Cold World Calling

by IRON RAGE

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about

The year was 1978 when two high school misfits who stood in the periphery of juvenile social norms would be brought together by their shared adversity towards the status quo and their love of hard rock. Outcasts amongst their peers, guitarist John Williams and bassist Joe Scurti would start the fire to smelter a pure metallic hard rock band. The pair would recruit drummer Dennis Cadorette to hold the backbeat. This line-up would last for about a year until Cadorette would be replaced by Tommi Gallo who was another student at Plymouth High School at the time. It is still debated which drummer was actually first to join the band, Williams doesn’t positively recall, and well that's just how it goes when you are kids in a band.
In 1979 the line-up of Williams, Scurti and Gallo would go into a small 8-track studio to record the band’s first demo. The demo would include the 5-songs “Livin’ For Today”, “Stab In The Dark”, “Steel To Survive”, “I Don't Need No”, “Bad Reputation”. Once the recording was complete IRON RAGE would immediately begin playing the Boston club scene. This was no easy task at that time due to not only the age of the members but also the fact that the New England music scene was primarily dominated by the J. Geils Band, The Cars and new wave wannabes with skinny ties hanging around their necks. There were not many openings for a hard rock verging on heavy metal band onto the club circuit but IRON RAGE was persistent and managed to land several gigs at popular clubs all over Boston. It would not take long for The City to embrace IRON RAGE as they made their rounds playing repeat shows at Paradise, Channel, Buratti’s, and Celebrations, among others.
The band would head back into the studio in 1983 to record a second demo but not before replacing Scurti with John's brother Steve. Only three tracks were recorded for this demo, “Night Stalker”, “Free Man”, “The Battle”. John's other brother James sang and wrote the lyrics to "Night Stalker" and " The Battle". Iron Rage received their first airplay from Mike Jones’s WERS radio show Nasty Habits, and received regular airplay for "Free Man" and "Night Stalker" and other local radio shows.
Around 1985 the band would part ways with Gallo who would go on to join Boston local band Bang and later Spread Eagle. He would be replaced by drummer Tim McGrath. The band would then once again hit the studio and record and release their third demo with the tracks "Broken Promise", "Tearin’ Me Apart". This line-up would also tour the local club scene until 1988.
Early in 1989, John would reform IRON RAGE with his brother James on bass and yet another drummer named Mike Fitzgerald, This trio would record a single at Euphoria sound "Cold World Callin". Shortly after, James was replaced by Chris Dahlstedt and the band would go on to change its musical direction and name to Rat Alley that would only last until 1992.

credits

released September 14, 2019

Recorded at unknown location1979
Livin For Today
Stab In The Dark
Steel To Survive
I Don't Need No
Bad Reputation

Recorded at Silver Lake Recording Studios Kingston Ma 1983
Produced by John Williams and Tom Tolman
Engineered by Fred Danner
Night Stalker
Free Man
The Battle

Recorded at Courtlen Recording Studios Hanson Ma 1985
Produced by John Williams and Tom Tolman
Engineered by Fred Danner
Broken Promise
Tearin’ Me Apart

Recorded at Euphoria Sound Revere Ma 1989
Engineered by Dicky Spears
Produced by John Williams
Cold World Callin


Words and Music John M. Williams
Executive producers J. Golden & G. Shafer
Remastering by Jamie King
Cover art by Steven Cobb
Layout design that guy Chris something.

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Track Name: Livin' for Today
Living For Today

And we're coming closer
Closer but not really
Mind is in the right place
Feets not on the ground

Come on everybody
Help us make it through
We can make it together
Let us play for you

Living in a dream
Lost in secret fantasy
I'm fighting for my yesterday
Living just for today

Nobody gives you nothing
No-one will lend a hand
Worked all night and day
To make it in a rock and roll band

Living in a dream
Lost in secret fantasy
I'm fighting for my yesterday
Living just for today
Track Name: Stab in the Dark
Stab In The Dark

Somewhere near the end of the world
Darkness hunts for your life
You know it's only in your mind
All you feel is all alone

Living in a gamble
You take chances
Living like a shark
You see through eyes
Light as black as night
Cry for help
Stab in the dark

Now it starts to take control
Of not your body but your soul
Don't need no-one
‘Til you come down
You just fly higher and higher

Living in a gamble
You take chances
Living like a shark
You see through eyes
Light as black as night
Cry for help
Stab in the dark

All these things
I'll never understand them
Time to learn how to fly away
Time to learn how to dream

Somewhere in the darkness
You see a man
And yes, he's been told of you
He says it's time to go

Living in a gamble you take chances
Living like a shark
You see through eyes
Light as black as night
Cry for help, stab in the dark

All these things
I'll never understand them
Time to learn how to fly away
Time to learn how to dream

