TSA at Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, The Netherlands – 1985.
In the Cold War era it was very rare and hard to imagine that a band from behind the Iron Curtain was heading west for a tour. The Polish heavy metal band TSA, hailing from Opole, had this opportunity because they had recently signed with the Belgian label Mausoleum records, and their album “Heavy Metal World” had to be promoted in the Benelux. The band already had an illustrious reputation in their own country, a riot in the city of Kolobrzeg was the result of a performance by TSA. Even festival performances were interrupted by further violence. However, this this didn’t stop them playing and doing what they wanted to.
There was clearly something going on over there, and our curiosity about the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene in Poland was an extra reason for us to take a closer look at the band. After a hospitable welcome and with the help of an interpreter, we fired off the necessary and somewhat critical questions. These were quickly bypassed because of a suspected controlling factor being present.
But after the interview it was clear to us that a further and newer development of the metal scene was going on worldwide, universally without any boundaries.
By the end of the decade TSA toured outside their home country to the United States, Germany, France, and Russia. And who knows, maybe this band has laid the foundation for many bands from Poland such as: Behemoth, Vader and Riverside etc.