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Sunday Old School: Fight

It’s a new year, and for some people, it means a new beginning. A new beginning was exactly what Rob Halford was aiming for in 1992 after leaving Judas Priest, one of the biggest and most influential bands in the history of heavy metal music, and formed a new band named, Fight. The name encapsulated the attitude of the band, which aimed to bridge the brand of heavy metal popularised by Priest and their contemporaries such as Iron Maiden and Saxon, with the fresher, more "street" sound of young, exciting bands of the time such as Pantera and Sepultura. Halford recruited Racer X drummer Scott Travis into his new group, after getting to know him from his time in Judas Priest, along with bass player "Jay Jay" Freeman and guitarists Brian Tilse and Russ Parrish, the latter of which would go on to form Steel Panther.

After spending a year perfecting their sound, the quintet finally released their debut album, "War of Words" through Epic Records in September 1993, which received a very positive response from metal fans and peaked at number 83 on the Billboard album charts. The album contained a number of instantly recognisable tracks, from the pounding title track to the machine gun speed opener, "Into the Pit" to the catchy finale, "Reality – A New Beginning."

After the success of, "War of Words," the band released a ten track compilation entitled, "Mutations," which comprised of live tracks, demos and remixes, including a take of the Judas Priest staple, "Freewheel Burning." They soon made a lineup change when Parrish left the band and was replaced by Coup de Grace guitarist, Mark Chaussee and got to work on recording their sophomore album. They released the record, "A Small Deadly Space" in April 1995, to mostly positive reviews, but fans of the first record felt that the new effort had moved more towards the grunge sound and were not as impressed with the album as they had been before, which inevitably led to the breakup of the band.

Following the split, Halford went on to form the industrial project 2wo with John 5, while Scott Travis rejoined Judas Priest and Mark Chaussee became the new guitarist for Danzig, before joining forces with Marilyn Manson. Although Fight never reformed, Halford has been keen to keep the memory of the band alive, releasing a compilation of demos entitled, "K5 – The War of Words Demos" in 2006, as well as a documentary movie, "War of Words – The Film" in 2007 and a box set, "Into the Pit" in 2008, which featured the three records the band had put out in the nineties, as well as a live DVD recorded in Phoenix.

Fight - "Nailed To The Gun"

Fight - "Into The Pit"

Fight - "Immortal Sin"

Fight - "Beneath The Violence"

Fight - "Small Deadly Space"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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