Released on vinyl only

Release date: 2006
Label: High Roller Records / Hades Paradise Records
Provided by: High Roller Records
Website: -
Style: N.W.O.B.H.M.

Rating: 87/100
Reviewed by: Jørgen Ditlev
Date: May 11th 2006

Mansfield based N.W.O.B.H.M. band Sparta was formed in 1980, same year they released the “Fast Lane” single on Suspect Records, a year later the  “Angel of Death” single was released on the same label, and they were on the “Scene of the Crime” compilation that also featured Tyrant, Panza Division, Manitou and Savage. Not much more was heard from the Sparta camp since and they split up in 1987.  

Now High Roller and Hades Paradise Records has released a seven track album with five tracks from a 1981 demo, the two tracks “Boy King” and “Angel of Death” is really exceptional. The song from the “Scene of the Crime” compilation “Lords of Time” and the b-side of the “Fast Lane” single, a track called “Fighting to be Free”.  

The dueling guitars of Tony Foster and Steve Reders and the great vocals by Karl Reders are some of the best N.W.O.B.H.M. stuff that I have ever heard, to bad that these boys didn’t get around to make a full-length album.  

This is an essential release for all N.W.O.B.H.M. freaks, but it is limited to 500 copies so be quick or be sad.  

Recommended tracks: “Boy King” & “Angel of Death”.