Superb American speed/thrash metal with blistering vocals by Nasty Ronnie, who was also a pro-wrestler.
Nasty Savage (Metal Blade) 1985
Take every heavy metal stereotype you can think of and blow it up 10x and you've got the debute of Nasty Savage. Nasty Savage blows away and out blasts Manowar on every philosophical tenant. We're talking some serious metal here. Nasty Ronnie's voice is higher than King Diamond's, the music is heavier than the heaviest Judas Priest, and the stage show would have destroyed any club they were in. A great debut from a great band, who never received the reconition they deserved. Bring on the denim & leather!
Possessor recorded a cover of "Metal Knights"
Nasty Savage - Indulgence/Abstract Reality (Metal Blade) 1987/1988
Apply the above review to this album as well! "Indulgence" is a wall of sound that explodes with chunks of concrete falling all around. Nasty Ronnie sounding as nasty as ever. Another killer metal release that pushes the envelope of thrash metal. I had the original Restless cd version of "Indulgence" forever, but since I could never seem to find the "Abstract Reality" EP, I sold it on ebay for $9 and paid $11 to Metal Blade for this two-on-one disc re-issue. "Abstract Reality" is as good as, if not better than, "Indulgence."
Nasty Savage - Penetration Point (Crook'd Records) 1989
I was a big fan of this band in the 80's but never realized this album was released until the mid 1990's. I went to a record/CD show and found the original vinyl version for $1. Of course I had to begin a search for the CD! I soon discover it on Century Media's page. Ordered it immediately as I assume this limited edition CD will once again become scarce. (Which it now is) According to the official Nasty Savage page, only 2500 were pressed. Anyhow, the music is fast, more thrash oriented than anything Nasty Ronnie and Co. have done in the past. Noticably missing is the high, shrill falsetto vocals of Nasty Ronnie, who goes more for aggressive, rough thrash sound. This album was recorded at the infamous Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FL and was produced by Nasty Savage and Jim Morris (who also has produced for bands like Death and Iced Earth). I still have my original vinyl copy on Rotton Records with the original bad cover (pictured above), that is actually as bad as this re-issue.
Nasty Savage - Wage of Mayhem (Crook'd Records) 2003
1. "Sardonic Mosiac"
To celebrate the reunion of Nasty Savage, the band released this limited edition EP that contains two new tracks and their complete 1983 demo tape. Despite being a demo tape, the production on these four songs are actually pretty good. However it is the new songs I am most interested in. The music continues in the speed metal meets thrash metal mode that the band is know for. Nasty Ronnie's vocals are also similar to that of old, mixing in the high falsetto vocals with a more brutal thrash growl. The lyrics to "Wage of Mayhem" are a bit cliché, but I can certainly relate to their desire to "return to the old school." As a matter of fact, I applaud Nasty Savage for staying true to their roots. Can't wait for the full length CD which is slated to be released this year as well. This EP also came with a bonus CD titled "Crook'd Records Sampler" which contains tracks by Lowbrow, Hades, Cro-Mags and many others. Also includes the Nasty Savage track "Welcome Wagon" off Penetration Point (see above).
Nasty Savage - Cleveland '87 (Marquee Records) 2003
Yet another disc that I didn't realize was released. I just happened to be checking some information about Nasty Savage at www.brutalmetal.com when I noticed that eBay had a copy of this CD for sale. WOW! I didn't even know that Nasty Savage released a live CD. Apparently in 2003 that band released this vintage live show through their own Marquee Records. The copy I bought on ebay was being sold by Nasty Savage guitarist Ben Meyer. Awesome! As for the music on the disc itself, well this is all classic material from the band's first two albums when they were still young and hungry. That raw, live sound is present here, although the overall sound quality isn't top notch, it's certainly not unlistenable either. It's about equivelant to a high quality bootleg, which I guess is exactly what this is. There is a small bit of tape noise and even a small part of "?" that is crunched where the original tape got chewed by a tape head. Nasty Ronnie's crowd interaction was amusing as he must have said "Cleveland" about 10x by the second song. He certainly knew how to work up a crowd. "Cleveland '87" is a spirited, high-energy set from one a classic and criminally underrated metal band.
Must also add, every time I read the title of this disc I think of Spinal Tap lost down in the basement of that venue in Cleveland. "Rock 'n roll! Hello Cleveland! Hello Cleveland!!!" LOL!
Nasty Savage - Psycho Psycho (Crook'd) 2004
...and the mighty metal machine that is Nasty Savage returns with their full length album for Cook'd Records and oh what a record it is. (OK, technically it's a CD.) Nasty Savage continue like ten years hadn't passed since the recording of "Penetration Point." Amazingly the band even manages to keep the same line-up from the last album. "Psycho Psycho" is the perfect melding of pure American power metal and unadulterated thrash metal. These guys are just stinkin' heavy. Fans of the bands first two albums may be put off by the more aggressive nature of "Psycho Psycho", while fans of the more technical thrash end of the bands last studio album before their breakup may notice a slight return to the more basic metal formula of those early platters. No doubt this album falls somewhere in between the two styles. The self titled lead off track is infectious. The repetative chorus will stick to your brain like gum on a pair of Converse. Fozzy vocalist, and WWE Superstar Chris Jerico makes a guest appearance on three tracks here as well. My only real complaint with this CD is that I was hoping that Nasty Ronnie would go back to using more of his signature falsetto vocals. While they deep sneak in here and there on this disc, like in "Human Factor", but they are not as prominent as the bands 80's albums. Besides this minor complaint however, this is a metal CD that will get plenty of spin time on my CD player.