SHOGUN - 31 DAYS 12" LP Vinyl Album

- NWOBHM, British Heavy Metal

"Shogun: 31 Days" storms onto the British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene, immortalized in the grooves of a 12" LP Vinyl Album. Born from former members of Tokyo Blade, Shogun emerges as a powerhouse in the NWOBHM movement. The album's title, "31 Days," reflects the urgency with which it was created, capturing the band's intensity and determination. Each track resonates with the raw energy of British heavy metal, marking Shogun's impactful contribution to the NWOBHM legacy.


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Shogun's "31 Days": A Forgotten Gem of the NWOBHM
Album Description:

Released in 1987, Shogun's "31 Days" emerged during the twilight years of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), a movement that had already produced iconic bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard.

Historical Context

By the mid-80s, the NWOBHM's initial wave had crested, with many bands fading from the spotlight. However, a new generation of bands, including Shogun, continued to carry the torch, albeit with a sound that reflected the changing musical landscape. "31 Days" arrived as hair metal dominated the charts, but Shogun remained steadfast in their commitment to classic British heavy metal.

Musical Exploration

"31 Days" is a 10-track journey through a landscape of powerful riffs, soaring vocals, and anthemic choruses. Tracks like "Cloak and Dagger" and "Shock to the Heart" showcased the band's ability to blend melody with aggression, while "Voices from the Heart" and "Cold Truth" revealed a more introspective side. The album's sound is rooted in the NWOBHM tradition, with nods to classic rock and a hint of the burgeoning glam metal scene.


Shogun's "31 Days" did not generate significant controversies. However, their decision to release the album on a major label (Polydor) at a time when many NWOBHM bands were embracing independent labels raised a few eyebrows. Some purists questioned the band's commitment to the underground spirit of the movement.

Production Team and Studio

The album was produced by Kevin Beamish, a seasoned producer known for his work with REO Speedwagon and Saxon. Beamish's polished production style gave "31 Days" a radio-friendly sheen, which may have contributed to its lack of success among hardcore NWOBHM fans. The album was recorded at Battery Studios in London, a facility that had hosted numerous rock and metal legends.

Music Genre:

Hard Rock / Heavy Metal  

Album Production Information:

The album: "SHOGUN - 31 Days" was produced by: Steve Tatler

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Steve Mann

Album cover design: Brian Burrows

Album cover photography: Michael Gregory, Ray Palmer

Record Label Information:

JET Records 460756

Media Format:

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

Year & Country:

1987 Made in Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SHOGUN - 31 Days
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Alan Marsh - Vocals
  • Tony Moore - Keyboards
  • Andy Wrighton - Bass
  • Danny Gwilym - Guitars
  • Toby Martin . Guitars
Complete Track-listing of the album "SHOGUN - 31 Days"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SHOGUN - 31 Days" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Cloak and Dagger
  2. Shock to the Heart
  3. Voices from the Heart
  4. You Are What You Are
  5. Love is a game
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Cold Truth
  2. If Tomorrow Comes
  3. Can't Live Without Your Love
  4. First Time
  5. Out of Love Again
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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.