Fist – Back With a Vengeance (The Anthology)

The Guns n’ Roses before Guns n’ Roses; Axel Rose before Axel Rose. That is what we feel when we listen to the first three tracks of this anthology of Fist, one of the first bands to be considered NWOBHM. Try out the third track of CD1, “You’ll Never Get Me Up (In One Of Those),” and you will see what I am talking about. Yeah, this is a double CD release with a total of 33 tracks (?)! Well done, Dissonance Records!

As all compillations, or anthology if you may, there are various different moments, specially when it is a band with some history of member changing, mostly vocalists. Keith Satchfield and Glenn Coates had very different styles of singing. Guitarists hate what I am about to say, but vocalists are the soul of a band. Change them, change the heart. Impossible not to. Compare “Name Rank and Serial Number” to “Lost and Found.” Pretty opposite, hum? Great tracks, though. But the same catchy choruses and inspired lyrics with non-metal corpus. The quality of the recordings change a bit too. Even with the great and carefull remasterization Dissonance Records did, some songs are still too thick like “Dog Soldier,” with its Uriah Heep taste and inspired guitar riff. The following track, “All I Can Do,” has the same grip. As I told before, Fist changed from a plantian, and zepellinian, vocals to a heeping one. I like them both, but a huge change, and in general, fans do not take all that changes. There is also a Status Quo cover, “The Wanderer.”

Fist’s history is very close to a bunch of semi-known NWOBHM. They disbanded after a few years of ups and downs and regrouped in the beginning of the 2000s, and are still playing. Life sometimes offers second chances, and third…

Fist “Back With a Vengeance (The Anthology)” is another precious gem panned by Dissonance Records.

Track Listing:

CD1

  1. S.S. Giro (Original Axe Version)
  2. Name Rank and Serial Number
  3. You’ll Never Get Me Up (In One of Those)
  4. Throwing In the Towel
  5. Turn the Hell On
  6. S.S. Giro
  7. Too Hot
  8. Lost And Found
  9. The Feeling’s Right
  10. Dog Soldier
  11. All I Can Do
  12. Devil Rise
  13. Going Wild Tonight
  14. The Wanderer

CD2

  1. Brain Damage
  2. One Percent
  3. Vamp
  4. Hole In the Wall Gang
  5. Axeman
  6. Forever Amber
  7. Watcher
  8. Terminus
  9. Gone Without a Trace
  10. Collision Course
  11. Same Time Same Place
  12. Roll It
  13. Pumping Iron
  14. Give It All Back
  15. Left Standing Again
  16. Where They Are
  17. Dog Soldier (Rough Version)
  18. See the Devil Rise
  19. Law of the Jungle

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