What the media are saying about us
· “Somewhere Up In The Mountains” High Roller Records compilation – review by Jorgen Ditlev of Powerofmetal.dk (85/100):
“London based N.W.O.B.H.M. Legend Marquis de Sade only managed to release a single called “Somewhere Up in the Mountains” back in 1981, nowadays that single is one of the most sought after N.W.O.B.H.M. collectables.
The band split up back in 1982, bass player Pete Gordelier later resurfaced in Blind Fury and Angel Witch. This album contains the two songs from the “Somewhere Up in the Mountains” single, three tracks from a 1980 demo tape and a 1979 version of “Somewhere Up in the Mountains” that was recorded under the name of Mix Stix (No wonder they changed their name).
All six songs don’t belong among the hardest or the fastest in the N.W.O.B.H.M. genre but they certainly belong among the best. The style is mixture of the traditional N.W.O.B.H.M. sound with some progressive twists and turns.
Hades Paradise Records & High Roller Records have only released a thousand copies of this jewel, so be quick or be late.
Recommended tracks: All.”
· “Somewhere Up In The Mountains” single - review by Metal Music Archives (5/5):
“Tastefully tempered with keyboards, this awesome prog-flavoured single from Marquis de Sade represents the melodic and inventive side of the NWoBHM like nothing else.
Delivered with passion and technique of the highest order, this really should be on the playlist of any fan of classic rock - for that is what it has matured into over the years.
While I mentioned prog-flavours, this piece in no way approaches the excesses of that genre, maintaining a tight structure and focus, but with nifty instrumental interludes that put it, if not right at the top of the pile, then somewhere up in the mountains pretty darn close.
Flip the single, and a chilling synth and chugging guitar pile into something a lot more inventive and obtuse, packed with angular tritonic dischords, peculiar instrumental insertions which screw up any notion of 4 to the floor, and some impressive Halford-like screams in the vocals.
This drops, Prog-like, into a more mellow, ambient section that reminds me of Marillion - before the release of the Neo-Prog luminaries' debut.
A wailing, screaming, Tufnell special guitar solo follows, over a multi-part backing featuring riffs that deserve the description "meaty", and kerbang! It's all over too soon.
It's really, really hard to pinpoint the influences on either piece enshrined on this slab of wax - truly, this band should have inspired an entire sub genre. It's not too late...
A collector's wet dream - a NWoBHM rarity which is not just great - quite simply awesome.”
· “Somewhere Up In The Mountains” single - review by The Corroseum (5/5):
“Eine der rareren NWoBHM-Singles haben wir hier vorliegen, die legendäre "Marquis de Sade". Beide Songs gehören zu den besten und schönsten NWoBHM-Liedern. Allerdings nicht zu den härtesten, ab und zu ist schon mal ein Keyboard zu hören. Trotzdem sicher keine Poser-Single, geile Soli und der Gesang wissen auch zu gefallen. Kommt im stabilen Hardcovermit Insert (Bandfoto) daher.”
“One of the most rare Singles here, the legendary "Marquis de Sade". Both songs belong to the crème de la crème of NWoBHM-songs. Not to the hardest though, keyboards are noticeable throughout both songs. But for sure no poser single, great soli and super vocals know to please the collectors heart. Comes with hardcover sleeve and insert.”
· Nattskog's Blog reviews The Abyss Festival (Sweden – Nov. 2022):
“Marquis De Sade might seem out of place with a bunch of more extreme bands, but their progressive-laden NWOBHM had a superbly dark atmosphere. Killer set, especially when they played the two tracks on the “Somewhere Up In The Mountains” 7-inch back to back!”