Tracks 1, 4 & 8 recorded at Black Forest Studios, Black Forest CO
Engineered by Dan Nelson
Produced by Jag Panzer
Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9 recorded at Startsong Studio Colorado Springs CO
Engineered by Tom Gregor
Produced by Jag Panzer
All tracks remastered and partially restored from digital transfers of the original studio tapes by Patrick W. Engel at TEMPLE OF DISHARMONY, December 2012.
Following Jag Panzer's debut album »Ample Destruction« on Azra/Iron Works (issued in 1984), it was the band's original plan to record the second album as soon as possible. As we all know today, things developed quite differently. Soon after the release of »Ample Destruction« Jag Panzer had some major labels come to visit them in Colorado but unfortunately the band wasn't able to secure a deal.
Mark Briody explains: “We were gigging a lot and doing showcases for major labels. We did a lot of gigs around Colorado. We wanted to play outside the state but we couldn’t afford the expenses of travelling. We also spent a lot of time writing and rehearsing and always played new songs live. Right after we finished a song it would go into our live set. After the »Ample Destruction« release we rehearsed for 18 months without missing a single day (even days like Christmas).”
By the mid-1980s, drummer Reynold 'Butch' Carlson had left Jag Panzer as well as Harry 'The Tyrant' Conklin. Carlson was replaced by Rikard Stjernquist in August 1986 (who has gone through thick and thin with the band up until the present day).
The core of the band, John Tetley and Mark Briody, kept on writing new songs. Mark: “Many record companies liked »Ample Destruction« but they wanted to hear more, so we wrote and recorded those songs. We had several labels asking for new material and also we loved to go into the studio. So every chance we got we went to the studio to record these songs.”
The result were nine new songs. Mark Briody goes into more detail: “The title »Shadow Thief« was given by fans (much as the title »Tyrants« was given by fans for the EP). Those were all demos for the various labels who were interested. The songs were supposed to be on an album, but re-recorded in one session. I think musically it’s coherent, but the sound quality varies from song to song. I’ve always liked the song ‘Shadow Thief’, that’s one of my favourite Jag Panzer songs ever. I like ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ too, it’s very different for us.”
And there also was Jag Panzer's own version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (later also covered by Slayer). “I like what we did with it, but it’s not one of my favourites,” states Mark. “We were asked to record it, it’s not a song that I would have picked to do a cover version of.”
Before the official re-release of »Shadow Thief« there has been a bootleg CD in the 1990s. Mark Briody owns a copy of the CD: “It looks and sounds terrible. I am really looking forward to the proper release of it on High Roller Records.“