section of the site contains details on all of the band members
from The Almighty and includes members past and present.
following was written by Dave Ling and transcribed by myself
from the booklet which accompanies the 'Wild & Wonderful' compilation
album released by Spectrum Music in 2002.
The Almighty were perceived as something of an overnight success,
a notion encouraged by their signing to Polydor Records after just
a dozen public performances. But behind the scenes, the quartet
had been rehearsing three times a week for the previous 12 months,
honing their sound, writing and re-arranging material. What they
came up with was a rivetingly hooligan compote of punk rock attitude
and screaming hard rock guitars. The Almighty were rawer than a
recently picked scab, and just as enjoyable and bloody.
Then, as now, the band's driving force was guitarist/vocalist
Ricky Warwick. Having served his apprenticeship via a spell as a
fill-in guitarist with New Model Army, the Northern Ireland-born
youngster brought his musical vision to a line-up that included
guitarist Tantrum, bassist Floyd London and drummer Stumpy Monroe.
As he said in late '89:"The four of us set out to form the
sort of band that we'd go and see ourselves."
Their live debut took place at the Rooftops in Glasgow on 2nd March,
1988, and The Almighty (the name came to Warwick in a dream) began
supporting anybody who would let them, including Motorhead, Gun,
Wolfsbane, The Ramones and, er, Horse (London). Their earliest gigs
were charged with a remarkable energy level, as I discovered upon
inadvertently walking in on them opening for a band called God at
London's Marquee Club. Five major labels had tried to sign the band,
yet they eventually settled with Polydor.
The resulting album, 'Blood,Fire & Love' was greeted with unanimous
critical acclaim. "Their riffs are primed to inflict maximum
destruction", boomed RAW Magazine, while Kerrang! claimed:
"They do not just play music, rather they pick up some guitars
and shovel it in your face." And Sounds rightly hailed them
as: "Loud, greasy and soon-to-be-legendary gits!"
After the low-price mini-album 'Blood,Fire & Live', former Duran
Duran guitarist Andy Taylor produced their second studio disc, 'Soul
Destruction', in 1991. It was to be their last with Tantrum, quickly
succeeded by Canadian Pete Friesen, who was stolen from Alice Cooper's
band. With the following album, the Mark Dodson-produced 'Powertrippin''
(1993), the new-look band worked their way onto that year's Castle
Donington bill, which was an achievement considering Warwick had
been a paying customer just three festivals earlier.
But disaster was on the horizon. After opening for Metallica at
Milton Keynes Bowl, the band jetted off to the States, where at
one particular show they'd been booked to support a Metallica tribute
band in front of just 60 people.
The Almighty's business problems overwhelmed them after 'Crank'
('94) and 'Just Add Life' ('96), and Warwick split the group to
form his own band, (sic).
Since reforming last year with ex-Whatever guitarist Nick Parsons
filling the Friesen role, they've cut 'The Almighty' for Sanctuary
Records. 2001 finds them in good health and spirits, with several
British tours under their collective belts. "I'm proud to condsider
myself somebody who's making a living out of being am alternative
musician," Warwick told me earlier this year. "Our niche
is being a very punk rock heavy metal band, and long may it continue."
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