Wednesday, June 17, 2009

MOTD - Chinatown: Old School Anthemic Metal Recorded Live!

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Chinatown
Song: No Time To Kill
Album: Play It To Death
Style: NWOBHM/Heavy Metal
country/location: Fareham, UK
release: 1981

Yes, it's another band that begins with China, deal with it! Not my fault that there are a few good NWOBHM bands with China in their name! (at least three that I'm going to share with you!)

Whenever I saw lists of bands who made up the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement, Chinatown always seemed to be on those lists along with Iron Maiden, Saxon and others. Like the previous bands in this series, they didn't release much, only a demo and a live album. However they made some pretty fantastic heavy music. They started off as a glam-inspired band before moving into heavy metal territory, though that influence is still somewhat there in the anthemic riffs and the high pitched vocals. This song's riffs are simple and catchy, while still being hard edged. The rhythm section isn't particularly extravagant, but they pound away hard rocking rhythms and keep the pace strong. This track was recorded live at a show sometime in 1981 and wow does it sound good for an early 80s live recording. Every instrument sounds clear and the reverb on the lead singer is pristine. It's a great gem of a heavy metal song!