War Machine - Unknown Soldier 12" Vinyl LP Album


"War Machine - Unknown Soldier" is a 12" vinyl LP album released under NEAT RECORDS. This album unleashes a relentless onslaught of heavy metal power. With crushing riffs, thunderous drums, and fierce vocals, War Machine delivers an intense and captivating listening experience. "Unknown Soldier" showcases the band's mastery of the genre and solidifies their place in the realm of classic heavy metal. A must-have for fans of the genre and vinyl collectors. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


High Resolution Photo #1 WAR MACHINE Unknown Soldier

"Unknown Soldier": A Forgotten Gem of NWOBHM
Album Description:

In the heart of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) explosion of the early 1980s, amidst giants like Iron Maiden and Saxon, a band named War Machine emerged with their debut album, "Unknown Soldier," in 1986. While not achieving the same commercial success as their peers, "Unknown Soldier" stands as a testament to the era's raw energy and musical exploration.

Historical Context

The NWOBHM, a reaction to the perceived stagnation of mainstream rock, saw a resurgence of heavy metal bands inspired by the likes of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. War Machine, hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne, embodied this movement with their hard-hitting sound and gritty lyrics.

Musical Exploration

"Unknown Soldier" is a sonic journey through the core elements of heavy metal. The album opens with the title track, a blistering assault of galloping riffs, thunderous drums, and soaring vocals. Tracks like "Screaming for Mercy" and "Ready to Explode" showcase the band's knack for crafting anthems that resonate with the rebellious spirit of the time.

The album's lyrical content delves into themes of war, social unrest, and personal struggles. The track "Why Does It Hurt" offers a glimpse into the emotional turmoil often hidden beneath the tough exterior of heavy metal.

Production and Musicianship

"Unknown Soldier" was recorded at Impulse Studios, a renowned facility that hosted numerous NWOBHM bands. The album's production, while raw by today's standards, captures the energy and urgency of the band's live performances.

War Machine's lineup consisted of:

  • Bernadette "Bern" Mooney: Vocals
  • Steve White: Guitars
  • Lez Fry: Bass
  • Brian Waugh: Drums

Bernadette "Bern" Mooney's distinctive vocals, a blend of power and melody, are a defining feature of the album. Her stage presence and charismatic delivery further solidified War Machine's reputation as a captivating live act.

Controversies and Legacy

Some controversy arose due to the album's cover art, which featured a soldier seemingly crucified on a tank. While intended as a commentary on the horrors of war, some found it offensive and insensitive.

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal NWOBHM

Album Production Information:

Produced by Kevin Ridley for NEAT Records

Kevin Ridley is a music producer, sound engineer and musician. He is from Newcastle On Tyre ( the center of the NWOBHM ) . During the 1980s he has produced / engineered music albums for bands heavy metal bands like Atomkraft, Cronos, Slutt, Tallion, Toronaga, Venom, War Machine.


Record Label Information:

NEAT 1036

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP Gramophone

Year & Country:

1986 Made in UK
Band Members and Musicians on: War Machine Unknown Soldier
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bernadette "Bern" Mooney - Lead Vocals
  • Steve White - Guitars
  • Lez Fry - Bass
  • Brian Waugh - Drums

Notes: Steve "War Maniac" White (Guitars) started in 1980 in the British Heavy Metal band Atomkraft, although a couple of demo's were recorded he was not credited on any of the Atomkraft's official recordings. From 1984 until 1989 he played guitar with the NWOBHM band "War Machine", in later periods he performed in Venom.

Track Listing of: War Machine Unknown Soldier

The Song/tracks on "War Machine Unknown Soldier " are

    Side One:
  • Sacred Hold
  • On The Edge
  • Power
  • No Time
    Side Two:
  • Dangerous
  • Can't Wait
  • No Place to Hide
Album cover photos of : War Machine Unknown Soldier
Photo of Front Cover 
High Resolution Photo #1 WAR MACHINE Unknown Soldier  
Close-up Photo of Record Label 
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Note: the above pictures are actual photos of the album and allow you to judge the quality of cover. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.