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PostSubject: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Wed May 02, 2018 10:17 pm

An interesting goody from Stormspell here, with a bizarre back story fit for an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries."

Does this tape look familiar to anyone? If so, maybe you can help Stormspell Records find the "Mystery Band."



*(begin shameless plug) article about the "Mystery Tape" on my blog:

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Quick Reader's Digest version: Danny (Stormspell head honcho) found this reel of recording tape at a flea market some years back. The guy he bought it from got it as part of a storage unit auction and had no clue who the band was or where they were from. Aside from the band name "Steel Assassin" (or perhaps "SteevAssassin?") on the front cover, there were no song titles, musician credits or any other details on the package - just an address for a "Haymarket Productions" in San Francisco and a 1986 recording date.

Stormy would like to find this band so he can negotiate a full legit release of their material (or at least give them their master tape back) but so far he's had no luck. The address on the box turned out to be a generic apartment building in San Francisco and none of his contacts in the underground are familiar with the tunes. All he's been able to figure out is that this is NOT the Massachusetts based "Steel Assassin" band who have been kicking around since the '80s.

Storm eventually decided to press a limited number of CDs featuring the "mystery band" and gave them out as freebies to anyone who ordered $50 or more of merch from his web store during a recent sales blow out, in the hopes that someone out there might recognize the band/songs. If you missed out on that deal, he's got a couple of tracks up for listening on the label Bandcamp page: https://stormspell.bandcamp.com/album/demo-1986

So hey, if you live in the San Francisco area and your oil change guy won't shut up about his the time his old band opened for Exodus at Ruthie's Inn back in the day, or your office copy repair man keeps telling you how his old band "shoulda' been huge," you may have the key to solving this mystery, and Stormspell wants to hear from you!!!

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu May 03, 2018 1:26 pm

I'm looking forward to getting my copy when the rest of my order arrives. It's a neat backstory for the "mystery band".

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu May 03, 2018 4:15 pm

I believe that Stormspell has been looking for the band/musicians behind this for years! I am more than sure that the mystery will eventually get solved. I too am looking forward to getting this when my order gets here.
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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Fri May 04, 2018 10:56 am

metalken wrote:
I believe that Stormspell has been looking for the band/musicians behind this for years! I am more than sure that the mystery will eventually get solved. I too am looking forward to getting this when my order gets here.

Yep, he's had a couple of tunes from it on his label's Bandcamp page for a long time, with no luck. I guess by pressing some CDs and passing them out to customers he's hoping to kick the campaign to find this band up a few notches. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:42 am

Finally got around to listening to this one. I'm shocked how good it is. Not sure if Stormy cleaned-up the tapes or not, but the sound quality and production is excellent, considering the backstory of this band. I was expecting some rough demo recording.

And looking past that, the music itself is excellent. It fits right in with what was going on in with the scene in the early 80's. A little metal, a little glam. Shame these guys are such a mystery.

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:48 am

MetalGuy71 wrote:
Finally got around to listening to this one. I'm shocked how good it is. Not sure if Stormy cleaned-up the tapes or not, but the sound quality and production is excellent, considering the backstory of this band. I was expecting some rough demo recording.

And looking past that, the music itself is excellent. It fits right in with what was going on in with the scene in the early 80's. A little metal, a little glam. Shame these guys are such a mystery.

Yeah, it's a good'un. Last I heard, Storm is still not any closer to ID'ing the Mystery Band though.

Stupid question: when you filed this one away on your CD shelf, did you put it under "S" for "Steel/Steev Assassin," or "M" for "Mystery Band" (since that's what's on the CD spine)? Laughing very hard

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:52 am

I went with Steel Assassin - Mystery Band. It'll go in the "S" section of the archives. When I ripped it to my computer, I almost went with Steel Assassin - Master, but decided to stick with Mystery Band.

Steev Assassin wasn't an option. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:10 pm

When I finally get a copy, I'm filing it under Steev - Assassin Master. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:13 pm

Dang. Now I want to re-rip it under the moniker "Steev Ass - A Sin Master". butt dance

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:14 pm

MetalGuy71 wrote:
Dang. Now I want to re-rip it under the moniker "Steev Ass - A Sin Master". butt dance

Laughing very hard

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:31 pm

MetalGuy71 wrote:
Dang. Now I want to re-rip it under the moniker "Steev Ass - A Sin Master". butt dance

lol!

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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:00 am

Are we talking about the US metal band? I own two of their studio albums, namely war of the eight saints and WWII metal of honor.

Great band.
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PostSubject: Re: "Steel Assassin," aka the Stormspell "Mystery Band"   Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:50 am

Gilbert wrote:
Are we talking about the US metal band? I own two of their studio albums, namely war of the eight saints and WWII metal of honor.

Great band.

Nope, that's a different band, same name

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