Tytan! What we have here is a NWOBHM leftover, reheated for consumption some two years or so after it was recorded. Rough Justice was due for release in 1983, on the Kamaflage Records label. But Kamaflage sh*t the bed and went under. The album was not released in time. Metal Masters Records threw the world a bone in 1985 and finally released Rough Justice, a twelve-song album of accessible British hard rock/metal. By that time Tytan was (sadly) no more, as was the NWOBHM, and Rough Justice was relegated to NWOBHM foot note status.
Rough Justice features a couple of notable contributors; Kevin Riddles (ex-Angel Witch) on bass, and Kal Swan on vocals. Swan later went on to form the band Lion, which released a couple of overlooked “hair” metal albums in the ’80s, as well as record the super-awesome Transformers Theme for 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie. Kal Swan was a good singer, with a real touch of aristocracy in his voice.
As I mentioned, Rough Justice contains twelve tracks, eight of which I really enjoy. I think the album could do without Rude Awakening (a lumbering, cliché addled tune that feels out-of-place on this record), the ordinary Ballad Of Edward Case and Far Cry, and finally Sadman, which features vocals from what I can only assume is a castrated elf (is that Kal Swan singing with his nuts in a vise?). Take out those four songs and Rough Justice does some serious damage. Faves include the AOR-ish Women On The Frontline (guest vocals from the Rock Goddess chick, sounding like Rush’s Geddy Lee), the balls-out titty smacker Cold Bitch, and the sublime album finale Far Side Of Destiny. A nice mix of styles, strong performances, and catchy tunage make Rough Justice a desirable addition to the NWOBHM record collection. Released on CD (Majestic Rock Records) in 2004. My score: B+