Shiva

Shiva was an English hard-rock band that released the 1982 album Firedance on Heavy Metal Records. They recorded songs for a second album that ultimately surfaced on a 2004 CD by archivists Majestic Rock.

Members: John Hall (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Andy Skuse (bass, vocals, keyboards), Chris D’Avoigne (guitar, vocals, 1979-80), Simon “Jack” Carver (drums, percussion, 1979-80), Chris Logan (drums, percussion, vocals, 1981-82), “Charlie” (drums, percussion, 1983), Phil Williams (drums, percussion, vocals, 1983)


Background

Shiva formed in Bristol in 1979 when guitarist–singer John Hall teamed with guitarist Chris D’Avoigne and drummer Jack Carver. Ken Lintern, a local rock manager, linked them with bassist Andy Skuse. Shiva (named after the Hindu god of destruction) tackled the local club circuit and demoed multiple originals, including “Thief,” “Cut Me to the Quick,” and an early version of the epic “En Cachent.”

Shiva formalized as a trio when D’Avoigne departed in light of Hall’s dominance as a guitarist and songwriter. They stabilized in 1981 when time-challenged Carver cleared for drummer Chris Logan, a veteran of local showbands. With another round of demos, Lintern secured them a deal with Heavy Metal Records.


“Rock Lives On”

On February 26, 1982, Shiva debuted with the HMR single “Rock Lives On,” a velocity rocker backed with the epic “Sympathy.”

A. “Rock Lives On” (2:50)
B. “Sympathy” (4:10)

Shiva recorded the single at Bristol’s Cave Studio, where Lintern co-produced both sides with engineer Andy Allen, a soundman on 1981–83 titles by Chaos UK, Vice Squad, and Tokyo Blade. Heavy Metal Records issued “Rock Lives On” as its thirteen 7″ release (HEAVY 13) between singles by Soldier and Buffalo.


Firedance

Shiva released their singular album, Firedance, in November 1982 on Heavy Metal. Hall and Skuse both double on keyboards.

1. “How Can I?” (3:49)
2. “En Cachent” (5:27)
3. “Wild Machine” (4:06)
4. “Borderline” (4:11)
5. “Stranger Lands” (4:03)
6. “Angel of Mons” (4:38)
7. “Rendezvous With Death” (4:17)
8. “User” (3:25)
9. “Call Me In the Morning” (5:22)
10. “Shiva” (4:25)

Shiva co-produced Firedance with engineer Andy Allen. They lifted “Angel of Mons” as the album’s lone single (b/w “Stranger Lands”).

In 1996, metal specialists British Steel reissued Firedance (with the earlier single as bonus tracks) as part of the label’s Metal Collectors Series, which also included 1981–82 titles by Heritage and The Handsome Beasts.


Subsequent Activity

Amid money woes, Logan departed in late 1982. Shiva hired temp drummer Charlie and briefly stabilized with drummer Phil Williams. The lineup of Hall, Skuse, and Williams recorded seven songs for a second album but the project stalled when Heavy Metal Records dropped the band. Shiva folded in the autumn of 1983.

As a symbolic end to their journey, Shiva regrouped for a final show in America, where Skuse reconnected with a newly situated Hall and a local drummer named Ted. They rehearsed one week for their September 1986 show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where Tower Records on Sunset stocked copies of Firedance.


Continuance

In 2004, Majestic Rock issued Continuance, as twelve-song CD that gathers the seven songs from the unfinished second album and five Carver-era demos.

1. “Power of Persuasion” (4:12)
2. “Ring of Fire” (4:02)
3. “Not There” (4:53)
4. “Window On the West” (4:21)
5. “Eden (Silent Running)” (9:03)
6. “The Runner” (4:15)
7. “Burning Bridges” (3:55)
8. “The Gallery” (4:22)
9. “Cut Me to the Quick” (2:46)
10. “Thief” (2:51)
11. “Questions” (4:22)
12. “En Cachent” (5:32)


Discography:

  • Firedance (1982)
  • Continuance (2004, recorded 1983)

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