BRATS - 1980 LP
This is a serious lesson in metal history for you lot out there! The ultimate re-issue of the legendary »1980 Brats« album, complete with 4-page insert, poster and extensive liner notes. As you may or may not know, Copenhagen’s very own Brats morphed into the one and only Mercyful Fate when a certain Kim Bendix Petersen (aka King Diamond) joined them towards the very end of their short “career”.
Apart from the future Mercyful Fate guitar duo of Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, Brats featured singer and bass player Yenz (born Jens Arnsted), who later went on to form Geisha and Y (together with King Diamond bassist Hal Patino).
By 1980, the Brats had already made some waves in Denmark by inking a deal with major label CBS and recording their debut 7” single “B-Brains” (a split affair with “Vivian Wants To Dance” by Tyrantz on the flip side). The engineer of the record was none other than a certain Flemming Rasmussen (anyone aware of an album entitled »Ride The Lightning«?).
Soon after the release of »1980 Brats« the original band did fall apart, giving birth to Mercyful Fate. With songs such as “Punk Fashion”, ”Heavy Rocker” and “Zombie People” »1980 Brats« was a totally unique album mixing punk, hard rock and proto-metal. It was far ahead of its time!
High Roller Records, silver vinyl, ltd 300, 425gsm heavy cardboard cover with high gloss lamination, 4 page insert with extensive liner notes by Yenz, poster, mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony