Exposé Online banner

Boiled in Lead — Alloy
(Omnium OMM 2017, 1998, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 1999-04-01

Alloy Cover art

I discovered Boiled in Lead with their second album, Hotheads (1986). I’ve always liked the combination of Celtic music and rock, and this band does it like no other — alternating, or even combining, acoustic instruments with raucous punk electricity. As their career has continued, they’ve honed their style to incorporate traditional music from all over the world: Hungary, Bulgaria, Sweden, Turkey, and even Thailand, along with original compositions and covers of songs by such diverse artists as the Yardbirds, Ewan MacColl, Bruce Springsteen, and Thomas Mapfumo. Alloy is a treat both for the long-time BiL fan and for the uninitiated. Of the 19 tracks, only six are taken from the original albums; the others are live or alternate versions and previously unreleased tunes. Both sides of the band are given time on this disc. Standouts of the non-album cuts include: “The Dreadnought,” a great trad/arr tune from the long gap between Hotheads and From the Ladle to the Grave (1989); a bluesy rendition of the lullaby “All the Little Horses” from the Antler Dance (1993) sessions; a live acoustic version of “Pontiaka,” a Serbian tune in 13/8 with a demonic violin solo by Josef Kessler; and a thoroughly plastered rendition of the pseudo-Gaelic drinking song “Puking in the Heather.”


Filed under: Archives, Issue 17, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Boiled in Lead

More info
http://omniumrecords.com/product/boiled-lead-alloy/

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Five Fifteen - Six Dimensions of the Electric Camembert – For their fourth album (the first I’ve heard), Finland’s Five Fifteen continue their tradition of long psychedelic titles. Gong fans don’t be fooled, the mention of the French cheese...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues