GEISHA • Phantasmagoria LP

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Heavy Metal Worldwide 1987
Sometimes when you buy an album you have the good fortune of finding an unexpected surprise inside. Could be coloured vinyl, a poster, hand transcribed listener lyric sheet (kinda like winning the lottery in my opinion), or promo material. With this one I found a mini GEISHA promo package... just a brief bio and a buncha reviews, but it's always fun to read the hyperbolic nonsense record companies spew to pump up their second rate bands. According to the supplied info, GEISHA were on the verge of taking over the world and becoming the next big thing... or the next WRATHCHILD to be specific (aim high boys!). Anyways, someone failed to instruct the intern at the record label to not include the negative reviews... cuz at least 50% of 'em are less than flattering (ooops). I on the other hand think this is a pretty decent slab. Commercial and lunkheaded though it might be, it's still heavy and fun, and reminds me of SPELLBOUND's fantastic Breaking The Spell LP or a heavier RATT... making the phantasmagoric title and cover art a bit misleading. Mildly interesting factoid: GEISHA axe slinger Pete Blakk would go on to join KING DIAMOND for the Them, Conspiracy, and The Eye records. Oh shit... even cooler, vocalist Yenz Cheyenne (aka Jens Arnsted) was the singer in BRATS with Michael Denner and Hank Shermann! (thank you Encyclopaedia Metallum)
DOWNLOAD: Geisha-Phantasmagoria.rar (61.32 MB)

7 comments:

Zealot Crusader said...

Two ups back to back? You must be on a roll this week.

Alcolm X said...

You betcha... oh wait, the streak's over.

Zealot Crusader said...

*the fail horn sound effect from "The Price is Right" comes out of nowhere*

Neil A said...

Hey, great blog...I purchased this album yesterday at a record fair and I love it. Heavier than I expected, some anthemic tunes, very '80s metal...great stuff, even if it's only about 30 minutes long.
www.essentialheavymetal.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Geisha Fu... Rokks man!

Anonymous said...

Downloading... THANKS!

Anonymous said...

imo one of the best Hard & Heavy blog around, congrats, dude, great job!