Sparta – Welcome To Hell


The old saying of good things come to those who wait can certainly be applied to Mansfield based Sparta and their fans as it has taken almost 35 years for their debut album Welcome To Hell to see the light of day. Formed in 1979 by guitarist Tony Foster, they only managed to release 2The old saying of good things come to those who wait can certainly be applied to Mansfield based Sparta and their fans as it has taken almost 35 years for their debut album Welcome To Hell to see the light of day. Formed in 1979 by guitarist Tony Foster, they only managed to release 2 singles. ‘Fast Lane’ in 1980 was named single of the week in Sounds, a magazine who was a major factor in the growth of NWOBHM and ‘Angel Of Death’ in 1981 which has been re-recorded for Welcome To Hell. Sparta disbanded in 1990 but reformed in 2013 following a compilation ‘Use Your Weapons Well’ on High Roller Records who have also released Welcome To Hell. I saw Sparta play a storming set at the prestigious Brofest Festival 2014 in Newcastle Upon Tyne with all 5 original members still in the band. 10 tracks that define NWOBHM are on offer here. The title track explodes with an ear grabbing intro riff that belies the ages of Sparta. After a call to arms cry of “Spartans! What is your profession?”, a grinding main riff backed by thumping drum patterns from Paul Reders give the rest of the […]

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