The British hard rockin’ Heavy Metal legend QUARTZ, who recently teamed up with Gabriel Management (home of acts such as CRYSTAL VIPER, SACRED STEEL or SATAN’S HOST) in order to help them improve and increase their presence and status, is writing material for new album, and is putting finishing touches on the compilation with previously unreleased studio material from the ’80s, which will come out later this year via Skol Records.
QUARTZ were formed in 1973 in Birmingham, and their debut same titled album, produced by BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi, came out in 1977. Their second studio album “Stand Up And Fight” from 1980, and the 12″ EP “Satan’s Serenade” which was released the same year, are considered as classic and legendary releases of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. One of the founding members of QUARTZ, Geoff Nicholls, joined BLACK SABBATH in 1979 as a session musician, and except supporting the band on stage, recorded all keyboards that can be heard on all BLACK SABBATH albums released between 1980 and 1995.
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Legendary rock bands CRYER and QUARTZ reunited for a one-off appearance at The Asylum, in Hockley, Birmingham, England on Friday, December 16 to raise funds for research into encephalitis and teenage cancer. They replicated the night they played together at Digbeth Civic Hall on December 1, 1979, when QUARTZ recorded their live album.
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
QUARTZ came out of the British hard rock hotbed of Birmingham to join the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement in the late ’70s. With a lineup that included John Bonham associate Mike Hopkins and future BLACK SABBATH keyboardist Geoff Nichols, they were actually founded under the name BANDYLEGS but changed when Jet Records showed interest in the band. They signed a contract with the label and toured with both AC/DC and BLACK SABBATH before beginning work on their first album. The tour with BLACK SABBATH turned out to be quite fruitful, as they gained a tour manager (Albert Chapman) and a big fan in SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. Iommi took over the production duties on their eponymous debut, drafting QUEEN‘s Brian May into the sessions to play some guitar. The album was important to the emerging scene, and they joined DIAMOND HEAD and DEF LEPPARD in being one of the first bands to make heavy metal faster and less plodding. QUARTZ stayed relevant to the genre for their short time together, but by 1983 their irreconcilable differences split the band apart. Time has eroded how important the band was to the genre at the time, but fans of that period in heavy metal history know QUARTZ‘s place in the scheme of things. QUARTZ were among one of Birmingham’s greatest rock bands and all NWOBHM fans still holds tracks like “Satan’s Serenade”, “Wildfire” and “Street Fighting Lady” close to their hearts.
CRYER‘s two reunion gigs last year went down a storm, remembered for stunning vocals from Graham Careless, sparkling guitar solos from Huwey Lucas and a polystyrene head that would not blow up.