Elixir: All Hallow’s Eve

Heavy metal music – in the grand old style.

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Elixir’s history is a long one, distinguished not by achievement, but by a quality as simple and as admirable as perseverance.

They began in 1983, and 27 years and six albums later, still sound exactly the same.

The term Byfordesque, had it ever been coined, might have been so for the vocals of Paul Taylor, a man who sticks to a stoic lyrical line involving hallowed doors, raven’s claws and Daughters Of The Moon. Behind him, naturally, come twin guitars and a thudding rhythm section that on occasion produce a meaty riff, You’re Not Fooling Me being the best example here.

The young Lars Ulrich would have loved them – instead, opportunity never quite knocked. Elixir, though, remain admirably unbowed by fate’s fickle hand.

Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.