Steel To Survive
Track Name: Steel to Survive
Steel To Survive

All your social lives
You just look to the skies
Eat up the riches
And you tell me your lies
I will not fight you

Give you the room
You stick thorns in my sides
Tell me of truth
And you fail to disguise
I will not fight you

I got no more patience
I'm talking to you
I’ve been around for a long, long time
I can see you
These visions and memories
are from days gone past

Singing I'm just a dancer
A king of the sky
You're the king of men
We're steel to survive
Singing I'm just a dancer
A king of the sky
You're the king of men
We're steel to survive

Singing I'm just a dancer
A king of the sky
You're the king of men
We're steel to survive
Singing I'm just a dancer
A king of the sky
You're the king of men
We're steel to survive
Track Name: Bad Reputation
Bad Reputation

You're saying all these things about me
And I don't really care
Trustworthy people are talkin’
I say you can't trust no-one
Old and wise is falsified
Many grow old but few get too wise

They're tryin’ to change me
For things that they can't have
They try to ruin me
But I'm not playin’ the fool

I got a bad reputation
And I'm not playin’ the fool again
I got a bad reputation
For things that they can't have
Bad reputation
And I'm not playin’ the fool, again

I can't help the way I won't change
So why do you do these things
Old and wise is falsified
Many grow old but few get too wise

They're tryin’ to change me
For things that they can't have
They try to ruin me
But I'm not playin’ the fool

I got a bad reputation
And I'm not playin’ the fool again
I got a bad reputation
For things that they can't have
Bad reputation
And I'm not playin’ the fool, again
Track Name: Night Stalker
Night Stalker

You dress yourself up pretty
So good for all your friends
Now get yourself ready
For the night that never ends
Living on the edge
But this is not pretend
You can scream and cry
But this will never end

I'm coming after you
My claws are stretched out wide
You can try to run
And you can try to hide
Coming up behind you now
I'm breathing down your neck
I could be your life
Or I could be your death

Night Stalker
I'm coming after you
Night Stalker
I'll take you down one day
Night Stalker
And when I'm through with you
Night Stalker
I'll find another prey, yeah

Now I've got you pinned down
Pinned down by my jaws
Should be clear to you
that there are no laws
You can scream and cry
Scream for your life
It don't count no more
‘Cause you ain't got no rights

Now it has been done
I've taken all I can
So it would appear
That victory's at hand
So I'll walk away
The grin on my face
Leave you in the dust

Night Stalker
I'm coming after you
Night Stalker
I'll take you down one day
Night Stalker
And when I'm through with you
Night Stalker
I'll find another prey

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Free Man
Free Man

God save the people
Before the dark forces of evil
Take what they want
And destroy all the rest
For me and you
To hold in our hands
Corrupting young minds
Before they had a chance.

Taking off
I'm taking off
To places unknown
Just like the wind
I'm a free man
Free man

Well if you're looking for the answers
Don't ask me
I can't even see what's in store for me
I try not to worry
I just want to be free
Oh , can't you see I just want to be free

Taking off
I'm taking off
To places unknown
Just like the wind
I'm a free man
Free man
Track Name: The Battle
The Battle

Well the soldiers on their shoulders
Carry the burden of it all
And no man can be considered too weak
But I won't heed the battle call
And so the battle rages on
And the strewn bodies of the children
Lie dead upon the ground

And so the generals order their men forward
They kill and mame just upon one order
The pencil pushers push
Just to make their quota
Does it seem right that they should kill

And so the battle rages on
And the strewn bodies of the children
Lie dead upon the ground

So the battle rages on
And the strewn bodies of the children
Lie dead upon the ground
Track Name: Broken Promise
Broken Promise

Why do you always try to change me
You defeat your own purpose
And you ruin me
Telling these lies and you slide on by
It's a disease that you can't cure

It's a disease that you can't cure
And I don't want to hear another

Broken Promise, broken promise
I'm left out in the cold again
Broken Promise, broken promise
Oh how you twist and you break

Over and over
I'll say it again
It's a disease that you can't cure
So don't you even ever try
‘Cause I like it hear

Where I won't have to hear no more
Where I won't have to hear another

Broken Promise, broken promise
I'm left out in the cold again
Broken Promise, broken promise
Oh how you twist and you break

Where I won't have to hear no more
Where I won't have to hear another

Broken Promise, broken promise
I'm left out in the cold again
Broken Promise, broken promise
Oh how you twist and you break
Track Name: Tearin' Me Apart
Tearin’ Me Apart

I know it only hurts when you cry
But these tears are running from my eyes

All you lies are tearing me
Tearing me apart
All you lies are tearing me
Tearing me apart

How can I tell you
Just what you mean
I want to fly away
But you blind my mind

And I keep on telling you
You cannot keep me from flying

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