Conquest - 'Under The Influence'
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Derrick Brumley – Lead vocals, guitars
Mike Crook – Guitars, backing vocals
Rob Boyer – Bass, backing vocals
Tim Fleetwood – Drums, backing vocals
1.) "Metal Gods" - was released on 'British Steel' which was the sixth album by the British heavy metal band Judas Priest, released on 14 April 1980.
2.) "The Ripper" -"The Ripper" is a single by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, first released in March 1976. It was also featured on their 1976 studio album 'Sad Wings of Destiny'. It tells the story of "Jack the Ripper" from the rippers point of view. It has become a fan favorite and is one of the band's signature songs. Glenn Tipton penned the song shortly after joining the band, but producer Rodger Bain rejected including it on their first album 'Rocka Rolla'. The original version that Tipton wrote was much longer than the one eventually included on 'Sad Wings of Destiny' at nearly eight minutes as well as played at a slower tempo. It can be heard on some early bootlegs from 1975-76.
3.) "Wrathchild" - Was taken off of Iron Maiden's 'Killers'. The second album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on February 2, 1981 in the UK, and June 6, 1981 in the US. The album was their first with guitarist Adrian Smith and their last with vocalist Paul Di'Anno, who was sacked after problems with his stage performance arose due to his alcohol and cocaine use. This was also the first Iron Maiden album made with veteran producer Martin Birch, who went on to produce their next eight albums before retiring after Iron Maiden's 'Fear of the Dark' in 1992.
4.) "For Whom The Bell Tolls" - is a song by the American band Metallica. It was released as the second promotional single from their second album, 'Ride the Lightning'. Among their most-played songs, it has, as of November 16, 2014, been performed 1,305 times, behind only "One" (1,324), "Seek & Destroy" (1,396), "Creeping Death" (1,413) and "Master of Puppets" (1,467).
5.) "Ace Of Spades" - Was taken off the album 'Ace of Spades'. It was the fourth studio album by the band Motörhead, released 8 November 1980, on Bronze Records. It peaked at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart and reached Gold status by March 1981. It was preceded by the release of the title track as a single on 27 October, which peaked in the UK Singles Chart at No. 15 in early November. It was the band's debut release in the United States, with Mercury Records handling distribution in North American.
6.) "Anti-Social" - Originally recorded by the French hard rock band Trust, from their album 'Répression'. The song was written by Bernie Bonvoisin and Norbert Krief. The American thrash metal band Anthrax covered the song, using the alternate English lyrics, on their 1988 album 'State of Euphoria'. Their cover of the song also appears on the second disc of their compilation album, 'Anthology: No Hit Wonders' (1985–1991), along with a version featuring the verses sung in French.
7.) "Lights Out In London" - Is actually called "Lights Out" and was featured on UFO's sixth studio album by the band, released in May and also on October 11, 1977.
8.) "Wanted Dead Or Alive" -is a song from Bon Jovi's 1986 album "Slippery When Wet". The song was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and was released in 1987 as the album's third single. During a February 20, 2008 encore performance in Detroit Michigan Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd about running into Bob Seger at a Pistons game. As he introduced his song "Wanted Dead or Alive", he said it was inspired by Seger's "Turn the Page" hit and called the song the band's anthem.
9.) "Red Hot" - by Mötley Crüe taken from their 1983 album 'Shout at the Devil'.
10.) "Cowboys From Hell" - Was taken from the CD 'Cowboys from Hell' it was the major label debut and fifth overall studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on July 24, 1990 through Atco Records
11.) "Children Of The Grave" -is a song by Black Sabbath from their 1971 album 'Master of Reality'. The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by "War Pigs" and "Electric Funeral" from 'Paranoid', adding in Geezer Butler's pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song was released on the deluxe edition of 'Master of Reality'. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version.
Every musician, every band starts out with influences. For Conquest’s Derrick Brumley that started out with the likes of The Who, Black Sabbath and seminal albums from two superstar acts of the 70's - Foghat's 'Live' and 'Captain Fantastic' . Brumley found himself drawn to those records largely due to the guitar work on each. "I leaned towards the heavy side of those records," he recalls. "Not any one record at that time in my life but I really like the heavy guitars from these bands."
Conquest was formed in late 1988 by Brumley, along with Tony Restivo, Tim Fleetwood and Adrian Vesper. The quartet played around the St. Louis area, building a local following and releasing a series of demos, flirting with several metal subgenres before realizing that their future was based in traditional thrash music of the Bay Area variety and independently releasing their debut effort, 'Wicked Ways' in 1993 and the Ep 'The Killing Time' eighteen months later. In 1995 Vesper exited the band to be replaced by Mike Crook and shortly thereafter the band released their third effort, 'Rage' via the Greek label, Unisound and then 'Damnation' in 2001.
