This Scottish hard rock outfit was formed in 1988 by guitarist/vocalist Ricky Warwick, drummer Stump Monroe, bassist Floyd London and guitarist Tantrum. Comparable in style to Tank and Motorhead, they were, along with outfits such as the Quireboys, Little Angels and Dogs D'Amour, one of the bands at the forefront of the revival of British heavy rock during the late eighties. The were signed to Polydor Records and they released this awesome debut in 1989. Dodgy lyrics aside (especially from a radio broadcast point of view!), many of the tracks were brilliant and the musicianship flawless. They released a mini live album "Blood, Fire & Love Live" the following year, and by then, they'd built up a solid reputation as a very good live act. Their 1991 album, "Soul Destruction" emphasized the growth of their songwriting abilities as it spawned the UK Top 20 hit, "Free 'n Easy". They opened the 1992 Donington Monsters of Rock festival and they went down an absolute storm. Further albums were released during the early to mid nineties, all of which are worth checking out.   
  
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Biography by Ed Rivadavia
The Almighty were among a number of '90s British hard rock bands (also including the Wildhearts, Wolfsbane and Thunder to name but a few), which received extremely enthusiastic reviews in their homeland but achieved little or no success in America. Much of the blame for this certainly lies with the over-patriotic British press, but in the Almighty's case, the greater problem may have been that its members were mostly veterans of the punk scene role-playing as a heavy metal band for fashion's sake. Sadly, by the time they decided to drop these pretenses and return to their roots, the group's 15 minutes of fame were almost up.

After the disintegration of New Model Army in 1988, their rhythm guitarist, Ricky Warwick, founded the Almighty in his native Glasgow, Scotland with lead guitarist Tantrum, bassist Floyd London and drummer Stump Monroe. The foursome gradually moved away from their punk origins, acquiring a hard rock sound and biker image to match the prevalent heavy metal trends of the day. Signing with Polydor Records, they entered the studio with a highly suspicious producer in first-timer Andy Taylor of Duran Duran fame. The collaboration proved surprisingly fruitful, and 1989's excellent Blood, Fire and Love resulted in a solid collection of metal anthems spiked with punk attitude. The band then hit the road for over a year, earning a reputation as a formidable live unit and recording the appropriately titled Blood, Fire & Live to serve as a stop-gap until their next studio outing.

1991's Soul Destruction may have retained much of the debut's general formula (as well as producer Taylor), but the band played it a bit too safe for most critics and fans. The subsequent tour saw the Almighty struggling with internal strife and exaustion. Guitarist Tantrum exited at tour's end, being quickly and efficiently replaced by ex-Alice Cooper band member Pete Freezin'. The Canadian's arrival seemed to re-energize the band, and 1993's Powertrippin' saw a surge of creativity as the group tried to keep up with the quickly changing musical scene. But while the album was the first to benefit from simultaneous release and moderate promotional support in the U.S., the group's relationship with Polydor was deteriorating rapidly, eventually resulting in their release from the label.

1994 was a year of great change for the Almighty. Signing with Chrysalis Records (not exactly a power in hard rock circles) may have been a mistake, but the band made up for it by securing the services of mighty Sanctuary Music Management, home to Iron Maiden, W.A.S.P. and others. Released in early 1995, Crank was not the group's best effort but was certainly their most honest as they shed their heavy metal posing and began to preach a return to their punk rock roots. Unfortunately, the move seemed too calculated for most fans who saw the band as trend-chasing musical mercenaries, landing the final blow to their waning fortunes. Just Add Life, released in 1996 by Castle Communications, proved to be the Almighty's swan song, yet rumors still suggested that Warwick was planning to re-form the band. 

 

Pete Friesen
Floyd London
Stump Munroe
Ricky Warwick
Tantrum

Core
Nudeswirl
Motorpsycho
Heir Apparent
Monster Voodoo Machine
Smack

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The Almighty - 1989 - Blood, Fire & Love - 2/5

The Almighty - 1991 - Soul Destruction - 2/5

The Almighty - 1993 - Powertrippin' - 2/5

The Almighty - 1995 - Crank - 4.5/5

The Almighty - 1996 - Just Add Life - 3/5

The Almighty - 2000 - The Almighty - 3.5/5

The Almighty - 2001 - Psycho-Narco - 3/5

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