What a great album, in every respect! [Firedance] "Call Me In The Morning" was the only song I new until yesterday, now I've fallen in love with all the other songs too! Thank you so much Andy for making it available!
[After a reply from the band]
Wow, am I happy to have found you! I'll tell you the story:
back in '84 or '85 I was given a cassette with songs from Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, the Scorpions, AC/DC etc. I knew most bands but there was no playlist. I played the tape for years in my car (imagine the toll on the tape!) before the tape ended up in a box, first in my garage and later, after I moved, in the attic.
A year ago I rediscovered it and started out searching for the band names and song names. I managed to come up with all the names... but one. All year long I searched the internet for a song I thought was called "Call me in the morning" (no idea then that was actually the correct name) listening to all songs by the Scorpions, Krokus, Accept, Free, Rush (I came close!), Journey etc. But I couldn't find it.
I turned to several Dutch radio stations and a friend of mine even posted (our interpretation of) the lyrics on Allthelyrics.com. All without the desired effect... Very, very frustrating! But it only made me more determined: I had to find the name of the song and the band.
And then, yesterday, I finally had my long awaited break! Having entered "hardrock" "call me in the morning" "lyrics" and "1984" in Google I found a link to nwobhmstuff.blogspot.com which put me on a lead to the Firedance album. I couldn't believe my luck!
And it was going to get even better: I found your official Shiva website from which I could download the entire album! Needless to say I did and my goodness, what a great sound (after only ever having heard the one song from a worn down tape) and what a great album! Absolutely fantastic!
I also downloaded the artwork (a pity the file doesn't include the lyrics...).
Next thing to do was create a MySpace account to enable me to share this story with you. I hope you've enjoyed reading it!
Quite a story don't you think!
In the mean time I've purchased both the Firedance and the Continuance album, the latter through the regular channels, for the former I had to resort to eBay sadly.
They sound so much better from CD!
I must say I really like Continuance, another great album (Questions is one of my favorites, and Eden, and Not There... love 'em all!).
And what a remarkable story behind the Continuance album becoming a reality, after all those years!
I'm so glad the artwork includes the lyrics, I really do miss them on the Firedance artwork.
[The Firedance lyrics are now available on the eSnips page]
Thanks again for giving us such great music! And what a shame there aren't any more albums. If only times had been more favourable to Shiva...
My best regards,
27 Mar 2009, 20:24
NWOBHM....or Canadian Progressive Rock?, November 18, 2006
Reviewer: Justin Gaines "Corporate Rocker" (Atlanta, GA)
Continuance, Shiva's follow-up to their 1982 debut album is far from your ordinary New Wave of British Heavy Metal album. For one thing, it was released in 2004 - a full two decades after the NWOBHM scene redefined the metal genre. For another, Continuance doesn't sound much like the typical NWOBHM album at all.
The band actually recorded most of the material on Continuance back in 1983, but for whatever reason it remained unreleased until recently. The band, working with reissue label Majestic, cleaned up those recordings, digitally remastering them so they sound as good as anything released today.
Like I mentioned earlier, Continuance is not your typical NWOBHM album. In a scene where the dominant players were Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Motorhead, Shiva stands out with a sound that owes more to a pair of rock bands "across the pond" - Triumph and Rush. Shiva's sound was fast and melodic, yet had a fair share of progressive rock elements. Think "Never Surrender" meets "Signals". There is still some of the traditional NWOBHM style to their sound, but that's probably not the first thing you'd think of when you first hear Continuance.
I give this album an enthusiastic 4 stars. The sound quality is good enough that you'd never guess how old the songs are (which also says something about the songs themselves). This is a winner, whether you're a die-hard NWOBHM fan, or simply a fan of high quality hard rock. Rush fans will most likely be pleasantly surprised by this album as well.
Majestic Rock Records
Originally released in 1982, SHIVA’ s debut album for Heavy Metal Records 'FIREDANCE' is widely regarded as a NWOBHM classic. Now, twenty-two years later, comes the band's follow up release 'Continuance'. Culled from the recordings that were begun for the band’s proposed second album for Heavy Metal Records and demos recorded at various times during that period, the album shows the band’s vaguely Rush styled hard rock in it's best possible light. SHIVA were a class apart from the average NWOBHM act - and this album proves it!
Remastered from the original tapes and transferred to CD for the first time, ‘Continuance’ is what should have been Shiva’s second album had they not been dropped by Heavy Metal Records. ‘Continuance’ is an instant rock classic in similar vein to stuff by Blue Oyster Cult and Rush so as you can guess it’s totally different from the kind of music made during the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era that Shiva are so closely associated with.
Shiva formed in Bristol in 1979 by guitarist/singer John Hall, guitarist/singer Chris D’Avoigne and drummer Simon ‘Jack’ Carver who would shortly be replaced by Chris Logan, and then the band would be stable by 1981, ready to join Heavy Metal Records the following year. Their 1982 debut album ‘Firedance’ is widely regarded as classic album from that period. Chris Logan soon left and there were further changes with the drummers who would replace him as well as financial complications with their label that would drop the band in 1983 after claiming the songs on ‘Continuance’ were not heavy enough. Shiva spilt in the autumn of 1983.
‘Continuance’ is populated by really catchy songs like ‘Power Of Persuasion’ and ‘Ring Of Fire.’ The hooks are in the right place and the melodies are very enjoyable and at times smoothly polished. This is a solid, honest release that is often a joy to hear.
