APOLLO RA ra pariah [OPM 500 copies LP] crimson glory queensryche heir apparent
APOLLO RA is a band that ceased to exist a long time ago already, but it’s great to see Ra Pariah finally being properly released. As a matter of fact, Ra Pariah was recorded in 1987 already & it was originally supposed to be released on Shatter Records. However, Shatter went bankrupt while APOLLO RA were busy recording these tunes. As a result, Ra Pariah never got a proper, official release in the late 80’s, although tape copies did get around through the tape-trading circuit. APOLLO RA hailed from Baltimore, Maryland and started out in 1985. A 3-song demo was recorded prior to this. Ra Pariah was produced & engineered by none other than THE RODS’ Carl Canedy, who was also the band’s manager. Needless to say he did an excellent job. One song (Coming Of Age/Rukkus) was omitted from the original tape version and replaced by Creating Zero, a song that was mentioned on the tape, but the music of which was actually not on the tape. Confusing? Another demo (Alone In Darkness) was released after Ra Pariah as well, before the band disappeared into obscurity. Anyhow, APOLLO RA, despite never making a major breakthrough, were a great, powerful & pure heavy metal band, including a high-pitched vocalist, cool twin guitars & a solid rhythm section. And cool, basic but straight-forward songs too. Out Of The Night is a bit too commercial & melodic, but the remaining 9 tracks are all killer, no filler stuff, including absolute highlights Bane Of The Black Sword, Crimson Streets, Ra Pariah, Heaven’s Just Another Way, … It beats me why these guys didn’t go places; I’m sure if this had been released at the time it was recorded it would’ve made quite an impact
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