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QUARTZ ‘Stand Up And Fight’
(Majestic Rock MAJCD037)(2004) (41:37)

This vinyl gem and rarity finally gets a CD release. Released in 1980 at the height of the NWoBHM, this was Quartz’s only major label outing, on MCA. It was also their heaviest and roughest release, although still very much at the melodic end of metal for which they were best known.

The title track opens, and while the vocals do sound a tad strained, there is an element of Rush in the music.

In ‘Revenge’ there’s a touch of Maiden, while ‘Stoking Up The Fires Of Hell’ is a minor classic, and more typical of the Quartz sound than the opening track.

Sadly no sleevenotes and we’re not told where the bonus track ‘Circles’ comes from, but still a great album; strained vocals and production aside.


Review by Joe Geesin

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