Interview with SPARTAN WARRIOR

In the early ’80s, Spartan Warrior flew the NWOBHM flag for Sunderland in response to the invasion from Newcastle that included Raven, Venom, Tygers of Pan Tang and Blitzkrieg. After two albums they split in the mid-80s to follow different ventures. In 2009 they returned to the fray and have recently released their second album since getting back together again.

Metal Express Radio’s Mick Burgess caught up with lead guitarist Neil Wilkinson to chat about the new album Hell To Pay, the early days of the band and their subsequent split and reunion as well as Wilkinson’s stint with Pete Way in Waysted.


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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