In 1993 Metal, at least in the United States, had moved to the underground as Grunge and Alternative were at their peak of popularity. If you were playing more traditional Metal you even less popular, and if you were doing Classic Christian Metal, you were pretty much ignored by everyone. So when Christian Metallers STAIRWAY put out ‘No Rest:No Mercy’ is was unfortunately not given the time of day it deserved.
Now it’s being reissued (for the 2nd time) on it’s 30th Anniversary. Ironically their NWOBHM style has made a comeback and has become a scene of it’s own to some extent. It’s also ironic how fresh this album sounds with it’s raw/analog feel. Funny how in 1993 it was a dinosaur, and thirty years later it’s much more relevant. That’s the music industry for you.
It’s clear that STAIRWAY are quite talented, the songwriting is very strong. You’re not getting pounded over the head with Christian themes, in fact you might not really notice by casually listening.
If you’re hungry for some Classic Metal that sounds real and raw, STAIRWAY’S ‘No Rest:No Mercy’ may be the answer to your prayers.
Roxx Records has teamed up with UK Christian rockers STAIRWAY to release the definitive and very special 30th anniversary edition of ‘No Rest:No Mercy’
STAIRWAY was founded in October 1978 at beginning of the NWOBHM era, and has released six full length albums to date. The band was signed in 1990 by Kingsway Music as part of the 1991 White Metal Records compilation CD ‘White Metal Warriors’ and recorded two tracks, ‘Anybody There’ and ‘Walk Away’ exclusively for that album.
The bands debut album for Kingsway Music on the Edge Records label, ‘No Rest: No Mercy’, would be released in 1993, and produced by Paul Hodson (Hard Rain / Bob Catley), hailed the band’s International popularity and saw it’s debut chart entry in the Japanese Import Charts at #48. This is the album that started it all for Stairway and is still in high demand today.