Savage is a heavy metal band from Mansfield, England.
The band is most remembered for the song titled 'Let it Loose', a track which made significant impact on the early 1980s metal scene (indeed, it was later covered by Metallica on Ron McGovney's Garage demo, and would later give rise to the name of their first album, Loose 'N Lethal, released in 1983 and nowadays considered a classic.
The group was formed in 1976 by 16-year-old bass player Chris Bradley, vocalist Chris Gent, guitarist Lee Statham and drummer Mick Percival, but after only one official gig the band disbanded and was re-formed in 1978 by Bradley, joined by Andy Bradbury on guitar, Simon Dawson on drums and his 15-year-old brother Andy Dawson on guitar. Line-up issues continued as Andy Bradbury was replaced by Wayne Renshaw, and Simon Dawson left to be replaced after a long period of searching by Dave Lindley. This was the line up that appeared on the compilation albums Scene of the Crime (the album picked up by a young Lars Ulrich, featuring 'Let it Loose'), Metal Fatigue and the double A-side single 'Aint No Fit Place'/'The China Run'. Lindley left shortly after this as was replaced by Mark Brown of Tyrant (another Mansfield based band that had appeared on Scene of the Crime).
In 1980, they released their first demo tape. In 1981, they managed to release Scene of the Crime and, what would be their most renowned song, 'Let it Loose'. The song incorporated a sound bordering on speed and thrash metal, and influenced many bands to follow similar styles.
In 1982, Ebony Records picked up the band. Their first release under the Ebony label was a track for a compilation titled Metal Fatigue. The release was met with good reviews, so Savage decided to release a self-financed double A-side single through the Ebony label, which also sold well. Their debut album, Loose 'N Lethal was released the following year.
Although being an impressive unit receiving compliments from magazines, fans, and bands, Savage lacked support, since small label Ebony did not know how to promote them beyond semi-pro levels.
In 1984 the band decided to leave Ebony Records and signed to a new label, Zebra Records, part of Cherry Red Records. At the end of the year they issed their first release for Zebra, the 12" EP We Got the Edge. This was followed by what was considered a radically different sounding second album, Hyperactive, which although gaining great reviews, the band were unable to capitalise on due to a lack of support from management or record company. Finally the band disbanded in 1986, resurfacing in 1995 at the request of fans during the height of Grunge releasing their third album Holy Wars, once again to critical acclaim. Albums followed in 1998, Babylon, and 2001, Xtreme Machine. A protracted hiatus then followed, fuelled by significant personal and family issues that were impacting all members of the band. The band resurfaced in 2011 with a new album Sons of Malice, again receiving significant critical acclaim with founding and driving members Chris Bradley and Andy Dawson, joined by Kris Bradley (Chris's son and Andys nephew) on guitar and Mark Nelson on drums. The band have returned to the festival circuit and are currently writing the follow-up album to Sons of Malice for a planned release in 2014 as part of a double album that will feature the entire Loose 'n' Lethal album recorded live.
- Scene of the Crime (Compilation album, Suspect Records, 1981)
- Metal Fatigue (Compilation album, Ebony Records, 1982)
- Loose 'N Lethal (Ebony Records, 1983)
- Hyperactive (Zebra Records, 1985)
- Holy Wars (Neat Records, 1995)
- Babylon (Neat Records, 1996)
- Xtreme Machine (Neat Records, 2001)
- This Ain't No Fit Place (Best of Compilation, Sanctuary Records, 2002)
- Sons of Malice (Minus2Zebra & Infestdead Records, 2012)
- 7 (Minus2Zebra, 2015)
- "Ain't No Fit Place" (Ebony Records, 1982)
- "We Got the Edge" (Zebra Records, 1984)
- "Cardiac" (Black Dragon, 1986)