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Alien - Cosmic Fantasy

Fear not this Alien's sound (only their clothes) - 80%

Gutterscream, March 7th, 2015
Written based on this version: 1983, 12" vinyl, Mongol Horde

Cosmic Fantasy is one of the few records out there bearing the logo of coolly-named Mongol Horde Records, a small n’ short-lived early/mid-‘80s NY label made relevant due to some involvement with Virgin Steele. It was a label that on the surface seemed to be going for this sort of flashily-dressed, L.A.-style rock/metal hybrid that Big Apple bands Alien and Takashi emulated, meanwhile at this time the god of goof, Thor, was at most a barely-known ‘70s reject.

Yeah, the look here is vibrantly glammy that dabbles in a little more otherworldliness to befit their name, however once these guys (and gal, with drummer Roxann Harlow) strap on or sit behind their stuff, the presumed Revlon traits are wiped away, at least to a point. In fact, only one arguable dud is found whimpering on this four-tracker (six if you count purposeless, waste of keyboard electricity “Space Prelude” and odd side two reprise of the title cut). Yep, “Don’t Say Goodbye” with its interactive multi-gender back n’ forth (played by vocalist Frank Starr and, I guess, Harlow) culminating in a sissy-steppin’, White Lion-slush chorus is the ep’s dead spot kicking off side two, their obvious hit-status stab that woulda been the a-side of their single had one been threaded.

The rest is thankfully better; solid metal bereft of most hand-kiss moments and pucker-up syndrome, the back-end of a formula which would find closer comradery with Cloven Hoof, Aragorn, label-mates Takashi, and maybe early TT Quick had Starr’s high register vocals manned down a bit to contend. “Star Lover” and the title cut are lively and worth their groove time, meanwhile aggressive “Headbangin’” hardens up a gait speed metal could jump on almost seamlessly to ride and not feel bored.

Kinda like fellow New Yorkers Sinful, their sound is more serious than their look, and to a degree that’s congruent to the band’s minor league lone ep status, we may as well thank whatever stars Alien had in mind.

A bit of drama and tragedy has befallen this inconsequential five-piece over the years. Bassist Damien “The Beast” Bardot was charged with murder in Florida during a botched robbery, meanwhile Mr. Starr fronted The Four Horsemen until ’95 when he was killed by a drunk driver after lapsing into a coma for four years.