One of the original nwobhm heroes, Gaskin have always been a band which for one reason or another have never quite hit the heights that their potential deserves. Forming in 1980 they quickly became known for their technical work, with the track “I’m No Fool” putting them firmly on the map.
Since then the band have had more than their share of ups and downs which has restricted them in terms of musical output (this new album is only album number four) and the fame that they are long over due.
Having recently played the British Steel Festival, alongside fellow nwobhm flag bearers Weapon, Soldier, Elixir and Gunslinger, and having been confirmed to play the inaugural Denim and Leather Festival in September this year things appear to be on the up for this classic band.
In “The Edge of Madness” Gaskin have produced what is arguably their best album to date merging the classic, technical nwobhm sounds that they were known for with up to date production and mastering techniques bringing 80’s nwobhm kicking and screaming into the 21st century with tracks such as the Damnation, Heart Like Thunder, Mans’ World, and Edge Of Madness standing out as songs of interest for the classic rock/nwobhm purists.
Guitar driven rock is apparently on the decline. Well with bands like Gaskin producing albums like this I think it’s fair to say that it’s going to be a long time until this so called decline takes effect.