T.T Quick - 1986 Metal Of Honor

edited August 2 in year-1986


ALBUM: Metal Of Honor
LABEL: Megaforce
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 1999, Steamhammer/SPV, SPV 076-21512 CD


LINEUP: Mark Tonrillo - vocals * David DiPietro - guitars * Walt Fortune - bass * Erik Ferro - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Metal Of Honor * 02 Front Burner * 03 Hard As Rock * 04 Child Of Sin * 05 Asleep At The Wheel * 06 Come Beat The Band * 07 Hell To Pay * 08 Queen Of The Scene * 09 Glad All Over * 10 Siren Song


New Jersey natives T.T. Quick made their name playing the club scene in their home state, releasing a self titled E.P. in 1984 on the independent Avalanche label.

Anthems such as 'Go For The Throat' and 'Metal Man' gained the interest of Johnny Z's Megaforce Records and T.T. Quick were signed to the label.

Their 1986 debut proper has since gone on to attain cult status in the U.S. and the band seemed destined, like so many others, for the big time.

The Songs

T.T. Quick played a basic form of American Heavy Metal, with the heaviness raised several notches above luminaries like Motley Crue and Ratt.

Oddly, the nearest comparison is 80's era Pantera, with 'Metal Of Honor's sound closer to 'Projects In The Jungle' and 'I Am The Night' than anything.

The title cut displays Tornillo's distinctive vocals, sort of a mix of Vince Neil meets Brian Johnson (AC/DC). With such a title, it's a broadside of aggressive riffs and a Keel like chorus, huge on chants.

'Front Burner' and 'Hard As A Rock' proceed similarly, mid paced and intense, the reliance on the macho choruses.

'Child Of Sin' slows things down, but the main riff keeps the energy alive.

The speedy 'Asleep At The Wheel' and 'Come Beat The Band' are more hard rock based, particularly the amusing hook of the latter which could have even been a hit.

'Hell To Pay' switches between quieter acoustic moments and a heavy Def Leppard type chorus before 'Queen Of The Scene' tears things down among a bluster of riffs and shouts.

'Siren Song' concludes the affair on almost ballad mode, uncomfortably close to Cinderella.

In Summary

As the album gained strength T.T Quick were offered the opening slot on David Lee Roth's 'Eat 'Em And Smile' tour, but were shut out due to record company meddlings.

Following 1987's 'Sloppy Seconds' and 1989's live 'Thrown Together Live' albums, Quick split up, dissatisfied with the business as a whole.

More than a decade later they reformed, original line-up complete, and recorded a new album 'Ink' which was released in 2000.

Whatever they do is always bound to be compared to 'Metal Of Honor' inevitably, still an essential metal listen nearly two decades later.

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