Hawaii - The Natives are Restless (Axe Killer) 1985
1. "Call of the Wild"
This is one of those albums that's been on my want list for a looooong time. As long as I have been into metal, and as big a fan as I was of the "US Metal" compilations back in the 80's, I never did get the chance to hear either of the full length albums from Hawaii. Of course my interest was really peaked when I became a Cacaphony fan in the mid 80's and found out that extraordinary guitarist Marty Friedman had played in this band before Cacaphony. Still, I never ran across a vinyl copy of this album. Once I became a CD collection I had basically give up hope of ever hearing this band, figuring the chances of it being put to CD were slim to none. Well, much to my delight, Axe Killer from France issued "The Natives Are Restelss" to CD in 1999. So, was it worth the wait? Absolutely. Hawii are classic American heavy metal with a definite NWOBHM influence. After a short Hawaiian intro, the band blows through nine songs of furious heavy metal. Hawaii are not as flashy as the speed metal of Cacaphony, instead sticking to pure testoterone injected heavy metal that reminds me of bands like Armored Saint, Exciter and even early Ratt at times. "Omichan No Uta" is the one exception to this rule, as this song features some sweeping guitar melodies and certainly allows Friedman to show off a bit. "Call of the Wild" reminded me of some of that hyper metal that Exciter was so known for. Lyrically, there are several of the typical heavy metal clichés. Unlike much of today's music, in the 80's it wasn't about the complexities of life, rather it was all about rockin' out and having a good time. "Turn it louder, make it louder than hell, turn it louder, louder than hell." Absolutely! "Turn in Louder", "Dynamite" and the instrumental "Omichan No Uta" should all leave smiles on the faces of any metalhead that grew up during the heyday of real heavy metal. Friedman isn't as prominent as he will become in his band's to follow, but his leads are still unmistakable.
For anyone interested, you can hear samples of this CD at: http://www.vibrationsofdoom.com/test/Hawaii2.html Turn It Up Loud and enjoy!