8. Tokyo Blade – Tokyo Blade (1983)
Ignore the confusingly retitled Midnight Rendezvous version of Tokyo Blade’s debut album (retitled for U.S. release for reasons unknown) and set your sights on the 8 sickle-sharp tracks found on the original self-titled release.
Lean, sharp and precise, Tokyo Blade’s debut was primed for the big-time and should have carved a direct route to the heart of the genre.
Very much in the same vein as Iron Maiden, Tokyo Blade’s lifeblood still pumped to it’s own tune with choice cuts “Break The Chains” and “If Heaven Is Hell” proving the band had more than enough edge to keep up with Maiden and Saxon etc.
This was pure Heavy Metal with all traces of 1970’s Hard Rock dominance consigned to the scrapheap. For it’s time, Tokyo Blade was state of the art and breathlessly fast and to paraphrase opening track “Powergame”, you do want it and you do need it!