   Hard Times
  15.   Don't Look Back in Anger
  16.   Undisputed
  17.   Still
  18.   This Is Who I Am
  19.   I Am Forever
  20.   Betrayed
  21.   Love Don't Live Here
  22.   That's Real
  23.   Built On Struggle
  24.   What I've Become
  25.   The Will to Survive
  26.   Through Hell And Back
  27.   Witness
  28.   Brothers Keeper
  29.   Keep Talkin'
  30.   Leaves of the Same Tree
  31.   Can't Hold Us Down
  32.   John the Revelator, a mass for 6 voices, string quartet & organ~The Unnamable by Phil Kline
  33.   Bury Me
  34.   Dangerous Game
  35.   John the Revelator, a mass for 6 voices, string quartet & organ~Agnus Dei by Phil Kline
  36.   Rewind
  37.   The Castle
  38.   Lifer
  39.   New Enemies
  40.   Introducing
  41.   How I Was Raised
  42.   Nightmare
  43.   Jabberwocky
  44.   Wait for the Night
  45.   Better Days
  46.   Nowhere
  47.   It's You
  48.   Another Crazy Dream
  49.   The Bend Before The Break
  50.   I'm Already Dead
  51.   Solid Solution
  52.   Lock Jaw
  53.   The Only Life I Know
  54.   Rest In Power
  55.   At Your Door
  56.   Buried Alive
  57.   Lions Theme
  58.   Concrete
  59.   By Any Means
  60.   Reprisal
  61.   Dead Wrong
  62.   Filled with Hate
  63.   Letting Go
  64.   Escalante
  65.   End of My Rope
  66.   Wasteland by Travis Pacheco
  67.   Wasteland
  68.   With Honor
  69.   It's Too Late
  70.   The Truth
  71.   F.T.W.
  72.   Going Back to the Bay
  73.   Hot Tonight
  74.   This Means War
  75.   No Way Out
  76.   Calling You Out
  77.   Pure Anger