2003 saw the independent release of 'No Boundaries' and a full scale US tour undertaking 70 dates in all to support the album. “We put in a bunch of hard work that year,” reminisces Brumley. “We hit the entire Midwest down to Texas and then up and down the East Coast a few times. We did several runs, I just wish we could have gotten further west but there are no complaints.”
Armed with a new label deal with Dark Star Records and a partnership with Jagermeister Music, Conquest found themselves playing the Rockstar Mayhem festival as well as support slots alongside Slayer, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and others. 2011 saw the release of the 9/11 tribute single, "Never Forget," which was the band's tribute to America and then 2013's 'The War We Rage' breaking even more ground for the band, as well as introducing current bass player, Rob Boyer.
In 2014 Conquest decided to add an additional set (sometimes two) to their shows paying tribute to their metal heroes, calling it Tribute to the Metal Gods, covering the likes of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera and Slayer . With this concept the band decided it would be a great idea to record an entire album paying tribute to a batch of hard rock and metal legends. "We decided to do this as a fun little sidestep," Brumley explains. "Most cover bands play Top 40 stuff but we decided to honor the bands that set the bar for metal music."
Derrick Brumley runs down each song on under the Influence and why Conquest chose to cover them:
♫ Judas Priest – "Metal Gods": I've been a fan of Judas Priest since I was 11 or 12 and "Metal Gods" is one of their staples. Since I'm such a huge fan I wanted to do one of their most identifying songs without picking an overly obvious one.
♫ Judas Priest – "The Ripper": One of my all time favorite songs. When I first heard this song on 'Unleashed in the East" I was completely blown away: Our label, Dark Star, strongly suggested we cover this and since it's a part of our 'Tribute ...' set it made complete sense.
♫ Motörhead – "Ace of Spades": All four of us came to the conclusion that you can't put out a hard rock / metal tribute album and not cover the mighty Motörhead.
♫ Anthrax– "Anti-social": This is a cover of a cover (the original from French band Trust) which was kinda cool to me. To take a song that's been covered very well already and still add your own spin to it is a cool thing if you can bring it. And I think we did.
♫ UFO – "Lights Out in London": The band feels that UFO never got it due so we wanted to cover what Rob and I thought was such a heavy song as kids.
♫ Bon Jovi – "Wanted, Dead or Alive": We're lucky to have a few tracks from our previous albums on soundtracks for the various Jezebeth movies, including the latest one, The Guns of El Diablo, for which we decided to cover Bon Jovi's "Wanted, Dead Or Alive." It was fun to work on making it heavier than the original but not change it completely. I have to admit, this one was one hell of a challenge.
♫ Mötley Crüe – "Red Hot": Motley was a big influence on me as a teenager. I got into them in .83 with the release of 'Shout at the Devil' - great hard rock songs with metal overtones. This was such a cool double bass, guitar driving song.
♫ Pantera – "Cowboys from Hell": From my point of view these guys saved metal in the '90's. Mike worked his ass off on the guitar parts and he did a great job on it. Another great song to play live.
♫ Black Sabbath – "Children of the Grave": These guys started it all. When I was 7 or 8 my brother's girlfriend brought over their first album and I was completely blown away! She ended up leaving it at our house and it became mine. "Children .." is the one song that has stuck with me over the years.
'Under The Influence' is Conquest's sixteenth release. This includes their first five releases between 1988 through 1991 which are demos along with two E.P and one single. To my knowledge 'Under The Influence' is Conquest's first all cover's release. Founding member Derrick Brumley chose hard rock/heavy metal songs ranging from 1971 with Black Sabbath's "Children Of The Grave up to the 1990 Pantera release "Cowboys From Hell". As Derrick stated in the press release for the CD, the band handpicked songs that honor the bands that set the bar for hard rock and heavy metal music.
I have heard, and played hundreds of cover songs and ranging from country to hard rock/heavy metal and I have to say what Conquest has done is the best I have heard! This is by far one of the best, if not the best cover CD I have heard. Derrick and the rest of the guys in Conquest handled these songs with the utmost care showing that they have a true love for the music they love. The band stayed very true to the original songs and the integrity to the way the songs were originally written. I did not feel you had to be a die-hard fan of this music to like the release. Any general fan that has an honest true respect for music would like 'Under The influence'.