Bitches Sin


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Formed in 1980, 'Bitches Sin' were a British Heavy Metal band hailing from Cumbria. Assembled from the remnants of several local pub bands, the band made up of Alan "Cocky" Cockburn on vocals, siblings Ian and Pete Toomey on guitar, Perry Hodder on bass, and Bill Knowles on drums decided to form a new band with aims of breaking into the mainstream along side the biggest British Metal acts including 'Iron Maiden', 'Saxon' and 'Judas Priest'. With a live music scene over saturated with N.W.O.B.H.M bands, learning from previous experience the band made the decision to begin recording rather than focus more on playing live in order to get the attention of the record labels. By August 1980, the band had successfully recorded a seven track demo entitled "Twelve Pounds and No Kinks" and caught the attention of a number of labels, leading them to sign to 'Neat Records' the following year who released their tracks "Always Ready" and "Sign of the Times" as a 7" single release.

However the band weren't sure about what kind of success they'd achieve under Neat, and as a result they soon signed to Heavy Metal Records, who released their signature and perhaps most famous track, "Strangers on the Shore" as part of the label's "Heavy Metal Heroes Volume 1" complication album. The albums features some of the best of Heavy Metal Record's back catalogue, including 'Witchfinder General' and 'The Handsome Beasts'. The song received much critical acclaim and is considered by some as a N.W.O.B.H.M standard. In October 1981 the band would also play a hugely successful live session for BBC Radio's Friday Rock Show, which put the band's name on the map and into the eyes of the British Heavy Metal crowd.

However the problems soon began and what would their ultimate downfall started when the Toomey brothers replaced their original bandmates with vocalist Tony Tomkinson, bassist Dave Newsham, and drummer Tony Leece prior to the BBC session. The band then went through further line up changes, bringing in Martin Orum on bass and Mark Biddiscombe on drums while recording the band's debut album, 1982's Predator which was released through Heavy Metal Records. Sadly the constant line up changes meant that the band lost much of their musical characteristics that separated them from the rest, and upon the release of the 1982 album, it received largely poor reviews despite containing some really promising moments.

The band would soon leave Heavy Metal Records, and after that they began recording new demos with yet another revised Bitches Sin line up in search of a new label. Their next release, the EP 'No More Chances' was financed and released by the band itself but didn't achieve the success they were after. Even though both that and 1986's 'Invaders' contained occasional flashes of brilliance Bitches Sin's time was clearly coming to an end, with the band calling it quits shortly after.