• Reactivate’ is very first time that a full record from Prowler has been officially released
• Includes an essay detailing the history of the band, plus many rare and unseen photos of the band from the era.
• For fans of Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, Raven
Originally coming to prominence as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s that had given us Iron Maiden, Saxon and Angel Witch, Prowler’s first appearance on record was for the MCA LP ‘Brute Force’ in 1980, a compilation of NWOBHM acts, where they were included alongside Raven, White Spirit and Quartz.
The band was formed in 1975 by John Pattenden (guitar), Martin Burrows (guitar) and Trev Pattenden (bass and vocals) in Basildon, Essex. Building up a grassroots fan base by regular gigging, they eventually supported the likes of Budgie and Atomic Rooster, as well as NWOBHM contemporaries Vardis. It was at one such show in early 1980 that they met famed rock and metal producer, the late Chris Tsangarides, who worked with everyone from Judas Priest to Thin Lizzy. One of the Tsangarides-produced Prowler recordings, the self-penned ‘Gotta Get Back To You’, was included on ‘Brute Force’, the songs ‘Bad Child Running’, ‘Lost Without Your Love’ and ‘Prisoner’ were later recorded by Chris Tsangarides in September 1980, also included here.
Prowler would briefly switch to calling themselves Samurai, and the songs ‘Under Attack’ and the self-titled ‘Samurai’ recorded by Samurai complete this album, before switching back to Prowler and eventually calling it a day in 1982, but thankfully Martin Burrows and Trev Pattenden reunited to record a 30th Anniversary version of ‘Gotta Get Back To You’ in 2010 and they got back together a decade after that for a 40th Anniversary take of ‘Heavy Metal Hero’ in 2020.
1 Gotta Get Back To You (1980)
2 Bad Child Running (1980)
3 Lost Without Your Love (1980)
4 Prisoner (1980)
5 Rocksong Part II / Heavy (Live 1980)
6 Gotta Get Back To You (30th Anniversary Version 2010)
7 Heavy Metal Hero (40th Anniversary Version 2020)
8 Under Attack (1981)
9 Samurai (Live 1981)