As metal started to flourish in America in the mid-eighties,
bands like Blacklist were commonplace, releasing a self-financed
vinyl album or two without ever really gaining any worldwide
Hailing from Milwaukee, Blacklist's one release is a rare 4-track
EP, Sign Of 4
, featuring a classic American 80's metal sound
and a wailing vocalist in Mark Holz.
The production is rough, but nonetheless perfect for the times,
allowing the raw energy of their mid-paced metal anthems to shine.
Bands of this style were numerous back then, so while Sign Of 4
isn't the most original release in the world, it's a great
nostalgia trip back to a time where underground metal was really
starting to take hold.
(EP) The Sign Of 4
- Steady On The Steel
- Sin Sentence
- Mark Holz
- Jon Rogue
- Rick Koch
- Ron Pyne