Not since 1982 has the world heard from long-lost NWOBHM musicians, Reincarnate. Thirty eight years after their only release of the Take It or Leave It single, Splattered Records is proud to present it’s official return and then some. For the first time on LP format are both tracks from the debut 7”, along with four songs from the impossible-to-find 1983 demo. Six songs in one collection, now more affordable than ever, for the legacy of this great British band to live on. Limited to 500 copies.
Our take: Splattered! Records offers up another NWOBHM reissue, this time featuring the obscure band Reincarnate. The b-side of this LP compiles their lone 2-track single, a heavy hitter than any fan of NWOBHM will enjoy. The charismatic vocals and intricate riffing remind me of peak-era Diamond Head, particularly on the heavier b-side track, “Metal in Disguise,” which I could imagine 80s Metallica covering in an alternate universe. While these two tracks are prime NWOBHM, the four demo tracks on the a-side are for completists only. These tracks sound like a more embryonic version of the band and have a rough sound, a spotty vocal performance, and what sounds like some minor issues with the source tape. If you’ve been dying to hear more than just the two tracks from the single, I’m sure you’ll love to hear these, but your average metalhead will stick to the two rippers on the b-side.