ARMED FORCES - Let There Be Metal Mini LP (1984) USA
Metallic Flame Records
01. The Night Rider
02. Let There Be Metal
03. Into The Darkness/The Intruder
04. Teaze Me
Scott Knight - vocals , keyboards
Michael Manne - guitars
Tommy Bolan - guitars
Steve A.Tetro - bass
Joey Cussamano - drums
NWoBHM influenced quintet from Brooklyn, New York, ARMED FORCES were originally formed in 1980 and went through the usual phase of having to play covers, in this instance songs by JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN, in order to get the gigs and pay the bills.
By the time the band recorded their debut offering, the mini LP 'Let There Be Metal', lead guitarist Michael Manne was the only original member of the band. Whilst the band's demos had publications such as Britain's 'Metal Forces' magazine proclaiming the band to be the future of Metal, the actual record once released turned out to be a rather disappointing, muted affair.
By 1985 the band had undergone severe line-of changes and, almost overnight, turned themselves into a Glam band, much to the horror of some of their strongest supporters, with only Manne and Tetro remaining from the band that recorded the mini album. Joining the revamped line up came vocalist Kevin Burns, guitarist Billy 'Flash' Blakk and drummer Dante 'Madman' Renzi.
It was with this bunch that the New Yorkers changed their name to ARMED FORCE and signed to the Iron Works label for the release of the 'Heavy Artillery' album. Tommy Bolan later joined WARLOCK.