GRIFFIN had been one of those bands, which I really adored in the past. Their music had been on one side very rough and underproduced and on the other side pretty epic, creative and exciting. No band today manages it to capture such an atmosphere. Their sense for MAIDEN-like guitar leads, super songwriting and much tempo shifts had been plainly gigantic. But it's not that GRIFFIN consisted of a bunch of highly-gifted music students a la DREAM THEATER. No, they had been through and through Epic Metallers. Their music meant much to me alike today. Already that charismatic vocals of Roderick McKay had been so attractive. This guy was much more than just "obscure"!!! His cawed voice had been the salt in the soup of the GRIFFIN arts. He is the best example that one of the best and most original shouter of all time has not to have a three-octaves Geoff Tate memorial-voice but a simply divinely screaming.
Songs like the immortal "Hawk The Slayer" or "Submission" are Epic stuff at its best and carry his vocal "handwriting". An anthem like "Heavy Metal Attack" should be mandatory for every Metalhead! Who listens only one time to the titletrack "Flight Of the Griffin" must admit, that this is one of the most epic and majestical tracks ever. What a goose flesh chorus!!! A sanctuary in Metal history!
The album had been released via Shrapnel in 1984 and it was shorthandly licensed by Steamhammer/SPV. I don't think that this album was a bestseller but it has a God-status within the US Metal freaks! One can often find it in diverse junk shops alike the as well great follower "Protectors Of The Lair". A shame for those, who don't buy it. I'm also sure that most younger Metal fans won't deal with this kind of music. Somehow not really bad... (Online January 7, 2004)