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Judas Cradle

Judas Cradle

Musical Type/Genre: Goth
Formed: 1985 Split: 1985

Band Members:
Star Trek : Vocals
Paul Keeton
: Guitar
Muz Pickett : Guitar

Gigs:
24/11/85
The Judas Cradle
Mournblade
Tamworth Arts Centre

Tamworth Herald Features

Tamworth Herald – 13/12/85
Musicbox – Cradle rocks so smoothly
THE JUDAS CRADLE recently turned in an impressive show alongside Mournblade at the Arts Centre. ‘G.D.’ sent in a long review of the show from which the following extracts are taken.

The epic ‘Magdellana’, a long track by Judas Cradle standards, showed the excellent dual guitar work of Keat and Muzz.

They then went into ‘On The Border Line’, the story of someone’s battle with death in a hospital bed. Quite appropriate, considering what vocalist Star Trek has been through lately. He gave his best performance of the night singing straight from the heart, which looked to be the only part of his body he hadn’t broken!

‘On The Border Line’ to me has to be one of the best tracks any band in Tamworth has ever played. The much-deserved encore was none other than The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’. The band went wild to this one and to the tumultuous cheering of the crowd, gave their best overall performance of the night.

The name’s new. The style’s new. The show was better than ever. Eight out of 10 audiences prefer the Judas Cradle!

Tamworth Herald – 22/11/85
Musicbox – Cradle – Rockers
TAMWORTH Arts Centre is the venue for the second consecutive week for an exciting concert this Sunday. The band on view is the Judas Cradle, previously Sacred Oath, who will be bringing their new sound and image to the Centre for the first time. If they are half as good as they were at last year’s Festival it promises to be a tremendous show so don’t miss out. Also appearing are top psychedelic band Mourn Blade.

Tamworth Herald – 13/12/85
Musicbox – Cradle rocks so smoothly
THE JUDAS CRADLE recently turned in an impressive show alongside Mournblade at the Arts Centre. ‘G.D.’ sent in a long review of the show from which the following extracts are taken.

The epic ‘Magdellana’, a long track by Judas Cradle standards, showed the excellent dual guitar work of Keat and Muzz.

They then went into ‘On The Border Line’, the story of someone’s battle with death in a hospital bed. Quite appropriate, considering what vocalist Star Trek has been through lately. He gave his best performance of the night singing straight from the heart, which looked to be the only part of his body he hadn’t broken!

‘On The Border Line’ to me has to be one of the best tracks any band in Tamworth has ever played. The much-deserved encore was none other than The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’. The band went wild to this one and to the tumultuous cheering of the crowd, gave their best overall performance of the night.

The name’s new. The style’s new. The show was better than ever. Eight out of 10 audiences prefer the Judas Cradle!

Tamworth Herald – 17/01/86
Musicbox – Bands tune up for five nights
TAMWORTH’S second annual Battle of the Bands contest looks set to be a great success with 16 groups – some completely new to the scene – taking part. The event has been stretched over five nights, with four heats and a final which will possibly be judged by a celebrity.

And as well as winning the accolade of Tamworth’s best band, and a Young People’s Arts Festival trophy, the successful band will also win £50 worth of recording time at the Expresso Bongo studios.

The whole event will get underway two weeks on Sunday at Tamworth Arts Centre.

Sunday February 2Caprice and Femme Fatale take on the unknown quantities of Coleshill’s Burnin’ Sky and new Anice Byfield group Precious Toys.

Sunday February 9 – The Australians, One On One, Dance Stance and another new one, Drowning Pool.

Sunday, February 16Depth Charge, Wolfsbane, The Me and The Parade.

Sunday, February 23Terroa, Spirit Lake, Judas Cradle and Breaking Point.

Friday February 28 – The Final.

Tamworth Herald – 24/01/86
Musicbox – Rikk Rocks a Happy Cradle

The enigmatic Rikk Quay is back in business – as singer and frontman of new-look outfit, The Cradle.The enigmatic Rikk Quay is back in business – as singer and frontman of new-look outfit, The Cradle.

Rikk, who only left The Sway a fortnight ago, was snatched up by The Cradle immediately. And the rather surprising marriage has pleased both partners.

“I am really happy,” said Rikk. “I went to see them practice and I thought they were tremendous. Now I think we can be even better.”

The Cradle is the new name of Sacred Oath, or more recently, The Judas Cradle. The band had been striving for moths to get rid of their highly inappropriate heavy metal label, and now with Rikk joining, they are hoping to bury the HM ghost forever.

“This finally proved we are not a heavy metal band,” said the always enthusiastic guitarist Paul Keeton. “Now perhaps people will see us in a different light.”

Rikk first noticed Sacred Oath as they were then, when they played a very enjoyable set at last year’s festival. Like many people, he was impressed with their growing maturity over the past 12 months and so when they approached him to join, it didn’t take them long to agree.

“At the practice, they were even better that at the festival, and I am convinced that we can go further now,” said Rikk.

Rikk will be joining The Cradle as lead singer, frontman and keyboard player. It is the first time he will have actually led a band as the main singer, but his on-stage charisma and style ensures that the band will become eminently watchable.

Different

“If he acts anything like he did at the practice, things should be very different indeed for us,” said Paul. “We are all really happy.”

The original…The Cradle had all been going in a Cult Direction, and with the extravagant, fashion-blitzed Rikk joining their image should become much sharper all round. And with his experience and contacts, he will be able to push The Cradle much quicker.

Already he is planning trips to the studio for the band, and it was his idea to drop the ‘Judas’ from the title and thus leave the heavy metal ancestry well behind.

The former Judas Cradle singer Star Trek apparently wanted to continue to play more heavy music. The band admit he will be sadly missed…to scoop one of Tamworth’s hottest properties.

The new band should make their first appearance as the Battle of the Bands on Sunday, February 23, where they will take on the might of Terroa, Breaking Point and Spirit Lake.

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