JOHAN | 2007-05-13 >>>
7" SP (2003 Monster Nation, Steelfire Invasion)
Heavy metal for those who remember
Brno located Puls were
amongst the most prominent 80’s heavy metal warriors in Czechoslovakia.
Unlike their comrades from Citron, Titanic or Arakain, though, they
didn’t manage to come up with an official release during their glory
days and consequently disappeared from stages as well as minds of most
of their fans. There was one left, still. Namely Miloš, owner of the
vinyl label Monster Nation, who released a single of his favourite
band in 2003.
A look at the reverse side of the cover is all it takes to understand
when Puls were popular. Times of tight striped trousers or tiger
designs, t-shirts with the sleeves cut off, white trainers, preferably
ankle size. Apart from the photo there’s not much to be seen on the
whole sleeve. It actually seems too modest. The info inside contains
band members - each of the songs was sung by a different singer, with
a drawing of demons on background.
"Strhaná tvář" from 1986 on A brings speedy, uncomplicated heavy speed
metal. Speed rules - drummer hits it fast, guitars and bass go
straight forth and the singer Jiří Kubowský alters mid pitches with
high ones. The sound leaves something to be desired, but the
authenticity overrules the quality demands here. "Rázem vládne" on B
is something else, all in mid tempo with an interesting atmosphere
that develops and climaxes with the chorus. Josef Nykl on vocals
prefers the higher pitches, where he feels rather comfortable and
might remind of Ladislav Křížek in his heydays. The sound is more
clear - recorded much later (namely 1991), especially drums show an
example of good sound here.
I collect old single by Arakain, Citron, Orient, Sapon, Kern or
Vitacit, so now there's one more for the collection. When I feel
nostalgic and make a retro evening, I will gladly slip in Puls among
the more famous colleagues, once it’s hardly any worse.