On paper, Runestaff seem an odd band to have ended up on the Heavy Metal Records roster: taking their name from a series of Michael Moorcock fantasy novels, the band began in 1980 as a Progressive Rock band, going as far as to release a three track demo in this guise. The addition of vocalist Joanna Syme either coincided with a change of musical direction or caused it, the exact truth of the situation is not entirely clear. However, what is clear is that the band were no longer a Progressive Rock outfit, but a fully fledged part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.
The finalised lineup of the band was as follows: Joanna Syme on Vocals; Wayne Moyez and Andy Page on Guitars; Jamie Durrant on Bass; Kevin Hunt on Drums and Barry Godfrey on Keyboard (replacing original member Kaust Rakhit).
After building a name for themselves throughout the early eighties, playing gigs and honing their sound, they managed to get a deal with the label that would see them releasing the single Road to Ruin through FM-Revolver and the album Runestaff through Heavy Metal Records, both in 1985.
The band unfortunately never got to release a follow up: this was brought on by a variety of different reasons, such as Joanna Syme’s throat problems, the untimely death of original keyboard player Kaust Rakhit, and Andy Page’s desire to leave the band, possibly brought on by this.