Spellbound - Mordred - Fools Game
Label: Flying Records - HM-12 • Series: Metal • Format: CD Album • Country: Italy • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Funk Metal
Mordred was Alex's name, and Alex definitely drove the band. I was there for their first recording at a rented studio, and the lineup was Alex, Steve, Josh, Art, and a drummer that did not last long at all whose name I don't recall.
Practices all took place in Alex's garage on 25th Ave. I still have cassette tapes of many of those practices and songs that were never released. The bands first gigs were at the Mabuhay not sure of spelling, everyone just called it "the Mab" back then, across the street from The Stone Gardens.
Josh Juska left the band and eventually Sven and Slade took over one guitar and drums, then Eric took over from Slade. For me, Holderby is still a "recent" development ;heh. I was never sure why Alex left the band and gave up the name, but he wrote or co-wrote at least half the songs on the first album, but did not get credits beyond his initials "A. The only song to survive from Mordred's original lineup was Spellbound, though the lyrics were completely rewritten I have the old versionwhich is why it has "J.
I convinced Alex not to drop that song from the band's lineup many times. Anyway, I just wanted to set the record straight. Hey, Hiro. Brian T. Dawit Ferew Hailu - Vol. 2 Tila Kelelayie joined the Air Force and was not around much around the time Alex left teh band and the first album was released I did go to one or two practices with Holderby and Danny.
Alex used to like having me around becaise I had a ear for riffs Spellbound - Mordred - Fools Game could tell Alex if a riff they had come up with sounded too much like another riff Oh well. The band definitely was formed before Alex and Steve and Josh were all in high school at the time and in fact Steve and Josh were freshmen or sophomores when when band formed.
So, it was prior to summer of when Alex and I graduated from St. Ignatius or possibly even Post a Comment. Bands from New York to L. Thrash was different. But so were Mordred. Riffs supplied by Danny White and Jim Taffer, skin-pounding from Gannon Hall and a grooved bass bellow from Art Liboon, and it certainly was an album of grooves despite having the usual thrash relation, which other bands such as Forbidden, Violence and Defiance took on board.
And then there was the DJ! It was now a matter of time before the crunch of Spellboundor the pounding of Reckless Abandon would be tweaked into a cutting edge, self-styled groove way ahead of its time. But would the world be ready for Mordred?
Would metal be too Kalt Blut - Wulfband - Wulfband, too stale even for a band clearly light years ahead, Spellbound - Mordred - Fools Game risking being left behind due to lack of conformity?
It's difficult to say as to whether a majority of today's crossover acts would exist if it were not for the Mordred sound, but what is certain is that the 'moment' which Mordred represented is most definitely a period of time within the metal genre that was far more important than many at the time realised, and Fool's Game remains one Spellbound - Mordred - Fools Game the most important 'thrash' records of its era, and still sounds excitingly fresh today. Posted by Neil Accidental Voodoo - Dinner Music - Electric Hokum at PM.
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