Spawned in the early 80s, Salt Lake City based Crisis was an anomaly in the U.S. metal scene. At a time when many U.S. metal bands emulated the pop-infused “fashion-before-fury” L.A. style, Crisis did not. Their sound was revved up, raw, and noisy. The band drew their inspiration from the rough and ready vibe of Rory Gallagher and the frenetic energy of NWOBHM bands like Raven. Not surprisingly their biggest following was always in Europe. Their 1983 debut record Armed To The Teeth on England’s Bullet Records (Pretty Maids, Wrathchild, Black Rose) received remarkable attention from the European press. Kerrang! said Crisis was better than anything coming out of Los Angeles at the time, and so they were.