"RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood" is the first/debut album of Rankelson. Rankelson is a British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) from Cardiff and has been active from 1984 until 1988. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


Front Cover Photo Of RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood

Music Genre:

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal NWOBHM 
Production information:

The album: "RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood NWOBHM Orig 1986" was produced by: Darryl Johnston

Album cover design: Rankelson

Album cover photography: Steve "Captain Studs" Rickards

Darryl Johnston, a prominent figure in the music industry, is best known as the founder of Ebony Records, a renowned record company specializing in heavy metal music, particularly the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) genre. Born on June 12, 1955, in London, England, Darryl Johnston's passion for music began at an early age.

Growing up, Johnston was drawn to the powerful and energetic sound of heavy metal. He immersed himself in the music scene, attending concerts, exploring various subgenres, and developing a keen ear for talent. Recognizing the immense potential and rising popularity of NWOBHM, he saw an opportunity to contribute to the movement by establishing a platform for talented bands to showcase their music.

In 1982, Johnston took a leap of faith and founded Ebony Records. With a clear vision and determination, he set out to sign and produce promising heavy metal acts, aiming to provide them with the exposure and support they needed to flourish. Ebony Records quickly gained a reputation for its commitment to the genre and its dedication to nurturing emerging talent.


Throughout the 1980s, Darryl Johnston worked tirelessly, producing numerous heavy metal albums that would go on to become classics in the NWOBHM canon. His collaborations with bands such as Chateaux, Grim Reaper, Savage, Blade Runner, Samurai, and Fast Kutz showcased his keen ability to identify and cultivate exceptional musicians.

Under Johnston's guidance, Ebony Records became a beacon of the NWOBHM movement, championing the raw energy, powerful riffs, and melodic intensity that characterized the genre. The label's commitment to quality and artistic integrity contributed significantly to the growth and success of the heavy metal scene during that era.

Johnston's work at Ebony Records extended beyond album production. He took a hands-on approach, involving himself in various aspects of artist development, marketing, and promotion. His dedication and meticulous attention to detail played a crucial role in shaping the careers of many aspiring musicians.

By the late 1980s, as the musical landscape began to shift, Darryl Johnston decided to pursue new endeavors outside of the record industry. He left Ebony Records in 1987, but his contribution to the NWOBHM movement and his lasting impact on the heavy metal scene continue to resonate to this day.

In retrospect, Darryl Johnston's legacy as a visionary founder and producer at Ebony Records remains deeply etched in the world of heavy metal history. His passion, commitment, and unwavering support for NWOBHM bands helped shape the genre and paved the way for countless artists who followed in his footsteps.

Though his time at Ebony Records was relatively short-lived, Darryl Johnston's influence on the music industry endures. His unwavering dedication to heavy metal and his invaluable contributions to the NWOBHM movement solidify his place as an influential figure in the genre's evolution.


Record Label Information:

Ebony EBON 34

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1986 Made in UK
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood NWOBHM Orig 1986
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Col "Zak" Sargent - vocals
  • Fox - all guitars
  • Kim Hooker - bass, vocals
  • Ric "The Ritz" Ferrar - keyboards
  • Dave "Scratch" Vincent - drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood NWOBHM Orig 1986"

The detailed tracklist of this record "RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood NWOBHM Orig 1986" is:

  1. The Chains And The Chalice
  2. Break The Chains
  3. Sex Slave
  4. Hungry For Blood
  5. Cant Stop Rockin
  6. Bronx Warrior
  7. Hot Tonite
  8. Abuser
  9. New York City

RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood High Resolution & Quality Photos

Front Cover Photo Of RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood
Front Cover Photo Of RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood


Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone )

Photo Of The Back Cover RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood
Photo of album back cover RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood


Close up of record's label RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood Side One:
Close up of record's label RANKELSON - Hungry For Blood Side One

Record Label Details: EBONY EBON 34 © Ebony Reocrds 1986 ℗ Ebony Music 1986