Quartz Makes Their Mark With NWOBHM Classic LP Stand Up and Fight

Quartz Makes Their Mark With NWOBHM Classic LP Stand Up and Fight

by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator

Quartz like so many great bands came out of the NWOBHM explosion of the late 70’s and early 80’s.  “Stand Up and Fight” by Quartz is an essential album to own if you are a pure collector of vinyl from the new wave of British heavy metal musical era.  “Stand Up and Fight” is the second album from heavy blues rock turned new wave of British heavy metal band Quartz.  Quartz hails from Birmingham England just like Black Sabbath.  Tony Iommi guitarist for Black Sabbath and the legendary Chris Tsangarides produced their first album in 1977.    Even with the help of those heavy hitters, their first album crashed and burned commercially.

The band’s sound still has remnants of classic ’70s heavy metal ala Rainbow but a lot  faster.  Quartz features a sustained attack that will have your head banging all night long.  Less aggressive than Angel Witch and not as melodic as Diamond Head, Quartz played heavy metal with a hard rock backbone and proficient technical chops.

Quartz Stand up and fight01 – Stand Up And Fight – Kicks the album off with a heavy melodic groove similar in style to Boston.  Lyrically the style and substance has more in common with early Black Sabbath. “Looking for right time to leave the place I have lived and loved for so long.  We’ve got to stick together, don’t let them walk all over you.  You’ve got to stand up and fight!” This is simply one of the strongest tracks on the album.

02 – Charlie Snow 4:42  Track two comes roaring out of the gate with a hard and heavy guitar riff similar to Ritchie Blackmore.  Vocally I am picking up hints of Ronnie James Dio as well.  I would say without a double this song is inspired by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.  There are even references to the Devil.  This song would fit right in on the first two Rainbow albums.  That is a good thing because this song just flat our rocks.  You can’t get it loud enough.  That is a winner in my book.

03 – Can’t Say No To You 8:07  Mid tempo rocker, while not a great song, it is still damn good and would be an easy fit into a .38 Special album.  This song is closer in style and sound to Quartz earlier blues rock based sound.  It is the perfect third track for this album.

04 – Revenge 14:25 – Now we are talking.  This track races out of the gate at warp speed.  Fast, hard and sleazy.   This sounds like the inspiration for Motley Crue’s “To Fast For Love”.  The early stages of speed metal were spawned by this track.

05 – Stocking Up The Fires of Hell 18:38 –  Now finally Quartz gets down to the business of being Quartz.  No more imitating their rock and roll hero’s on this track.  This is pure Quartz at their best.  Rough and ready.  The wasted potential of Quartz is really on display here.

06 – Rock ‘N’ Roll Child 22:46 Harmonies mixed with equal parts bump, grind and grit.  Lyrically this song is nothing to get excited about but musically it is a new wave of British Heavy Metal masterpiece.  “Getting high and reaching out for the sky, she is traveling at the speed of light.”  Maybe the lyrics aren’t so bad after all.

07 – Questions 27:38 Lyrically this track is useless.  Once again, the day is saved by some seriously crunchy old school heavy metal with just the right amount of new wave rock mixed in.  Forget the lyrics and enjoy the pure ecstasy of the jam (especially the keyboard solo).

08 – Wildfire 32:00 –  This track comes storming off the vinyl in a cataclysmic explosion of heavy metal drums, bass and guitars.  Lyrically the day is saved.

Fire in the sky

See a stranger smiling

Laughing in his mind

Hear the sirens wailing

Through a smoky haze

Turning on some crazy guy

Staring all the blaze

Wildfire smoking grass

Standing in the shadows

Watch the flames grow higher

Frightened faces runnin’ scared

And you’re the reason why

Wildfire smoking grass

You get the feelin’ that it could happen to you

When you’re sleepin’ in a hotel room

In the burning ashes you can hear them cry

Something you remember till the day you die

Wildfire smoking grass

Another place another time situation

Some other crazy kinda way to get my inspiration

Wildfire smoking grass

09 – Circles (Bonus Track) 38:02 – Lot’s of speedy guitars and cow bell’s to get this bonus track cranked up.  Lyrically this song is typical misogynist garbage about degrading women and putting notches on the bed post.  I am not knocking it, just stating what it is.  This is a typical bonus track as it is a take it or leave it song.  Not bad or good, just filler similar to the rest of the album but nowhere near as good.

Quartz “Stand Up and Fight is essential for metal heads who are trying to fully experience the magical sounds of the NWOBHM.

Enjoy for yourself and let me know what you think.

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Author: Jody Haskins

Jody Haskins is a 51 year old lifelong classic rock music fan. His favorite bands in no particular order are: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Van Halen and AC/DC.