Wrathchild (sometimes known as Wrathchild UK in the United States due to a naming conflict with Wrathchild America) were an English glam metal band. Formed in 1980, the group was an early band of the glam metal genre, starting off about the same time as bands of the genre such as Mötley Crüe.

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Background information
OriginEvesham, Worcestershire, England
GenresGlam metal, heavy metal
Years active1980–1990, 2005–2009 (as Psychowrath), 2009–2013
LabelsBullet, Heavy Metal Records, Perris Records
Associated actsGrim Reaper
Bang Bang Machine
Past membersMarc Angel
Phil Vokins
Eddie Star
Gaz "Psychowrath" Harris
Rocky Shades
Lance Rocket
Brian "Thunderburst" Parry

In their home country, the band's speciality was in its D.I.Y. aesthetic (common for many NWOBHM bands), over the top stage shows, and striking image. During their early days, they would often play in pubs but still used confetti, pyrotechnics, and dressed in full glam metal gear, including their trademark platform boots and huge, teased hair.


Wrathchild was formed in November 1980 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England, by Marc Angel and Philip Vokins.[1] They recruited Rocky Shades for lead vocals, and Brian Parry on drums. Phil Vokins left in 1981 to join Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) in America with the new band Max Havoc, and Brian Parry also left.

The band added two members from the band Medusa; guitarist Lance Rocket and drummer Eddie Star, who became mainstays in the band and completed the line-up for a decade of touring and recording.[1]

After releasing a string of demos, such as Mascara Massacre in 1982, the band was offered a record deal by Bullet Records. On this label the group put out their first official release in 1983, an EP called Stackheel Strutt. In 1984, the band recorded and released their debut studio album, Stakk Attakk.[1] It would spawn two singles; a cover version of the Gary Glitter classic "Doing Alright with the Boys" and "Trash Queen".

Just as Wrathchild became successful, they came embroiled in contractual problems with their label, Heavy Metal Records. RCA Records, a major label, unsuccessfully attempted to sign the band from Heavy Metal Records in an effort to free them from their contract.[1] Meanwhile, the group released a video compilation called War Machine in 1984.

After settling the dispute with Heavy Metal Records, nearly four years later, the band released their second album, The Biz Suxx, in 1988.[1] The album spawned a single, "Nukklear Rokket", which had a promotional video that was produced by Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Dickinson played the protester in the video whilst the performance was filmed in the car park at his home in Chiswick. Ron Kennedy directed and edited the video as well as appearing as the mad professor. Steve Prior was the cameraman.

The band's third and final studio album, Delirium, was released shortly after in 1989.[1] It featured Grim Reaper's Steve Grimmet on backing vocals. Soon after the release Rocky Shades left to join the punk band Discharge and with the onset of grunge, Wrathchild broke up.[1]

Wrathchild & PsychowrathEdit

Marc Angel, Eddie Star, and Phil Vokins, with new singer Gaz Harris started a band in 2005 called Psychowrath. In 2009, they acquired the trademarks for Wrathchild & Wrathchild UK and reverted the name Wrathchild and released Stakkattakktwo on 23 August 2011 from Perris Records.

Marc Angel explained in an interview[2] how important the name "Wrathchild" is for them: "I spent my entire youth putting together and propagating the band known the world over as the mighty 'Wrathchild'. Wrathchild as a collective is unique, we forged an entire new glam-metal scene borne of mine and Eddie (Star's) punk roots".

Stakkattakktwo was voted the Best Album of 2011 by both Grande-Rock.com and the site's Readers' Poll.[3][4]

In August 2013, Gaz Harris and Wrathchild parted ways, Gaz joined Gypsy Pistoleros. This in turn once again lead to Wrathchild splitting up.

Rocky Shades WrathchildEdit

Rocky Shades Wrathchild, also known as R.S.W., was founded by former lead vocalist Rocky Shades in 2006. They recorded the demo Dead Good which was featured on their Myspace website for a short time. The line-up included Rocky Shades, Jon Sudbury and James Crofts. They were set to play the Hard Rock Hell III festival in December 2009, but were removed from the bill in October; reason as quoted by Hard Rock Hell promoters "All involved in Hard Rock Hell felt that without being able to use the name to advertise, and without more than one member of the original line-up in the band, what we were left with was simply not what we booked. It’s as if we had booked Genesis and got Phil Collins. Hence it was not a proper booking, to which the agent who booked it agreed to."[5]

Wildside RiotEdit

In December 2010, Rocky Shades decided to start afresh by creating a new band with no relation to the Wrathchild name, Wildside Riot. The initial line-up was Rocky Shades on vocals, Gaz Wilde (Gary Hunt) on drums, Iggie Pistolero and Rob D'Var on guitars. Natt Kid took on bass duties initially, eventually replaced by James Crofts (previously of Rocky Shades Wrathchild). The present line-up is Shades and Wilde, with Joss Riot and Jimmy Gunn on guitars, and Marty Mayhem on bass.[6][7][8]

Wildside Riot was launched in July 2011, and played a handful of UK dates from May until July 2012 promoting the new outfit. Their debut album, No Second Take, was released 28 January 2013 on CD and as a digital download. The band released a video to their self-titled track "Wildside Riot" ahead of the album which can be seen on the website.[9] Among several other promotional gigs in late 2012 and early 2013, they also secured a Saturday slot at Hard Rock Hell VI in December 2012.


Line-Up No. 1
  • Rocky Shades - vocals
  • Phil Wrathchild - guitar
  • Marc Angel - bass
  • Brian Parry - drums
Line-Up No. 2
  • Rocky Shades - vocals
  • Lance Rocket - guitar
  • Marc Angel - bass
  • Eddie Star - drums
Line-Up No. 3
  • Gaz Psychowrath - vocals
  • Phil Wrathchild - guitar
  • Marc Angel - bass
  • Eddie Star - drums




  • Stackheel Strutt (1983)


  • "Do You Want My Love?" (1982)
  • "Alrite with the Boyz" (1984)
  • "Trash Queen" (1984)
  • "Nukklear Rokket" (1988)


  • Mascara Massacre (1982)

Video albumsEdit

  • Live in London/War Machine (1984)


  • Gaz Psychowrath - Vocals (former) 2009-2013
  • Phil Wrathchild - Lead guitar, backing vocals 1980-1981, 2009-2013
  • Marc Angel - Bass guitar, backing vocals 1980-1990, 2009-2013
  • Eddie Star - Drums 1981-1990, 2009-2013
  • Rocky Shades - Vocals (former) 1980-1990
  • Lance Rocket - Lead guitar, backing vocals (former) 1981-1990
  • Brian Parry - Drums (former) 1980-1981

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Colin Larkin, ed. (2003). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 501. ISBN 1-85227-969-9.
  2. ^ "Wrathchild - Interview with Marc Angel". Grande-Rock.Com. 28 January 2012.
  3. ^ Best Album of 2011, Reader's Poll.
  4. ^ Best Album of 2011, Grande-Rock.com - Best of 2011.
  5. ^ "Classic Rock Magazine". Classic Rock Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Former Wrathchild Vocalist Posts Video Of New Band Wildside Riot". Sleaze Roxx. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Original Wrathchild Vocalist Rocky Shades Resurfaces In Wildside Riot". Sleaze Roxx. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Wildside RIOT". Facebook. Retrieved 9 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Rocky Shades Ex Wrathchild - Wildside Riot Official Website". Wildside Riot. Retrieved 9 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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