Blind Vengeance | Metallion Magazine, Vol.1 #4, 1985
Who says metallers don't have a sense of humor? Not Blind Vengeance; they were once called Black Cabbage and played with a real live cabbage spray-painted black onstage. At that time it was all Darryl Fraturra playing guitars and his drummer friend Cam Goudy, and they figured they could get more girls if they had a heavier name, like Blind Vengeance. So that's what they called the band and went out to recruit Harold Hess who played bass and sang, a rare feat in the hinterlands of Ajax.
Since little Harold, only 15 at the time, would rather sing than play, a bassist had to be found whose parents would let him stay out late for rehearsals. Enter Bill Brough, an ancient player, all of 19, so there was no problem with him being able to stay out late. Along about spring of '84 Goudy split and was replaced by Darren Smith, who had been led astray by evil companions and wound up in the gutter, playing drums for a new wave band. Fortunately Darryl liked him despite the ridiculous haircut and saved his soul for metal.
From the beginning the Blind Vengeance chemistry worked and the boys quickly gained a local following in the Durham region. When they went to the big city to play they didn't do too badly eighter. They appeared at Larry's for the Heavy Metal Meltdown put on by The New Music and so impressed manager Liz Casselman, she signed the band on the strength of the show and their demo tape.
Then it was into the studio for their indie album, Taste Of Sin, which hit the streets in September '84. It got immediate radio attention on Q-107's Midnight Metal Show and a distribution deal with The Record Peddlar. Since then the band has played most of the major metal venues in the Toronto region and worked opening slots for Lee Aaron, Honeymoon Suite and The Warriors.
The band continues to grow stronger, with little Harold Hess developing into a very convincing frontman. They're no dummies in the royalty department either, the group wrote all the songs on their album, with the exception of Night Music, written by producer Bob Gallo specifically as a single. Their strongest tunes, Manikan and One Night To Live, stand just as tall by comparison. And with an average age of 17, Blind Vengeance can look forward to perfecting their power. Remember the name - you'll be hearing it lots. M
Metallion Magazine, Vol.1 #4, 1985
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