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Fast Kutz are a British heavy metal band from North-East England. They were formed in 1985 when guitarist Kenny Nicholson having released albums with Holland and Hammer on the UK based Ebony record label was given the go ahead to fulfil his desire to create something much heavier than the aforementioned bands. He recruited drummer Paul Fowler, bass player Nev Percival and vocalist Marty Clerkin and in 1986 the band set about recording their debut album “Burnin”. During the recording Clerkin was replaced by powerhouse vocalist Keith Davison.

“Burnin” was released in 1987 and a positive review by Ozzy Osbourne on BBC Radio 1’s Friday Rock Show led to the band being invited by DJ Tommy Vance to record a session for the show. By now Percival had been replaced by Ian MacLaughlan and second guitarist Ian Gillson was added to the line-up. To capitalise on the initial interest shown in
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Album · 1987 · Heavy Metal
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Quasi-NWoBHM band Fast Kutz arose to a mediocre prominence in 1987, with the legend himself Ozzy Osborne stating in a review for BBC One's that they were "the most energetic band {he'd} heard in ages". This is not praise to be taken lightly, nor is it praise that's easy to earn. So what exactly were these small-time bunch of English enthusiasts cranking out that made Ozzy almost sign the band to a label himself?

Well Burnin', the sole material ever officially released by the group, is admittedly quite a force to be reckoned with. This isn't necessarily due to a legendary revolutionary tactic or style that they employed, because on the surface Burnin' isn't exactly anything special in the writing or creativity department. What the band makes up for this however is in the intensity Ozzy was talking about that still holds up as remarkable even in latter-day. In a nutshell Fast Kutz are a powerful glam and heavy metal fusion band, acted out by a four-piece outfit. While such a fusion is often a recipe for silly and cringe-worthy disaster, Fast Kutz gets away with it with the intricacy and eclecticism of their instrumentation. Every member of the band is quite proficient in protecting each song from becoming monotonous with illustrious solos and powerful rhythms, especially guitarist Kenny Nicholson and drummer Paul Fowler. Songs like 'Dead or Alive' and 'Driving Me Crazy' are what keep this work from being less dated that many other albums of their caliber, and bands that faded into woeful obscurity around the same time this album was released, because they are content to unabashedly play music less from the mind and more from the soul.

Not to say that Burnin' is exactly a thinking-man's album, because it isn't. I myself am one who very much enjoys the company of brain-food tunes, and although I can laud Fast Kutz for making a competent and steadfast release, my personal tastes come to a partial crossroads. In short, Burnin' is a very fun album that I have a lot of fun with when the mood is right, but at the same time can't find myself accessing with relative ease all the time.

Unfortunately Fast Kutz met their demise when their label Ebony Records went defunct around the time the band was to record their second album. The group faded away in a puff of smoke in 1988, leaving unlocked potential six feet under, occasionally rising in similar band Black Rose which Paul Fowler joined subsequently after Fast Kutz' dissolution. However, Burnin' still remains proud and, as a legacy, I believe it was a relatively good one.

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