Scottish heavy metal is a rarity, yet Glaswegian hard-rockers The Almighty transformed all this in 1988. The four members; vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarist Tantrum, bassist Floyd London and drummer Stump Monroe, all came from a punk-rock background, taking their main influences from bands such as The Ramones and The Cult.
They were signed by Polydor in 1989, through which they released their first album, Blood Fire and Love. A live version of the album was released a year later, after the group embarked on a European club tour, following their failed attempt to break the USA. This was soon followed by a live mini-album, which included a cover version of the Bachman-Turner Overdrive's standard, 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet'. Shortly after, tensions between band members, left to, funnily enough, the departure of Tantrum. He was replaced by Peter Friessen, former guitarist for Alice Cooper’s backing band.
In 1992, The Almighty performed at Donnington’s Download Festival, and their aggressive performance lead to comparisons between the band and rock greats such as Metallica and Soundgarden. It was from this festival appearance where The Almighty really began to live up to their name. They were asked to support Iron Maiden across Europe, and played multiple stadium dates with Metallica.
In 1993, the band split from their Polydor manager Tommy Tee, and signed to Crysalis in 1994, a record label which the band claimed were ‘less demanding’. This attitude still lead to the band releasing two top 30 UK singles, Despite this, singer Warwick left the band in 1996, and the band split shortly after. They may not be together anymore, but the bands music still lives on as some of the best British metal ever made.
Blood, Fire and Love, Polydor, 1989.
Blood, Fire and Live, Polydor, 1990.
Soul Destruction, Polydor, 1991.
Powertrippin', Polydor, 1993.
Crank, Chrysalis, 1994.
Crank and Deceit: Live in Japan [Japan only release], 1995.
Just Add Life, Chrysalis, 1996.
The Almighty, Sanctuary Records Group, 2000.
Psycho-Narco, Sanctuary Records Group, 2001.
Wild and Wonderful – compilation, 2002.
Anth'f**ing'ology – compilation, 2007.
All Proud, All Live, All Mighty – live, 2008.
Source: Carly Page
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