Title - On The Edge of No Tomorrow
Artist - Quartz
For those not in the know, On The Edge of No Tomorrow is the brand new studio album from legendary NWOBHM-influencing Quartz and features founder Quartz members Mick Hopkins, Derek Arnold, Malcolm Cope and Geoff Nicholls, with vocals from Geoff Bate and Dave Garner.
It also includes the final songs and recordings from Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls and guest vocals from Sabbath’s Tony Martin.
Although Quartz are often viewed as mainstays of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, in truth they were more of an influence on the movement, their origins predating the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) by a number of years.
The significance, relevance and importance of this album cannot be simply measured in just terms of music, because it’s so much more than that.
Indeed, the band hope that this will give the listener an insight into the amount of work, under some extreme difficulties and associated emotional feelings involved, in the completion and the eagerly anticipated release of their latest studio album that both honors and pays tribute to Geoff Nicholls’ legacy.
1. Freak of Nature
2. Death or Glory
3. They Do Magic
4. Master of the Rainbow
5. Night of the Living Dead
6. Evil Lies
7. Angels at the Crossroad
8. Keep Up the Fight
10. Babylon Is Burning
11. What Love Is
12. Dirty Disease
13. World of Illusion
14. Highway to Madness
This majestically-cultured, heartfelt rock project (and one that is easily accessible by all ages regardless of their metal heritage) opens on the riff-driven pounder Freak of Nature and the prog/rock/pop of Death or Glory and backs those up with the rambunctiously melodic They Do Magic, the drum-led, guitar heavy rocker Master of the Rainbow, the free-flowing pop rocker Night of the Living Dead, and then we get the prog balladry, at first, later the guitar lickin’ fest within Evil Lies and the pure metal of Angels at the Crossroads.
I mean, considering the fact that to the best of my knowledge, Geoff Bate hasn’t performed vocals on a Quartz record in nearly 40 years, overall his vocal expertise here is simply phenomenal as the recording continues onward with the cultured classic rock vibe of Keep Up the Fight and the free wheelin’ beauty Brainwashed and they are in turn followed by the mid-tempo balladry of Babylon Is Burning, the full force ’80s metal AOR of What Love Is, the recording rounding out on the prog grunge of Dirty Disease, the rhythmic rock of World of Illusion, coming to a close on the gently frenetic Highway to Madness.
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