From page 83 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
The Blade is back, and it’s not for the best.
With more members than a marching band, NWOBHM alsorans Tokyo Blade struggled along with guitarist Andy Boulton holding on the way a drowning man clings to a barrel. Their fourth album, Black Hearts & Jaded Spades was the wide open spaces of America set somewhere in the north – they even had a power ballad called You Are The Heart, and torn T-shirts to match. Ain’t Misbehavin’ sounded like Boulton was keen to audition for Dokken – he’s got the chops too, but the band had neglected to write any real songs. No Remorse was recorded with a band the hapless guitarist had foisted on him two days before they recorded and sounds like it, while Burning Down Paradise is a Def Leppard demo that they’d rather soon forget.
But now Boulton’s back with Thousand Men Strong , which, he says, is the real successor to Tokyo Blade’s second album – which surely means these albums shouldn’t exist at all? 0000000000 Blackh’ts Ain’t 0000000000 Remorse 0000000000 Paradise Philip Wilding