This Anthology is a collection of early demos and live tracks taken from their 1984 / 1985 era, collected together here by one of the UK’s most prestigious heritage labels, Angel Air Records.
Mournblade’s sound is a kind of cross of NWoBHM and 70′s punk, but also heavily influenced by prog rock bands such as Hawkwind etc.
Anthology is a great reminder of a band that could have been big, if not massive, and fans of the the band will surely appreciate finally having the many hard to find tracks together on one CD at last. Fans of NWoBHM will find this album interesting…
www.glitzine.net (January 2011)
Punk/metal and a dose of Hawkwind, that was apparently a new concept in the mid nineties…a fantastic trip in the time machine.
www.festivlphoto.net (February 2011)
Angel Air has established a pretty solid track record at being one of the best heritage labels around.
Imagine a cross between the psychedelic, spacey keyboard driven sounds of Hawkwind or early Pink Floyd, mixed together with the Michael Moorcock Sci- Fi influenced musings of the annoying, snot nosed, John Lydon-like vocals of one Dunken Mullett, and that pretty much sums up Mournblade in a nutshell.
www.seaoftranquility.org (February 2011)
With a name drawn from the books of renowned sci-fi writer Michael Moorcock their sound too owes much to the band who Moorcock is most associated with … Hawkwind. Titles like “Servants of Fate”, “Sidewinder/The Sorcerer” and almost inevitably “Science Fiction” are marked by strong similarity to the space-rock masters whilst the spacey guitars, keyboard swoops and sound effects are equally effective in identifying influences.
Okay, ambition and ability sound unfortunately unmatched by available budget, but it’s still a worthwhile listen with the band proving more than competent at what they were trying to achieve if devoid of something likely to announce their existence to the masses.
Perhaps the world in the mid-80s just wasn’t ready for two bands that sounded like Hawkwind? Later material from a rejigged line-up showed a distinct shift in style but that, as sleevenotes courtesy of GRTR!’s Joe Geesin indicate, will be revisited at a later date.
www.getreadytorock.com (February 2011)
…the music Mournblade played remains fresh in their time-bubble to kick a listener in the balls as hard now…
www.dmme.net (March 2011)
…an interesting insight into the early output…utilising demo cassettes, live recordings and the contents of their 1985 EP…
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (March 2011)
Mournblade’s music is punked up NWOBHM which is somewhat bizarrely boosted by huge keyboards that add an air of Hawkwind majesty…Angel Air don’t often get it wrong, with the vast majority of their vault plundering being of the highest standard.
Fireworks magazine (May 2011)
…they were similar at times to Marillion and Twelfth Night…but there were also touches of Hawkwind in the riffier moments and they were heavier than many prog bands…
Classic Rock Society (Mar/April 2011)