Samson were one of the premiere bands of the burgeoning New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene, forming in the late 1970s by guitarist Paul Samson. In 1981, the band recorded and released its third album, Shock Tactics, a tightly-produced album that placed them nicely between Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC. But it didn’t work out for the band; their label folded, their management was inept, and during the album sessions, their lead singer Bruce Bruce–who had joined as vocalist for their previous album–decided he’d rather be frontman for the band working next to them in the studio, Iron Maiden. “Earth Mother” is one of the best tracks of the lot, a potent heavy metal blues that finds Bruce Dickinson channeling Robert Plant.
Shock Tactics is available now via Real Gone Music.