Label: Easterstone - ESRC 013 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
Spear of Destiny was formed by Kirk Brandon and Stan Stammers from the wreckage of Theatre of Hateand named, with characteristic grandeur, for the weapon with which the Roman centurion Longinus pierced the body of the crucified Christ.
Much of the group's debut album was already in place before Lasette Ames and Chris Bell joined; released on the band's own Burning Rome label, The Grapes of Wrath echoed Theatre of Hate 's final demos with astonishing precision. This original quartet did not survive for long. The album had barely hit the street when Ames and Bell quit, the latter citing both personal and religious reasons he subsequently resurfaced in Gene Loves Jezebel.
This, the definitive Spear Listen - Spear Of Destiny - Thirty Years And Counting , toured constantly -- three outings during saw them saturate the U. The failure of One Eyed Jacks did much to knock Brandon back, dealing a blow from which he would not recover even after 's World Service, a less cohesive, but occasionally superior album just missed the Top Ten. Two further indelible singles, "All My Love" and "Come Back," were barely noticed, and when attempts to record a new album on the Manor Mobile collapsed in bad-tempered disarray, Brandon sacked the entire group.
This material was subsequently released within Spear 's Psalm series of archive collections. Ironically, it was now that Spear finally achieved the destiny which had evaded them for so long.
But before the group could capitalize on their sudden success, tragedy struck. Literally on the eve of an appearance at the Reading Festival, Brandon was diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome and ordered to bed.
He spent a year flat on his back, barely able to move at a time when Spear of Destiny's commercial stock had never been higher. Outland was their biggest seller yet; their first tour of America was beckoning He struggled back into action just in time to see Spear of Destiny fall apart. Their album, The Price You Pay and single "So in Love with You" foundered in the face of his inability to promote them, and while Brandon bravely tried to relaunch the group inreuniting with Stan Stammers alongside drummer Bobby Rae Mayhem and guitarist Mark Thwaite, his future drifted even further out of reach when sundry legal problems meant he couldn't even continue using the band's name.
Two largely unsatisfying albums document this era, the comeback Sod's Law, released inand Live at the Lyceum Abandoning Britain, Brandon relocated to Philadelphia, where he hooked up with the two American musicians who would Listen - Spear Of Destiny - Thirty Years And Counting the backbone of his future activities, guitarist John McNutt and drummer Art Smith.
Demos recorded by this team, under the tentative name Elephant Daze, would subsequently be issued on the Psalm Three archive collection; they went unreleased at the time, however, and Brandon returned to Britain, Say Something (Zac Samuel Remix) - Karen Harding - Say Something (File) his new bandmates with him.
For a time, the team toured as Theatre of Hate and briefly worked under the unlikely name of releasing the single, "Children of the Damned," and the album Stone in the Rain. Brandon finally took the Spear name back for himself inwhen he began work on a new album, Religion. Since that time, both Brandon and Spear of Destiny have worked constantly -- 's Morning Star album was followed by Imperial Prototype inwhile brought Tons of Sods, a collection of re-recorded classics hailing from radio sessions that same year.
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