Tokyo Blade

Madame Guillotine EP

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Tokyo Blade's final piece of product released through the Powerstation label, 1985's Madame Guillotine EP holds the distinction of, much to fans' surprise, not sucking nearly as hard as the ensuing albums responsible for definitively sinking the British heavy metal band's career. In fact, both its opening title track and immediate follow-up, "Break Out," were hard-driving borderline speed metal numbers that Tokyo Blade delivered with unexpected fervor. And its similarly paced second half offerings (particularly "Highway Passion") were only less interesting because they'd been previewed before on older releases.