Metal Mind Productions presents Silver Mountain, a legendary Scandinavian heavy metal group hailing from Malmo in Sweden. They appeared on the scene in late 70â€™s, only to dominate the 80â€™s with their original and inspirational music. Over the years they released four LPs and one live album, forever carving their name in heavy metal history.
This exclusive re-release of their only live album, â€žLive at Hibiya ’85â€œ, brings back a true metal icon, delivering music that is timelessâ€¦ The album brilliantly captured the outstanding energy that emerged on the historical night (October 10th, 1985) at the Hibiya Yagai Ongaku-Do. The concert was a major success and brought the band many hopes for the future. New digipak edition is limited to numbered 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc. The album will be re-released on 6th October in USA (via MVD).
â€œLive at Hibiya â€˜85â€ (remastered + bonus track)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1260 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numbered copies)
Genre: heavy metal
Release date: 06.10.2009 USA
1. Shakin’ Brains
5. Handled Roughly
7. Walking in the Shadow
The band was first assembled in 1978 by Jonas Hansson (guitar, vocals), Ingemar Stenquist (bass), Morgan Alm (guitar) and Marten Hedener (drums). Taking their name from a song by Ritchie Blackmoreâ€™s Rainbow, the group begun crafting their own style, eventually releasing a single called â€œMan Of No Present Existenceâ€ in 1979. Unfortunately the single didnâ€™t gain much popularity and the band begun to suffer from constant line-up changes. Over the next three years, a large number of local musicians fronted Silver Mountain (including none other than the Swedish guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen!), until finally in late 1982 a solid line-up has emerged. The group, consisting of Hansson, guitarist Per Stadin, keyboardist Jens Johansson and his brother Anders on drums, played together for almost two years to eventually sign a record deal with the acclaimed label Roadrunner Records. Thus, in March 1983, Silver Mountainâ€™s debut LP â€“ â€œShakinâ€™ Brainsâ€ – was finally released. The album brought a huge dose of electrifying hard rock/heavy metal, clearly inspired by Rainbow, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. Brilliant guitarwork was the key feature of this release, instantly putting Silver Mountain on the top of the list of Swedish metal artists. Unfortunately, soon after the release of the debut LP, Jens and Anders Johansson departed to join Yngwie Malmsteen for the recording of his LP â€œRising Forceâ€ (later on Jens went on to Stratovarious, while Anders joined Hammerfall). Hansson and Stadin re-employed the bandâ€™s original drummer Marten Hedener and along with new vocalist Christer Mentzer and session keyboardist Erik Nielsen they recorded their second album â€“ â€œUniverseâ€ – in 1984. The LP didnâ€™t gain a huge success in Europe, but surprisingly it became a big hit in Japan. The amazing response enabled the band to play an excessive tour over the entire country, which ended in recording a live album called â€œHibiya â€“ Live in Japanâ€™85â€. The album brilliantly captured the outstanding energy that emerged on that historical night (October 10th, 1985) at the Hibiya Yagai Ongaku-Do. The concert was a major success and brought the band many hopes for the future. Unfortunately, their third LP â€“ â€œRoses & Champagneâ€, released in 1988 â€“ did not manage to become as successful as the band expected it to be. Recorded with two new members â€“ Johan Dahlstrom (vocals) and Kjell Gustavsson (drums) â€“ the album was a solid release with a bunch of memorable songs like â€œForest of Criesâ€, â€œParadise Smileâ€ and â€œNot You Babyâ€. Nevertheless, the poor sales forced Silver Mountain to disband in 1989â€¦
After splitting up, most of the musicians went on to different projects, while founder Jonas Hansson concentrated on composing soundtracks and his solo career, forming the Jonas Hansson Band. But the legend of Silver Mountain was not forgotten – in 2000, the original line-up which recorded â€œShakinâ€™ Brainsâ€ got back together for a couple of shows and eventually decided to make one last album, containing left-over songs from the debut LPâ€™s recording sessions. All songs were rewritten and recorded from scratch, brilliantly joining the old-school feeling with modern technology. Finally, â€œBreakinâ€™ Chainsâ€ was released in 2001, immediately becoming a long-awaited metal classic, especially with such amazing songs as â€œManiacâ€, â€œAxeman and the Virginâ€ and â€œDance Around the Fireâ€. The band called it quits after this release, officially closing the last chapter of Silver Mountainâ€™s history.