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Warrior - 1985 Fighting For The Earth

ARTIST: Warrior
ALBUM: Fighting For The Earth
LABEL: 10 Records
SERIAL: MX215883
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1990, Ten, DIXCD9 * 2007, Ten, 10049


LINEUP: Parramore McCarty - vocals * Joe Floyd - guitars * Tommy Asakawa - guitars * Bruce Turgon - bass * Jimmy Volpe - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fighting For The Earth * 02 Only The Strong Survive * 03 Ruler * 04 Mind Over Matter * 05 Defenders Of Creation * 06 Day Of The Evil (Beware) * 07 Cold Fire * 08 PTMI * 09 Welcome Aboard

Warrior caused a bit of a popular storm back in 1985 thanks to the release of their debut phenomenon 'Fighting For The Earth'. Where Los Angeles could hold host to a number of commercial hair-metal bands such as Motley Crue, Ratt, Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot, it was around about the 1984/85 timeframe when some of the city's heavier bands started to make a name for themselves. Chuck names in the hat like Malice, Armored Saint, Lion and this lot Warrior. Two of the band members came from San Diego: Tommy Asakawa and Parramore McCarty. Both had played together in the band Secret Service, and were very good friends with other San Diego bands and musos such as the guys in Ratt and Rough Cutt. Taking a heavier stance and image, the band appeared to model themselves on the likes of Judas Priest and Savatage, taking a post-apocalyptic view of the world, in terms of their stage presence, image, music and lyrics. It seemed to work, the band appearing to be more serious and less of a gonzoid proposition than Armored Saint for instance. Signed to MCA in the USA, the band had a sister label in the UK, courtesy of Virgin/10 Records, also the home to Manowar and Gary Moore. Therefore, both sides of the Atlantic pond were presented with 'Fighting For The Earth' around about the same time.

The Songs
The rhythm section seemed to change from recording to those shown on the album jacket. Out went bassist Rick Bennet and drummer Liam Jason, to be replaced by Bruce Turgon and Jimmy Volpe. Why this was, is unsure. What is sure, is some of these songs. Anthemic belters that combine Floyd's and Asakawa's guitar work with McCarty's monster vocal work. To do this day, songs such as the title track (which aired extensively on MTV), plus 'Only The Strong Survive', 'Mind Over Matter', the mind-bending metal of 'Defenders Of Creation' and the relentless 'Day Of The Evil' all showcase what this band had to offer. It was (in my opinion) miles ahead of where other L.A bands should've been at the time. To ensure their cult status was not just confined to California and the west coast, the band would venture over to the UK for a much publicised show at the Astoria.

In Summary
Whereas their record company in USA wanted Warrior to be the next Def Leppard, the band had other ideas. By the time the boys had finished working on a new album, the management decided that HM was not 'cool' anymore, so the band fractured into oblivion. Some of the members thought that guitarist Joe Floyd wanted to run the whole show, and judging by the turnstile membership prior to, during and immediately after the album release, that comes as no surprise. Warrior's best known members would all go onto new projects, most notable Parramore McCarty who went out on the road with Steve Stevens And The Atomic Playboys. Bruce Turgon would join pal Lou Gramm's band, and then dovetail into Foreigner. Floyd formed his own band Cold Fire. Tommy Asakawa would move into music and TV production. It wasn't until 1998 that a revamped lineup of the band returned with a long overdue second album called 'Ancient Future', a much heavier affair, taking Judas Priest influences into a power metal style. Back in 1985/86, Warrior were a case of 'what might've been..' If you were wondering how easy it is to lay your hands on the CD? Err, not easy at all. It's pretty rare nowadays.

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#1 | englandashes on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Warrior actually appeared live on Channel 4 in the UK, on a show called ECT, which used to go out at 5.00pm on a Friday evening, only had one series and never to return. Used to video the shows on my old betamix video, and played the Warrior set alot, from memory the tracks they performed were Fighting for the Earth and Defenders of Creation.
#2 | Eric on October 27 2007 00:05:31
A bit out of character for me, but I liked this record. As you pointed out George, this album (and band) was a bit different from the hair metal sensations of the day and in turn a breath of fresh air. The record is full of great tunes and I still remember seeing Warrior's video on MTV and struck by McCarty's vocals. Good stuff!
#3 | dangerzone on November 21 2009 18:58:12
Great album, as classic as 80's metal gets. I've always felt this was closer to Icon's debut than anything.
#4 | TOUCH1980 on November 10 2015 23:39:18
'The Songs
To ensure their cult status was not just confined to California and the west coast, the band would venture over to the UK for a much publicised show at the Astoria.'

They didn't play the astoria but played the Marquee, Wardour St. Stonking gig it was too, they all played like mutherf*****s, the set was most if not all of the debut, a cover of Paranoid and I think they had to replay one of the songs already played as they had no more others to play. My lasting and rather unsettling memory was being right down at the front and center during their set with my face rather close to Parramore Macarty's codpiece for pretty much the whole set.

Still love the album as much today as I did when I bought it from Virgin records Brighton back in 1985.

Definitely in my top 100 all-time albums list.

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