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Power Supply - Budgie

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Budgie / Audio CD released 2000-03-27 at Repertoire

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      04.04.2008 19:04
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      Budgie's eighth album (1980).

      Revived from their late seventies slump, Budgie evolved with the times and the Cardiff trio reinvented itself as a NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band, partly thanks to the replacement of the increasingly moribund Tony Bourgewith a guitarist amusingly named John Thomas, whose own contributions would unfortunately go steadily downhill from this point onwards.

      'Power Supply' really does scream 1980 from every socket, from the shiny album artwork to the music and subject matter that don't bother to hide their obvious influence in Judas Priest and others of the movement, though Priest is the most obvious source here. This is no real problem though, as much NWOBHM tended to sound the same, and the best can only be distinguished by the band's ability to use the standard practices and come out with something inventive, even if this only amounts to a series of cool riffs.

      Thankfully, 'Power Supply' has these in abundance, and although most songs are structurally identical, with the exception of the more grandiose 'Gunslinger' and 'Secrets in My Head' that feature acoustic breaks, they all remain distinct thanks to some creative and memorable guitar work and choruses.

      Burke Shelley's vocals have made a clear change from the airy squeaks of the band's earlier work to something more credible as metal, and he really shows off his screaming abilities in the title song. Every song here is worth listening to for fans of early (particularly eighties) heavy metal, and even though it's a shamelessly chameleonic performance from Budgie, it's still more worthwhile than much of the similar material being produced by others around the same time. I'd rather listen to this than a Saxon album, but it's no 'British Steel.'

      1. Forearm Smash
      2. Hellbender
      3. Heavy Revolution
      4. Gunslinger
      5. Power Supply
      6. Secrets in My Head
      7. Time to Remember
      8. Crime Against the World

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Forearm Smash
    2 Hellbender
    3 Heavy Revolution
    4 Gunslinger
    5 Power Supply
    6 Secrets In My Head
    7 Time To Remember
    8 Crime Against The World
    9 Wild Fire
    10 High School Girls
    11 Panzer Division Destroyed
    12 Lies Of Jim