Savage (1978-1986, 1995-present): a Heavy Metal band from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.


his group was formed in 1976 by 16-year-old bass player Chris Bradley, along with Chris Gent (vocals), Lee Statham (guitar) and Mick Percival (drums), but after only one official gig the band disbanded and was re-formed in 1978 by Bradley, this time joined by Andy Bradbury (guitar), Simon Dawson (drums) and his 15-year-old brother Andy Dawson (guitar). Line-up issues plagued the band 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 (featuring what would become their most known track, Let it Loose), Metal Fatigue, and the double A-side single Ain't No Fit Place/The China Run. Lindley left shortly after this and was replaced by Mark Brown of Tyrant (another Mansfield based band that had appeared on Scene of the Crime).

In 1980, Savage released their first demo tape. In 1982, 'Ebony Records' signed them to release, first, a track for the Metal Fatigue compilation. The release was met with good reviews, so the band decided to release the aforementioned a self-financed double A-side single through the 'Ebony' label. Their debut album, Loose 'n Lethal (1983) being released the following year.

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In 1984, the band decided to leave 'Ebony Records' citing lack of support to sign to 'Zebra Records', an imprint of 'Cherry Red Records'. By the end of that year, the EP We Got the Edge would emerge, followed by what was considered a radically different sounding second album, Hyperactive (1985), which although gaining praise, was unable to capitalize on due to a lack of support from management or the record company; frustrated the band disbanded in 1986.

At the request of fans the band would resurface in 1995 releasing their third album, Holy Wars (1995) now on the 'Neat' label.

After the albums Babylon (1996) and Xtreme Machine (2001), a protracted hiatus then followed, fueled by significant personal and family issues that were impacting all members of the band until 2011 when the Sons of Malice arrived with Chris Bradley and Andy Dawson joined by Kris Bradley (Chris's son and Dawson's nephew) on guitar and Mark Nelson on drums. The aptly titled album 7 (2015) would follow.

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Nation UK
Location Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Genre Heavy Metal
Other Genres NWOBHM
Formations 2
Active Years 1978-1986, 1995-
Last Modified 2023-09-01
Diskery ID 2768

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