Originally named Coming Blood, a moniker so vile even this notoriously unruly collection of characters jettisoned it, UK hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover group the Bloodâ€™s line-up featured Bill Sykes (vocals), J.J. Manson (guitar), Snake (guitar), Mark Brabbs (drums) and Phil Butcher (keyboards). Combining MotÃ¶rhead -styled power chords with punk dynamics and irreverence, the group made its debut in March 1983 with â€˜Meglomaniaâ€™. A superb, caustic single, played with the velocity of the Damnedâ€™s â€˜New Roseâ€™, it found supporters in both rock and punk camps. The subsequent album, False Gestures For A Devious Public, was just as convincing. Overt humour, as demonstrated on tracks such as â€˜Gestapo Khaziâ€™ and â€˜Done Some Brain Cells Last Nightâ€™, did not deflect the band from the potency of their music, but the albumâ€™s impact was ruined by poor distribution and promotion. Follow-up efforts failed to repair this damage, as the group lost its sense of direction and transmuted into just another heavy metal band.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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