Formed in 1987 in Birmingham, UK, the undisputed home of Heavy Metal, Marshall Law released their self-titled debut album through Heavy Metal Records in 1989, following this up with the EP “Power Crazy” in 1991. At the time of recording their debut, Marshall Law consisted of Andy Pike on Vocals, Dave Martin and Andy Southwell on Guitars, Rog Davis on Bass Guitar and Mick Donovan on Drums: Donovan would be replaced by Lee Morris for “Power Crazy.” The production on the latter work is credited to a certain “Steve Harris,” a name which many Heavy Metal fans may find familiar!
Marshall Law utilised a melodic yet heavy approach to making music, with a far better balance of these two elements than many of their peers managed: you may be tempted to compare their debut to the work of Judas Priest in hindsight, but the fact remains that if this is comparable to any of Priest’s albums, it would be Painkiller, which wasn’t released until a few years later. In short, Marshall Law were ahead of the trend in a number of respects, and are well worth a look for anyone who is a fan of Heavy Metal music.
Unfortunately, after a total of eight album releases, Marshall Law are no longer active: however, fans of the band can still catch Andy Pike and Andy Southwell playing in their band Vicious Nature, along with drummer Jon Brown from another veteran Heavy Metal Records band, Cloven Hoof. This in itself is remarkable, as Southwell suffered an injury to his fingers in 2006 which cut his tendons, resulting in his having to have extensive surgery and physiotherapy to be able to play guitar again: this rivals Iommi for determination to succeed in the face of adversity, and shows the grit that took Marshall Law to success in the first place.