Zior had their roots in Southend's early sixties R&B scene. Kevin Bonsor had previously been in a local R&B outfit, The Essex Five, and then classical/rock fusion outfit, Cardboard Orchestra. Pete Brewer had been in another Southend R&B band, The Night Riders. He and Bonsor were Zior's founding members recruiting Truba and Skeels.
Zior did have a reputation as a wild live band. They were heavily into Black Magic and Satanic Mass, etc. They recorded an album on the Beacon label, later in 1971, which was credited to Monument, though, in fact, it featured all four members of Zior.
Pete Brewer eventually ended up a successful musical instrument/equipment dealer in Southend. Skeels sells dress jewellery in his native Newcastle. Bonsor worked for many years as an engineer/producer at Tin Pan Alley Studios and also became a DJ in the late 70s, hosting 'Capital's Big Night Out' at The Lyceum in London's Strand.
Anyone interested in the discovery of other "occult " based heavy psych and other 70's music in a similar vein might want to give the proto-metal thread a gander . Joe, myself and others are working hard at bring some more of these gems to peoples attention .
I have both of their releases Zior and Every Inch a Man . Both are good
with EIAM being the heavier of the two .
What?!?! I want those releases so badly and I can't find anywhere available in stock and some of the items ale vinyls from Akarma, which sucks! You must be one of the luckiest person to own a copy by truly one of the best forgotten gems in the world. Cause we all know satan makes a good music.
I bought both on re-issued CD about 6 years ago. Both are imports ,the self titled was a Japanese reissue and EIAM was reissued on an Italian label .
Air Mail and Akarma respectively can't remember the exact details of what store I got them from but that might help if they are still available.