Rogue Male – First Visit reissue (1985/2008)

Rogue Male – First Visit (1985/2008 reissue, Metal Mind)

  1. Crazy Motorcycle
  2. All Over You
  3. First Visit
  4. Get Off My Back
  5. Dressed Incognito
  6. Unemployment
  7. On The Line
  8. Devastation
  9. Look Out
  10. The Real Me*
  11. All Over You*

(* bonus tracks)

Band Lineup:
Jim Lyttle – Vocals, Guitar
John Fraser Binnie – Guitar
Kevin Collier – Bass
Steve Kingsley – Drums

Producer: Steve James

Total Time = 46:46

Rogue Male unofficial MySpace page
Rogue Male at Encyclopedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
Listen to FIRST VISIT at Vibrations Of Doom
Metal Mind Productions

Rogue Male is one of those bands that came out of the U.K. in the early ’80s that is a lost piece in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) puzzle. I remember reading Metal Forces back in the day and they had some articles about this cool new band coming out of Belfast and how they blended a futuristic theme with the energy and enthusiasm of the early roots of NWOBHM. I saw this album cover and thought that this was going to be cool band with the Mad Max/cyborg concept. Then Kerrang! started predicting superstardom for Rogue Male and that was the kiss of death, the band basically got lost in the crowded Metal world by the end of 1985. By late 1984, the NWOBHM movement was starting to phase out: the big bands were already signed to big labels a few years earlier and the newer bands kind of got lost in the shuffle…..very similar to the L.A. Sunset Strip scene from 1989-1991. Rogue Male survived a couple of years and released this album, the follow-up ANIMAL MAN (1986), and had a couple of E.P.s mixed in. Now they have basically earned cult band status as one of those “lost” early ’80s bands.

The Music:
The reissue contains the nine track FIRST VISIT album plus two bonus tracks from the ALL OVER YOU single: ‘The Real Me’ and the short version of ‘All Over You’ (NOTE – The 12″ single contained both of these songs along with the long version of ‘All Over You’). When you give this album a spin, you’ll hear a rough and ready band that is as raw as they are energetic. The influences here are early Motorhead, Saxon, Tank and Judas Priest. Jim Lyttle has the Lemmy influenced vocal down pretty well and each song has that “go for the throat” guitar intensity that early Saxon and Judas Priest had. Take a listen to many of the smaller NWOBHM bands and you get a very similar sound, everyone was trying hard to be raw and heavy and the production reflected that by not being too slick. Of course, the remastering by Metal Mind makes everything crystal clear but you still get that raw sound like Motorhead and Tank.

The Package:
Like the other reissues from Metal Mind, each reissue is limited to 2000 copies and numbered. Each CD comes in a full-color digipak and includes a color booklet with additional liner notes. The music is remastered using 24-bit technology on a gold disc. The big thing is the two bonus tracks from the rare ALL OVER YOU (1985) single.

Bottom Line:
I remember holding this vinyl in my hand staring at the album cover thinking how cool it was but I never bought it…..1985 was a busy time for Metal and a 13 yr. old’s money only went so far. I did get a copy on cassette from a tape trader but I ended up losing it years ago. I haven’t heard this album in at least 20 years and, thanks to Metal Mind, I can have the CD. The package is nice and the music is dated but it’s a fun listen. The bonus tracks are a nice addition because the single is extremely rare.

Favorite Songs: ‘Dressed Incognito’, ‘All Over You’, ‘Crazy Motorcycle’

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8 comments on “Rogue Male – First Visit reissue (1985/2008)

  1. fFIRST VISIT , should be brought up on murder charges!! It absolutley kills! What a brutal rough album! Not a flavor of the month, bandwagon, same old, same old style of music. Very different than most metal, has a slight motorhead edge. Purchased this record when I was 15, then transfered to tape, tape broke, finally got it on cd after a 5 yr gap. It will knock you down!
    favorite songs- all over you, devastation, crazy motorcycle

  2. Thanks for the comments guys! Rogue Male have returned, and will be playing the first live show in 22 years at the “Hard Rock Hell” festival in Prestatyn, UK on December 5th. WE ARE BACK! LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hi mate’s good to see you back is steve still beating the skins? i did a tour with you guy’s in the U.S. in the mid 80’s hope to hear back from you peace.

  4. Rogue Male have 2 original members (Jim and Johnny) and 2 new ones (Pete and Paul). The new lineup is tough as nails, and the recent shows in the UK have been well reviewed. We are on Facebook and Myspace if you want up to date info. Thanks!

  5. Like Jim says, Rogue Male are back, loud and kicking, but the lineup has switched, Larry Paterson is on the drums, and I’m back on the bass after 26 years. I was with the boys up until, and including the recording of First visit, yeah, that’s me on bass and backing vocals. It’s confusing because I left before the album came out! Mad innit? But that’s the way it goes… We’ve just recorded a new track, Liar, it’s available on our website: http://www.rm2kmusic.com, and the video will be up on youtube in the next couple of days…. A few gigs lined up…. See website and facebook, We’re so up for this! The adrenaline is pumping. It’s what we were born for and you got to accept your fate…

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