1. Tysondog – Crimes of Insanity (1986)
In 1986, Thrash Metal was in full swing and while the UK had a few bands attempting to keep up with their American cousins (Onslaught, mainly) one band in particular had all the necessary ingredients to make the leap from NWOBHM also-rans to UK Thrash giants; that band was Tysondog.
Effortlessly bridging the gap between the NWOBHM and British Thrash Metal, Crimes Of Insanity is a fast-paced thrill-ride through 10 tracks of glorious Heavy Metal.
“Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down” is the quintessential anthem and “Blood Money” recalls the likes of early Overkill and Flotsam and Jetsam, blending furious riffs and galloping pace with choruses so catchy your immune system will surrender on the spot. Even Tysondog’s decidedly risky cover of the Alice Cooper classic, “School’s Out”, pays dividends; the amped-up, added pace adding grit to an already classic tune.
Crimes Of Insanity should have elevated Tysondog to next level contenders but it wasn’t to be. Get ready for the bad pun….the only insane crime committed here is that this album wasn’t a massive success!
A tip of the hat to the following: Chateaux – Firepower/ Legend – Death In The Nursery / Gaskin – No Way Out / Elixir – Son of Odin / Hammer – Contract With Hell