Formed in Bradford in the late 1980s, Slammer originally consisted of Paul Tunnicliffe (Vocals), Enzo Annechini (Guitar), Milo Zivanovic (Guitar), Stuart Morrow (Bass) and Andy Gagic (Drums.) Hailing from Bradford, they were originally signed by WEA Records as their “token thrash band,” an incredibly unfair situation to put such a talented group of musicians in (especially musicians who didn’t particularly care for the “thrash” label anyway.) As such, shortly after the release of their first album, Slammer and WEA parted ways, with Slammer then coming to Heavy Metal Records, where things started to look up for the band. With new recruit Stuart Morrow, formerly of New Model Army, taking over on the bass, Slammer set about making their mark on the history of British Heavy Metal.
Their first contribution to the Heavy Metal Records catalogue was the maxi-EP “Insanity Addicts”: four songs coming in at just under half an hour, it was a fitting introduction to the band’s short tenure with the label. Though there were inevitable difficulties getting the title song played on mainstream radio owing to the language in it (one DJ responding to the label’s Radio Reaction Report with the comment “It would help if they didn’t ****ing swear”), the band steadily built their fanbase through this release and through playing live shows.
As such, when Slammer eventually got round to releasing their second LP, and their first with Heavy Metal Records, 1991’s “Nightmare Scenario,” there was a lot of anticipation, a lot of people waiting to hear what the “Foremost UK Power Metal Act,” as they were described at the time, would come out with next. The result was more than anyone could have hoped for, a stunning example of what a British Heavy Metal band could come out with given the resources and a label that helped them to make the best of themselves.
Unfortunately, the high of releasing such a spectacular album wasn’t to last: though it was only their second album, “Nightmare Scenario” would also be Slammer’s swan song, with the band breaking up in 1992. What they could have achieved if they had carried on, we will never know: all we can do is appreciate the excellent music they released in their short tenure at the label.