Issue #19 December 2004
Shiva - Continuance
(Majestic Rock) Total time: 54:59
For years and years, “Firedance”, the band’s debut and only album was highly revered, as one of the best records that came during the NWOBHM era. Although the band, distances it self by sounding more rocky than metal, what cannot be denied is the bands ability to pen a catchy tune. Imagine a cross between a tamer RUSH and insert vocals that distantly would echo the melody of acts such PERSIAN RISK or SARACEN, in their mellower moments and SHIVA is the result. This was intended to be the bands second release, but the record company didn’t back them up and eventually, the band broke up. 20 years down the line, the original tapes and some material that survived only on cassette, gets a re mastering and finally a release. The band missed the train and they do not seem willing to take another stab, but the fact, that the record company didn’t want to put out this album back then, really left me scratching my head. Songs like the superbly melodic and catchy “Power of Persuasion”, “Ring of Fire”, “Eden”, the stompy but poppy “Thief” and “The Gallery” do not lack the hooks. It’s such a shame really that the band disbanded back then and it makes me wonder if the record company AR guys ears were full of strawberry jam or something?.. The sound is clear (even the cassette sourced songs are ok), the music quite refined but nonetheless sparkling and magical. Ah, if only...
Ps. Somebody please RE RELEASE the OOP “Firedance” album?cherry red ???
Reviewer: Dimitrios Fatouros
Added: December 13th 2004
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Feb 12, 2005
What a surprise to discover this CD! Shiva were a band associated with the NWOBHM but were like a more avant garde, raw , exciting Rush. They released one superb album and vanished without trace. And here we are 21+ years on and we get a superb set of demos for the never released 2nd album and oddities from various sessions. Best tracks "Window on the West" and 'Eden" worst track an inferior version of "En Cachent" which was on the Firedance album.
An absolute joy of a release.... this for me is all what loving music is about .. discovering these gems!
Get Ready To Rock!
SHIVA ‘Continuance’ Majestic MAJCD051 (2004)
Famed for their classic Firedance LP at the height of the NWoBHM, the band did actually continue and started work on a second album.
The band were promptly dropped by their label due to 'low sales' and the tracks for the second album not being heavy enough.
20 years on, here you are. The band had the tapes, and some other cassettes, remastered them and they’re out in their full glory on Majestic.
It’s come out rather well, sounding good and solid, and the music’s great too. Not that heavy and certainly not NWoBHM, but it’s a thoroughly enjoyable set.
Lots of guitar solos, some real nice polished work. Worth checking out.
Review by Joe Geesin
Lords Of Metal E-zine
Shiva - Continuance
File under Heavy/power metal
Ralph: What to do with this release? 'Continuance' of British rockers Shiva is a collection of tracks that were never released before and were left on a shelve somewhere. These tracks are over twenty years old. Shiva released one album 'Firedance' at the time which did fairly good in the NWOBHM community. Still the band did not live too long, they split up in 1986. We have British writer John Tucker to thank for bringing out 'Continuance'. Tucker wrote a book on the NWOBHM and one thing led to another. It appeared the band still had left some material left that was never released and Tucker made a deal with these guys. Here we are in 2004 and the original recordings are available for everybody. Do not expect modern things of any kind because the twelve tracks were literally taken form an attic and put on CD. Think Bad Company or Blue Oyster Cult and you know what I mean. This is mainly a fun release for people who have (and love) 'Firedance'. Nostalgic, that is what it is.
The Old School
March 11, 2005
Friday - 5pm eastern (10pm UK) (11pm Eastern Europe) - New Show
Monday - 11pm eastern (4am UK) (5am Eastern Europe ) Repeat of Friday Show
Wednesday - 10am eastern (3pm UK) (4pm Eastern Europe) Repeat of Friday Show
Greetings again everyone.
This week is an all new show. All new bands that have never been played on here before...except I think Explorer I have played once but other than that, all new bands, all new songs.
Also we will be featuring the new CD from Shiva called "Continuance". We will be playing 4 songs from the cd and its a damn good cd.
SHIVA are probably among the best kept secrets of the NWOBHM movement. Loyal to the legendary Heavy Metal Records label led by Paul Birch, for which they released all their 80's material, the highly-talented trio from Bristol never followed any trends, and always went for personal style that won them a cult following throughout the years. Mixing sheer power, remarkable musicianship and a taste for odd melodies, Shiva crafted some excellent "thinking man's heavy rock", borrowing at times from prog, but still firmly planted in the metal territory. The sum of their early efforts is the now-classic 1982 album "Firedance", including some of their finest songs such as "En Cachent" and "Angel of Mons". Most notably the band has recently returned on the market with the "Continuance" album, containing a dozen unreleased tracks from the golden years, restored from old tapes.
Posted by: Goblin on Nov 04, 2004
The Forgotten Scroll -> Heavy Metal Database
Shiva represent the melodic side of the N.W.O.B.H.M. movement, being on the same side with bands like Limelight and Saracen. Their melancholic style and emotional tunes combined with their brilliant musicianship lead to a fantastic result. Continuance has nothing to be jealous about when compared to the magnificent Firedance.
Posted by Trampakoulas: Feb 8 2005, 06:57 PM
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