Angel of Mercy
The story of ANGEL OF MERCY is a sparse but mysterious one. The band was formed in 1980 by vocalist/guitarist David St.James. Although he began writing songs then, it took seven years until he had a full lineup and got a record out. Back in the day, they rented out a huge warehouse in Las Vegas, and Vegas certainly wasn’t a hotbed for heavy metal by any stretch of the imagination, but they would fill up that warehouse (which mainly served as their practice space) with around 200 people at a time and have these massive heavy metal parties. Eventually, they recorded only one album, The Avatar, which was self-released on vinyl as a private pressing, and was utilized more as a sales pitch to potential record labels than anything else. But alas, a label deal never came, and ANGEL OF MERCY faded into obscurity.