Thursday, May 14, 2009

MOTD - Horsepower: Time To Take It 1979 Old School

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Horsepower
Song: Highway Robbery
Album: Outrageous (single)
Style: Heavy Metal/NWOBHM
country/location: US/UK
release: 1979

Ok boys and girls, it's time to take it old school! And I mean really old school! Like late 70s, 80s old school! It's also time to bring to light some bands that didn't get the fortune of becoming huge name bands! For the next several MOTDs, I'll be posting old school metal bands, many of which never released much more than a single or a demo. Some of them have enough of a cult following that their names might ring a bell or two, like Chinatown or Incubus. While others have been lost to the sands of time only to be rediscovered by record collectors and the internet, like Existance and Tiger Force. (also I was/still am to an extent on a huge old school obscure metal kick and want to share some of my finds)

Starting things off, I present to you one of my favorite finds, Horsepower! While they're often listened among with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement of the late 70s and early 80s, this band formed in Philadelphia. Only because they relocated to the UK and released this two song single did they become part of the NWOBHM. Whatever their label or location, this band rules, specifically this song. This midpaced song starts off with an incredibly awesome riff that is heavy (for it's time) and infectious. The singer gives a clean and bluesy performance that is passionate as well as rocking. With a mid range that is easy to sing along with and lyrics that are simple but effect, this is a great road trip song that will have you belting out even the high notes! And there are high notes! And what good old metal song is without a solo? The two guitarists play off each other in the solo section, utilizing different guitar tones and sounds. It's a well written hard rock/heavy metal song, and Horsepower perform it awesomely. This is definitely a song that will stay in your brain for days, and pleasantly so! And I call that, oooh, highway robbery!

Horsepower - Highway Robbery