Return to previous page

• 43 track triple CD package from US thrashers Mordred featuring three full albums and bonus tracks culled from the period 1989-1994 when the band was signed to German Metal label Noise Records

• CD 1 features the cult classic debut full length ‘Fool’s Game’ including the single ‘Every Day’s A Holiday’ and the Rick James cover ‘Super Freak’

• CD 2 features the classic follow up ‘In This Life’ complete with four bonus B-sides from the ‘Falling Away’ and ‘Esse Quam Videri’ singles, including a Thin Lizzy cover

• CD 3 features the final album before the band split titled ‘The Next Room’, complete with six bonus tracks taken from the hard to find ‘Vision’ EP

Mordred was founded in 1985 in San Francisco. Initially part of the San Fran thrash fraternity of the ‘80s, Mordred starting making a name for themselves by incorporating rap and funk influences to their sound. Though most of their debut ‘Fool’s Game’ was classed as Thrash Metal, the exceptions were the single ‘Every Day’s A Holiday’ and a cover of Rick James’ classic ‘Super Freak’.

The politically charged follow-up ‘In This Life’ earned rave reviews and saw the band’s influences (aided by the rap-style turntables of Aaron Vaughn) come to the fore, giving the album and band a unique style that saw them compared to the likes of Faith No More and the alt rock scene. However, by the time of the ‘Visions’ EP (1992), internal friction within the band had developed, leading to the departure of longtime vocalist Scott Holderby. With new vocalist Paul Kimball, the band released ‘The Next Room’ in 1994, after which they parted ways.

Mordred recently reformed with Holderby back on vocals, touring once again before releasing a brand new album, ‘The Dark Parade’ in 2021.

‘The Noise Years’ features a 2000 word essay from respected journalist Dave Everley who conducted exclusive new interviews with the band especially for the release. Housed in a deluxe digipack featuring three discs, this is the definitive document of one of Thrash Metal’s most revered and admired cult bands
Metal Hammer’s recent feature ’10 Funk Metal Bands That Time Forgot’ stated; “These second- generation San Francisco thrashers hit on the novel idea of supplementing their Bay Area racket with some thwanging funk grooves. The result proved surprisingly effective on killer 1989 single ‘Every Day‘s A Holiday’, prompting a bunch of their peers to follow their lead and ditch Thrash City for Funky Town.”

Track Listing:

DISC ONE:

Fool’s Game
1 State Of Mind
2 Spectacle Of Fear
3 Every Day’s A Holiday
4 Spellbound
5 Sever And Splice
6 The Artist
7 Shatter
8 Reckless Abandon
9 Super Freak
10 Numb

DISC TWO:

In This Life
1 In This Life
2 The Strain
3 High Potency
4 Window
5 Esse Quam Videri
6 A Beginning
7 Falling Away
8 Killing Tme
9 Downtown
10 Progress
11 Larger Than Life
Bonus Tracks
12 Lion’s Den
13 Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed
14 Intro/Killing Time (live)
15 Every Day’s A Holiday (live)

DISC THREE:

The Next Room
1 Lo-Cal, Hi-Fiber
2 Skid
3 Crash
4 Splinter Down
5 Shut
6 Pauper’s Wine
7 Acrophobia
8 Murray The Mover
9 In A Turn
10 The Trellis
11 The Next Room Over
12 Rubber Crutch
Bonus Tracks taken from the ‘Vision’ EP
13 In Time
14 West County Hospital
15 The Vagrant
16 Reach
17 Close Minded
18 Vision

DISC ONE:

Fool’s Game
1 State Of Mind
2 Spectacle Of Fear
3 Every Day’s A Holiday
4 Spellbound
5 Sever And Splice
6 The Artist
7 Shatter
8 Reckless Abandon
9 Super Freak
10 Numb

DISC TWO:


In This Life
1 In This Life
2 The Strain
3 High Potency
4 Window
5 Esse Quam Videri
6 A Beginning
7 Falling Away
8 Killing Tme
9 Downtown
10 Progress
11 Larger Than Life
Bonus Tracks
12 Lion’s Den
13 Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed
14 Intro/Killing Time (live)
15 Every Day’s A Holiday (live)

DISC THREE:

The Next Room
1 Lo-Cal, Hi-Fiber
2 Skid
3 Crash
4 Splinter Down
5 Shut
6 Pauper’s Wine
7 Acrophobia
8 Murray The Mover
9 In A Turn
10 The Trellis
11 The Next Room Over
12 Rubber Crutch
Bonus Tracks taken from the ‘Vision’ EP
13 In Time
14 West County Hospital
15 The Vagrant
16 Reach
17 Close Minded
18 Vision