Ar­maged­don: The End Of The Be­gin­ning

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - Dom Law­son

Ex-Irons re­visit their (sort of) hal­cyon days.

When an al­bum ar­rives with the claim that two ex-mem­bers of Iron Maiden are in­volved, metal afi­ciona­dos have ev­ery rea­son to get ex­cited. Un­for­tu­nately the ex-Maiden men in ques­tion are for­mer vo­cal­ist Dennis Wil­cox and gui­tarist Terry Wapram, and V1 was the band they formed af­ter leav­ing Steve Har­ris’s soon-tobe-colos­sal crew. They orig­i­nally recorded one demo and then van­ished with­out trace. Which may well make them leg­endary in self-con­sciously more-met­althan-thou cir­cles, but the re­al­ity is that V1’s re­turn is no kind of big deal.

On the plus side, th­ese re-recorded ver­sions of the band’s orig­i­nal reper­toire have plenty of charm and big, mem­o­rable hooks. Wil­cox is plainly not the great­est singer – it swiftly be­comes ap­par­ent why Har­ris looked for an­other front­man – but there’s a spirit and en­ergy driv­ing the likes of Devil Devil and the en­dear­ingly daft Croy­don Boys that save this from be­ing just an­other lump of warmed-up NWOBHM dreck.

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