HistoryThe Norwich-based band was shuffled with the whole NWOBHM deck, but maintained a glam/theatrical look, which could have been inspired by Twisted Sister. The look was later dropped in favour of something more pedestrian. Early members included drummer Johnny Tippler and singer Alan Warminger. Deep Switch disbanded after one album. The said record was re-issued in 2004 in Italy on pink vinyl by Black Widow Records. Shadow Kingdom Records issued the record on disc with added liner notes in 2010.
DEEP SWITCH - NINE INCHES OF GOD - SHADOW KINGDOM
Why would a band call itself Deep Switch and then proceed to stick the colour purple all over its album? It is likely tongue-in-cheek given the band’s general disposition including the album title (Metallian is a gay positive site), ultra silly lyrics and ultra funny updated liner notes and biography.
It has been said here before and it bears repeating, but the knights at Metallian Towers want Shadow Kingdom Records to succeed. The label’s devotion, hard work, divergence from commercialism speaks for itself, but releasing material like this does not take the company closer to its goal; rather it takes the firm further away from it.
Nine Inches Of God is a silly little mid-'80s oddity that was only ever independently issued by the band until a couple of labels figured it would be nice to give it some new air. Unfortunately, not everything old is good or redeemable. The band’s goofy theatric music is a little Satan and a lot of Spinal Tap. No, it is not the band’s twisted image that is Spinal Tap; the music is Spinal Tap. This two-disc package includes the band’s demo and release proper and the duplication shows the final versions of the songs being both different and the same to each other. The album’s opening track is called Pigfeeder! and deals with a serious subject matter rarely picked up on, but boy does the music stink. Indeed, the band raps, yes raps, through the mostly spoken vocals. Theatric and pompous bands like Hammers Of Misfortune and Slough Feg have had some success recently, but this is not good or funny. Lovers of The Dream is the band’s attempt at a ballad. Don’t Wanna Work - but they would have to given the reception to this - goes sleaze/glam commercial which is probably a match for the band’s glamster outfits. The rest of the album continues that mould.
Nine Inches of God is disappointing. The only reason one would pick this up is for the hilarious anecdotes and stories in the autobiography in the liner notes. Now those are art. - Ali “The Metallian”