HOLOCAUST (1977–PRESENT). Gary Lettice (vocals, replaced by John Mortimer), John Mortimer (vocals/guitar), Ed Dudley (guitar, replaced by John McCullim, Robin Begg (bass, replaced by Steve Cowen, Bryan Bartley), Nicky Arkless (drums, replaced by David Rosie, Ron Levine).
Holocaust is one of the longest lasting of the New Wave of British metal (NWOBM) that formed in the late seventies. The band, from Scotland, has been charting a heavy but sometimes-uneven course over almost thirty years, but still have an ardent following, despite numerous personnel changes that have left Mortimer as the last remaining member. The Nightcomers is considered by many to be their classic album, and they were a major influence on Metallica, who covered their song “The Small Hours” on The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Revisited. While Holocaust were not the most well-known band in the British New Wave of heavy metal, the first two records are particularly recommended.
Discography: The Nightcomers (Phoenix, 1981); Live (Hot Curry and Wine) (Phoenix, 1983); No Man’s Land (Phoenix, 1984); Hypnosis of Birds (Taurus Moon, 1993); Spirits Fly (Feel the Power, 1996); Covenant (Neat, 1997); No Escape (Jack Move, 1998); The Courage to Be (Edgy, 2001); Death or Glory (Castle, 2003).