Elixir (metal band)

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Elixir
Elixir live 2010.jpg
Elixir live in 2010
Background information
Origin England
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1983 - 2012
Labels Majestic Rock
Website http://www.coldtown.com/elixir
Members Paul Taylor
Phil Denton
Norman Gordon
Kevin Dobbs
Nigel Dobbs
Past members Steve Bentley
Sally Pike
Mark White
Clive Burr
Stevie Hughes
Leon Lawson

Elixir is a British heavy metal band, formed by Steve Bentley, Kevin Dobbs, Nigel Dobbs and Phil Denton in November 1983. They are notable for being associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

History[edit]

1983-1990[edit]

The band spent the first time after having formed writing material and rehearsing. After brief stints as "Purgatory" and "Hellfire" the members finally decided on naming the band "Elixir". According to the biography on the band's website the name was chosen through Steve Bentley closing his eyes and putting his finger on a word in a dictionary at random.[1] In need of a vocalist Elixir recruited singer Sally Pike, but after recording a four song demo tape and playing two gigs together, she left the band by the end of the year. In 1984 Pike was replaced by Paul Taylor, and later the same year guitarist Norman Gordon joined the band to fill the vacant spot left by Steve Bentley, who departured after Elixir had completed their second demo tape.

In 1985, Elixir released their debut single "Treachery (Ride like the Wind)" / "Winds of Time". This single was reviewed by Ronnie James Dio in Kerrang! (No 99), and was given the thumbs up.

In 1986, the band recorded their first album The Son of Odin. In issue 137 (November 2005) of Terrorizer magazine, the album was included in the top 20 power metal albums of all time, alongside Judas Priest's Painkiller, Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II and Cirith Ungol's King of the Dead.

Elixir recorded their second album, initially called Sovereign Remedy in 1988 with Mark White on the bass and former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr. Stevie Hughes replaced Burr for the band's live commitments through 1989. At the end of the year, Phil Denton quit the band and was replaced by Leon Lawson for several live shows before the band came off the road. Their second album was released by the Sonic label as Lethal Potion in 1990. In 2004, the album was re-released as Sovereign Remedy on the TPL label, as it was originally intended, with all the tracks, the original mix and new artwork.[2]

2001-2012[edit]

In 2001 the band reverted to the Paul Taylor, Phil Denton, Norman Gordon, Kevin Dobbs and Nigel Dobbs line up and in 2003 recorded their third album The Idol, which was made up of material the band had written in the 1980s. With rising popularity, the band toured around various countries such as Greece, Germany and the USA.

Elixir recorded their fourth album Mindcreeper in 2006, which was released by Majestic Rock.[3]

Elixir released their latest album All Hallows Eve on 31 October 2010 on their own CTR label.[4]

Between 2006 and 2012, Elixir organised six editions of the "British Steel Festival", appearing on the bill at each event. From 2008 onwards, the festival was held at the Camden Underworld.[5]

Elixir disbanded in 2012, with members Paul Taylor and Phil Denton going on to form the metal/rock band Midnight Messiah.

Clive Burr died a year later, due to complications related to MS.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Son of Odin (1986)
  • Lethal Potion (1990)
  • The Idol (2003)
  • Mindcreeper (2006)
  • All Hallows Eve (2010)

Live albums[edit]

  • Elixir Live (2006)

Singles[edit]

  • Treachery (1985)
  • Knocking on the Gates of Hell (2006)

Alternative versions[edit]

  • Sovereign Remedy (2004)

References[edit]

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