Quartz (metal band)

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Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1974–1983
1996, 2011–present
Associated acts Black Sabbath

Quartz are a British heavy metal band.


Quartz dates back to as early as 1974 when they were known as Bandy Legs.[1] They signed to Jet Records in 1976 and supported Black Sabbath and AC/DC. The band changed their name to Quartz for their 1977 debut album, Quartz. The album was produced by Tony Iommi and Quartz toured with Black Sabbath to support this release. Queen guitarist Brian May handled guitar on "Circles," which also features Ozzy Osbourne on backing vocals. This track did not appear on the album but appeared as the B-side to the "Stoking the Fires of Hell" single.

Quartz toured during this time, playing the Reading Festival three times (1976, 1977 and 1980) and touring in support of some of the larger hard rock bands of the time (Iron Maiden, Saxon, UFO, Gillan and Rush).[1][2]

Quartz released their second studio album, Stand Up and Fight, in 1980 and their third, Against All Odds, in 1983 before disbanding. In 1979, Geoff Nicholls left to join Black Sabbath. He contributed keyboards and songwriting from 1980s Heaven and Hell to 2004.[1]

In 2004, doom metal band, Orodruin covered "Stand Up and Fight" on their album Claw Tower.

Prior to the founding of Quartz, Hopkins had played in Wages of Sin, a short-lived Birmingham band which toured as a backing band for Cat Stevens in 1970.[3] After that band's dissolution, two of his bandmates, expatriate Canadians Ed and Brian Pilling, returned to Canada and formed the band Fludd; Hopkins briefly joined that band in 1972 as a replacement for founding guitarist Mick Walsh, but left by the end of the year after they were dropped from their original record label.[3]

Quartz reformed in 2011 playing a reunion gig on 16 December 2011 at The Asylum in Birmingham, England. The line up consisted of Geoff Nicholls, Mike Hopkins, Derek Arnold, Malcolm Cope and new vocalist David Garner.[4]

The band's original lead singer, Mike "Taffy" Taylor, died on 27 September 2016.[5][4] Geoff Nicholls died at the age of 68, from lung cancer, on 28 January 2017.[6]


  • Mike Taylor - vocals (1974–1982, died 2016)
  • Geoff Bate - vocals (1983)[7]
  • David Garner - vocals (2011–present)
  • Mick Hopkins - guitar
  • Geoff Nicholls - guitar/keyboards (1974–1979, died 2017)
  • Derek Arnold - bass
  • Malcolm Cope - drums


Studio albums[edit]

  • Quartz (Jet Records 1977, re-released in 1980 and renamed Deleted). Track-listing: Mainline Riders; Sugar Rain; Street Fighting Lady; Hustler; Devil's Brew; Smokie; Around And Around; Pleasure Seekers; Little Old Lady.
  • Stand Up and Fight (MCA Records, 1980). Track-listing: Stand Up And Fight; Charlie Snow; Can't Say No To You; Revenge; Stoking Up The Fires of Hell; Rock 'N' Roll Child; Questions; Wildfire.
  • Against All Odds (Heavy Metal Records, 1983)
  • Resurrection (Metal Blade Records, 1996)
  • Fear No Evil (High Roller Records, 2016)[8]


Live and compilation albums[edit]

  • Live Quartz (Reddingtons Rare Records, 1980) - Recorded at Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham, England on 1 December 1979
  • Resurrection (Neat Records, 1996)
  • Satan's Serenade (Castle Records, 2004)
  • Live and Revisited (Self released, 2013)
  • Too Hot to Handle (Skol Records, 2015)[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c [1][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "History | Quartz". Quartztheband.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  3. ^ a b "CANOE - JAM! Music - Pop Encyclopedia - Fludd". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Quartz Confirm Death of Former Singer Mike 'Taffy' Taylor". Ultimateclassicrock.com. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Original Quartz Singer Mike 'Taffy' Taylor Dies". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Former Black Sabbath Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls Dies After Battle With Lung Cancer". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  7. ^ Popoff, Martin (1993). Riff Kills Man! 25 Years of Recorded Hard Rock & Heavy Metal. Power Chord Press. ISBN 0-9697707-0-7. 
  8. ^ "Quartz | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Quartz (10) - Too Hot To Handle (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2016-09-29.