I know you wouldn't believe my words. I know you metal-heads that are so passionate about your (our) music think to know every great album in the genre. But I think you don't know this one, you don't know it and you don't know how big it is. It's almost impossible and believe it or not this is one of the most amazing metal album of all times! The prove that this album is quite unknown is that no one has ever reviewed it here on Amazon before me (and we are in 2010). I was a Kid when this album came out (1985, 25 years ago gosh!) way before I discovered Jazz I was a metal kid (and still I am in the deep of my heart). I remember that I bought it in the metal shop that we had in our town (way before the Internet!!!). I was intrigued by the curios costumes the guys of the band were dressed with. They had a sort of Star Trek suits (believe it or not in those years was not that strange!! ;) ) but yes, it was a little bit unusual even for the times. The band was composed by a strange crew. Parramore McCarty (phenomenal singer in the genre, in the following years he recorded another masterpiece with Steve Stevens, Atomic Playboys), Joe Floyd (guitar, responsible for most of the writings, thank you for the unforgettable riffs Joe!), Rick Bennett (bass and keys), a drummer that I can't remember the name (Jimmy Volpe??) but that if my memory is correct in the following years changed sex (!!!), and a Japanese looking guitarist (was american I believe) Tommy Asakawa which used one of the first Jackson Randy Rhoads model (that Ratt elevated to fame more than Randy in following years). A very unusual crew at the time visually. They really seemed a Star Trek unit. Well that was enough for me, a band looking like astronauts, OK GREAT (!!!)! I was 16 and already has been a Kiss fan for years so I decided to buy the album on the spot. I was lucky because I NEVER found that album elsewhere again (until I did buy the cd version many years later). Well I took the album home and put the stylus on the record ... the first seconds of silence ... (vynil thrills!!) and then this marvel started. Guys. I was immediately BLOWN AWAY by this album! It was a revelation! An unbelievable series of killer riffs attacked me and I was, I mean, BLOWN AWAY!!!! I listened for this album for YEEEEEARS and then when the cd came out on Metal Blade (1991) I immediately did buy the album again and it's still a reference for me for what metal is concerned. Its riffs still are to me the most fantastic metal riffs ever written!!! It's a straight metal album in the Judas Priest vein. It's not trash, it's not glam, it's not death, it's metal, pure heavy metal with KILLER riffs that will stuck in your head forever and will never go away! Most amazing tunes are "Defenders of creation" (*****), "Fighting for the Earth" (*****), "Day of the evil" (*****) and "Ruler" (*****), all five stars tunes (to say the least) which ranks among the most devastating metal riffs of all time (they hit you like HAMMER SHOTS believe me!!) "Only the strong survive" is another very strong tune with a very beautiful "running bass intro". Very beautiful is the "ballad" "Cold fire" very soulful. In the end, believe me, this album is a masterpiece that define what Heavy Metal is. The guys did a fantastic job and I want to tribute the very beautiful guitar playing by Tommy Asakawa that inspired me for years. Buy it and ... PLAY LOUD!