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V1 - Armageddon: The End Of The Beginning album review

Ex-Irons revisit their (sort of) halcyon days

Cover art for V1 - Armageddon: The End Of The Beginning album

When an album arrives with the claim that two ex-members of Iron Maiden are involved, metal aficionados have every reason to get excited. Unfortunately the ex-Maiden men in question are former vocalist Dennis Wilcox and guitarist Terry Wapram, and V1 was the band they formed after leaving Steve Harris’s soon-to-be-colossal crew. They originally recorded one demo and then vanished without trace. Which may well make them legendary in self-consciously more-metal-than-thou circles, but the reality is that V1’s return is no kind of big deal.

On the plus side, these re-recorded versions of the band’s original repertoire have plenty of charm and big, memorable hooks. Wilcox is plainly not the greatest singer – it swiftly becomes apparent why Harris looked for another frontman – but there’s a spirit and energy driving the likes of Devil Devil and the endearingly daft Croydon Boys that save this from being just another lump of warmed-up NWOBHM dreck.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Hammer and Prog for 14 intermittently enjoyable years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He listens to more music than you. And then writes about it.